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Ahh! Summer at the lake!

And, now there are five!!

My sweet but crazy crew at Christmas!


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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: 47,876

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

Personal Information:
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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    Thank you for your bloglove on my poor blingless chart. I am mighty pleased that I reined in the portions last week, so I could enjoy foodie treats and keep at goal. And while I did get a lot of insight by analyzing my poor sad chart - I have to give Weight Watchers some credit for that. This week's lesson was all about not just accepting a setback with grace, but making the plan to get back on track .... immediately. So the prompt helped me make lemonade. emoticon

    and I earned some chart bling yesterday. And now I've got a plan to not fail, lol, instead of the failing to plan thing.
    19 days ago
    Thanks for the bloglove darlin'
    25 days ago
    Thanks for the bloglove on my When Food Talks To You post. I bet you've met some of these guys on your journey to health. It's okay to just ignore them. And thanks for the kind thoughts. I got happy by the end of the day.
    31 days ago
    Hey there. Thank you for sprinkling bloglove on my Blinged Up Chart post. This kind of doodling art really is fun - like coloring books only I make up the outlines.
    33 days ago
    Ha! I've managed to ditch the cooking on Sundays but I'm still on duty the rest of the week. Thank you for the bloglove on my Got a Plan post. It's funny how we have these definitions and then make judgement based on them till we realize ... it's just ONE way of defining something. Glad to be able to say I plan - glad to be able to say I'm flexible. Let us plan on - flexibly! emoticon
    34 days ago
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