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Granddaughter's wedding in Hawaii, January 2013. DIL and Son on right.

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Visit to the alpaca farm...we were all enchanted with these lovely creatures!

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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 recently moved to a retirment community where we have a wonderful apartment, new friends and plenty of activities. Unfortunately, a new challenge is the fact that we have ample opportunities to eat at each of those activities. It is putting my commitment to the test! We have 3 living children, 2 DILs, 2 DGSs, ages 16 and 13, 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 osteoarthritis and hauling all this weight around is not good for that. So, in the interest of preserving my replaced hips, 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: 65,451

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 exercising.

My Program:
My program is also simple:
1. I will follow the WW Freestyle program is best as possible.
2. I will eat at least 5-7 freggies each day.
3. I will eat 3+ protein servings daily, including at least two dairy.
4. The remainder of my calories will come in the form of carbs.
5. I will include strength and stretching exercises in my daily routine.
6. I will participate in the Silver Sneakers and water exercise programs at the Y 3-5 times each week.
7. I will continue to exercise a minimum of 10 min/day on days with no scheduled activities.
8. I will weigh in weekly and actively participate in the 5% Spring Challenge, as well as my team activities.

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I love to read, do genealogy, work on jigsaw puzzles, 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: fitness.

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    Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to my latest blog. I don't know why, but the word "renewal" gives me more hope of success than does "starting over." I guess it doesn't imply a failure and having to begin again. It's taken me a long time to understand that going off track is not a failure but a "glitch in my plans" that needs to be passed over and forgotten. I think there are many of us finally coming to that realization and moving forward again.
    Have a wonderful day!
    3334 days ago
    Good morning, Jeannie is one of my favorite names. Have daughter Paula jean, one Jeanna
    I lived in Burlington Iowa for one year, followed my man back to CA.
    Have health reason to lose weight which makes it catch 22 at times. I am 66 years old.
    Wish you much success. We all need all the encouragement we can get. emoticon emoticon
    3338 days ago
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    I saw in The Over 60 With 100-200 pounds to lose team huddle that you're making progress!

    3341 days ago
    Hi Jeannie....thanks for the note and concern. I've had to renew the Prednisone and muscle relaxers. This darned sciatica just doesn't want to let up. Some days I can walk better than others but I guess it's just gonna take time. My Dr said I just have to ride this out and I know last time it took me 3 months to get over it. How about you? You doing okay? I've not been on here much this week, except to track. Have had several things to try and do around here and it takes a bit longer now.
    3341 days ago
    Yes I am feeling so much better. Got back into the pool, with a Friday water aerobics class. Then i worked on the machines, for a while, trying to get more muscle into this 69 year old body. Smile. I think I am doing it too.
    You take care, have a great weekend.
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    3346 days ago