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Grace and Marilyn

Marilyn and JoAnn meet in AZ.

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I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2006. I am returning for a second time.I returned th first time shortly after my husband passed in 2013.The friends that I have made here have stuck with me through all the difficult times. I am counting on that again.

I am a 60+ retired high school teacher. I was married 47 years to my college sweetheart. I have two married sons and four grandchildren. I am a breast cancer survivor. I have been truly blessed over the years and feel grateful for all of these blessings in my life.

Update 1/1/10 My weight has returned to where it was when I started Sparkpeople. I am refocusing and redirecting my life as I work to bring change and make my life an adventure.

SW 179 (8/7/06)
LW 163 (8/1/07)
GW 140

9/4/13 My weight this morning was at 182 at WW. This is the beginning of a new month and a new me.

8/25/17 Starting again at 199.

Member Since: 8/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 56,021

My Goals:
I want to lose 10% of my weight and lower my BMI . I want to create a healthy lifestyle and remain healthy for many years to come.

My Program:
To stay within my calorie range of 1200-1500 calories.
To drink 8 glasses of water a day.
To start exercising again.....going for a walk

Personal Information:
I live in Illinois. A small town east of Peoria. I retired from teaching special education in June of 2005. My hobbies include knitting, scrapbooking, and reading. I am a work in progress.

Other Information:
My mantra: "I am healthy,
1/10 My intention: To savor each moment, wherever I am and whatever I'm doing. To accept what is , regardless of my opinion about it.

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