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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: 40,931

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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    Thanks for the bloglove. Glad you understood what I was aiming for. Yes, of course, I wanted to be able to indulge in a one off kind of eating, but I wanted to do it ahead of time without guilt, not afterwards, sunk in shame. I have that poster made up - and will share it here on my spark page later today. The paper version of it is on the fridge already.
    37 days ago
    You're welcome! And thank you for the bloglove yesterday. Left me with a smile on my face.
    40 days ago
    Thanks for the bloglove. To quote a little more from Paul McKenna:

    Eat when you're hungry
    Eat what you want
    Savor every bite
    Quit when you're full.

    42 days ago
    Thank you for all of your comments and encouragement. I hope you are doing well this week. I'm almost at a count-down...counting down to be below 200 pounds--haven't been there in 35 years! My health is my biggest focus, so here is a quote for today: It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. (Mahatma Gandhi) God bless.

    64 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2017 12:45:34 PM
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    Hi Beth, thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm currently unemployed after 2 years at a clinic in downtown Seattle. Now I'm jobhunting.

    Thanks for asking about my son. He is doing fine. I don't see much of him.

    I hope you are well. I will definitely keep you posted about my new exercise program. So far I do like it but its too soon to have much in the way of results. Still trying to figure out the best way to eat.

    Be well!
    64 days ago
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