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"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." ~ Thoreau

Been married for 45 yrs., have two grown sons + one granddaughter (Madi - 10) and two grandsons (Lincoln - 7 & Declan - 17 mons.) And I'm back to being a nanny granny taking care of Declan (and Madi & Linc when needed) while Mommy & Daddy works.

Been struggling with weight issues since my early 40's and have been the yo-yo queen over the years - lose, put it back on + some more - over & over. After age 50, I started to become uncomfortable physically with the extra weight - arthritis & high blood pressure becoming serious concerns. Had to do something as walking with a cane & climbing stairs on my knees wasn't for me anymore so I joined Curves in Sept./03 and it changed my life! Three months at Curves did more for me than six months of physio - lost inches, lbs. & while the arthritis was still there I no longer used a cane & could climb stairs better. But I still continued to yo-yo diet. I've always had a lousy digestive system with the IBS progressively getting worse culminating in twelve years of chronic diarrhea. Learning I was lactose intolerant & starting to take acidophilus along with digestive enzymes has made a big difference, but along with improvement came other medical problems. Seeing specialists who suggested I increase fibre only compounded the problems so "physician heal thyself". Completely giving up white carbs & eating only fruits, veggies, a few whole grains, yogurt & protein - mainly eggs, chicken & fish - have made all the difference in the world to me. This "live-it" has allowed me to control my problems more - no, they aren't gone, but they are much better - and the added bonus - I've lost considerable weight. I've still got a way to go to reach a healthy BMI weight, but I'm going to do it & stick with it. I feel so much better physically & the aches & pains aren't as bad - more tolerable.

I regularly use my Gazelle, stationary recumbent bike, occasionally my mini-trampoline, walk whenever I can and get in lots of swimming in the summer. I also do SP's strengthening exercises at least 3x/week.

This is a lifetime journey - not just to lose the weight, but then to maintain it - that will be the challenge, but I'm taking it one oz. at a time!!! And who knows, maybe it'll be the "fountain of youth".

Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called the "present".

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
~ President Barack Obama

If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. ~ Edward M. Kennedy

Life is short, break the rules, forgive sooner, love with true love, laugh without control and always keep smiling. Maybe life is not the party that we were expecting, but in the mean time, we're here and we can still dance......

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~ Margaret Thatcher

Hope is the stubborn thing inside us that insists that something better awaits us, so long as we keep fighting. ~ President Barack Obama

Our minds are a garden
Our thoughts are the seeds
We can grow flowers
Or we can grow weeds
What will the harvest be?
~ Unknown

You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way. ~ Dr. Seuss


Member Since: 1/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 226,733

My Goals:
To be more fit & healthy!

(142 lbs. - BMI of 28.7. A recent 12 year study revealed that people slightly overweight lived longer than those underweight or obese! When I reach this goal, I'll reassess.)

Maintain goal weight when achieved!!!

My Program:
"Live-it" consists mainly of fruits, veggies, yogurt, a little skim milk, a few whole grains, protein - eggs, fish & chicken with occasionally a little beef & pork.

Daily supplements: Swiss 80 multiple vitamins & minerals, Swiss Mysight with Lutein for eyes, Devil's Claw & glucosamine chondroitin with MSM for arthritis, Vit. D, magnesium supplements and acidophilus

Exercise & Strength Training: Cardio 4 times or more a week consisting of Gazelling, rebounding, walking, walk aerobics & lots of swimming in the summer.

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Have lived in Toronto, Ontario Canada all my life, but have a family cottage just north of Napanee/Kingston - we are totally in love with that area of our beautiful province!!!

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Music, music, music - mostly all kinds (IPods are amazing!)

Love to Dance - knees & ankles just don't hold out like they used to.

Love to sink my teeth into a good book: thrillers, mysteries, romantic suspense - Nora Roberts, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Steve Alten, James Rollins, Sandra Brown, J.K. Rowling - love Harry Potter & miss him terribly!

Like to get lost in a good movie: romantic comedies, sci-fi, mysteries.

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    Thank you for the support, and encouragement this year! I'll be around I just won't be allowed to comment on my health so you'll know I'm at least alive. Have a great Sunday and take care!
    2 days ago
    emoticon Val, have a wonderful evening. Hugs.

    Sometimes we think we've failed because life didn't go as planned. We put too much emphasis on what might've been instead of what we've achieved to get this far. And just as setbacks can be catalysts for learning; victories can be catalysts to keep us moving forward. Celebrate each victory no matter how small because in the whole sense of the word, a victory IS a victory. It's a part of what we're made of and we are made to be Victorious!

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    “If it’s not exactly like you thought it would be, you think it’s a failure. What about the spectrum of colors in between?” – Sara Evans

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    Comment edited on: 2/16/2017 7:24:27 PM
    emoticon emoticon Happy Valentine's Day, Val! emoticon emoticon

    May today be filled with lots of love, blessings, joy and beautiful smiles.

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    Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person...
    a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

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    7 days ago
    bizarre is the word.
    Our prez likes Alex Jones , an American right-wing radio show host, filmmaker, writer, and conspiracy theorist. On Dec. 14, 2012, a shooting rampage left 20 first-graders dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Alex Jones claims that the tragic school shooting was staged. Trump likes Alex Jones and even praised him on the air before the election. And that's just one of many insane things Jones has said (INFOWARS is his website and he is on YouTube.) Jones's followers continue to harass the parents trying to get them to say it was staged.

    When you have a leader crazy enough to admire that type of person, you wonder what else is next. And I'm sure you've heard DT thinks 3-5 MILLION people voted illegally, for Hillary of course. But why do people believe that nonsense???
    Because ... there are people who think like that and they now have a leader.
    Heaven help us.
    7 days ago
    Good morning!

    One of the best things we can do while pursuing a goal is to believe in ourselves and push that level of belief until it becomes an integral part of our whole being. That’s when the REAL magic happens. When you believe in something with all your heart...your ENTIRE universe shifts to accommodate your NEW reality. BELIEVE!!

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    “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”
    -Walt Disney

    I BELIEVE in YOU! Let's have an amazing week.. we can!! emoticon

    7 days ago
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