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My father died of a heart attack at 53 when I was 19. I had been dreading this age. I'm now turning 56 and I had lost 26 pounds but it is creeping back. I have gained back 10 pounds and so I am re-dedicating myself to a healthy plan.

The most important lesson I have learned, is to eat in moderation and I am eating to live, not living to eat. I still eat chocolate, but it is gourmet dark chocolate. I've found Talenti Gelato, a half cup serving in a beautiful antique punch cup is my special treat each night! My salty treat is roasted sweet potato fries. I still go out to eat but I make healthy choices, drinking lots of water with my meal and going to a restaurant we can walk or ride our bikes to. I still have pizza but I only have two pieces and tacos are lots of lettuce, tomato, salsa and a little bit of ground turkey and cheese. I measure my food so that I am having the correct portions. Whenever we want a snack, the family favorite is fruit. We love apples, bananas, pineapple, mangoes, tangerines and grapes, they are always on hand.

Yes, eating healthy is more work that just driving through a burger place, but the benefits are immense! I can do this!!!

Member Since: 5/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 120,447

My Goals:
I am 56 and I want to be the healthiest I have ever been. I am going to exercise 5-6 days a week for at least 30 minutes. I am going to cut back on sodium and eat more fruits and veggies!

My Program:
I have dieted and lost and gained a million pounds over the years. I want to try to make this my lifestyle not a diet. My program is to stay within my calorie range and to do some kind of exercise 5-6 days a week and eat cleaner, less processed food. I also plan to drink 8 glasses of water and I am giving up sodas.

Personal Information:
I live in the lovely town of Redlands in Southern California. I have too many dogs, 3 cats, 2 birds and several other assorted critters. I do theater, walk, hike with my dog and family, read, sing and go to a lot of weddings. I live with my amazing hubby, Alan and my 16 year old son, William. My older son, Ian is in the USCG.

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Our artistic and wonderfully creative wedding photography company in Southern California! www.simplyperfectimages.com

My wedding officiating/celebrant business: www.LoveStoryVow.com

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    I see your 20th anniversary is coming up, we have safe in our quarantine home watching a lot of video and lots of sparkpeople too
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    Harboring resentment sucks the life right out of you, it is time to release this and get on with your life. Resentment and anger are like a cancer that eats you alive. It takes the joy out of living. Marla Cilley (aka FlyLady)
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    415 days ago
    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the BL “Snow More Excuses” Challenge that starts early December. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For the Fall we had Cardio Hoedown, World Series and Sleepathon. I hope that you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Winter challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.
    443 days ago
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    Thank you, I need all the encouragement I can get!
    740 days ago
    You are creating your reality; own what you’ve created . . . to give yourself . . . permission and . . . . power to create your new future. Lynne Scheurell
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