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I joined SparkPeople for guidance on how to get fit and maintain my weight on a reduced sodium diet. I was surprised to find so many valuable resources here. l'll be up to my neck in information for a while! I'm slowly wading my way through it, though, and having a good time of it. If you love to cook, you and I have lots in common and I really enjoy sharing recipes. I hope to make some great friends on SparkPeople!

Member Since: 10/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 201,536

My Goals:
My primary goal is to become physically fit. I've always had a somewhat sedentary job sitting at a computer and I've finally decided I need to get the proverbial "lead" out!
As a part of that goal, I want to learn more about healthy nutrition.

My Program:
I'm starting out with walking 30 minutes 3-5 days a week, sometimes with my husband who would also like to be more physically fit. I'm trying to incorporate a strength training regimen into my exercise schedule but I'm still trying to learn what would be the best choices for me. I'm logging the food I eat daily for the time being and I'm surprised to find my diet isn't quite as balanced as I thought it was. I have a lot of reading to do here!

Personal Information:
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I now live on the shores of Lake Erie, where the snow shovels are big and the boots are high. My husband and I have two crazy cats, which makes it difficult to travel. However, we've managed to visit 42 of the 50 states, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Europe and many trips to various Canadian provinces.

Other Information:
I love to read non-fiction and I read my Bible every morning. Other interests and hobbies include astronomy, photography, cooking and oil painting. I also enjoy volunteer work at the local zoo one day a week and I'm a member of the Humane Society.

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    For Spark friends who may be wondering about BEVERLEAF, as I have, I thought I would put this here. I have checked her page many times and the papers where she lived, there was nothing found. Today I looked again. I must have put in the correct info as this is what came up, sadly. This is from the Legacy Obituaries. (I'm taking out living family information):
    Beverly A. (Thompson) Whiting, of Goose Creek, S.C., formerly of Erie and Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Summerville, S.C. hospital. Beverly had recently been successfully treated for cancer, but had to be hospitalized for pneumonia and had complications. Beverly was born March 3, 1949, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late John E. and Mildred (Pettersen) Thompson. Beverly graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School in 1967. She was married soon after, and moved to Philadelphia and worked for the VA medical system. Later she moved to Erie, where she continued to work for the VA. She worked in prosthetics and had much sympathy and compassion for all the Vietnam vets she was privileged to help. She made many friends through her work with the vets. Sometime in the 1980s, Bev took a job with the Erie Times-News, where she worked in retail advertising and graphics. After her retirement, Bev volunteered at the Glenwood Zoo. While in Erie, Bev married Tom Whiting and remained married for 22 years until Tom's passing in September 2018. They shared a passion for astronomy, setting up their telescopes all around the tri-state area. In fact, one of the cemeteries that they set up in to view the night sky is where they will both be laid to rest. Bev had a passion for art and has composed numerous types of paintings through the years. Bev loved her pets and most recently her cat, Jigsy, who passed prior to her. Bev's closest friends will always remember Bev for her sense of humor and her dry wit and her intelligence. Any of us who asked for advice from Bev had to be prepared for her sincere opinion; she was never afraid to give it when asked! Bev is survived by her sisters and her brother, several nieces and nephews, her aunt, ,and a second cousin. Bev was a Christian and an avid reader of the Holy Bible. She believed in the foundational principles contained within it and used them for her daily strength, and always encouraged others to do the same. Most importantly, she believed in Jesus Christ, the creator Yahweh, who came in the flesh for his people.

    I have missed you here on Sparkpeople, Bev. So glad to have met you and shared some time with you and Tom. Enjoy your new home in Heaven! I'll see you there!

    637 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Did you see that your Spark Friend, JUSTLYLE is The Motivator of the Day? He certainly is worthy of that honor.
    1208 days ago
  • v FRANKLY5
    Bev, what a nice surprise to get a message from you.
    After reading your page I found that we have a few things in common. I am a painter as well. I mostly paint people or large single flowers although I have done a still life or two and plan to do more. They no doubt will always contain food. We love to travel too. We plan to take each grandchild on a big trip. We have taken 3 out of 10 so far. We also love to travel just the two of us. I sometimes travel with my girlfriends from High School. We had a big trip to Italy a year ago. Fortunately thus far our granddaughter (who is the only one left in our home town) loves cats and has always watched them for us when we have traveled in the past. She is hoping to get into a four year nursing program. Although there is one in the area, We hope that she goes north to be closer to one of her aunts and her parents and twin.
    1399 days ago
  • v FRANKLY5
    Well I love to cook and bake and at the moment we have 5 cats. Our adult granddaughter moved in a month ago and brought 2 of her own to add to our 3. It is starting to look like cats live here and people just visit.
    1405 days ago
    Thank you for the comment on my granddaughter's picture. I loved that one, too. She'll be going into 4th grade soon.
    1472 days ago
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