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As a dietitian, I'm always looking for new ideas to promote healthy eating and fun ways to be physically active. Though I've never been excessively overweight, I gained about 25 pounds since my 21st birthday and retired in August 2012. Around age 50 (about 14 years ago), I started walking regularly. Five years ago, I added resistance and flexibility exercises, and now I'm walking/running three miles a day. Though retired from a full-time job, I'm struggling with how to keep up my exercise practices. Weighing 124 but still have a goal of 120 or even 116 (my ideal goal). Retirement offers special challenges since there "suddenly" seems to be more opportunities to eat out with friends (who don't usually watch what they eat!). I am working on healthier foods to fix at home and finding ways to get my physical activity in.

Member Since: 12/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 67,622

My Goals:
I'd like to keep adding healthy foods options to my overall eating plan and add new exercises and increase my number of minutes being physically active

My Program:
I pack plenty of fruits and veggies to snack on during the day and include other healthy foods like Greek yogurt, almonds, high fiber snacks. I always wear my pedometer (sometimes to bed by mistake!) and have a goal of at least 12000 steps a day. Still working on getting 7 - 8 hours of sleep a night.

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I'm an Air Force brat who moved to Texas back in 1972 (I now consider a Texan -- got here quick as I could!). With retirement, I'm looking forward to exploring new paths to walk, trips with friends that involve walking/hiking/canoeing or other healthy activities.

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My favorite color is green; my favorite animal is an elephant, and my favorite quote is: "Live so that when your children think of honesty and integrity, they think of you". I've been married to the same guy for more than 36 years, and have one grown daughter who is a professional librarian.

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    emoticon so much for the comment on my "I Have One Chin" blog! Kind words, like the ones from you help me to emoticon on this journey and to remind me not to find those other chins! emoticon Thanks SO much for the compliments about me looking younger. :)
    1506 days ago
    Howdy! I am looking for Sparkers that live close to me to maybe get together & motivate each other on a more personal level. I need all the motivation I can get, what about you?

    I am in Lindale, TX . . . . . feel free to add me as a friend, or PM me, let's get together & walk . . . . or something to make this a successful journey!
    1545 days ago
    May there always be adventures ahead for you, good friends beside you and fond memories behind you.
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    1976 days ago
    Thank you so much for your lovely email. The reason I got so many Sparkpoints is that I was about to retire from my full-time job and I was just OBSESSING over the points. Literaly obsessing! Spending hours just accruing points. I just lately decided that I have ENOUGH points and that I'm only going to concentrate on logging my food, getting my little "starter" exercise and stretches going and slowly improving, spending the time I've been obsessing over points on trying to learn what to do on the Texas team, and quit obsessing over points, points, points. I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A REGISTERED DIETITION! What a great job! And yes, the surgeries went well and the radiation treatments seem to be going well (this is the end of my first week out of 6). Warm Regards, Cathy
    2093 days ago
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    Thanks so much for the emoticon . So nice. emoticon
    2172 days ago
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