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Hi! I'm 63 years old, mother of two grown sons, retired, and happily married. Here's my "Sparkpeople History" in a nutshell...

5/1/09 I found SparkPeople! I followed the program, ate in range, tracked my calories and exercised. By mid August, I had lost 20 pounds and got to my original goal weight of 125 pounds. That fall, I stopped exercising and tracking my food consistently. Over the next 12 months, I regained almost all of the weight (18 pounds).

8/26/10 I went back to tracking my food and I back to exercising regularly. My program is simple: burn at least 200 calories a day in cardio exercise and track all my food.

1/15/11 In November, I decided to start tracking what I call my "Seven Daily Goals." I blogged about them every day. I reached my new goal weigh of 130 about three months later. I became very consistent with tracking all food. I also became much more consistent with cardio exercise. I do a variety of things to keep me moving. I think it's different this time around, because I don't plan to stop tracking or exercising ever!

3/1/11 I'm back at my goal weight and have decided to stop tracking for a while. I know I'll go back to it because it works so well for me. For now, I'm taking a break from it and will do that as long as I stay in my goal range.

9/15/11 My father just died...he had dementia and I have been taking care of him for the past three years. This summer was particularly hard and I regained 15 pounds between May 1 and today.

1/2/13 My husband is retiring in June and we have decided to go on an extended self-supported bicycle tour around the perimeter of the US and then onto Australia after he retires. The thought of biking around the US carrying everything we need for over a year on our bikes gives me plenty of incentive to exercise now to get in shape!

8/14/13 I just found out I have a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Our bike ride is now on hold. I'm fighting for my life.

12/1/14 I completed my chemo, surgery and radiation. My husband was such a huge help though it all. According to my oncologist, I have an 85% chance of surviving the 5 years. I figure each day I make it though without a recurrence is a great day. My strength is coming back. I changed my eating habits (no sugar, refined foods, or gluten) and lost about 35 pounds last year without tracking my food....just by cutting out all the "junk." I'm now at my ideal weight (110 lbs). Now, I just have to get back to biking!

My favorite sayings are:
If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.
- Unknown
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
- Unknown

Member Since: 5/1/2009

Fitness Minutes: 74,045

My Goals:
8/15/13--to be healthy and alive five years and beyond from today.

My Program:
Eating clean, daily walks outdoors, meditation, being part of a strong support network

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Right now, my top priority is to be a long-term breast cancer survivor.

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    I'll be in Naples, Cooper City (near Lauderdale) and will also drive up to the Tampa Bay area for some family and church visits. But I don't know in what order yet. I just might drive up the east coast before crossing over to Tampa. Will be in touch!
    320 days ago
    Thank you for suggesting a GI doctor. When I saw my primary care physician on Friday, he admitted me directly to the hospital and had a gastroenterologist see me. More meds. Meds a half hour before I eat for the nausea. An antibiotic for the infection. Sharing your experiences is so helpful and encouraging to me at this time. Thank you.
    324 days ago
    Hi Kay! I hope you are enjoying the weeks before Christmas. I also do my reviews on Trip Advisor
    327 days ago
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    thank you for your comment on my blog - that's a good idea to start the day checking off what was done on the day before. it sounds like it will add to the accountability! i've been flailing about here, trying to figure out how to do this, but i will give this a try!
    333 days ago
    Hey Kay! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Can't believe December is almost upon us and 2016!!!
    333 days ago
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