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Staying healthy is hard work and takes time, but it is fun, too. I want to stay knowledgeable about health and weight issues and have realistic goals for myself. I want to get to a healthy weight and have fun doing it.
After the summer challenge, I swam across our lake, a little over 1 KM., with my husband keeping track in a canoe close by. I am thankful that I am healthy and can do that.
Now, I do a "challenging for me" Barre class that is hard, but after a few weeks, I notice that it is easier for me. Then I know it is helping.
Spring 2018 5% Challenge: I have done these challenges since 2016 in every season and am maintaining a healthy body and energy, even as I grow older. I have not lost a lot of weight, but gained knowledge about nutrition, exercise and myself. (Of course there has been the fun of getting to know new people on the team, too.)
Towards the end of this challenge, we have a lot of company arriving and an anniversary celebration. Losing some weight before that would be beneficial.
My exercise plans are not set in stone since many things I do depend on weather, opportunity and circumstance. I will work in the garden and do housework. Most days I walk the dog with my husband for and hour or more. I go to a barre class once a week that includes yoga. That is strength training mainly and I will incorporate at least an hour a week added to that at home doing strength and yoga.
I have wanted to bike more when spring arrives and have in the past not done this, so I am planning on doing short rides at first and then extending the rides as I get fitter.
I have dvd's and cd's with music that I dance to and do other exercises for a change. They are at my fingertips and I can have a mat and weights ready, too.
One of my CD's is music for jogging and this gets my heart rate up which is beneficial, too. I can do this on our driveway and on the road.
Music is a great way for me to enjoy exercise.
My nutrition plan is simple. We already eat healthy and mainly home cooked meals. My problem is eating too many calories compared to my output.
I will count calories some days and on others use the question, "Are you really hungry now or are you eating for some other reason?". Just eating mindfully really helps. I will cut calories by eating less fat, and fewer sweet items than usual. Filling up on vegetables and fruit helps me, too. I also eat enough protein, usually at every meal. Healthy snacks help to me not get overly hungry.I am going to try to make meals that are less calorie dense and watch portions.

Member Since: 5/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 119,779

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I would like to stay healthy and active and losing some weight would enhance those goals.

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I love to cook and eat. We enjoy healthy foods and treats sometimes, too. I need to watch portions.
I enjoy a variety of exercises, indoors and out, but even being mainly retired, I have trouble finding time for everything on the "must do" list and the "would like to do" list.

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We enjoy living in a rural setting that is abundant with wildlife. We have mountains, lakes and forests at our doorstep, perfect for walks and hikes and snowshoeing in winter.
Travelling to visit family and friends is fun, too , as well as
having company.

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Doing renovations lately to our home is quite creative, but messy, too. The results are great, though, thanks to my husband.
We look forward to gardening this year and hope each year we will get better at it. I love the flowers especially, but also fresh cherries, strawberries, raspberries, herbs and salad ingredients.

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  • v YICHE12
    emoticon to you and your hubby Kay. Do have a wonderful time fishing. emoticon Lise
    20 days ago
    Hello! Hope your spring is going well! I have been off of Spark for awhile due to personal and health issues, but hope to be back soon. I was thinking of sweet people like you and just wanted to wish you well.
    36 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by my blog "Can it get any better...". It is so awesome going through this journey with SparkFriends. This journey has been bumpy to say the least, but now I can see the end of the tunnel. I could not have done it without the inspiration and motivation from SparkFriends.

    Praying that your journey is not too bumpy. SparkCheers,

    41 days ago
    Sorry you've been disappointed at the scale lately, but keep up your hard work and it will pay off! I'm sure you'll get that scale going in the right direction if you keep following your plan. Cheers!
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    58 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/24/2018 9:30:36 PM
  • v BJAEGER307
    Thank you for your kind comments regarding my Daisy Day! You asked what kind of birds were on my page and they are the Eastern Bluebird. We don't have them in Michigan that I know of, but they are very common on the East coast.
    63 days ago
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