Schroon Lake (Adks). from my parents' dock, looking north as the sun set one Spring evening 2016.

View from lakefront at my parents'' home. Ahhh how I love it, with its ever-changing sky, waves and natural splender!

Magnificent nature soothes the soul. My year basking in the peace of Oahu stays with me.


Vegetable Soup

Green Tea


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My original user name for the first 3.5 years on SP was GrandmaSam. Sam60SumThink? It works ...for now. But don't expect me to retain this name either! ===== During my time as an active member of SP I've made vast changes in my lifestyle and in my life. I don't think of weightloss as a 'goal' per se. To me, it represents a measurement of health status, and is a by-product of the true goal: good health from a healthy lifestyle. To have "thin" as the ultimate goal has no meaning for me. To have "more slender" HAPPEN? Kewl!! That could even mean the smaller clothing would let more clothing items fit into each laundry load! Healthy living has been and will remain my focus here online and in the choices I make offline too. Some things stand out as important to me in my journey: THE SP DIET STAGES: My SP exerience aka time has proven to me the value of things we often overlook. Therefore, I cannot stress enough to new members the value of truly reading those SP Diet Stages! Our most difficult to conquer issues are firmly embedded in old habits so old and embedded that we don't realize they exist until we focus on what makes us say "Oh I know THAT". When some suggestion or advice seems 'old hat', consider the possibility that THAT is precisely what needs most attention. Yup, I'm a strong advocate of working - working! - through the SP Diet Stages! "Is it really THAT important to track?" YES!! Tracking and measuring ... and then reviewing reports and summaries! ... empowered me to understand the areas of nutrition that needed overhaul. A true lifestyle journey never really ends; the more we improve, the further we can travel! What is imortant as we begin and continue changes in lifestyle is to: ENJOY the journey! Go for it!

Member Since: 3/27/2007

My Goals:
...2 b the best I can b!


Keep pushing my limits further.

last but not least of my goals. The result of all others, yes?! YES!

My Program:
a. Walk.

b. Daily stretches and exercises.

d. exercise videos for limited mobility! Found some on YouTube that are great!

...* Proportioned balance and lots of color served bikini-plate style!
...* Moderation,
...* Enough. Remind myself to eat (I tend to forget).

I use the Bikini Plate 'model' of meal-planning. Light on everything but those nutrient-dense veggies.

Personal Information:
Love music, learning. Am a self-described 'friendly recluse'. People always laugh, but... somehow the description fits just fine!

A mother of 2 grown sons, grandmother of 5: I find every obstacle a challenge that empowers me... and grounds me in optimism.

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I may be the Queen of the Turtles in terms of visible change, but the changes I'm continuing to make INside are HUGE! Between medication, my stage of life and fibromyalgia there is probably an explanation for my pathetic metabolism; but explanations are no excuse for not being optimistic that persisting will eventually get me to the goals (which do include weight-loss) that I have and will set for myself here at SP.

Life is a journey.
And everything we do enhances our private journeys.

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    Hi..............Yes we definitely burned some calories that day......................trying to get out of the house as quickly as possible!!!!! It took a long time and a professional scrubbing of the AC Unit to get things smelling normal again.

    Have a great week..............

    187 days ago
    Thanks for your great comment on my blog about re-evaluating goals/streaks! Well said. I used your comment in today's blog.

    187 days ago
    Hi Sam! It's been a hectic summer (to say the least!). We placed my Mom (age 93) in Assisted Living yesterday and last night at nearly midnight I got a call saying "Carolyn, you've got to come get me! I want to come home! NOW!!! I mean it!!" I talked to her for nearly an hour and a half and got her calmed back down.

    Now that Mom is in a good spot, we can finish going through our stuff and packing all our belongings to move to our retirement cottage! That also means selling our present house. I am beyond exhausted and just want to rest for a week or so!!

    Yes, we are right in the path for the eclipse, and are looking forward to it, though we're not buying glasses for it (many of the ones being sold do not meet the NASA certification for adequate eye protection). We will mostly just enjoy watching the cats confusion and listening as the birds start to roost for the night and then, an hour later, they think morning has come again! It will be quite interesting!!

    Hope all is going well with you! Thanks so much for the note.

    Carolyn B in SC
    206 days ago
    Sam I just want to thank you again for giving me my new Spark name years ago emoticon
    213 days ago
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    Sam, thank you for your encouraging and kind words. I will look for the articles to rev up my metabolism. 1200 calories is about what I have been doing since January and didn't think I might need to rev myself up with more than that.
    thank you again1
    222 days ago
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