VTORIA3   107,233
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Molly gets me out walking. Good Girl!

Looking forward to enjoying pansies again this Spring!

Champions in the Kitchen 2015 Summer Challenge 5%

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A Day that SPARKles, is a day well done

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Committed to doing the 2015 Summer 5% Challenge!

Just do it!

Committed to doing the 2015 Summer 5% Challenge!

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 Pounds lost: 16.5 

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Member Since: 9/23/2009

SparkPoints: 107,233

Fitness Minutes: 78,565

My Goals:
Live a healthy fit life, NEVER quit.

I love the 5% Challenges:
2014 Summer 5%
2014 Inbetween
2014 Fall 5%
2015 Winter5%
2015 Inbetween
2015 Spring 5%
2015 Summer 5%

2014 Summer 5% Challenge Results:
(my best Challenge)

Weight: Lost 11#
Hips: Lost 2"
BMI 25.5 just short of goal to achieve healthy range of 25
WHR .72
Size: 12 (from sz 14)

My Program:
100 Days of Accountability, Ongoing Chapters

Plan intentions before the start of every day.

Find positives in every day.

Doing 2015 Summer 5% Challenge Program:

Exercise 5-6 Days every week.

Eat a healthy balanced 1200 - 1555 calories daily. Holidays, family events, vacation option: max daily calories=weight x 15 calories .
No evening snacking as much as possible

Personal Information:
Happily married with 3 terrific grown boys, 3 lovely grandkids, and a dog. Took an early retirement in 2009, which presented many new lifestyle changes. Have a part-time bookkeeping business going; watch 3 yr old granddaughter 2 days weekly.

Other Information:
Enjoy time with family and friends, reading, gardening (novice), cooking & mini vacations.

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Member Comments:
8/29/2015 11:56:09 AM

emoticon Nice to see ya. Good job getting fitness and beauty in at the same time emoticon emoticon emoticon
My hair gets all fuzzy in this weather, boy will it get hot today. I was already out though, beautiful in the mornings. I can feel the Fall in the air. Can't wait.
When hubby gets back, we are driving to Redlands and I am going to test my camera on taking pictures of some of the Victorians I love. I am excited about this for some reason. emoticon

Have a wonderful day, my good buddy. emoticon Jackie

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8/29/2015 9:51:48 AM

Thank you for your beautiful response. You just made me cry a little, and I promised I wasn't going to do that any more!

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8/26/2015 8:35:42 AM

Sometimes you make these little remarks that are so perceptive and on the money that I'm just blown away. That is exactly how I feel - I'm still here, but my mind has set sail. And you know it's funny, now that I have a goal it's much easier to enjoy 'here', with September in the air. I love this time of year. Hope it's a really good Fall for you.

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8/22/2015 9:32:13 PM

emoticon Thank you Vicki. I can't believe I got that picture. Was just luck. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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8/22/2015 11:47:39 AM

Wow, I had no idea you had to go through all that! Not knowing a thing about bookkeeping, I assumed it was easy for you to transition to freelance. I just hope these grant people are paying enough for all the extra work they've saddled you with.

When you say "you wanted something more for yourself" my reaction to that is mixed. Did I want something more, or was I just trying to get away from something? I guess for several years I had fantasies of some kind of new, adventurous retired life. But once I got here, my expectations plunged as it really dawned on me for the first time how old I am, and then learned that I'd had a stroke, that my body is giving out. I took a good look in the mirror. How much more is there to expect at this age? It seems to me now that I've just chosen to spend my declining years without a doomsday prepper in the next room, without having someone around who makes me angry and disdainful on a daily basis. And that's something, but it's not something more.

It's hard to explain. I'm just not envisioning much down the road at this point. And maybe that's okay. I've had my fun, I've had a pretty adventurous life and done a lot of different things, lived a lot of different places. The flip side of that is, people who stayed put now have houses and grandchildren. But I made my choices.

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