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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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    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,
    120 days ago
  • v 911BRAD

    emoticon Jeannie, saw your loss for week one of the Summer Challenge! Quite impressive. I'm certain it took a lot of work, determination, and positive energy to hit that loss.
    Well done, you put the Spirited in The Underdawgs!

    All our best wishes~ Brad and Sammie
    121 days ago
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend Jeannie.I have been working really hard in the garden.It is producing like mad this year. How is your husband doing after the trip?
    121 days ago
    Hi Jeannie - thanks for the recent spark goodie and kind and comforting words. Some days are just harder than others, but it helps to have the support of kind friends like you.
    Hugs, Jineane
    125 days ago
  • v KATIE5668
    Moni is starting a Yoga poses will be beginning yoga so easy to do and great for balance and co-ordination, which it sounds like you need as much as I do too!
    Tia Chi is another easy on the joints and good for the balance if you have a place where you could take classes or there are videos on line and here on Spark People.
    Good luck this can I know!!
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    128 days ago
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