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Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia


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January 13, 2018

I rejoined Spark July 1, 2017 after being away for six years. At the time I felt comfortable with my weight (140 lb.) and my fitness level but wanted to reexperience a community that would keep me accountable for what I ate and for my activity.

In those six years I experienced many firsts: a hip replacement which has been a 100% success and game changer, another grandchild (a very dynamic girl), a new house and neighbourhood, the graduation of my daughter from eleven years of veterinary studies, adoption of a plant based diet and sadly the death of my husband.

I have now been following a vegetarian diet for over a year; feel well, energetic and now weigh 120 lbs. This is obviously much lower than my original goal of mid 130's. Besides maintaining a one acre property by myself I am walking an average of 25-30 miles per week and I am gradually increasing weights in a strength training program. For years I was bothered with a chronic cough that required inhalers at times, that is now totally gone. Once high lipids are now normal as is blood pressure.

Goals for October 2018 and beyond:
Maintain my present weight.
Increase my weight lifting program.
Maintain a 90/10 ratio of vegetarian/vegan diet.
Start planning for travels in 2019! A girl needs fun after all!

Member Since: 10/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 153,283

My Goals:
-to maintain my goal weight
-challenge my body and mind daily to keep both engaged and healthy
-to share ideas and support with other SP members

My Program:
-weight training 3X weekly, upper and lower body with intensive core work
-total plant based diet
-daily reading, singing in the winter months, gardening year round
--active exploration of my community, province, country

Personal Information:
I'm a farm kid from Alberta, lived in Ontario for 25 years and have now settled in the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. Two cats and a rescue pooch keep me busy.

Other Information:
I love to garden. Crosswords, singing and reading keep me busy when the snow flies. Cooking is also a delight- I'm always looking for new ideas for vegetarian meals. I am passionate about diet and exercise and firmly believe that we do have the power to keep ourselves healthy by eating well and being active.

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    Didn't want to leave but have to focus on personal trainer stuff for now. I won't leave Sparkpeople, it's my lifeline to health in many ways. I didn't want to be the Deadwood on the team... LOL
    4 hours ago
    I'm going to have to leave the Move it Lose it group. I have so many iron in the fire now that I just can't keep it going.
    emoticon Kind of sad to go cause I love you guys but I gotta do what I gotta do
    6 hours ago
    When I travel I take chlorox wipes and clean everything I can, might have been the plane. I gave the guy in back of me a Hall's mentho because he was coughing. Price we pay, I guess. I shouldn't complain, first time I've had anysort of "bug"in ages
    2 days ago
    Dearheart, thanks for the fruit basket. With this cold I have not felt like eating much at all but I did start back with an apple yesterday. Maybe more 'real' food today. On the other side, I have lost 4.5 lbs this week.
    2 days ago
    Thanks for the blog love. Once my temperature got down to normal today I feel almost normal! I generally get a cold in late spring but this one has been a knock-down-drag-out. Have not had it this bad for over 10 years. So glad it seems to be getting better.
    4 days ago
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