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.



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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.

Other Information:
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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    Just wanted to say hi and I hope you have a great weekend ahead. emoticon
    477 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!
    479 days ago
  • v BEVIEG41
    Sam, I need help, It is asking me to remove html and I have no idea how to do it. Bev
    493 days ago
  • v GOANNA2
    Hi Sam. This cousin was not the one I visited recently. Makes you feel guilty when you don't see family as often as you should. she was a great lady and I will miss her. It is getting to the point that you only see people you haven't seen in a while at these gatherings.

    After that I went and had lunch with my friend who has been in remission from breast cancer for 8 years and has just recently found out her cancer has come back. she lives 600 miles away and comes to the capital for her treatment and we always catch up. I hope she can beat this. We have been friends for nearly fifty years and it is hard to imagine what she is feeling.

    Makes you realize that the most important thing in life is having good health. Stay well and healthy. emoticon
    499 days ago
    Just wanted to say hi and I hope your having a great week and have a great weekend. emoticon
    540 days ago
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