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Granddaughter's wedding in Hawaii, January 2013. DIL and Son on right.

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Visit to the alpaca farm...we were all enchanted with these lovely creatures!

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Isaac, 10, and Ian, 7, taken Easter 2013

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I'm 70+ and live in the Midwest. We have 3 living children, 2 DILs, 2 DGSs, ages 17 and 14, and a grown DGD who is mommy to our great-grandchildren, 2 girls and a boy!! Being overweight has been a problem for me since my last pregnancy well over 40 years ago! I've probably lost 750 pounds in my life, only to put it all back on time and time again. I also have osteoarthritis and hauling all this weight around is not good for that. So, in the interest of preserving my replaced hips, enjoying life, and above all, being healthier, I'm working on improving my general health and becoming more active--would love to keep up with the younger generation for a very long time! SparkPeople is giving me that chance!

Member Since: 4/13/2007

Fitness Minutes: 65,951

My Goals:
My overall goals are simple. I want to lead a healthier lifestyle that helps me to have the energy and enthusiasm to be active and happy. In order to do this, I will take off the excess pounds by eating healthier and working on my fitness.

My Program:
My program is also simple:
1. I will be focusing on a high fiber eating plan, which includes 8-10 glasses of water/fluids per day. This will include getting an appropriate balance of protein, carbs and fats.
2. I will participate in the Silver Sneakers (when they become available again) and water exercise programs at the Y 3-5 times each week. Fitness may be my friend, but I'm still trying to get make it my best friend--difficult since I'm not really much of a fan. LOL
3. I will weigh in weekly and actively participate in the 2020 5% Fall Challenge, as well as my team activities.

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I love to read, do genealogy, work on jigsaw puzzles, and spend as much family time as possible with our grandsons and greats. Notice I do not include exercise in my "loves," but I do make myself work on fitness, with that as the over-riding goal: fitness.

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    Hi Jeannie....thanks for the note and concern. I've had to renew the Prednisone and muscle relaxers. This darned sciatica just doesn't want to let up. Some days I can walk better than others but I guess it's just gonna take time. My Dr said I just have to ride this out and I know last time it took me 3 months to get over it. How about you? You doing okay? I've not been on here much this week, except to track. Have had several things to try and do around here and it takes a bit longer now.
    3387 days ago
    Yes I am feeling so much better. Got back into the pool, with a Friday water aerobics class. Then i worked on the machines, for a while, trying to get more muscle into this 69 year old body. Smile. I think I am doing it too.
    You take care, have a great weekend.
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    3393 days ago
    Thank you for the comments on my blog, Images.
    It doesn't take much to trigger some image of some food from our past. And we never know when that image will pop up.
    We have to be as strong as we can be and not give in.
    I usually make a point of talking about my weight loss. People respond very positive and complementary . That just helps me to remember the past year and a half of change . And all the previous 12 fat years are a time in my life I do not want to revisit.
    You take care, stay positive, and Spark on.
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    3395 days ago
    Good for you for passing up the extra ice cream!
    3396 days ago
    Hi Jeannie...always nice hearing from you. Today is a MUCH better day for me than previous days and I'm able to get around inside without a cane. I still have some pain but it's moved down into the calf and behind my knee now (almost feels like a charlie horse) and I can live with that. It's nothing like it was even a couple days ago. I'm so thankful. Even went out to the grocery store (hubby drove) but I did opt for a cart just to make sure. I do think I'm finally on the mend here. Been quite warm here for the past 3 days so have run the a/c. It's probably the same there in IA for you. Have a great week ahead and thanks so much for asking!

    3397 days ago