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New House, New Resolve

Monday, September 05, 2011

It has been months since I posted. Sorting, packing and moving has taken up my time, along with thousands of decisions to be made along the way. Change for me is always challenging, and so it has been a stressful time. I am feeling like we are coming to the end of the transition, so hence finally a blog. It has not only been a change in location, but also a change in lifestyle. We spent several hours a week gardening, and now we only have a few key plants. Our gym is now from 30 to 50 minutes away depending on traffic. We've had a constant stream of company to help us celebrate our move to our new home, which usually involves eating - well actually always involves eating! So now that September is here, I can take a couple of moments to re-assess where I am, and what my goals should be now.

For one thing, I am wanting to change my name - Jubilada 2009. I'm not sure what I want to change it to, but I choose that name two years ago to celebrate my retirement from teaching. At the time I was studying Spanish for our trip to Argentina, and the idea that retirement was "jubilation" was a wonderful idea. But now I'm actually thinking more that I don't want to let retirement define me. So, that might be a first step.

I've been hovering near my goals for so long, but never quite reaching them. I was able to accomplish our move here and I know if I put my mind to it I can do it!

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M77355 1/9/2012 8:44AM

    Hi there!
I just saw this post ~ I understand your dilemma about the name process
I do love your Jubilada ... which could be about anything, right?
Each day can have its own high point in which we can then be glad we were a positive addition in our own corner of the world!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a fresh start this year!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/5/2011 10:20AM

Sounds like life is settling down for you. ENJOY it!!!

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Before, during and After

Friday, May 06, 2011

Well, I managed to get within 4 pounds of my goal weight, but I have turned 60 without reaching my goal. HOWEVER, I am not too discouraged because I am looking at the whole picture - actually the whole picture of my life. I attended my niece's wedding on April 16th, and my husband took a picture of me and my dad: . This picture reminded me of the picture of me at my dad taken in 1971 when I was 20 years old. Here it is: Through the years I have put on a few pounds, but really I have never moved out of a healthy BMI.
Although I so admire the Spark stories and pictures of the incredible weight loss and life style changes, I realize that I have been blessed to keep to a reasonable weight throughout my life. I will never be a huge success story, but still all of the information on Spark People has encouraged me to continue the saga of "before, during and after" that I have been on for the last 40 years. I am looking forward to the next 20 years or as long as the good Lord gives me!

P.S. My dad is 88 now and he looks great!

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M77355 7/30/2011 9:48AM

    You're so fortunate to have your father around still ... and he's fortunate to still have his young beauty to enjoy good times with, too!
Many should read your excellent viewpoint on having a healthy body vs. a preconceived number on a scale. (It's also food for thought for me.) Congratulations on a life well lived!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/7/2011 9:39PM

    You both are looking AWESOME!!! WAY TO GO on maintaining a healthy weight through the years.

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CHAR1970 5/7/2011 1:30AM

    You both look great!

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New Goal for May 5th

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I can't let a new year begin without taking stock. I guess now that I'm retired, January 5th isn't too late! 2010 held many significant events for me - a flight to Edmonton to see my daughter in January, gall bladder surgery on February 3rd, took in some of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver (walked 18 300 steps two weeks after my surgery), a quick trip to Seattle in March, to Vancouver Island in April for five days, to Edmonton in a snow storm on my birthday, May 5th, took the train to Whistler and stayed overnight in June, to Sheridan Lake and then to Vancouver Island again, in July off to California for almost 3 weeks, down to Mission Viejo, stayed in Santa Cruz and then stopped along the Oregon coast on our way home. In August we went up to Sheridan Lake again in time for forest fires that made it hard to breathe! September saw us heading south again to California, this time to wine country with friends. Hey in October we stayed home, but listed our house, and it is still for sale. In November we drove to Edmonton again, and arrived in time for -28 C, that is cold! We got to see our daughter play a solo with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a mom's proud moment for me! December and we had our daughter here, along with my sister from California and lots of family visits. Are you dizzy yet?
So how did my weight goals fare through all of this? Well I managed to exceed my fitness goal for the year with trips to the gym any chance I got, working in our garden throughout the nice weather months, and walking on days I didn't get to the gym. So that part went well. I can't imagine how much I would have gained if I hadn't done all of that! I was close to my goal around February when I had my surgery, but somehow I just didn't think it counted. So now, I am six pounds down from the very start, and ten pounds away from my goal. I feel like things are leveling out a bit now. The traveling is slowing down as we are thinking of moving. Now I am looking ahead to May 5th when I turn 60 years old and thinking that would be a good target to reach my goal. Sound like a good idea?


Beautiful Fall

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It has been almost two months since I wrote a blog. We had an absolutely amazing trip to wine country in California with our friends. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed sightseeing in the small towns of Sonoma and Napa as well as a day in San Francisco. That day was the best for hill climbing, for sure! Now since being home, my DH has decided that it is time to sell our place on one acre of land, and buy a new house in a nearby town. I guess that has created an emotionally roller coaster for me! I can see the reasons why it might be a good thing, but somehow it makes me incredibly sad to leave this place.

How is the weight goal coming? Well, I'm trying not to get discouraged, but I need to step up my efforts. I was reading a blog that someone wrote about how they lost 20 pounds in two months, and it was all the things that make a lot of sense - recording what you eat, measuring portions, walking 30 to 60 minutes every day, going for 10 000 steps, and a few more! I have done all of those things, but not as consistently as I need to in order to get back on track. Tomorrow is always another day!

Actually tomorrow we are having one son and his girlfriend over for breakfast, and my husband's niece and her family over for lunch. Today we had another son and his wife over for snacks and a glass of wine before dinner, and then the oldest son and his family came over for supper to show up their new car! There was me, busily overeating! So you can see that with all of the entertaining that we do, I have to be very disciplined! So for the next round, I am going to actually try to be within my calorie limits with those company meals and see if I can do it!

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F8CONE8 11/5/2010 10:47PM

    I am glad that your trip was wonderful and I am also glad you are enjoying your family!

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POSEY440 10/24/2010 3:42PM

    I went to Napa in the fall and it was just so pretty. Very nice country there. Thanks for the memory of it, emoticon emoticon

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One Year Now

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I note that I have passed my one year anniversary of belonging to Spark. I feel humbled by reading all of the amazing weight loss journeys of so many. I've been reading the Slowest Loser blog, but actually think I might be a slower one! I was within 3 pounds of my goal weight, only to move in the opposite direction twice as far! When I was in my twenties if I was up a pound or two I would just think I needed to lose weight and it would happen. But I am right on schedule with a pound a year weight gain through those intervening decades. Now at 59 it takes much more care and determination to shed those pounds. I know that I will get there and I actually, thanks to Spark People, know how to do it!


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