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Being a silly tourist near Teotihuacan in Mexico, in December 2012.


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I'm a retired teacher, wife, mom, grandmother of a little girl and a little boy... And I am updating this... since (early January 2012) I've lost 90or so. I've maintained with 2-3 pound fluctuations for about 6 months. I love my Fitbit.. It keeps me accountable and MINDFUL that I must get up and move. Every day. No matter what. I used to resent the time spent taking walks.. Now I consciously think "Wow, I'm lucky, I'm ABLE to walk!" My mom consigned herself to bed for the last 8 or 10 years of her life even though she could have been active... I will not allow myself that pattern of self-destructive behavior. And in my mind I figure that every day I get at least 30 minutes or more of walking in adds a bit of healthy, active time to my life.
My resting heart rate has gone from the high 80's to the high 50's. Cholesterol was fine, the good fats were good... and blood sugar was absolutely normal, where it had been borderline a year before. My doctor actually asked me for advice on how to improve health so dramatically! And wrote down sparkpeople's web address. So I feel much fitter, and now it's time to lose the other 45 pounds.
I took a bit of a hiatus/detour.. didn't gain too much, but have settled into new routines after retiring from the classroom and the weight is now coming off again. Ever so slowly, but steadily and I'm okay with that.

Next goals.... continue to eat healthily and add more regular and demanding physical activity. I have 40 more pounds to lose and think I can manage that during this school year. This is my last year teaching (sob, sniffle, it's okay) and I want to "graduate" at a healthy and attractive weight!~

Life is good!

Member Since: 5/22/2009

Fitness Minutes: 89,993

My Goals:
*Move from the size 16 to a 12 by spring.
* end or reduce blood pressure meds
* get physically stronger

My Program:
Eating mindfully; planning meals rather than just winging it.
Writing down every morsel
Walking every day
Taking time to take care of health
Working out with weight machines at the gym

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Barb Williams
Sierra Vista, AZ

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I'm a high school teacher: history, geography, philosophy. I also teach at our community college

Married 43 years; we spent 20 of those moving as my husband was an Army officer. Lived in 7 different states, plus Turkey and Germany.

Two grown, married sons. First granddaughter was born in June 2012 and is such a joy I cannot express my love for her.

Love to travel, to read, to write. History, geography, philosophy are passions.

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