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The cutest picture in the history of Photography! 2001 at the Kuranda Zoo in Queensland Australia

At the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Taken by my friend Deb.

My first elephant ride! I'm with one of my travel buddies, Jean, in Jaipur, India.


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I travel a LOT and plan to do even more when I retire. I've decided that the bulge around my middle has GOT to go. I know I will enjoy travel much more if I am healthier and slimmer. I don't want any health issues holding me back from enjoying my retirement...
And now that I have retired(yeah!!) and have met my goal weight (yeahX2!!) I need to continue maintaining my new weight and possibly re-evaluate my goal weight a bit lower. For now, I want to maintain what I have accomplished so my new eating patterns become ingrained and all those pants I had taken in will still fit me!

Member Since: 3/28/2010

Fitness Minutes: 108,006

My Goals:
I want to get down to 169 pounds by the time I retire in Feb. 2011. I started off with SP at 209. I'd previously lost about 20 pounds after I had my knee replaced in 2008.
I reached goal weight Feb. 4, 2011!

My Program:
Track my foods using the SP program.

Research recipes that are tasty as well as healthy.

Despite the fact that I HATE to exercise, I will follow the SP recommendations of exercises, but limit my time to 10 minutes a day till I gain motivation to increase the time.

When out with friends, I will try to maintain my sense of portion size.

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I live in North Carolina after having spent 30 years in Southern California. I came from Chicago so I have good food roots. That can be a blessing or a curse! I love to eat and cook and can read a cookbook like a novel!

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I love to cook, read, garden and most of all travel. I have 2 cats and used to have Irish Wolfhounds, which really miss having but my little house, and virtually no yard, precludes that pleasure, so it's just me and the kitties!

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    Thanks for letting me know about May. I will ask Carol when she will be back... I think it would be great.

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    634 days ago
  • v BUCS1221
    Hi my name is Tammy and I came across your page and saw that you live in North Carolina and I was wondering what part are u in. I am near the Outer Banks where Negs head is the Beaches. I have been living here in Fairfield for now 2 years and been a emoticon member with spark people now for one year. You are welcome to visit my page and be a spark friend too. I feel we can encourage each other on our weight loss journey, what do u think? emoticon Take care and hope to hear from u soon!!
    645 days ago
    During our travels, OAT and Grand Circle have often been mentioned. I am interested in checking into them, so I will let you know if we decide to do anything with them. I am going to add you to my SparkFriends. Hopefully we can stay in touch. emoticon
    655 days ago
    My husband wants to make our next trip to South America about the Amazon and the Galapagos, and he'd love to go back to Patagonia. We will probably do that in about 5 years. There are so many places to see and we really just started traveling extensively in the last 10 years, but more so since I retired a few years ago. Our next up is Alaska for 3 weeks (our first time there), and then in 2016 Spring we are going to do a long driving trip throughout the U.S. We are the same way, always planning our next trip. emoticon
    656 days ago
  • v SISSYFEB48
    No, the ham was not too spicy.....BUT here are the changes I made because I cook for several people who do not like things very spicy.
    The mustard I used was dijon because I did not have any other.
    I cut the cayenne by half, and used 2 TBS rather than 3 of horseradish.
    I gave the recipe to my brother, and he did with with a spiral ham, and used all the spices as given. He said his whole family really liked it, not too sweet with a bit of "bam" at the end. I think I am glad I backed it back again. And I have all the leftover marinade after dinner that I used to cook with the ham bone for soup in a couple of weeks. Think the pea soup with that will be really good.

    Blessed Easter, my friend.....stay well. Hugs, Dawn
    658 days ago
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