MTPOETNH   38,709
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Maintaining a Healthy Senior Lifestyle

I am coming up on my 3rd “Sparkiversary” having officially “joined” on March 8,2010. I thought it was time to update my Spark page.

When I initially joined , I was looking for an easy way to keep track of calories. I have had a life long struggle with weight - and was yet on another quest to get my weight under control and exercise back into my life. I had a professor in college that called this yo-yo dieting approach “the Rhythm method of girth control”.. and I must confess that ...
I am coming up on my 3rd “Sparkiversary” having officially “joined” on March 8,2010. I thought it was time to update my Spark page.

When I initially joined , I was looking for an easy way to keep track of calories. I have had a life long struggle with weight - and was yet on another quest to get my weight under control and exercise back into my life. I had a professor in college that called this yo-yo dieting approach “the Rhythm method of girth control”.. and I must confess that I had been practicing this method for years. I was trying to break out of the cycle!!

I must admit that I didn’t appreciate all the benefits of Spark and stopped using it soon after I joined. Nine months later my daughter redirected my attention to the site with a Blog she had written about me. She also shared how the site was helping her to successfully loose weight. She inspired me to give the site another look and helped me learn about how to use it. It was a wonderful gift and I have been “sparking “ ever since! The site helps me stay accountable to myself and the goals I set for myself. The support of Spark Friends and the Spark community keep me motivated and involved providing support to others.

I was fortunate to have two weight loss programs at work that got me started on the way to a healthier life style - the first one was called Change for Life and began Sept 2009 ( I lost 17 # ) and the second one was called “Get Real” , it was during this time that I “ Got Spark” and haven’t turned back.

This January I celebrated my birthday and I attained the goal I had set for myself 2 years ago- I wanted to be 150 # by the time I was sixty five and I have done that!! Woo Hoo!!! The second part of the goal “maintain this weight for the rest of my life” will be an ongoing process. I am determined to break out of the cycle of the Rhythm Method of Girth control. I want to maintain my healthy senior lifestyle and continue to hike, snow shoe, cross country ski, cycle, garden and build rock walls for many years to come.
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Member Since: 3/9/2010

SparkPoints: 38,709

Fitness Minutes: 56,493

My Goals:
1) loose 16 pounds in 2013- this will put me at the upper limits of a "healthy" BMI .

2) plan weekly menus and grocery list and stick to the list in the super market.

3) Establish a plan for retirement

My Program:
1) use the nutrition tracker to plan menus for the week

2) stay in my calorie range six out of 7 days a week

3) Yoga five times a week

4) Cardio exercise for 30 to 45 minutes at least 6 days a week.. variety of things to be used .

5) Strength training three times a week

6) work with a financial planner to formulate a retirment strategy

Personal Information:
I am from a large family- I had 9 siblings growing up.. many struggle wiith weight like I do

I live with my partner in a home on a lake in NH.

I have two adult children and two grand dogs.

I work full time at a Family Health Center in New Hampshire and coordinate a house call program for frail elderly patients .

Other Information:
I enjoy a lot of out door activities - gardening,hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, bicycling and building rock walls. I am an active volunteer for the AMC and belong to two book groups that meet monthly and another group that meets quarterly.

My partner and I enjoy many different board games - cribbage, scrabble , up word, rummi cube and Mexican train

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GABIBEAR
7/10/2014 12:22:12 AM

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog and your kind comments! I just got your message that you had knee replacements. Wow, I am amazed that you are doing so well and seldom using a cane. I remember when I had my knee operations (I know that isn't as traumatic to the body) and how long it took to get back to myself again. I'm glad to hear that you are doing so well! Have a wonderful week!

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GABIBEAR
6/2/2014 3:29:21 AM

Hi Peggy,

How have you been? How is everything going? I just posted a blog today about how I have been doing, so if you get a chance, check it out.
Hope all is wonderful with you!

Gabi
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JSTETSER
4/26/2014 7:48:03 PM

Hi MtPoetNH,
I went looking for you, but did not get your name right. You are the first SparkPerson that I have ever met! emoticon



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3/25/2014 6:27:25 AM

Have a terrific Tuesday!! emoticon



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OHMEMEME
2/12/2014 9:30:22 PM

I see your support all over my friend feed...thanks for Sparking. Maintainence is my hardest road of this journey. Sparkers like you give me hope and support. emoticon



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