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2004 - 142 pounds and before cataract surgery!

Spring 2017



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As a dietitian, I'm always looking for new ideas to promote healthy eating and fun ways to be physically active. Though I've never been excessively overweight, I gained about 25 pounds since my 21st birthday and retired in August 2012. Around age 50 (about 14 years ago), I started walking regularly. Five years ago, I added resistance and flexibility exercises, and now I'm walking/running three miles a day. Though retired from a full-time job, I'm struggling with how to keep up my exercise practices. Weighing 124 but still have a goal of 120 or even 116 (my ideal goal). Retirement offers special challenges since there "suddenly" seems to be more opportunities to eat out with friends (who don't usually watch what they eat!). I am working on healthier foods to fix at home and finding ways to get my physical activity in. - Break!!! - Now I'm 5 years after retirement an put back on the 30 lbs I'd lost while working. Started a new exercise program and healthy eating plan to get it one week ago. Aiming for 2 lbs / week. Life has its ups and downs, but I'd like that weight to be one of the permanent downs. Most recent pic is from April of 2017.

Member Since: 12/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 67,622

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I'd like to keep adding healthy foods options to my overall eating plan and add new exercises and increase my number of minutes being physically active

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Wearing my Fitbit helps remind me to get my steps (and my sleep!)

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I'm an Air Force brat who moved to Texas back in 1972 (I certainly consider myself a Texan -- got here quick as I could!). I had a 40-year career as a dietitian and retired in 2012. Since then, I've become engaged in Square Dancing, activities with friends, renewed my love of crochet and make things for gifts, auctions, and charity. I have also become quite involved with my church and love it -- wonderful, wonderful people! Have many other interests and activities. Life is full!

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My favorite color is green; my favorite animal is an elephant, and my favorite quote is: "Live so that when your children think of honesty and integrity, they think of you". I love to read books, both digital and paper, and I've become newly obsessed with crocheting as my personal relaxation activity. I've been married to the same guy for more than 41 years, and have one grown daughter who is a professional librarian.

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    emoticon so much for the comment on my "I Have One Chin" blog! Kind words, like the ones from you help me to emoticon on this journey and to remind me not to find those other chins! emoticon Thanks SO much for the compliments about me looking younger. :)
    1753 days ago
    Howdy! I am looking for Sparkers that live close to me to maybe get together & motivate each other on a more personal level. I need all the motivation I can get, what about you?

    I am in Lindale, TX . . . . . feel free to add me as a friend, or PM me, let's get together & walk . . . . or something to make this a successful journey!
    1791 days ago
    May there always be adventures ahead for you, good friends beside you and fond memories behind you.
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    2222 days ago
    Thank you so much for your lovely email. The reason I got so many Sparkpoints is that I was about to retire from my full-time job and I was just OBSESSING over the points. Literaly obsessing! Spending hours just accruing points. I just lately decided that I have ENOUGH points and that I'm only going to concentrate on logging my food, getting my little "starter" exercise and stretches going and slowly improving, spending the time I've been obsessing over points on trying to learn what to do on the Texas team, and quit obsessing over points, points, points. I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A REGISTERED DIETITION! What a great job! And yes, the surgeries went well and the radiation treatments seem to be going well (this is the end of my first week out of 6). Warm Regards, Cathy
    2340 days ago
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    Thanks so much for the emoticon . So nice. emoticon
    2418 days ago
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