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Starting a New Life

Monday, October 03, 2011

My husband and I have just moved from the house we built and lived in for 22 years to a
"Senior Living Village" and are starting a new life here among other people who are in their senior years as we are (he's 83 and I'm 80). We felt it was time. We already feel at home here because our neighbors are so friendly and helpful . I've already been to my first Jazzercise class at a center near here and enjoyed finding new friends there. We've definitely downsized from 3 bedrooms and 3 baths to 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. We're using the 2nd bedroom for a computer and sewing room. Some might say we're a little crowded, but we feel quite cozy and comfortable. Each stage of life includes new and different blessings and we look forward to them.

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TUTUNAN 10/9/2011 1:58PM

    Sounds like an exciting move!

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GRAMMYEAC 10/5/2011 9:29PM

    Glad you've found a warm and caring community to move into!

Jazzercise always provides a wonderful community, wherever you go!

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NOW2DAY 10/4/2011 12:58PM

    Glad you are enjoying your new home and making new friends. Sounds very cozy. emoticon emoticon

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

As we continue our journey along the path toward good health, fit bodies and minds and a more active life, staying focused on where we're heading keeps us from wandering too far away from the "straight and narrow." I recently had occasion to temporarily let unusual circumstances take my attention away from the importance of getting my exercise each day and watching my portions of food. As a result, I gained 5 lbs in a week! What a shock when I got on the scales for my weekly weigh-in. In the past, I would have thrown in the towel and said to myself, "I've blown it - I might as well just forget trying to be slender." However, since I've been on maintenance for 4 years now, I've learned that a slight bend in the road doesn't mean you have to detour off into the jungle. I simply decided to add 10 minutes to my walk each day and cut out desserts for a week. I discovered that if I can accumulate 5 lbs in a week, I can also get them off in a week. This week, when I weighed in, I was right back at my goal. Hallelujah!

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GRAMMAP1 9/9/2011 11:00PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGood for you Peggy. The fact that you have maintained for four years shows how sincere you are about being thin.

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ALICERIEGER 9/8/2011 7:50AM

    Congratulations on getting back on track.. That is such good advice.

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What's Your Favorite Day of the Week?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

You've heard the song, "Rainy Days and Mondays Get Me Down", but actually Monday has always been my favorite day of the week. Back before I found Sparkpeople, I would promise myself, "Monday morning, I'll start on a diet." Then I'd spend the weekend eating everything in sight getting ready to deprive myself on Monday. I always thought of Monday as a good day to start fresh and change some bad habits. However, now that I've learned so much about living a healthy lifestyle from Sparkpeople, Monday is not the only day I start fresh. Now I look forward to each and every morning as a new beginning, starting with 30 min. of yoga before breakfast, which I've come to love and continuing to plan with my husband how we'll enjoy the rest of the day. Since we're both retired, we can go for a walk in our neighborhood or if it's too hot, walk at the air-conditioned mall. We can put our "Chair-Dancing" DVD on and exercise to music together. We can look through favorite recipes and plan a healthful lunch, since we both like to cook. We can go visit a friend in a nursing home or correspond with friends and family via e-mail. In the evening, we like to watch a classic movie we've gotten out of our public library or read and listen to music. We are both very grateful for the gift of each day and have been blessed with good health. Life is Good Every Day of the Week! emoticon

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BET212 6/30/2011 9:56PM

    Great blog Peggy! I'm so glad you and DH can do so many things together.

Years ago I used to hate Mondays but have come to love them as I think of Mondays as the start of my Jazzercise week. It's also a slower day for me work-wise so I get to slowly get up to speed as the week goes by emoticon

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LIZABETT 6/30/2011 5:04PM

    emoticon blog, Peggy. Your life sounds serene and peaceful. I tried yoga for the first time last week and really liked it. I'm trying to figure how to include it regularly in my program. Do you use a yoga dvd at home to practice it? Or just special music, etc. We have a yoga class at the Y which is just five minutes away from home and that is a thought. Do you still fast one day a week? If so what is your diet for that day?
Lots of questions but I'm really interested.
Thank you for adding me as your friend. You really are an inspiration to me and to others.
Let's see, Probably Sunday would be my favorite day. Early church, dinner with friends and games in afternoon. Usually church again in evening. Try to stay within goal range that day but no formal exercise. ( I do enjoy my exercise routine however)
Think about me this next week, when we will be having our four grown children and their families here for the July 4th holidays. That could be a challenge in my nutrition and fitness agenda. emoticon

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SKYFROG 6/29/2011 2:55PM

    Every day is a gift - so today is the best day ever!


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RLEFEBRE 6/29/2011 2:42PM

    AWESOME!!My favorite day is Sunday because that is when it all begins again

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NEVERGIVEUP1969 6/29/2011 2:38PM

    emoticonso neat u both are staying active together!!!

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What a Difference Losing Just Ten Pounds Made

Monday, June 13, 2011

I lost the ten pounds I'd been battling for years back in 2007 and have been logging in to Sparkpeople ever since to be sure I stay on track with my new healthy lifestyle. I've made some permanent changes that have enabled me to stay at goal for over 4 years, such as weighing and measuring portions, eating smaller portions, drinking 8 glasses of liquid daily, exercising regularly and getting 8 hours of sleep every night. Recently I realized the changes this has made in my body, so gradually I hardly noticed. Here they are:
1. I used to wear size 10 and now wear either a 6 or sometimes a 4.
2. I can buy tops and bottoms in the same size now. I used to have "an hour-glass figure in which all the sand has run to the bottom."
3. I no longer have "thunder thighs". I can wear shorts and jeans and look good.
4. I can look in a full length mirror and no longer cringe.
5. I can put on my clothes by pulling them up over my hips instead of always over my head
6. I can do yoga I never thought I'd be able to do.
7. I feel and look much younger than my 80 years and enjoy life much more. emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 6/27/2011 10:43PM

    WOW you are amazing. What an active life you live. You give me a lot of hope. I will be 69 in August approaching that 70 mark. You are doing great. Have a wonderful Tuesday! June emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 6/14/2011 9:38AM

    One thing about living healthy at our age is we really appreciate how neat living can be. Your blog really expresses that so well.

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GRAMMAP1 6/13/2011 11:05PM

    We are very proud of you Peg. And to get such evident rewards from it all is certainly a current blessing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 6/13/2011 4:12PM

    I love your blog, You have presented it so well as to what one can do with their life. I would say to you that you are not only maintaining the loss but are living life. Congratulations, Oh, by the way, I didn't realize that you are 80. I hope that some people on our team read this and know that our age doesn't give a excuse for not releasing weight. I checked the I like this blog as I think others need to see what can be accomplished.
Thank you for sharing

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NOW2DAY 6/13/2011 4:11PM

    Congrats on the loss and keeping the 10 lbs off. You made changes that became habits. So that's how you do it.

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POETANDMORE 6/13/2011 3:07PM

    Great! Keep it up! You brought a positive light to sp today! Thanks for the blog entry you shared. Helps alot!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

One thing I've learned since I've been living the Sparkpeople way is to listen to what my body is telling me. I used to pay little attention to what it was saying about how much I needed to eat or when it really wanted to move. I would eat something when what my body really needed was more rest. I would spend all day sitting, when what my body was trying to tell me was it needed to move.

Now I make sure I get 8 hrs of sleep a night and sometimes take a nap in the afternoon, so I know my body is getting plenty of rest. After I've been working at the computer a while, my body wants to go for a walk, so I listen and walk at least 30 min. each day. When I get back from my walk, my body tells me I need to drink at least l6 oz. of water, so I get my large 2 cup glass and sip on water till it's all gone. When I leave Jazzercise after dancing for an hour, my body tells me I need a snack, so I have low sodium crackers and low fat cheese or some other healthy snack.

It's amazing how smart my body has turned out to be when I really listen to it. What is your body trying to tell you?

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MONTY68 4/19/2011 11:35PM

What a great blog about listening to our body. You gave some great examples of how by listening to your body, that you made better decisions on what you were doing. Thank you for sharing this.

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NOW2DAY 4/19/2011 7:50PM

    It's good to be intune with your body. emoticon

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LYDIASPURPLE 4/19/2011 7:13PM

    To listen...

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