VTORIA3   107,227
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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

Just do it!

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: 107,227

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:
8/22/2015 11:10:01 AM

Another emoticon emoticon I appreciate the time you took to read my blog and keep me encouraged!

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8/22/2015 9:56:51 AM

emoticon already! Looking forward to seeing you again in the Fall challenge!Enjoyed having you on the team this Summer!

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8/21/2015 10:46:18 AM

Thank you for the sweet post on !y page emoticon

Loved hearing that you had a wonderful time with your Granddaughter!

It's never too late to jump back on the train! We'll be starting the in between challenge soon and would love for you to join in! Thanks for being an amazing teammate! Love our Champions!

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8/21/2015 3:45:16 AM

Thank you for writing, Vicky. I've had an absolutely horrible day, crying jags and drinking and eating junk and having some very dark thoughts. I've been trying so hard since I moved here to keep a positive attitude and keep plugging along day by day, putting together a new life, but the thought of my daughter leaving me here alone, an aging stranger in a strange city where nobody knows or cares who I am, made it all fall apart. Now I can't sleep, not surprisingly after what I did to my blood sugar today.

I think kind of the same thing is happening to me on the job front that you described - I thought people would understand that I'm a 65-year-old retiree just looking to do something part-time to supplement my SS, that I'm not trying to continue my career, but I think they're looking at my resume and seeing that I'm overqualified and not even considering me. I've been rejected by day care centers, receptionist jobs, even the office temp agency told me I didn't fit their profile. I'm becoming so discouraged and worried. And I don't have it in me to start a business like you did. I just don't have the character traits to do that. But I really admire that you did it.

It's funny, you're talking about the far-off golden years as opposed to my now, but I kind of feel like this is it for me. Ever since I learned I had the stroke in my eye, I don't feel so sure that I'm going to live to be that old. And at the moment it feels like I have nothing to live for. I'm sorry to sound melodramatic and self-pitying, but it really feels that way. Everything has kind of dropped away- home, husband, job, daughter - and it's just me alone in a room. Like I said, a very bad day and now it's 3 am. This is why I'm thinking of fleeing to where at least there's somebody in town who knows who I am. But I'm having my doubts on that too. My sister and I get along fine from a distance but we have very different personalities and I don't know how much togetherness we could really take. And you're right, there's not much in Hagerstown. I'll have to muse on it some more.

Well, I'm sure things will be better tomorrow or in a day or two. Thank you again for sharing some of your own experience with me. And good going on your blood work!

Next morning: I finally dropped back to sleep around 4 am and slept in tuill 8:30 which is insanely late for me, going to be okay today.

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8/18/2015 8:34:28 PM

Riley says thank you. Hope Molly is feeling all better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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