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1st and last 5k that I jogged 2014 (tore meniscus 2 months after this) I'm on the far right.

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Hi, I'm 67 years young, live in southern Maryland, grew up in New Bern, NC. I'm the oldest of 5 children, all my siblings are alive. My mom and dad both died from complications of diabetes. I have 2 children, 10 grand kids and 4 great grand kids who I love dearly. I am striving to get more healthy so I can be around to spend more time with them.

(borrowed from a fellow sparker!!)

1. Accept yourself for who you are at this very moment. Appreciate the BEAUTY that makes you YOU:)

2. Be thankful for your blessings. You may not have everything you want but, you have ALL you need.

3. Make sure your worst enemy isn't dwelling in your own skin. Remember that you're always listening even if no one else can hear you!

4. Vow to take care of your body & work out daily! After all, it's the only place you have to live! Make it a happier, healthier place to reside in. YOU are your best investment.

5. Stay true to who you are & you will ALWAYS be happy! Gather all your crazy dreams, far fetched ambitions & big goals & build a life you love & are proud of!

6. Stop comparing yourself to who you're not! Girls compete with one another. Women EMPOWER each other.

7. Forgive yourself for every mistake, every heartbreak & every time you've fallen short. Self-forgiveness is a necessary & vital step to finding your inner peace.

8. Remember that you can't fix yourself by BREAKING someone else. ALWAYS choose kindness.

9. Focus your thoughts on what is good, what is admirable & what is positive. Never let your mind become consumed by negativity & hate. Never let your heart turn cold.

10. Say YES to adventure. Say YES to bliss. Say YES to the impossible. You never know when your heart will stop beating. Take the jump & free fall on the way down if you have to. Live with no regrets.

Member Since: 9/12/2008

Fitness Minutes: 151,517

My Goals:
My goal is to get more healthy each day, for the rest of my life.

Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Strength Training: 3 days a week at least 10 mins a day

Cardio: At least 30 mins a day, 5 days a week

Nutrition: Spark Diabetes Nutrition Plan
Stay within my calorie range
Weigh & measure food
Read labels

My Program:
To meet my goal of getting more healthy, I will track my food daily, stay within my calorie range, weigh & measure food, drink at least 8 glasses of water, strength train at least 3 times a week and exercise for at least 30 minutes each day.

Personal Information:
Most of my personal information is in my introduction. I originally joined spark people in 2008 but never really used it. I just committed to using spark people in Oct of 2013 and it was one of the best decisions I've made to improve my health. Since then, I've lost 32 pounds, gotten off of cholesterol medicine, reduced my A1C and improved my blood pressure to normal ranges.

Other Information:
I retired from the Federal gov't after 31 years in 2007 and I made a conscious decision to improve my health. All of my siblings are on blood pressure, cholesterol and/or diabetes medicine. I was never consistent in sticking to a food plan or exercising until I joined SP.
After retiring, I started my own travel business, YouNique Vacations, and a few years later started doing taxes seasonally. My life got busy again and getting healthy took a back burner.
In 2013 when I had to get on cholesterol medicine, I decided I needed to get serious about getting healthy, so in Oct 2013 I recommitted to SP.
In Dec 2015 I decided to simplify my life and I closed my travel business. Since then, I've I've started losing weigh again and I am going to focus on getting healthy.

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    Nice to have you join on us on the Wonderland Trail. It looks like a beautiful hike!

    40 days ago
    Martha, Thank you for posting challenges. emoticon
    115 days ago
  • v no profile image HOMEBODY4EVER71

    It's great to have you on board. Come and join us on the Forums for some fun and challenges.

    121 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/17/2019 7:21:16 AM
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    Martha - It will be Summer before you know it!!

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    134 days ago
    I like some of your team. A year ago I fell and had a concussion.
    I have aphasia that means I have while speaking I have a hard time.
    I can write much easier but very slow these days and spellcheck helps.
    I do a lot of walking on the rail trail in Augusta Maine where we live.
    Some times I do Leslie in the winter and our short summer we walk.
    My DH has m
    M.D, and he has barely see so I do the driving for our many Drs appointments.

    I love winter but after 3 falls on the ice in winter and helping with the snow-blower.I went out to break up ice and I fell with a real concussion. That has been almost a year till I went to the DR. and diagnosed Aphasia and a small stroke.
    I like your team but knowing I cannot challenges. Please take your name from the challenge's but I want to stay with the team.
    NORASPAT in Maine.
    I am sorry but I have limitations these days and a lot of medications. Speech therapy and P.T. and driving my DH with Macular degeneration to his Drs. appointments.
    Our 3 sons are scattered and we want to stay in Maine after over 50 years.
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    424 days ago
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