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June 2018

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Feeling elated after completing my half marathon in 2 hours 36 minutes

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Running into the finish June 7-15 Half Marathon


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Feb 1st, 2019
I am very pleased with my progress from Last month. Weight lost has been 4 lbs which is a good weight loss considering I am in middle range of the healthy BMI with only a few pounds to lose. Goal for February is to lose another 4 lbs and hopefully 2 inches from my waist.
I have been much better getting fitness in although I am limited due to the plantar fasciitis and some arthritis acting up in my knees.
I have formed healthy nutrition habits once again with drinking 8-12 cups of water daily and no snacking after dinner has become a habit once again. I have gained success with January's goals.

Will maintain the goals for another month in hopes of the foot pain leaving and I will l be able once again get out and power walk some good distances which surpass the 3 measly miles I have been doing. Looking for the snow to melt in the next couple of days and walking will once again be safe.
January 2nd 2019
starting over. I have not gained much weight back but have been disappointed with my lack of consistency with fitness and nutrition both. This year I am reversing the bad habits I have slipped back to and will return to my consistent and healthy habits.
Determination will help build momentum and momentum will help rebuild the consistency.
November 1, 2018
Struggling to get back on track and determined to be successful. I have done this before and I WILL do it again!

My challenge for 2018 is stay focused on what I know is the healthy way. I must not allow grief and loss to disrupt or deter me from loving my body enough to always take care of it in a healthy manner.
January 9th 2017:
I continue to maintain my goal weight and healthy habits that I have learned through Spark People. I am now 3 months post op from giving my 40 year old son my right kidney. I feel fantastic now that I have the go ahead to return to my beloved running and look forward to my next half marathon race which I will compete in come June 4th 2017.

October 19th 2016:
I AM NOW A KNOWN KIDNEY DONOR..........................
I just had surgery to remove my right kidney. No I am not ill, quite the contrary. I am actually extremely healthy which has made me fit to give my 40 year old son my kidney for transplant. My son had been on dialysis since May of 2016 which was the result of renal failure due to being an insulin dependent diabetic for 38 years.
Because I have been able to maintain my healthy lifestyle that I adapted through Spark People, I was able to help give my son a better quality to living. I am thankful to both God and Spark People because so far the surgery has proven to be a success.

August 31 2016: changed my name from Keepitup62 to Keepitup4Life to reflect my way of living.

Hi there, I returned to Spark People in June of 2014 and have changed my life drastically ever since.
I reached my final goal weight by Christmas 2014 and been maintaining since.

It is now January 2016 and remain below my goal weight by 5 pounds at (110 lbs) which is my long term goal to stay at this weight and at this fitness level if not better.
I feel more confident, energized, younger, stronger and healthier than ever.

I set new goals for myself to become a runner by June of 2015 and to developing my muscles so I can look toned and lean.........nothing can STOP Me!

My first race ever was completed on Sunday June 7th 2015 and it was not a 5K, not a 10K but a half marathon (21.1 k). I am a runner and feel awesome!
I am empowered and I WILL REACH All OF MY GOALS!

Member Since: 6/24/2014

Fitness Minutes: 82,185

My Goals:

20 minutes of exercise x 7 days a week
3 healthy meals daily to meet my nutritional requirements
8+ cups water daily

My Program:
daily cardio for a minimum of 60 minutes
consume 3 healthy meals daily
consume 8 cups water daily
consume 5 fruits/veggies daily
strength training 3 times week for a minimum of 30 minutes each session

Personal Information:
My name is Susan and
I am now heading into my 67th year. I plan on living until I am 103 years so I am working on staying as healthy as I can through Spark People.
I am a retired nurse and married to my soul mate Brian and have been for going on 42 years . We have 4 adult children and 4 grown grandchildren as well as an honorary daughter and grand daughter who live in Denmark and we are the proud owners of 4 beautiful dogs and 3 wonderful cats that we rescued from being feral and have socialized.

I love to do world travel with my husband and I also enjoy reading a good mystery or crime novel.

I find that power walking and running is the greatest way for me to de-stress and I love it!

Other Information:
When I was in high school 1966-1970 I was on the gymnastics team so every year on my birthday I stand on my head to prove that I still have it!

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  • v VERNAJ3
    Susan, just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you (Several times a day actually) I pray you have many good days with your mom yet. Do take care of yourself as you go through these difficult days.
    39 days ago
    Susan, I know how busy you are, but I hope it's all the good kind of busy. Just wanted to let you know that I think of you often, my dear.
    65 days ago
    Hi, Susan! Thinking of you today. I haven't been able to spend much time online in the past couple of weeks but hoping to reconnect asap. I hope you're doing well.
    Love, Carolyn
    82 days ago
    Susan, I just saw the news about your ailing animals. I'm so sorry they and you are having to go through this. We thought we were going to lose Joey back in December, but he has made a full recovery, except for loss of sight in one eye. I hope your precious animals are soon on the mend and everything is back to normal.

    Take care of yourself, too, my dear.
    89 days ago
    Hi Susan! It's been a hectic 10 days or so--very busy after settling MIL into her nursing home. I've visited her five times now, taking photo albums with me, and it's so gratifying that although she greets me with no expression at all, within a few minutes, she's smiling and laughing and responding to what I say. Sometimes weirdly responding, but at least she's interacting. She sees a photo of herself and identifies it as her older sister. She identifies Toshi in some photos as her father. It's interesting. She knows they're family, but gets it a little wrong. I never argue with her, of course. I remember my mother arguing and getting exasperated with my father when he could no longer say what day of the week it was, and I learned from those sad scenes that arguing is silly and hurtful, so I just show the photos and see what MIL has to say.
    And I don't know how we end up laughing, but we do, and it feels good.

    I hope you've been able to get outside and do what you love most, Susan, and that your injuries haven't been too much of an obstacle.

    And how's your little cutie? Is she talking up a storm? And I hope your mom is doing okay.

    I didn't mean to go on and on, but I couldn't stop writing, and now you have a big, long comment on your page!

    97 days ago
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