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Grandma & Grandpa with our lake crew!!

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My sweet but crazy crew at Christmas!

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Welcome to my Spark page. I am 64 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 4 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so fortunate to see them a lot. They are my sunshine!!
Our son is married to a great woman. They have his rescue beagle (see a pattern in our family?) and her two cats. They live about 25 minutes from us also (in the opposite direction!)
I joined Spark in December 2009 and, like everyone, life has thrown me some curves as well as blessed me in many ways! Although I struggle with consistency, my main struggle seems to always be with exercise. It seems I do fine for awhile and then I get off track. I always go back to the basics but it does get discouraging.
I'm trying to focus on being a healthy me with the energy to have fun with my family!

Member Since: 12/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 56,423

My Goals:
-be aware of my diet and portion control
-maintain a consistent exercise routine (walking, yoga, ST)
-drink at least 3 glasses of water a day
-blog weekly

My Program:
-be aware of nutrition and portion control
-track my fitness every day
-track my fruits/veggies
-track my water intake

Personal Information:
I've been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years. We have 2 grown children. Our daughter is married with 3 children. I feel so blessed to have them close and spend lots of time with them. Our son and his wife are recently married and right now live about 10 minutes from us.I taught preschool special education for 23 years and retired about 5 years ago. Loving retirement and am always busy!

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I love to read!!! I belong to PaperbackSwap and love having access to so many books.
We are moving our pontoon to Smith Mountain Lake and hope to spend some weekends and at least one week each summer down there. We are able to spend lots of time with our kids and grandkids. I love spending time with my family!

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    Hey sweetie - thanks for stopping by. And for leaving bloglove. Now if we could just fine some wings around here ......
    1 day ago
  • v JANEDOE12345
    Don't we wish we would never, ever do this again! Pledges are hard to keep.

    1 day ago
    Is there any chance that some of the kids or grand kids could chip in? Benny doesn't even wait until the cast is off. If I have regained consciousness he thinks I'm fully functional. In his defense, he seldom gets sick and it's usually for 15 minutes. Have you tried "helpers"? I love my grab bars.
    4 days ago
  • v JANEDOE12345
    It's only 11:20 am and I am already bushed from grocery shopping. Cheerleader? I may not get the trophy here. I feel like an aspirin and a nap are as much as I want to do after chasing all over Aldi's.

    SP needs an emoticon for grocery shopping with a lady lying in a heap on the floor next to an overturned shopping cart, gasping for breath and covered in used plastic tote bags.
    4 days ago
  • v JANEDOE12345
    Beth, you may be at all-time high, but you can still do this -- just give yourself permission to get going despite your wrist.

    Oh what am I saying here? I had my hip replaced last June and kept saying it hurt to walk as the weight piled on me. Now I am walking well and, despite today's gain, I know I can lose it. And so can you, friend. Let's look back in a couple of months and laugh about how much we lose!

    You don't walk on your wrist, dear! And I have a healed hip! Let's get walking!

    5 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2019 4:16:14 PM
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