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I'm a 62 (now 66) year old woman, ex workaholic that was stopped in my tracks by a really bad back. For the past 10 years I've been floundering around trying to find just the right lifestyle and diet. I found Spark People on a forum game and here I am. I confess I'm a slow starter. I found "SparkCoach" today and something changed inside of me. It seems there's more to this diet thing than I thought. I realize I need to change just about everything! I like the program here and the site is very supportive. This 62 year old woman with a back problem is not the same as I used to be, but maybe I can find a new me, inside of me.

UPDATE 5/2014. It's been two years and can you believe it, I'm two years older! I'm 64! Lol. I'm fully entrenched in the SP program and love it! If interested in my progress and life see my blogs.

UPDATE: 6/2015. I am the privilaged to announce I am the leader of the forum, "Senior Olympics Ready Set Go!" This forum is for athletes or avid exercisers that are interested in chatting, getting support and working towards sports events. The Senior Olympics is national/international for those athletes over 55 years old. You don't have to be a member of this forum. Those members that are under 55 are welcome to join. If you like sports events and are training whatever your age please do join my forum. Everyone is welcome. Beginners welcome! :)

Member Since: 5/22/2012

Fitness Minutes: 49,715

My Goals:
I want to be super healthy, since I have Rheumatoid Auto-Immune Disease I want to be as pain free as possible. I also have hyptothryroid (Hashimoto's) My goals are to swim competively, walk a marathon, do indoor rock climbing and marry a rich husband. Well I can dream can't I? Lol.

My 2015 Spring 5% Challenge exercise goals:
Saturday swim class. 1 hr.
Saturday swim technique practice. 1 hr.
Aqua exercises Mon-Tues-Fri with 30 min.
Swim laps a minumum of 5 days weekly for one hour.
Ten minute,10 lb bar bell exercises Monday, Wed, Friday.
Monday thru Sunday, 10 minutes stretching after warm ups.
Heavy house cleaning Tuesdays and Saturdays, 1 hour.
Mon-Thurs-Saturday.Knee exercises: squats 10 reps from chair to wobbly board. Leg raises 10 reps front, back and lateral 10 min. Mon-Wed-Fri.
Tai Chi 30 min of form practice Mon-Wed-Fri.

Train for the National Senior Olympic games. Swim with focus on technique 3 to 4 times weekl

My Program:
I don't care much for formal exercise so I have had to become creative. My program consists of Tai Chi, and Chi Walking, I am a swimmer. Presently training for the "Senior Olympics". It is the olympics for ages 55 and up. I love the Mediterranean diet foods and am on the EAT to LIVE Diet Plan by Joel Fuhrman M.D.

There's a forum for all the things I do. See my forums if you're interested in joining.

Personal Information:
City girl from Manhattan. N.Y. I moved to Florida and became a pediatric rehabilitation RN in my mid twenties and never looked back. I have two wonderful children and an awesome grandson. I do love it here during the winter and have learned to endure the brutal heat and humidity of the summers. I am a Learn to Swim children's instructor year round and adore it. 5/14 I just earned my Red Cross certification in water safety and Learn to Swim for all ages! Everyone should know how to swim! Message me if you are interested in Learn to Swim information. I can help you get started! :)
3/15: I just earned my Red Cross Life
guarding certification. Yay!

Other Information:
I am a book collector and avid reader. My favorite genre is Dystopian Sci-Fi. Author: Margaret Atwood- The Handmaid's Tale and women's non-fiction. Special interest is the middle east. My favorite games are 3-D puzzles and Sudoku. I love iphone photography. I do make jewelry and want to learn quilting.

Since Autism runs in the family, I am well read in this subject. I am presently working on a picture book for children with Autism. I am searching for a photographer for my book. If you know Photoshop (or the like) and are interested, please do message me :)

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  • v IRONCLAD57
    Hope you had a good weekend!
    5 days ago
    Having read the discussion between you and the recently departed member on your political team, I am of the thought that she left because you seem to be on opposite ends of the political spectrum with a chasm so deep that there is no meeting of minds possible. That is what it is like here now and it is often the best option to stop the conversation before someone becomes angry or upset enough to say something one or both might regret.

    10 days ago
    Thank you for adding me as a friend, Elona! I hope you have a most fabulous day!
    39 days ago
    Thanks for stopping in and commenting on my blog. I always have water with me but apparently I've become a sipper instead of a guzzler. Time to return to guzzling it down!
    45 days ago
  • v REDQUEEN2262
    Hi Elona,

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I to have Hashimoto's disease. I actually just went through an exercise of trying to come off of my meds. Your thyroid can wake up if your diagnosis was caused by something hat really just put it to sleep. Unfortunately, we figured it is not going to happen in my case, but my doctor thinks that I might do better on Armour rather and the T3/T4 combo that I was doing. I just started it, so we will see how it goes 6 weeks from now.

    Glad to be back!

    49 days ago
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