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Granddaughter's wedding in Hawaii, January 2013. DIL and Son on right.

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Visit to the alpaca farm...we were all enchanted with these lovely creatures!

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Isaac, 10, and Ian, 7, taken Easter 2013

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I'm 70+ and live in the Midwest. We recently moved to a retirment community where we have a wonderful apartment, new friends and plenty of activities. Unfortunately, a new challenge is the fact that we have ample opportunities to eat at each of those activities. It is putting my commitment to the test! We have 3 living children, 2 DILs, 2 DGSs, ages 16 and 13, and a grown DGD who is mommy to our great-grandchildren, 2 girls and a boy!! Being overweight has been a problem for me since my last pregnancy well over 40 years ago! I've probably lost 750 pounds in my life, only to put it all back on time and time again. I also have osteoarthritis and hauling all this weight around is not good for that. So, in the interest of preserving my replaced hips, enjoying life, and above all, being healthier, I'm working on improving my general health and becoming more active--would love to keep up with the younger generation for a very long time! SparkPeople is giving me that chance!

Member Since: 4/13/2007

Fitness Minutes: 62,230

My Goals:
My overall goals are simple. I want to lead a healthier lifestyle that helps me to have the energy and enthusiasm to be active and happy. In order to do this, I will take off the excess pounds by eating healthier and exercising.

My Program:
My program is also simple:
1. I will follow the WW Freestyle program is best as possible.
2. I will eat at least 5-7 freggies each day.
3. I will eat 3+ protein servings daily, including at least two dairy.
4. The remainder of my calories will come in the form of carbs.
5. I will include strength and stretching exercises in my daily routine.
6. I will participate in the Silver Sneakers and water exercise programs at the Y 3-5 times each week.
7. I will continue to exercise a minimum of 10 min/day on days with no scheduled activities.
8. I will weigh in weekly and actively participate in the 5% Spring Challenge, as well as my team activities.

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I love to read, do genealogy, work on jigsaw puzzles, and spend as much family time as possible with our grandsons and greats. Notice I do not include exercise in my "loves," but I do make myself work on fitness, with that as the over-riding goal: fitness.

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    Thank you for your emoticon comments on my Capital A Day!! It was emoticon ! God is emoticon !

    Be Blessed,


    2 hours ago
    I TOO LOVE Thunderstorms!! OH SO MUCH SO!! LOL Even as MUCH as I do MY emoticon as hard as it is to believe!! Oh Jeannie, watching them building up,,, coming up and over the city of Portland, than across the water and SLAMMING into us is just WAY TO COOL!!! That end of Portland is big hill so it gains speed like a train as it HITS US HARD!!

    Have you used biofreeze for your back? I LOVE IT!! It makes my muscles RELAX even when they are inflamed to the MAX! And yeah yeah blah, blah blah I know they say NOT TO but, I sleep on a heating pad for my hips and another one wrapped around my neck. Plus I have a sleep number bed. Ahhhhh just a WEE BIT spoiled I am!!
    3 days ago
    Hmmmm 2 floors up a woman had her homeless D move in (druggie) and she brought in with her of COURSE BED BUGS!!

    Sooooo hmmmm

    Sleep WELL!!

    5 days ago
    Awww Jeannie hon, I am going to MISS You when you return back to the emoticon kennel gal!! BUT!! Before I left I had your Dawggie Bed cleaned, fixed up and more comfy!!

    I AM SO GLAD I did the MORE COMFY because MAYBE you'll snooze more in the SUMMER And help the emoticon A's by doing so?

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    7 days ago
    Happy Mother's Day!
    9 days ago
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