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I'm a 62 (now 66) (and now in 2017, 67 years old )woman, ex workaholic that was stopped in my tracks by a really bad back. When I first started writing this bio in 2015 described the following:
For the past 10 years I've been floundering around trying to find just the right lifestyle and diet. I found Spark People on my favorite literary/book forum when playing one of their games. So, here I am. I confess I'm a slow starter. I found "SparkCoach" today and something changed inside of me. It seems there's more to this diet thing than I thought. I realize I need to change just about everything! I like the program here and the site is very supportive. This 62 year old woman with a back problem is not the same as I used to be, but maybe I can find a new me, right inside of me.

UPDATE 2017. Yes, it's true I haven't kept up with my bio. Better late than never, I say. Time has flown faster than the speed of light, it seems. So many things have changed inside of me and in my life. I have a handle on the sever pain I'm prone to. Thank heaven for great doctors. I started Tia Chi by the recommendation of my physical therapist. That secured me doing exercise, at least 3 times a week. I had a hard time practicing at home, nevertheless Tai Chi and Qi Gong helped me immensely. I became a certified Red Cross swimming instructor for Learn to Swim. It is a program that teaches the basics. i worked with all sorts of children Monday through Friday and had a blast. The pounds started to shed, just a little bit. At that time I did not have a handle on eating healthy food. I did try my best. I stuck with Spark People and made it a habit to come here every single day. I had quite a lot of learning to do in terms of food selection, timing and amount. Little by little I got closer to my goal as I became more knowledgable about how to eat right. It was a very hard thing for me. I ate carbs to quell the pain I endured. And at that time I didn't quite believe everything I was reading. After several years I finally got a handle on my food habits and food amount. I used the "MY PLATE" method to measure my food intake. It wasn't till last year I became a believer in what my doctor told me. She gave me a huge scare. She diagnosed me with the dreaded word...Diabetes! I was so upset and anxious about my future I found a hospital dietitian and went to a Diabetes center at the hospital. I started monitoring my blood sugar twice daily. My glucose was always way normal every day for a month. Something told me perhaps I had been misdiagnosed. I went to an Endocrinologist who had the best bedside manner. He read all my records and smiled He told me not to be worried. I definitely did not have diabetes. I was so relieved to say the least.. But since the time when I was misdiagnosed I cut out sugar completely and to this day have been eating a diabetic, low carb/certain carbs diet. I cut out the Furman's Eat to live diet and started the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean Diet is impressive. It fits into the Diabetic diet very well and the foods are so colorful on my plate I started taking photos of my meals. Lol. The biggest event happened in 2016. I sold my house fora mighty sum. It was paid for. And I packed my bags and went to the Philippines to be with my son and his new bride. I have gone back and forth a couple of times and settled into a good routine. I spend half the year with my son in the Philippines and half the year with my daughter in Miami. What a trip! 9,000 miles. I kid you not! Thank goodness for Facebook Messenger and Video chats. I am always so torn between one family and the other. Such is life. I have adapted to my new life. My weight is slowly, but steadily dropping. I have gone from 188 lbs to 154 lbs. It might not sound like very much to some people, but to me it is a major accomplishment. I am so happy with myself. I have never given up, not once, despite many years of struggling. I have two motto's. "Never Give UP" and When you have a Lemon make Lemonade! These two motto;s have given me the strength to carry on. I say them every day. I live them every day . it has been fun doing this update, rather uplifting. I hope you will come visit sometime and read my blogs and see my updates and photos. :)

UPDATE 5/2014. It's been two years and can you believe it, I'm two years older! I'm 64! Lol. I'm fully entrenched in the SP program and love it! If interested in my progress and life see my blogs.

UPDATE: 6/2015. I am the privilaged to announce I am the leader of the forum, "Senior Olympics Ready Set Go!" This forum is for athletes or avid exercisers that are interested in chatting, getting support and working towards sports events. The Senior Olympics is national/international for those athletes over 55 years old. You don't have to be a member of this forum. Those members that are under 55 are welcome to join. If you like sports events and are training whatever your age please do join my forum. Everyone is welcome. Beginners welcome! :)

Member Since: 5/22/2012

Fitness Minutes: 51,250

My Goals:
I want to be super healthy, since I have Rheumatoid Auto-Immune Disease I want to be as pain free as possible. I also have hyptothryroid (Hashimoto's) My goals are to swim competively, walk a marathon, do indoor rock climbing and marry a rich husband. Well I can dream can't I? Lol.
UPDATE: My Endocrinologist cannot explain how my Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism has disappeared from my labs. I have no more symptoms either. I believe since Hashimoto's is an immune disorder the meds that I take for my Rheumatoid Auto Immune Disease have wiped it out! I thank the Lord for miracles :) How have I been doing with my goals. I am still in training for competitive swimming. I run slowly on the treadmill 5-6 days a week. my running is getting easier by the year. I have damage to my back from RA and I have to be very careful not to do anything that will give impact on my back. It is not an easy task to learn Chi walking and Chi running. It is a very effective technique which help you walk and or run

My Program:
I don't care much for formal exercise so I have had to become creative. My program consists of Tai Chi, and Chi Walking, I am a swimmer. Presently training for the "Senior Olympics". It is the olympics for ages 55 and up. I love the Mediterranean diet foods and am on the EAT to LIVE Diet Plan by Joel Fuhrman M.D.

UPDATE 2017: I have discarded the Eat the Live diet plan and i am now doing the Diabetic Diet combined with the Mediterranean Diet. It's great combination. It's also very flexible so you can alter it when the need arises. I exercise 5-6 days a week in the gym, swim almost every day when it's swim season in the US and practice Tai Chi 3-4 times weekly. That's enough! LOL

There's a forum for all the things I do. See my forums if you're interested in joining.

Personal Information:
City girl from Manhattan. N.Y. I moved to Florida and became a pediatric rehabilitation RN in my mid twenties and never looked back. I have two wonderful children and an awesome grandson. I do love it here during the winter and have learned to endure the brutal heat and humidity of the summers. I am a Learn to Swim children's instructor year round and adore it. 5/14 I just earned my Red Cross certification in water safety and Learn to Swim for all ages! Everyone should know how to swim! Message me if you are interested in Learn to Swim information. I can help you get started! :)
3/15: I just earned my Red Cross Life
guarding certification. Yay!
UPDATE: 12/26/2017, I am still teaching young children the Red Cross Learn to Swim program. My renewal for my certificate is due. I do not like tests, but it's one of those necessary evils. Lol.
My 33 year old son and his new wife have a 4 month old boy! Yay! I am so happy for them. I am such a happy grandmother! Now I have two grandso

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I am a book collector and avid reader. My favorite genre is Dystopian Sci-Fi. Author: Margaret Atwood- The Handmaid's Tale and women's non-fiction. Special interest is women;s issues and ISIS in the middle east. My favorite games are 3-D puzzles, physics games, word games and Sudoku. I love iphone photography. I'm about to start a new hobby! Knitting! :)
UPDATE: 12/26/2017. I had to put knitting on the back burner . I am learning to draw with CRAFTSY classes. They are live streaming video, have interaction with the teacher and other students. The teachers are quite good. Some of them are professors and some of them are well known in their field. I love the classes!

Since Autism runs in the family, I am well read in this subject. I am presently working on a picture book for children with Autism. I am searching for a photographer for my book. If you know Photoshop (or the like) and are interested, please do message me :)

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