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I am a southern California woman. The emphasis of my life is my family, friends, church, and neighbors. I work as an office manager and taking care of my home, dog and garden. I'm committed to finally taking off the weight that keeps me from being what I believe is my healthiest weight. It will be a lifetime of discipline to maintain that weight, but I prefer that to the alternative....pain pills for aging & joint problems along with energy depletion.

I met my goal at the end of September 2011 and have been able to keep the weight off (and then some) despite my inability to exercise as regularly as I would like to. I am prone to a pinched nerve in my neck and over the last 1-1/2 years dealing with the fall-out of that reality has kept me busy trying to overcome the injury (ies) and figure out ways to stay fit without causing problems. Checking in with SparkPeople has helped me to stay faithful & focused.

I discovered that stress keeps my weight low, but when life is not stressful it is more challenging to be what I now understand to be my best weight, 132. I am happy that SparkPeople is a part of my important part in managing this reality.

Member Since: 4/20/2010

Fitness Minutes: 11,234

My Goals:
I haven't been 135 in 10 years. I don't know if it is reasonable at this point...but I want to try.

11/2012: I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and indeed weigh in under 135. I'm happy about that, since this was my natural weight during my late teens, early 20's. Seems right and healthy.

7/2013: I have determined that 132 should be the weight I maintain through proper diet and exercise. I will do my best to live in that knowledge.

My Program:
I track my food...almost all of which is homemade. My husband and I both love to cook. My daughter and her husband are also excellent in the kitchen. So in general, I eat real food, no substitutes of any type and just try to watch the quantities. I aim to work out at the gym 4 times/week...but fatigue or joint problems sometimes interfere.

Personal Information:
I have been with my husband since my senior year of high school. We have a daughter (married) and 2 sons. Our family was blessed with our granddaughter in May 2010.

Other Information:
My father died relatively young, but we were buddies from my earliest memories. He always told me "everything in moderation" and "too much of anything isn't good for you". It's advice that has always made sense to me and wisdom I try to apply.

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    Sending you peace and joy as well! I guess El Nino has been over estimated. We certainly wanted/needed the rain, but the early spring is beautiful.
    Have a wonderful rest of your week!!!
    94 days ago
    So good to hear from you!!! I was thinking of you the other day and wondering how your fall is going. Sounds like life is good for you. That makes me so happy.
    All's well here. We are so enjoying the cooler temperatures!!!!
    Sending you love today.
    220 days ago
    I'm sending you back good wishes and blessings. How is your summer going?

    The background on my page is actually at my favorite aunt's home in Lincoln outside Sacramento. I visit her 3-4 times a year. She's a wonderful mom figure. I treasure her support and love.

    Thank you for checking in. Hug!

    317 days ago
    Thank you so much for the goodie and the update! It sounds very encouraging. Prayers will continue, of course!!!!!
    Sending blessings,
    361 days ago
    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. It meant so much! You remain in my daily prayers. Sending a big hug!
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