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Welcome to my Spark page. I am 64 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 4 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so fortunate to see them a lot. They are my sunshine!!
Our son is married to a great woman. They have his rescue beagle (see a pattern in our family?) and her two cats. They live about 25 minutes from us also (in the opposite direction!)
I joined Spark in December 2009 and, like everyone, life has thrown me some curves as well as blessed me in many ways! Although I struggle with consistency, my main struggle seems to always be with exercise. It seems I do fine for awhile and then I get off track. I always go back to the basics but it does get discouraging.
I'm trying to focus on being a healthy me with the energy to have fun with my family!

Member Since: 12/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 39,905

My Goals:
-be aware of my diet and portion control
-maintain a consistent exercise routine (walking, yoga, ST)
-drink at least 3 glasses of water a day
-blog weekly

My Program:
-be aware of nutrition and portion control
-track my fitness every day
-track my fruits/veggies
-track my water intake

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I've been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years. We have 2 grown children. Our daughter is married with 3 children. I feel so blessed to have them close and spend lots of time with them. Our son and his wife are recently married and right now live about 10 minutes from us.I taught preschool special education for 23 years and retired about 5 years ago. Loving retirement and am always busy!

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I love to read!!! I belong to PaperbackSwap and love having access to so many books.
We are moving our pontoon to Smith Mountain Lake and hope to spend some weekends and at least one week each summer down there. We are able to spend lots of time with our kids and grandkids. I love spending time with my family!

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    Sorry about my sad status update...I need to remember this will be a long hard slog and to stay positive and keep my eyes on the family's goal.
    My son was feeling pretty good on Tuesday, went to work.
    Yesterday he was so very sick.
    Today he was just ok, showering and going to try to go to work for a while after I picked up the kids.
    I cannot ride this roller coaster!
    49 days ago
    Hey there. Thanks for the bloglove. I am mega ready for that vacation - just thinking about it brings a smile to my face.
    53 days ago
    Thanks, darlin'. I''ve had the vaccine too, and I got to the dr. within 48 hours so I was on the meds quickly. At the moment it's just weird discomfort. I hope it doesn't spread much. And I'm going to take most of today off - and don't have to go back to werk till Tuesay.

    Hugs hugs hugs to you
    62 days ago
    Thanks for the bloglove. I am so going to enjoy retirement. And there will be a little granddaughter for me to play with. How good is that?
    74 days ago
    Hi. So glad to see you again. I'm hanging in there. Need to loose those pesky lbs I put on in the last couple of years. Feel like a yoyo. Hope you are doing well.
    77 days ago
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