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Dee at 65 in 2005


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HI, I am an ancient gal who gained 70 pounds after quitting smoking 20 years ago (March 7, 1989). I now know how to lose the weight sensibly, but I just don't do it. I don't care to go back to my normal adult body (I think I would look and be too frail at my age now), but losing and keeping off 40 pounds would be just fine. I have been retired for nearly 4 years and am feeling a bit purposeless after a long, rewarding career. Gotta be something new and rewarding out there. :) Some records show that I started this account in 2009. I can't say that I have lost weight here, but I have enjoyed the ride. I love all the varied features of this site, and I especially love the price of $0.00. Thanks for providing this site. Any non-loss issues are mine for not paying attention. I did, however, find something interesting to do with my life. I joined the Monroe County Area Retired Educators' Association in 2006. The next year I became the secretary of the group, and 2 years later (probably just after I wrote the post at the top about having nothing important to do), I became the president of the assn. It became my life, and I loved it. I was certainly never bored. Held that position for 4 years. Now I've been the Immediate Past President for one year. Just now finding that I don't have so much to do despite being on 7 committees. We are currently in need of a treasurer. Will let you know if I am asked to take that on. Today is July 3, 2016. I've just loaded SparkPeople to my android phone, Samsung S6. I've been trying to get used to this phone for nearly a year, after using a BlackBerry for several years. The interesting point, to me, is that I just found this long post where I've apparently updated my life. Yes, I've found many beneficial things to do with my retirement years. I mentioned becoming secretary, and then president of my local retired educators' unit. Following that office, I served on committees and searched for a treasurer. Right, I couldn't find anyone to do it, so I became the reluctant treasurer during the 2014-15 school year. I'm not sure who thought I was doing nothing, but in May 2015, I was asked to accept appointment as one of the two District III Directors of the Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association (WREA). I was thrilled, humbled, honored, overwhelmed, and overjoyed. WREA is divided into five geographical Districts. District III is further divided into 16 Units. Each unit is guided by a president. I work closely with those presidents to keep their total of over 1,000 members going on the same direction. I totally love the task. In this year, I've personally visited 15 Units, and the 16th is scheduled for September. I've helped plan one District Convention, and am now helping plan our next state convention. All great fun mixed with great responsibilities. Next year might not be so much fun. My Co-Director tells me her terms of election are ending. I'll have to suggest someone to serve with me for a couple of more years. Then I'll choose to finish. No more elections or appointments. I will appreciate the restful days as much as I appreciate these fulfilling days.

Member Since: 2/28/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,647

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My first goal is to get 8 hours sleep a night.

Another is to eat on a more regular schedule.

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I am doing some better at sleep. Found I have sleep apnea and am using a machine now. Maybe it helps.

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    My hometown (although we lived in the country) was Blackduck. We went to Bemidji for things like doctor or dentist appointments and I loved to look at the lake -- as well
    as see the huge herds of buffalo. But I'm older than you, I think, so things could be a bit different in my memory.
    2394 days ago
    I just saw the message you left on my page and thought it would be rude not to answer your question. I am not an English teacher yet, but will be student teaching starting next week. I graduate in December and will look for permanent employment after that. I'm glad to hear that you loved your work so much. Good luck with all your goals, and thank you for posting on my page.
    3227 days ago
    Thanks for your note and well wishes. My life has been busy with end of school year stuff - a daughter moving back home for the summer - travels for graduation - all the things that happen in May. Today was our seniors' last day - hallelujah! They "check out" about a week before and it makes that last week with them both sweet and challenging.
    You are moving right along in the weight loss tracker - way to go
    emoticon I backtracked abit on a recent trip to Washington DC. I still don't know how I gained 2 pounds in 4 days because I did not overdo it except for one meal .... so I am hoping it will soon disappear.
    Wishing you a terrific Memorial Day weekend!

    3314 days ago
    Hey, it's me again.

    Thanks for the feedback on may page. How great for you that you have an exercise buddy in your sister-in-law! Now all we have to do is wait expectantly for Spring to really arrive (as I write this, it is snowing out).

    Right now my walking buddy has four legs and likes to stop often for mailboxes and fire hydrants. My husband will also walk with me, but if he's walking for fitness, he goes much faster than I do.


    P.S. I realized that one of my messages was confusing; I am actually not retired - yet - a few more years to go, I think (well, at least one more year, since I just signed my contract for 09-10).
    3367 days ago
    How are you doing on your 8 hrs/night sleep goal? I've been working on it, too, by making sure I am in bed in plenty of time to get 8 hrs before the alarm goes off...but the sleep does not always happen like it should.
    I always figured that it would be easier in retirement??? But perhaps not :)
    3375 days ago
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