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Hi. I found this web site while searching for information for an article for my web site. I wrote an article on the SPARKSPEOPLE web site that I have not yet published to my web site. I was so impressed with SPARKPEOPLE that I joined and have been using religously. I am a Gerontologist and helping people age gracefully is my primary interest, so this site made my day!

Member Since: 3/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 18,417

My Goals:
To stay healthy as I age and lose 30 pounds by June 2008.

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I do a curcuit training workout five day a week, walk 4 miles each day, do two high impact aerobic workouts each week and keep my calorie intake between 1100 and 1200 per day. I make sure I eat plenty of veggies and fruits and drink water throughout the day. I do allow myself the occasional sweet, paying attention to portion. I know myself, and if I deny the sweet toothe, I'll find myself overindulging. As long as I keep my portions true and track those calories, I'm good to go.

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Last year at this time I was fighting for my life. I had been diagnosed with bone cancer in November 2006. I went through a year of radiation and chemo therapy. In September 2007 I underwent surgery on my cirvical spine . The cancer had destroyed the first and second vertabrae and for 11 months I wore a neck brace to stabalize my neck. I got a jump start on weight loss due to the chemotherapy, and because I lost so much weight so fast I had no muscle tone. I started a limited workout program in December 2007 to help regain muscle tone and strength. Today I am in remission. Two weeks ago my surgeon told me I don't need the neck brace any longer since everything in my neck is healed. I work out 5 days each week and walk 4 miles daily. At this point in my life, even after being so ill and not knowing what the future holds, I feel I am in the best health I have ever been.

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    Wow- February already! I too had slowed down on my walking mainly because of the cold and too tired but I have been trying to go at least 5 days a week- I cut my route down to 55 minutes so that helps alittle because I just tell myself, once I'm out and walking with the music and the mutts that I will feel better. Last Thursday, I had the day off and the weather was really nice here so I took the mutts to the Antioch reservoir to walk around that. To get there, I have to walk up a fairly steep hill- it was really nice- there were a ton of different birds- blue herons, regular herons, white egrets, ducks, wild wood ducks, and others that I can't think of their name off the top of my head. I even saw a heron eating a ground squirrel. I have this Thursday off too and am planning on doing it again. It took me about 90 minutes but I wasn't rushing either. I climbed an additional hill while there too- next time, I'm going to have to find my binoculars because the view was wonderful! I have been trying to log when I walk. I don't like how they changed Spark America.
    If you like to use coupons, I joined a free site where you can do some coupon trading- it's called There are also message boards there too. So much to do, so little time!
    Have a great week. I know you'll step it up. :)- as will I.
    3364 days ago
    Hello there.
    Just checking in to see how 2009 is treating you.
    My co-worker joined this site so I have some new
    motivation to keep up with her!
    3383 days ago
    Just checking in to see how you are doing... are you cooking on Thursday, or going somewhere?
    3433 days ago
    You definately wouldn't get bored with the Wii fit- I jogged for 20 minutes yesterday and did a little over 3 miles. Not bad for me- a 6 minute mile :). Course the dogs were mad cause I didn't take them out... But I took them this morning. Although my right foot is acting up again- I don't think it's my plantar faciitis though- it's the top of my foot- it kind of aches and feels crampy. But after warming up on my walk, it felt better. I wonder if it has something to do with the cold? It's supposed to be into the 80's here on Friday and Saturday.... beautiful- but it is November! It's supposed to be cold! I can tell by the PG&E bill though the weather. Last year at this time we used like 30 therms of gas and this time this month- and with a couple more billing days- we only had like 12! I wish they'd give you credit for using less then you did last year :)...
    Where are you on the minutes? I don't even check anymore. But I do at least log my minutes. And I'm trying to walk at least 6 days a week- but lately I've been going on the shorter route. Except this Saturday, I plan on going on my longer route. Then I will of course play the wii fit too- today I was 2 years older than I am....:(... I try to do it in the morning when I first wake up because it also weighs you and keeps track with a graph. So far it is going down- in really tiny increments- but it's going down! :)...
    Pep wise, I've been feeling ok- taking my meds regulary and I've added ashawandga which is supposed to help thyroid too- and I take my multi=vitamin and extra vitamin C. Can't hurt.
    I've joined and so go there to play on line games. You can win actual money- and it's free to play. But I don't go there until after I've walked :).... Which I will head over there now....
    There's a fun word game and slot machines...
    Have a fun Thursday :)....
    3444 days ago
    Happy Wednesday to you.
    Hope the weather isn't impeding all your walking :)
    We got the Wii Fit on Sunday and it is so much fun. There's a section where you follow a path and go "jogging" in place. The more you play, you open up new games. I opened up "free run" last night and it's a kick! They start a timer for 10 minutes and you jog in place- it even keeps track of your miles. I don't know how accurate but I just did a little over 2 miles in 10 minutes. And the scenery changes each time you run. Sometimes you follow dogs. And your little Mi character gets weighed- which is yourself- and it takes you BMI- my little Mi character is obese- so it's round in the middle- my husbands and daughters are just right- let me tell you- it's a great motivator! It does you fit age- today mine was 39- 3 years less than I really am.:). They even have Yoga too. I've been using it so far daily. And then I log onto Sparkpeople my time- I don't know how many calories it burns so I just guess- but I mainly want to log for the exercise time!
    I better start getting ready for work.... enjoy the rest of the week... Jennifer
    3453 days ago
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