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Howdy, from the small town of Dickinson,Texas! I'm a stay-at-home wife/mother & have been married for over 40 years, resulting in 7 children and with 4 of them married, we have 10 grandchildren so far! I was a homeschooling mom for 32 years & "retired" a few years ago with the high school graduation of my youngest...but with a 20 year old son & a 23 year old daughter still at home, our household stays very busy with church, family, friends & juggling everyone's crazy schedule!

I never struggled with my weight until menopause...and I have the pictures to prove it! Maybe that's why they call it 'the change' because it sure changes things! Tracking calories & exercise don't control my weight quite as easily as they used to. I still do both, but I have to work a little harder at it. An aging metabolism is NOT fun!

Update: I FINALLY figured out that my Fitbit fitness tracker overestimates the number of calories I burn in a day. I'm doing much better now that I know that! I also looked back at my Spark records & found the reason I regained in the past is that I stopped tracking my food! Menopause doesn't make it any easier, but I think my own laziness has been part of the problem too!

I found Sparkpeople/Sparkrecipes in early 2009 & but my first use of the SP nutrition tracker & first weigh-in was Dec 28, 2010 at 154 lbs. I went up and down with my weight after that until 2015 when I decided to lose for good. I used my son's wedding as motivation but realized I really did want to lose the midlife weight and keep it off permanently. Maintenance takes just as much work as losing the weight! I enjoy learning about fitness & health and Sparkland is a great resource that helps me do both!

Member Since: 2/11/2009

Fitness Minutes: 202,290

My Goals:
Long term goal: I exercise so I can stay strong & healthy and be able to lift, run & squat when I need to! #functionalfitness

Short term goal: To do a 5K and to be able to do 'real' pushups! Accomplished in 2017!

2018 Goals: Get better at pushups and maybe do another 5K!. Track food 100% of the time in 2018!

My general goal is to MAINTAIN a weight between 125-135 lbs. and to regularly exercise...both cardio and strength training.

My Program:
I often workout at home & have a treadmill, weights & assorted exercise equipment. I particularly enjoy walking outside, the kettlebell swing & step aerobics! I love my Fitbit...though sometimes I wonder who is the boss...it or me?! I walk regularly and am beginning to run a little.

2018 update: I signed up for a Cardio Drums class for fall...sounds like fun!

Personal Information:
Pioneer Baptist Church is an integral part of my life and I am grateful to God for saving me.

I'm a native West Virginian transplanted to the great state of Texas!

Other stuff....I live in a log house and home educated all 7 of my children.

Other Information:
Highest (non-pregnant) Weight: 165.5 lbs on 3/12/2015

I have struggled with about a 30-35 lb weight gain since reaching menopause in 2008.

My goal is to keep a better handle on my post-menopausal weight and be able to MAINTAIN that hold!

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    I am so glad you are starting keto and I put the team logo up on my page so you can see which 1 it is and join if you want. .....😀 .....And I'm so happy you ordered my book. .....That is unfortunate about your daughter And I'm sorry to say I don't know what that condition is. Can you enlighten me please? ....Have the doctors been able to do much to help? ... Have a good evening and it was nice to hear from you on my page! ....:-) .....💖.....
    34 days ago
    emoticon ... For reading my blog but also leaving best message ever! ....💖 .....You definitely brightened my day! ... 💥....Hope things are going well for you this summer!
    35 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/7/2020 10:54:54 PM
    emoticon …::Thinking of you my friend and wishing you a most Joyous Christmas season! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    242 days ago
  • v VDALE4
    It is always such fun to make Brand New Spark Friends. Have a Good Weekend, and I hope that we can have some great fun while being Healthy, Active and Reaching our Goals that We set for our Bodies. emoticon During this Christmas Season emoticon
    249 days ago
  • v MARTHA324
    You are so sweet! Im only far ahead of you because I'm older and finally "got it." it is hard when personal things get in the way.....not long after I was on the path to healthier living my Dad got sick and died. That was so hard in so many ways, but I knew that I had to do this for me and you know it too.

    the fact that you are maintaining with all you're going through is a HUGE accomplishment.
    258 days ago
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