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Its time for changes. First, I became a Grandmother. So exciting. Second, I turned 50. They say its the best time of our life. Third, I quit a job I had for 20 years and took a new job. Unbelievable. Fourth, my baby is engaged to be married next year. Fun wedding plans. And now, with all this going on, I decided it is time to quit pretending that I am trying to get fit and really do it. I hired a personal trainer. SIGNED UP FOR A 10K THIS SPRING!

Since I joined 2 years ago, Spark People has been a great support. I have learned a lot and found some great friends. I have changed several habits. Now it is time to put it all together, find a way (not an excuse) and reach my weight goal. It's time for the next 'first step'.

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"A man who wants something, finds a way; A man who doesn't, finds an excuse." Stephen Dolley, Jr.

"Today I can cry because roses have thorns, OR...
I can celebrate that thorns have roses."

Member Since: 9/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 8,753

My Goals:
My goal is to get my blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholosteral in normal ranges so the medication can be stopped.

My Program:
"Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." Conrad Hilton

Goals for MY health:

*8 hours sleep each night
*3 Dairy Foods DAILY
*5 Fruits/Veggies DAILY
*4-6 Water DAILY
*Cardio 3X a week
*Strength 3X a week
*Activity / 12,000 steps

Personal Information:
Live in SE Wisconsin - transferring from Illinois a few years ago. Married 30 years to my high school sweetheart. Have two wonderful grown children plus a wonderful daughter-in-law and my first grandbaby! Work as an commercial construction project manager.

Other Information:
My favorite books are written by my mother, Donna McGillivray. My favorite movies are directed by my son at Rule-42 Productions. My best friend is my daughter.


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    Your baby is sooo cute! Have a great Sunday.
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    2681 days ago
  • v DEB2448
    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2014!
    2723 days ago
  • v WYOBZM
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Spring TIme!

    I love spring! emoticon The joy of planning my gardens .I love the first sign of the crocus, emoticon daffodil, and tulips pooping up, emoticon brushing away the dead and heavy cover to see the strawberries, chives,parsley and lavender emerge, emoticon the shoots of green buds on trees, emoticon and the robins returning, emoticon the morning sounds of the birds chirping. emoticon

    Spring is a time of renewal. The weather gets warmer and the days grow longer allowing us time to get out doors and PLAY! Finding fun and exciting ways to enjoy the out of doors will invigorate and motivate you plus it changes your routine causing those pounds to drop. Try biking, rollerblading, trail hiking or geocaching. Play kick the can, skipping, or jump roping with the kids. Push strollers, walk dogs, climb fences. Join a league. Grow a garden. The possibilities are limitless.

    Spring is a time of freshness. Start trying some new veggies and fruits. Drink lots of water. Give yourself a homemade facial or scrub your feet with an abrasive. Give your house a good cleaning. Get rid of the old.

    Okay, hopefully I motivated you to make some fun changes and break up your routine a tad. Let me know what works for you! emoticon
    3738 days ago
  • v WYOBZM
    emoticon Hello! Hello! Hello and HAPPY MONDAY! Time for my friendly weekly update. emoticon

    Many of my friends had birthdays this last week. I hope each day as you get older, you get wiser too! emoticon

    My marathon training is going. I get all my workouts in and even though I am slow, I amaze myself that I can walk/run over 40 miles in a week. emoticon

    If you noticed, I changed my avatar. I really, really love DIsney World so I changed to a picture of Winnie and Tigger took last year. Funny thing is that I am not use to it yet and I keep wondering who it is when I see it.

    Also in the news, I went to a party Saturday night. I am not the partying type but we are from New Orleans and friends had a Mardi Gras party. Wouldn't you know I was bad and from the cajun food, beer, and hurricanes I gained like 5 pounds. I know it will be gone in a few days, but geesh, can't I have some control. Good thing I only go to one party every three years. Oh, I also had a doozy of a headache on Sunday.

    Well Wednesday starts Lent season and that is always good for a drop in five pounds(if you give up sweets)

    emoticon Have a wonderful week and make sure to do something for yourself everyday. You are the most important person in your life. By doing something special for yourself, you love yourself and get some joy. Joy is the BEST feeling in the world. Love ya! emoticon emoticon
    3751 days ago
  • v WYOBZM
    emoticon emoticon It's Sunday! emoticon emoticon
    I am trying to relax in between the loads of laundry and the house straightening. I sure did enjoy the three day weekend last week! emoticon

    Hope life has been going good for you SPARK friend. Managing variables can make the difference of a great week to a bummer week. Yesterday when I was out, and all this week for that matter, I was a little down. In reviewing my life in the past few weeks, I had no stress to give me this depressed feeling. I wasn't sick, I love my job, Family is great, blah,blah,blah.

    emoticon Then it hit me, the butterfly quote and the chaos theory:When a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane in another part of the world. Author Unknown
    I think I am a little down because of all the unrest in the world.

    emoticon emoticon So I am sending out positive vibes to everyone so our little lights shine and make the world a happier place. May this coming week be full of joy for you and your loved ones. Stay healthy, happy and focused. If you have a problem, try to solve it fast. Keep you butterflies gentle and happy.

    emoticon May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
    And find your shoulder to light on,
    To bring you luck, happiness and riches
    Today, tomorrow and beyond.
    ~Irish Blessing

    3759 days ago
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