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Happy face while visiting my daughter and granddaughter in Denmark July 2019

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Playing with my granddaughter Liva in Denmark July 2019

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I returned to Spark People in 2014 after two failed attempts previously. I was then able to gain success and have been in maintenance mode since 2017.

Ran my first race at the age of 63 in 2015 which was a half marathon and absolutely loved running. Hip arthritis and a fall which caused a serious injury has prevented me from running anymore however I do love to power walk and am able to go at a 15 min mile pace.

Distance power walking is what I love the most and I love to get a good 15k in when I am no in pain. Sometimes my fibromyalgia rears its ugly head as well as the pain of plantar fasciitis in both my feet that can prevent me from going the distance. In spite of the setbacks, I refuse to let it stop me. I do what my body allows for now while I am healing and continue to look for the day I can once again get out for a 15k and feel great afterwards.

Member Since: 6/24/2014

Fitness Minutes: 82,960

My Goals:
To keep my BMI in the healthy range
To reduce waist and hip size until my pants fits comfortably
To stay positive and focussed on the end results
** more goals to set as these ones are established and fulfilled **

My Program:
daily cardio for a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days per week
strength training 3 times week for a minimum of 20 minutes each session
consume 3 healthy meals daily
consume 8 cups water daily

Personal Information:
My name is Susan and I am 67 years young. I am a wife of 42 years to my husband Brian and mother to Lee-Anne, Daniel and Sarah and to my beloved son Ryan who passed away in 2017. I have 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

I have been retired from my nursing career for several years now and both my husband and I enjoy spending time helping to take care of our great granddaughter, travelling abroad. I love power walking and am a retired half marathon runner due to physical injuries that curtail running any longer. I love to power walk (10 miles a day when possible) but have been curtailed with this for several months due to plantar fasciitis in both of my feet. I am working and getting them healed so I can get back to my passion of distance walking.

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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    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!

    239 days ago
    Susan, I'm glad you are getting back to your "old self". Have a great day! emoticon
    247 days ago
    Susan! Missed you! It's good to see you back on my friend feed. I thought of you while you were gone, especially when I saw dramatic video on the Internet of huge ice sheets overflowing the banks of the Niagara River, and I'm imagining it might have been quite near where you do your power walks! When I saw that, I thought, "Wow, Susan sure chose the right week to go south!" You were basking in the sun while huge blocks of ice came ashore.

    Hope you had a great time, hope you're glad to be home, hope the ice blocks have melted, and hope the change in temps won't be too much of a shock!
    256 days ago
    Have a GREAT time!!!
    264 days ago
    Woo hoo! Just read that you're off on your vacation! I'm imagining you basking in the sun. Can't wait to hear about everything. Have a wonderful time!
    264 days ago
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