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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: 70,657

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! I see you got more fire! I did post a comment on your latest blog, but read it at your leisure! I am sure you are enjoying your warm days down there in Arizona. I am in North Central TX, and where most of the "snowbirds" go is far south TX, almost to the Mexican border. That is still about 8 hours south of us yet, and that makes a huge difference.

    I feel a connection to people in Iowa! I love the state and one of my long time friends here is from Iowa. I was born and raised in Michigan and was active in the 4-H program. There were a bunch of us who went on an exchange trip to Clarence, Iowa, stayed with a family there,then, the next summer, we hosted those Iowans that WE stayed with at our house! 4-H program gave me so many great experiences, I am so grateful!

    Currently our friends from Minnesota (who I met through Spark People) are in far south TX staying the winter. Her mother actually lives down there, full time in the park. We hope to get down there for a visit sometime during the months they will be there! So nice to meet you............
    3437 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2012 10:47:50 PM
    I am doing okay unless I am ambushed by a desperado Cheeto ! I do my exercises religiously but every once in a while some stray macadamia nut seeks me out and destroys my mission,evil thug ! Are you managing to avoid the marauding salty snacks ?
    3438 days ago
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    Nice to have you back! Hope the trip was fun, even though you almost argued with Richard. My DH and I ride together only if there is no other option--neither of us like how the other one drives!
    3441 days ago
    Sorry I haven't been by to comment for a couple of days, I've been really busy. Glad you've recovered from your cold & hope you'll be safe traveling.

    “We must have a pure, honest, and warm-hearted motivation, and on top of that, determination, optimism, hope, and the ability not to be discouraged. The whole of humanity depends on this motivation. ”-The 14th Dalai Lama

    I hope you have a Sparktacular Saturday. Gentle hugs & warm thoughts. Sending ((skinny vibes)) I am so DONE! Injoy:) Carolyn
    3447 days ago
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    3448 days ago