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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: 109,032

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.

Personal Information:
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!

Other Information:
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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    My Sister-in-law has stepped up to the plate and she is driving her. My niece took her one day and I was able to take her today and tomorrow.

    They are moving my Father under Hospice care because he can no longer have rehab. Medicare has been cut off because he is no longer improving. He still seems to be doing okay, he was having fun today with a Nerf gun!
    690 days ago
  • v BKNOCK
    Thanks for commenting on my blog! Unfortunately, I have at least 10 more years of work! But, I have a lot of vacation days that I may start using.
    697 days ago
    My husband was in Mozambique Africa when my daughter was born doing humanitarian aid. The baby came early. emoticon Your adventures seem fun!
    698 days ago
    thanks I love to travel too. Where is your favorite place?
    698 days ago
  • v BKNOCK
    Thanks for commenting on my blog! Yes, it is a good thing that came out of being sick. I of course need to go shopping now since none of my clothes fit!
    759 days ago
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