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April 16/16

I joined Spark People in January, 2011, to lose weight before my son's April wedding.

Since that time, I've lost weight, regained it, lost again... you get the picture. Spark People doesn't offer any magical solutions. It offers good advice on nutrition and exercising. It offers a network of teams, challenges and wonderful friends.

Even though I haven't reached my goal, I believe that Spark People has helped me break the pattern of gaining weight each year. I plan to follow this program for the rest of my life, and to gradually reduce my weight.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 87,221

My Goals:
My husband and I love to travel, and I want to be able to walk, climb, explore and enjoy new places with him.

My Program:
- track all food, water and exercise, as follows:

- eat NOTHING directly from the container; e.g., cereal, chips, nuts

- 8 glasses of water/day

- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day

- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes

- eat mindfully, avoiding high sodium foods

- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan

- cardio 5 times/week, minimum, including walking, cycling, treadmill, swimming, skating

- ST 3 times/week minimum including resistance band, medicine ball, stability ball, floor exercises and free weights

Personal Information:
- born 25/09/43 in Nova Scotia, live in Southern Ontario

- wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend

- reader, gardener, traveller, volunteer

- cat lover

- active in my church (Anglican)

Other Information:
Weight loss goals:
- 178 lbs. by June 30/16
- 170 lbs. by Sept. 30/16
- 165 lbs. by Dec. 31/16

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    Most of these houses are rented out by the week and are empty right now because the season hasn't quite begun. But there's a couple of neighbors who have retired and moved down here permanently to their vacation homes. I don't know them because I always came only once a year, but they know some of my other siblings who are here more often. I actually got locked out yesterday and had to go ask one of them to help me get in and she was the nicest woman.

    I don't like eating out alone, so I'm just eating some food from home that I threw in a cooler and brought with me. When I used to come with Dave we would go out for one good meal at a fancy seafood restaurant and then cook the rest of the time, but we'd get fresh fish to cook from the docks. There's a sushi restaurant down the road, I might get carry-out tomorrow if I stay.

    Car was fine on the way down, knock on wood!
    18 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 5/24/2016 8:21:52 PM
    Gail, I appreciate your friendship so much. We have been friends on Spark People for a long time. You have always supported me in my ups and downs. My back pain is chronic and it is bad. But It is my fault. I should have taken better care of my body when I was younger. If I had kept my weight under better control and ate healthier and worked out I would be healthier. The first time I hurt my back I was 18. Taking care of patients for over 40 years has wore it out, The weight compounded the injuries. Now I pay the price. It is frustrating. Just doing things like making the bed, vacuuming, mopping the floors and doing the laundry is a challenge. But as you said there is always someone out there having a worse time. I am thankful for my life I did some fantastic things when I was younger. Every day is a blessing. I think we all should count our blessings. Hugs Pat.
    1 day ago
    Hi Gail,
    My next trip is with the archaeology club to survey a remote high desert site outside Fields Oregon with the local archaeologists. Fields hotel has 2 rooms total! I'm in one room with a friend, but most of the group is camping. Then 6 of us will go on to camp in the Owyhee canyonlands (near the border with Idaho), I've never been to that area. Apparently there is a hot springs with a hot waterfall that we can hike to! Terrain will be high desert, with dramatic rock formations and canyons.
    2 days ago
    Show doesn't open till June 2, I'm just catching my BIL while he has the time. We framed 17 paintings yesterday and with his equipment it only took a few hours, just amazing compared to how long it takes me to do one by hand.

    I still have a few more paintings to gather from the beach house in Delaware - it's about 5 hours from here and I'm in the mood for a trip, but I feel so unsure of my car. I keep changing my mind about whether to go or not. My nephew is out there this week and I asked him to bring them back, but if he forgets I guess I'm going!

    Hope you're really feeling better - what a miserable time to get sick.

    On the pain walking downhill - I think that's just for people who have the arthritis behind the kneecap, which is where I have it. Apparently it's more common to have it where the thigh bone and tibia meet at the back of the knee, and I think that causes pain with different activities. She showed me the plaster model and now I'm an expert!
    3 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/21/2016 5:27:58 PM
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    Hi Gail
    thanks for dropping in on my blog
    *but hard on the knees. *

    tell me about it emoticon emoticon

    Have a good week emoticon
    9 days ago
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