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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: 42,199

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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    I'm also heavier than I've ever been. After so many changes in my life these last few years it will be great to get back on track
    68 days ago
    We paid more for his truck than the vehicle we purchased for ourselves at the same time. But he is on his own now. The leg comes and goes. I hope it lets up soon. I have a ton of work to do.
    84 days ago
    We bought a 2 year old Ranger for Ian years ago in anticipation of his turning 16. He chose it. He didn't pass his driving test when he was in Driver's Ed and was not eager to retake it. So I ended up driving it which we didn't need because then we had 4 vehicles. I didn't care for the truck at all. Eventually we had to push him into taking his test before his senior year. He always drove it but it was still in my name and we insured it though he paid the insurance on it. When he moved to Ohio that had to change so he could get new plates, registration, and insurance there. We spoiled him too much obviously.
    84 days ago
    Thanks for the bloglove. I "plan" meals too - for shopping purposes. But if I pre=track I can often decide to forego the dessert or the wine or both - if I don't I'm often shocked at the damage those little bites and sips did! Like - no wonder I gained weight - duh. Well. ever striving, right?
    96 days ago
    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.
    101 days ago
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