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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: 62,250

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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  • v KATIE5668
    Say are our Dawggie of the Day!!
    emoticon enjoy your day and the view from up there at the top of the DAWG HAUS!!

    Your Team Leaders,
    MaryAnn, Cheri, Katie, Falcon, Moni
    80 days ago
  • v 911BRAD
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    Well Jeannie... aren't we a pair. Both of us maintained at the scales this week.

    Sure, like you I would have loved to have seen another drop... but it's much healthier to be the tortoise than the hare.

    Wishing us both another healthy week... and a strong Challenge.

    Best wishes to you and yours~ Brad and Sammie
    82 days ago
  • v 911BRAD
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    Jeannie... You're a superstar at the scales! Another strong showing this week. Really proud of you and all your effort.

    Wishing you continued success and great health as you reach for your goals!

    All our best, Brad & Sammie
    89 days ago
  • v WFPB-JC
    Thank you for your warm welcome. You made my day. I hope yours is wonderful!
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    90 days ago
    Maintenance isn't such a big deal - no matter what you weigh - trying not to gain is the same as maintaining.

    I think of it as budgeting my calories, like banking money. If you save a few dollars every week, you never run out. So I try to save a few calories daily. That's how I lost the weight.

    Keeping it simple works for me - I try to burn enough calories daily so I can have a little extra treat now and again.

    You'll get there if you just continue to bank a few calories on a daily basis. Only you can decide what you can live without - I found I can live without pasta and bread. But sadly I have trouble trying to live without peanut butter, lol.

    Huggers & Love,
    95 days ago
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