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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 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!!!

Update mid-January 2017: Got down too low to 139 last fall. Now up at around 151. Winter weight is not yet a thing of the past, but I'm still working on it. Enjoy your winter!

Update end Feb. 2017: Had a death on Valentines Day, and still carrying my winter weight, but am very consistent on exercise right now. Learning to allow joy in no matter what's happening.

Member Since: 3/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 63,836

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)

01-06-17 151.0 lbs

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.

01-17-17 Back up to 151, but will be working on it. Increasing exercise slowly since hurt

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 in 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 fourth or fifth year in 2017.

The other "devotional" is Women of the Bible (A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture: Updated and Expanded). It is written by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda. I got them for my Kindle and just love them!

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    Barb TY SO MUCH For reading my blog yesterday about the lighthouse and how last yr there was NO way I could of done it !!

    I've read your page. it's NOT easy bouncing back from a stroke. I had one 7/12 which was 5 yrs ago almost. It was kinda neat,, well sad, but yet this woman gave me SO MUCH STRENGTH to KEEP going !! I had it on a Fri (I was taking to another leader on our team,,, the Spirited Under Dogs a part of the 5% Challenge. She's the CL (AKA TOP Dawggie and I am the ML (Most loved IF you ask me ! LOL) and she noticed my speech had changed quickly. I went to sleep,,, she got help for me. So on Sat the tech doing the MRI told me "I had a stoke 5 yrs ago. This does NOT to change your life. FIGHT FOR IT !" AND I DID !! It took months for me to speak clearly again, but thankfully I had a TON of help including this wonderful speech therapist ! THough she IS From the South and I live in Maine,, hence the boston accent ,,,, LOL we clearly say things differently but it provided us both with fits of laughter. The physical stuff,,, my left side is affected to this day, but no one notices it unless I am tired. I DO, but HAPPY they do NOT !!

    WOW !! Seeing the pics with your kids,,, to now,, you are REMARKABLE !! At 65 clearly you are healthy and setting such a POSITIVE example for your family, friends,, others who see you KEEP IT UP !!
    2 days ago
    Grace, Thanks for the laugh! Yes. It was ABSOLUTELY fowl!!! emoticon emoticon
    4 days ago
    Sure hope you weren't too badly hurt in your fall. I had my own fall last night and am out of commission for a while.
    6 days ago
    Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you are recovering from your fall that you mentioned in your status. Go for you for exercising through it!
    7 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog.
    The responses and support from Sparkers always help me make the right choices, especially the tough ones.

    8 days ago
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