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"Once in a blue moon we find a gem!" SO glad I happened upon Sparkpeople!

I have frequently been an emotional eater and a sugar addict since childhood, although I also went through many versions of healthy eating through the decades. Because I was not overweight till middle age, I wasn't consistent, though.

With age and less activity, my weight went up, and I know I must get it down to help my joints feel better and to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol.

Since I joined Sparkpeople about a year ago, I have improved my attitude about diet and exercise, due especially to the wisdom and motivation of wonderful Spark teams I was lucky to join and the Sparky individuals who keep me growing strong. ~Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day. (Author unknown.)

For health and happiness, I won't settle; I'm a Rebel!

Member Since: 6/13/2016

Fitness Minutes: 64,897

My Goals:
Lose 5% of my bodyweight or more during the 5% Fall Challenge. Then keep going!
Establish and maintain an exercise routine.
Control sugar cravings.
Make wise food choices 90% of the time.
Track food consistently.
Practice gratitude.

My Program:
~ Clean eating balanced diet. Limit carbs. No junk food. Track calories using Spark tracker and stay within range.
~ Exercise: At least 30 minutes of walking and/or recumbent bike 6 days a week-- Strengthening exercises 3 times a week-- Flexibility exercises 3 days a week. Excuses: ZERO times a week.

Personal Information:
I'm retired from teaching and live in rural southern Michigan. I am a volunteer reading tutor for the local elementary school. I love reading, gardening, travel, and my grandchildren-- who have moved too far away! I'm also attached to the warmth and wisdom of my ever-growing circle of Spark friends.

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  • v BARBIEE52
    ~~~ emoticon A lot of walking away will do your life good emoticon ~~~

    emoticon Walk away from arguments that lead you to anger and nowhere
    ~~~ emoticon Walk away from people who deliberately put you down
    emoticon Walk away from the practice of pleasing people
    who choose to never see your worth.
    ~~~ emoticon Walk away from any thought that undermines your peace of mind
    emoticon Walk away from judgmental people...they do not know the struggle
    you are facing and what you have been through
    ~~~ emoticon Walk away from your mistakes and fears..
    they do not determine your fate
    emoticon The more you walk away from things that poison your soul
    the healthier your life will be

    emoticon emoticon "Do a lot of Walking...Have a Wonderful Week" emoticon emoticon
    10 hours ago
    Thank you, dear Lynn!
    17 hours ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    It’s ok if you fall down and lose your spark. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Just make sure that when you get back up, emoticon
    you rise as the whole damn fire. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    ~Colette Werden~

    Have a "Sparkling" Sunday!! emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v LPORTER2015
    Deep in your heart believe you are destined to do great things.
    2 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    Coffee in hand.... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Sparkle in my eye.... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Smile on my face.... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Yep, I knew it was Friday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Enjoy your coffee emoticon sparkle emoticon & smile emoticon

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    3 days ago
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