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My name is Carolyn but I also use Injoy:) I joined Spark People in 2007 then deleted that page and rejoined in 2009. I started fresh in November 2017 and have stuck with it since then. I've had a lifelong struggle with weight and was morbidly obese. I'm repairing those habits now and while I know it will take time, I'm in this for the duration. It truly is a LIFESTYLE change for me.

I'm a happily married, retired mother of two adults (ages 48 and 43) and have three grandchildren, all of them over eighteen. I'm originally from Louisiana; moved to East Texas and have lived in Illinois, Long Island New York, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and retired to Arizona. I'm the only survivor of four children. Both my parents are deceased.

I'm 70 yrs old and will be 71 in November. I'm 5'9" and used to be 5'11. My Hubby's name is Steve. I'm medically retired since 1995. I worked as a nurse, as an accountant and other miscellaneous jobs from working in a perceptual development lab, at a museum for an archeologist and as a secretary.

My husband and I used to travel periodically to attend car shows and have a restored Classic 1956 Ford F100. I don't go outdoors during the daytime during the summer because of the extreme heat (105 to 117 degrees) but the nights in Arizona are beautiful. Winter days are in the 70's and I love seeing the sunsets from my front porch nightly. I spend many of my summer evenings in our pool and feel blessed to have it!

We have a gorgeous French mastiff/boxer mix female dog (Miss Jasmine) who at 115 pounds still thinks she's a lap puppy. She turned three years old in May. She is a joy. She swims like a fish and loves playing in the pool. She jumps out of the water like a dolphin. She will play catch for hours or until our shoulders give out.

I enjoy card crafting, adult coloring, reading and writing book reviews for NetGalley, Amazon, and Goodreads. I also crochet, do card crafting and do jigsaw puzzles online. That way I never lose the pieces. I also do crossword puzzles.

I LOVE my life! I'm grateful to be alive. I adore my wonderful (longsuffering) husband of 40 years and love my family. I miss my daughter and grandchildren since they live in Washington and I moved to Arizona in November 2008.

I enjoy surfing the net, learning more about genealogy, watching recorded tv shows or movies. I like swimming or simply floating in the pool. Less gravity makes my joints feel better. I enjoy writing poetry and blogs and at some point will use enough discipline to get the 'book in me out'.

I will continue to learn new things, spend time with my Honey and appreciate life. I'm taking charge of my weight control journey and giving myself the time to learn and enjoy as I continue to lose weight and regain strength and energy. I believe that if I exercise and eat right following the 80/20 rule and believe that I can do it, that it will happen. A lot of times when I'm tempted to eat, I'll blog instead.

Member Since: 12/28/2009

My Goals:
Here are reasons WHY I want to change want to reach and maintain my goal weight:
Be as healthy as possible and feel better physically.
Lower my blood pressure and get off blood pressure medicines.
Feel more confident and have self-respect.
Able to move more freely.
Be physically fit.
To have more energy and live a fulfilling life.
Avoid looking for sturdy chairs without arms.
Be a role model for my grandchildren.
Take walks with Hubby and dog.
To walk without a cane or a walker.
To stride or saunter instead of struggling.
To exercise and still be able to breathe.
To do yoga, dance or Zumba.
Have my long neck back and only one chin.
Cross my legs at the knee.
Get into and out of the bathtub.
Get up and down off the floor with ease.
Improved appearance.
To have stronger muscles.
Shop anywhere for attractive clothing that I like.
Wear a swimsuit or skinny dip instead of chunky dunking.
Wearing clothing that fits.

My Program:
1. Stay within calorie allotment and use nutritional planner in advance.
2. Drink 64 ounces of water daily.
3. Take my prescriptions twice daily consistently.
4. Continue my Pilates 100's twice daily program.
5. Alternate leg work and arm workouts every other day. I need to have a weekly rest day.
6. Continue turning around any negative self-talk.
7. Continue stopping complaints immediately.

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I am grateful for every day I wake up breathing.

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Other Information:
I have two Challenges for the Summer Months and have blogged about my exercise and nutritional plans for both of them. It keeps me motivated.

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  • v LINDA!

    "One day you will thank yourself for never giving up."

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    11 hours ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    (I ran across this the other day...I know it's long, but worth reading)

    ~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~I Wish You Enough~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~

    Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their
    last moments together at the airport.
    They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate,
    they hugged and the mother said, "I love you and I wish you enough".
    The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough.
    Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom".

    They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window
    where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry.
    I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking,
    "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever? ".
    "Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking,
    but why is this a forever good-bye?".
    "I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is -
    the next trip back will be for my funeral,"she said.

    "When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough'.
    May I ask what that means?".
    She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down
    from other generations.
    My parents used to say it to everyone".
    She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember
    it in detail and she smiled even more.
    "When we said, I wish you enough', we were wanting the other person
    to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them".

    Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.
    I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright,
    I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
    I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
    I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
    I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
    I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
    I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

    She then began to cry and walked away.
    They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them,
    a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
    Take time to live...…
    "To all my friends and loved ones, I wish you enough.'
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    16 hours ago
  • v OLDSKOOL556
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    Morning looks like another Hot day emoticon today emoticon drink your water emoticon Enjoy your Saturday! ⭐🌠Keep Sparking!🌠⭐ emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a Family Reunion to go to today! emoticon
    21 hours ago
    emoticon for your comment on my blog: "Passing on Good Advice From My Doctor" ... emoticon Enjoy your weekend!
    22 hours ago
    *♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥-*
    Enjoy life, this is not a dress rehearsal. Karon Gibson
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    23 hours ago
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