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Sis and me at family get-together Sat 07-17-12

My boys and me, taken in 1982




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Hi--I'm an empty nester whose third son married in 2012. I am still recovering from a July 2008 stroke. I started with SparkPeople in March 2012 because keeping my weight in check is very important for my health. I am looking forward to my future as I continue healing and maturing in the Lord. I believe this page will document stair steps of growth and rebuilding.

Update June 2014: A year ago June I started writing and leading a Bible study at church on God and our beginnings and how we walk with Him. A friend and I planted a small garden by my front door for the second year this spring. It gave my neighbors and me much joy last year, and has already started to do so this year. I'm looking forward to see what this summer brings. Life continues to get more interesting as I continue to heal and yield to my Lord.

Update end Sept 2015: I dallied on losing the winter weight through July, and much of August, but have really gotten back in gear. A good friend reminded me about a month ago that we must get it done now if we want to be down before the holiday season. Almost there--last weigh in was 143.8. This is a great season for exercise for me, too! Happy fall, y'all!

Update end of April, 2016: Gained, but not quite as much as in 2014-15 winter. Still near the top of my range though, and trying to get a handle on it and working to increase my exercise slowly but steadily a lot earlier than last year. Enjoying the spring and looking ahead with anticipation. Mom's going to be ninety in May, and I turn 65 in July.

Update July 23, 2016: Turn 65 tomorrow. I have lost most of winter weight and seem to be holding my own at 148 lbs during birthday season this year. Would like to go down a little more and make winter weight a thing of the past. Haven't made it a goal yet, though. I know what the root of the problem is, but don't yet know how to handle it. Hope to next winter... Have a great rest of summer, friends.

Update mid-September 2016: Down around 142 lbs now. Enjoyed summer and looking forward to cooler days/nights. Hope to do some fun activities this fall, like an orchard or fall festival or something. Loved that I lost the winter weight earlier this year-have had more time to work on fitness and enjoy life. Happy fall everyone!!!

Member Since: 3/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 60,044

My Goals:
06-16-15 Get back closer to 140 lbs.

Weigh ins wearing shoes:
Chgd to Ww Smart Points program :
07-22-16 148.6 lbs
09-09-16 142.6 lbs
10-13-16 139.8 lbs (don't want to go lower)

My Program:
06-16-15 I took off a month from exercise, so now am building again slowly. Worked back up to 10,000 steps at least, 5 days or more a week. Working to lose winter weight I gained in March.

08-01-15 Have decided for me to lose a reasonable amount of weight in a reasonable length of time I have to eat very lean and do lots of exercise. Am trying to learn now how to make it feel fun!

10-23-15 Upped my exercise to over 17,000 steps most days for almost 2 months; my weight has come down, but I'm having to back off because I'm too sore. At least I'm back in the range I want to be - now going to work on staying here. I've named this part of my journey The Healthy '40s. Maybe this will help me!

09-14-16 Aiming again to stay in The Healthy '40s. Working on how I exercise. Trying not to get too sore this year. Want to find a way to live with exercise that I'll do over the winter.

Personal Information:
I live very near Indianapolis, IN. I love my grandkids, who increased from 3 to 5 at year's end 2014 and new year's beginning 2015--our first 2 girls added to our 3 boys. I like seeing them as often as I can. Also enjoy compiling and writing Bible studies, reading, traveling and making new low cal recipes from time to time.

New grandson coming November 2016!

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I'm reading two wonderful devotionals. The first is JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young. It's a full year of short devotionals, and I'm reading it for my third year.

The other "devotional" is called RUNNING FROM A CRAZY MAN (and other adventures with Jesus). I got them for my Kindle and just love them!

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