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Heading into 5% Challenge. This will be my ?th, love the things I am learning through these challenges. I have defined goals to help accomplish a 5% weight loss. I am focusing on more discipline and focus with my daily exercise. Staying the course. If you are reading this you really should consider doing a 5% Challenge. I have met some really amazing people to help me along the way.

I have been a "sparker" since 2008, left and now return for a re-do. I am going to make this re-do stick. Live and learn!!! I've always been very active person, until I fractured my spine (2013) and it's time to get back to the strong bodied woman I feel inside. I have a custom tattoo, it's my avatar (note pic at your left). Lord knows, I would love to look like that but it's really more about spirit. I have spent my life searching for meaning in life, note the hiker has a compass in her hand. I have lived at times somewhat recklessly (haven't we all?). My compass has taken me to a very comfortable place in life, and I do not want to be sedentary. I want to live life to the fullest until I'm very old and gray.
I am back in the fight for my health, and to live the life I want to live without the issue of weight (lose enough to not feel so much knee and back pain) and immobility to contend with!

I retired from 30 years as a RN on December 29, 2017. I have many, many little goals in retirement and now that I have started to lose a little weight, my mind has gone berserk. I'm returning to my bucket list. adding things I thought were gone from my future.

Bucket list:
Learn to scuba dive
Scuba dive in Belize or somewhere with great dives
Learn to fence (swords)
Work trip to Thailand~ DONE FEB. 2019!!!
Kayak more places

Member Since: 4/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 70,138

My Goals:
Long Range GOALS:
Bali October of 2020...weight goal is 165#

Short term Goals: Stay within my Calorie range including macros 6 days per week.
Dead bug exercise every day!
Knee exercises (prescribe by dr.), once a day, 6 days a week
Weight lift 2X's a week.
Cardio 6X's a week.
increasing both length of cardio and weight lifted as appropriate

My Program:
Beck Diet Solution

In a nutshell,
Eat everything in moderation.
Be mindful when eating.

Personal Information:
I live just outside of Chicago, with my 2 grown sons. Retirement is fun and for entertainment I, gardening, ride my bike, kayak and just about anything outdoors. I exercise at home and the gym, love to cook (hence the weight issue), doing home repairs and decorating. I am always up for travel and going out to a variety of activities with friends and family .

Other Information:
I'm a Chicago Blackhawks fan. When I refer to HOSSA, it is not the actual hockey player but my German Shepherd dog...a poor substitute. LOL

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    You are just hitting all the fitness marks!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    5 days ago
    I told the hubby to throw that mattress set away! I slept maybe 3 hours. NO support! And yes, with my knee arthritis I could not hardly get up. I believe that is why my knee is so angry this morning. Told him I would try the other twin set before setting it up in case it is just as bad. If it is, I will head to the sofa.
    8 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for being one of my cheerleaders this week by reading and commenting on my blogs. Your encouragement keeps me going. Knowing I have friends who support me is a blessing. Have a wonderful week. Ruthie emoticon
    8 days ago
    emoticon wow .. I do need something - been so irritable .. people ugh.. and in lockdown it is taking a tole - and I am introverted - but with the heat I can not even walk the marina that makes me feel good - oh well this too shall pass emoticon
    10 days ago
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    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'll have to look into that next time I need a swimsuit. Although, hopefully next time won't be in the Covid era! Plus, I sincerely hope that I will be able to wear my other swimsuit by next summer. It is only since gaining these last 15 pounds or so that I haven't been able to wear it. I'm determined!


    PS Way to score on the gift!!!
    11 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/10/2020 1:53:15 PM
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