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I'm 69, long enough on Earth and enough years on SP to figure out what it takes for me to be healthier...listen and make one good choice at a time. That's simple, but not easy.

My pattern has been to do very well for a time and then lose focus and allow old habits to creep back. We all know where that leads. A health/diet coach I'm reading suggests that many of us are "interested in" losing weight and getting healthier rather than being committed to those things, and I suspect that's been true of me. Of course the other possibility is that I'm acting like a two-year old tantruming for what I want instead of what I should be eating/doing!

Either way, it's time for me to change while I can.

Member Since: 11/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 65,443

My Goals:
For right now:

Daily walking/step calculating, outdoor projects, yoga (TRYING to establish a regular practice!)
Plan meals and snacks each morning
Eat and enjoy what I plan
Write every day
Love myself a little more
Follow through!

For the longer term:

Reduce BP and BMI to within normal ranges
Have less arthritis pain
Be more flexible
Feel comfortable in my own skin
Publish more stories and novels

My Program:
Pray, eat 1200-1550 nutrient rich calories a day, exercise daily, ask for help when I need it (whoaboy...) and offer support to others.

Personal Information:
Gail from Maryland, by way of NJ, Iowa, Spain, and Massachusetts. I'm a retired high school biology teacher who has returned to a first love - fiction writing.

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Time slips away, and the older we get the faster it seems to go. I've still got learning and growing to do: I want to be more mindfully grateful, to appreciate and make good use of each moment I'm given, give my full attention to whoever is in front of me, and simply "be here now" until it's done.

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  • v SALAM4545
    Dear Gail, I just wanted to thank you for the comments on my blog. This has been such a confusing, lonely time, and knowing that I can count on my online support group really is such a relief and comfort. I have a great support group at home, but sometimes I just need to rant without an immediate response, and Spark is great for that. And Spark understands why I am being so vigilant about not gaining weight (because the girls were my greatest supporters) and maintaining healthy behaviors in a way that other people don't. So thank you Gail, for being such a great support to me. emoticon
    19 days ago
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  • v MSHEL7
    What brand did you get and is it big? I've always thought one would be wonderful, I love them at the gym. I've always thought they may be too big and too expensive though for at home. Probably not much different than a treadmill though.

    Hope you are doing well. Hardly ever hear from you anymore. Miss our talks. I do totally understand that there is not always time for spark though and sometimes spark gets in the way of our main goals. Take care of you!
    24 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie and wishing me well, Gail. I hope you don't get the flu. I hadn't been sick for 3 years so it was a very unpleasant surprise. emoticon I hope you have a wonderful week! emoticon
    32 days ago
  • v LIZZIE138
    I got a good nights sleep last night as opposed to the tossing and turning the previous night. I was reading before bed & decided to read for another 10-15 minutes and the next thing I knew it was 3 hours later & I was still reading.
    42 days ago
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