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Having fun at Canada's Wonderland - Madi 8 & Linc 4 3/4





Linc's last ball hockey game of the season and a nice trophy to show for it





Madi's costumes from this year's Annie production



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The Greatest Wealth Is Health ~ Virgil

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

Been married for 42 yrs., have two grown sons & one granddaughter and grandson who I take care of during the day as a "retired granny nanny".

Been struggling with weight issues since my early 40's and 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 ...
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." ~ Thoreau

Been married for 42 yrs., have two grown sons & one granddaughter and grandson who I take care of during the day as a "retired granny nanny".

Been struggling with weight issues since my early 40's and 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".

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

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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

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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.

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

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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......

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

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

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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

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

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Member Since: 1/29/2008

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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: Jamieson MegaVim 75 vitamin, Devil's Claw & glucosamine & chondroitin with MSM for arthritis, Vit. D, cod liver oil capsule, digestive enzymes & acidophilus, green tea capsules (along with 2 - 3 cups of green tea daily)

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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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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PLAYFULLKITTY
7/31/2014 2:50:28 PM

How is Linc doing? I hope not in too much pain.



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JUSTYNA7
7/31/2014 9:01:15 AM

Hi Val, I was noticing the hummingbird new background. I was up in Northern BC and they have them there. Came home and one was flitting around my clamatis. I usually see them at the cottage so I feel quite lucky to be seeing them more places here in Canada. Thanks for your support although I am not visiting the Ontario team much. I'm trying to decide what my focus should be for the next while. Although I am still waiting for knee surgery I managed to walk around the house without a cane yesterday so that is progress! Hope things are good with you. Justyna

PS we are trying to figure out how to watch the new Diana Gabaldon Outlander debut Saturday. I just finished her last book and it will be brutal waiting 5 years to see what happened to Brianna and family. Can't wait to see if the show stands up to the novel.

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STRAWBERRYLASS
7/30/2014 7:38:07 PM

Hi Val,

Wow, it's hard to believe half the year over and now July is coming to an end. I thought it would be nice to stop you beautiful Sparkpage to thank-you for all the hard work you have done to keep the teams right on top of things. Also, thank-you for being such a great friend. Wishing you a fabulous day!

Hugs,
Donna



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LEANJEAN6
7/30/2014 7:35:47 PM

He did--I KNOW he did!!!!!--They lie!!!!--LOL---Hugs-Lynda



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PUPPIES4ME
7/29/2014 9:10:36 AM

emoticon Know this...If your don't pamper yourself, no one else will.



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