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Isaac, 10, and Ian, 7, taken Easter 2013

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I'm 70+ and live in the Midwest. We have 3 living children, 2 DILs, 2 DGSs, ages 17 and 14, and a grown DGD who is mommy to our great-grandchildren, 2 girls and a boy!! Being overweight has been a problem for me since my last pregnancy well over 40 years ago! I've probably lost 750 pounds in my life, only to put it all back on time and time again. I also have had both hips replaced due to osteoarthritis and hauling excess weight around is not good for them. So, in the interest of preserving my joints, enjoying life, and above all, being healthier, I'm working on improving my general health and becoming more active--would love to keep up with the younger generation for a very long time! SparkPeople is giving me that chance!

Member Since: 4/13/2007

Fitness Minutes: 66,976

My Goals:
My overall goals are simple. I want to lead a healthier lifestyle that helps me to have the energy and enthusiasm to be active and happy. In order to do this, I will take off the excess pounds by eating healthier and working on my fitness.

My Program:
My program is also simple:
1. I will be focusing on monitoring my calorie intake and utilize WW as much as possible. This will include getting an appropriate balance of protein, carbs and fats.
2. I will participate in Silver Sneakers (when they become available again) and water exercise programs at the Y 3-5 times each week. Fitness may be my friend, but I'm still trying to get make it my best friend--difficult since I'm not really much of a fan. LOL Until the Y reopens, I will utilize SP and YouTube videos at home.
3. I will weigh in weekly and actively participate in the 2021 5% Winter Challenge, as well as my team activities.

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I love to read and work on genealogy, and spend as much family time as possible with our grandsons and greats. Notice I do not include exercise in my "loves," but I do make myself work on fitness, with that as the over-riding goal: functional fitness.

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    Jeannie -
    Thanks for the goodie. You are right that I won't have an Xmas tree here even though there are lots of pines in my front yard! My husband does noteven like to hear the word "decorate". I haven't done much of that since our daughters moved out about 15 years ago.

    We arrived in Florida a little over 3 weeks ago. It was a long drive and I am definitely glad we won't be doing it again until next April. I have felt fine and am also getting ready for a visit from my daughter, her husband and their two daughters. They always go to Mississippi to her husband's family for Xmas and then come here a day or two after Xmas. They stay with friends near us since we just have a small home here. They only stay about three days before heading back to Illinois.

    I know you will be glad to get to Arizona and warm weather. Hope you don't get too much ice and snow before you leave.

    3324 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/15/2011 9:14:44 PM
    HI Jeannie !! I thought I'd JUMP ON BY and see how ya r !! So how things? We are now in the 2nd week,,,and I HOPE its making more sense? I am sooo HUNGRY AGAIN !! UGHERS ! Thats the BAD thing about staying up til 3AM !!!!!!! I'll soon go to bed,,,but this week I've GAINED 4lbs !! HOW???? I KNOW a FEW from egg nog but FOUR??? REALLY?????? That did NOT happen b4,,, and I am WALKING some now !! NOT much, so it should NOT be muscles yet. AND the walking SHOULD Of burnt OFF some of the egg nog that day ! HMMMERS bodies are soooo STRANGE ! I am gonna DONATE mine to science !!! Seriouly,,when I die,,,I DO want to do that ! There's sooo mmuch wrong with it,, let THEM play with it !

    PS Do you LOVE Izzy's Pic? Isn't it KITTY CAT ADORABLE????? I LOVE IT !!!! Aww notice her tag? Its PINK !
    3326 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/13/2011 3:41:52 AM
    Thank you for your comment on my "footie socks" blog.

    I too used to kick off the socks in the middle of the night - this woke me up.

    I switched to the footies and they are easier to remove and now I can just sleep right through with them on!

    Such a simple solution to maintaining a good night's sleep!

    Holiday Joy is being sent your way!
    May you be rich in Christmas Blessings!
    3327 days ago
    Hi Jeannie,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I have been singing Christmas songs (in my head) for about a week. I love the traditional ones "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" "Joy to the World" even "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". I don't sing them out loud because it makes my Hubby get a song 'stuck' in his head.

    I hope you have a motivational Monday. Injoy:) Carolyn

    "You must have an aim, a vision, a goal. For the man sailing through life with no destination or "port-of- call', every wind is the wrong wind."-Tracy Brinkmann

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    Need meatloaf, I'm so hungry! LOL
    3327 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/12/2011 7:57:33 AM
    Jeannie, thank you so much for the goodie, now send me your meatloat! :)
    3328 days ago