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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: 44,768

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 on my buddy post. I am pretty careful about what I say to her these days but when we are at a WW meeting and we're talking about our progress, our tips, our tools, I'm bound to express myself. I try to keep it general, though, not personal.

    It's funny though - because her reaction when things don't go right is so very much "it's their fault" and mine is "It's my fault" Neither of us is always right nor always wrong - but I do think the person who thinks it's her fault believes she can do something about it and the person who thinks it's their fault tends to think there's nothing she can do. Just glad I have my Other Buddy to share my triumphs with. It's fun to share happy pride.
    67 days ago
    Thank you for your good thoughts Beth. They worked, because I'm doing very well, so far. Your friendship has always meant so much to me here on Spark (My first Spark friend!!!!!)
    68 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/18/2017 8:36:03 PM
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    It's good to be back! I can't spend as much time on SP as I'd like to (which would basically be all day) but I want to at least check in daily. I'm limited to using my phone, for reasons I'll rant about at some point. Thanks for noticing!!❤
    68 days ago
    Thank you for the bloglove. Those two sides of my brain are in a much better place than they have been. Glad you enjoyed their conversation.
    73 days ago
    Thank you for checking in on me! I'm here!!
    76 days ago
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