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We had such a great time at Lake Tahoe. I even got to steer the sail boat! Awesome!

Mom-in-law's 99th birthday (died at 101 1/2) with our "miracle' granddaughter, Ziva!

Me with my 100 year old mom (died at 101) and our daughter's family


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5/16/16 update
We all have challenges. Some of mine have been multiple sclerosis, cancer, fibromyalgia, thyroid disease, arthritis and migraines. But, though some of that continues to challenge me, none of it defines me.
Each day is a new opportunity to become the healthiest me I can be. I eat heathy most of the time and when I don't, I no longer stress about that. I walk pretty much every day and seek ways to add to my step count throughout my days. My goal is 10,000 steps per day and I've been very consistent in reaching this during the past four months. Before that ms was preventing me from walking very much so often that it was very discouraging. But, it was an amazing blessing to suddenly be able to walk longer distances. In fact, just last week I averaged more than 14,000 steps per day! I can hardly believe it. I know I will likely have ms exacerbations and set backs, but for now I'm so enjoying this ability and never take it for granted.
My dear husband and I have been married for 43 years, have two grown married children and five wonderful grandkids (13, 11, 7, 6, 5). I'm hoping he will retire in the next few years so we can spend more time with the far away grandkids. We are blessed to have the other family only about 20 miles from us.
While I cared for my mom a lot during the last three years of her life, including moving far from home to live with her the last six months, I sometimes didn't get to do all I would have liked to take the best care of myself. She's been gone more than a year now and I often wish she was just a phone call away when I have something I would so love to share with her. But, I've gotten myself back on track since I came home and feel so good about where I am and where I am going. After losing some weight in the wake of her death, I gained back pounds I certainly didn't want and had to get going again. Now I'm pretty happy with where I am and my doctor insists I'm not overweight. But, I still want to lose at least a few more pounds to truly feel I am the best me I can be.
A few weeks ago I actually began jogging a bit as I walked and that has continued. That is something I've not been able to do for nearly 40 years and presumed I would never do again. I will enjoy this renewed ability as long as I am able. What ms seemed to have taken has in some measure returned. I take none of this for granted either. I so look forward to each day as another opportunity to get stronger, healthier and truly be the healthiest me I can be!

Member Since: 1/11/2009

Fitness Minutes: 153,891

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I want to be the healthiest me I can be. I have some health challenges, but know I can get the weight issue under better control.

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I am eating healthy most of the time and getting exercise most every day. I'm trying to be consistent..

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I'm a California girl who was transplanted to Utah many years ago. I still miss the beaches, but love the mountains. I've been married since March 1973, have two married children and five grandchildren. The kids live in Washington and Utah. I struggle with challenges related to multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia.Life is good! My name is Barbara, but my Spark name comes from the name my first grandson gave me when he first began talking. I've been Baba ever since.

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I've struggled with weight most of my life. It's never been an issue of obesity, but it has interfered with life in many ways and continues to be an emotional burden. I dread looking into mirrors. But, it is getting better every day as I strive to be the healthiest me I can be.

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  • v J38850
    Thanks for your kind words, and I loved your blog and thanks for sharing your story. I wish you all the best and I added you as a friend feel free to add me to if you like.🌺🌸🎉🌷
    13 days ago
    Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You may expect to be well.
    James Freeman Clarke

    You are on the road to good health! COngrats on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week!
    It is not easy, but it is worth it!

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    13 days ago
    For the team being gone. If you can't access the cloverleafs,,,, please email one of the leader on the team for an invite. Sometimes we don't even notice we've accidently hit the "remove me from the team" option. I am the ML on the Dawggie team. One day my phone rang and it was our CL who said "You are NOT going to believe this, but I accidently KICKED MYSELF OFF the team !"Of course I LAUGHED and LAUGHED SO HARD !!

    Hmmmm not even 2 weeks later I called her "HI MaryAnn, it's Diane , can you please invite me back to the team?" It was HER turn to LAUGH AND LAUGH AT ME !!!

    This can happen sooo easily. It used to be easier LOL!! WELCOME BACK To the clover team !! If though you can get on the team,,, but, it's not showing on your team listings you can go to your start page,,,,just under the left hand upper part of your page it has your name,,,, than it has Account / E-Mail Preferences. Click the tab "community" Edit Your SparkPage (Set up search options, share trackers, and more)
    SparkTeams (Set up notifications, include yourself on team maps)
    Please click On "Spark Teams (Set up notifications, include yourself on team maps"

    You will see the list of the teams you belong to. Please look across the options for what each column is. The 4th option is: Display on SparkPage: so if you click the box off,,, it'll show on your page.
    15 days ago
    Your blessed...blessed indeed
    16 days ago
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    Change is constant. It is important. . . to learn how to adapt to life in order to find that balance between external and internal environment we call health. Matt Mumber
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    17 days ago
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