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My girls. Xena and Sugar, almost inseparable.

Good Health and Better Times with Grandkids are great motivators! Life is great!



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My focus today is on health and wellness, family, friends and spiritual growth. I've chosen to have my page reflect my life today; pictures from 10-16 years ago are quite different and are scattered through my gallery. Life is good!
Interests: I enjoy home yoga practice, but my main activity is still with my walking with my dog "Sugar"! She's from a rescue and has flourished since I adopted her. She's worth her weight in gold because she makes me laugh! She's also a great motivator to get out for a one to three mile walk every day. She has been a real gift to me and my health.
October 2010, we adopted Xena as a kitten; she's livened up our household considerably and keeps tabs on my indoor "spark" walks! By 2011 walking has become a primary fitness activity for me; as I entered 2012 hooping had become a close second. 2013 has been a year of major yard changes and gardening activity! 2014 a lot of energy was put into fixing up my house and adding more gardens. Alas, 2015 did bring some health issues that slowed me down a bit; but have not stopped me! I have given up yoga classes but continue to practice at home where I can pace myself. 2016 I've regained a lot of strength and continue to improve. Whatever challenges are put in your way; never give up on a healthy lifestyle! I'm back working in the yard and gardens again and loving it!
Time with my family and friends and indoor "walk -n- talks" on the phone are my other primary activities. Maintaining my home and yard and gardening keep me busy. Yard and gardening spring through the fall sometimes takes the place of other fitness activities. Reading, sewing and crafts when I have time; keeping busy never a problem! Finding more time sometimes is.
October of 2015 I was diagnosed with Temporal Arterial Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis); a real game changer and the treatment is steroids. Really challenged my fitness efforts and maintenance. This year has been one of healing and reducing medication and things are looking good. I've pushed through and my Spark friends have been right here with me pushing and pulling too. Thank You! It may take another year, I'm still on a low dose of medication, but I do hope to get off it completely.
I just keep growing and changing in healthy ways; life is good!

Member Since: 1/6/2010

Fitness Minutes: 284,040

My Goals:
Maintain health and fitness.

My Program:
In transition: mixing it up for a minimum of 120 fitness minutes OR 10,000 steps a day; both on a really good day!
Daily 12 min. "sparks" of aerobic walking , hooping or time on the recumbent bike
Gardening until late fall.Daily 1-5 mile brisk walk
Yoga practice 3 mornings a week
1200-2000 calories daily
Vegetarian diet
Time with family and friends
Time for Joy

Personal Information:
2/20/17 - 6 years of "sparking" and the YO_YO cycle ended!
12,936 miles walked since 1/1/10. WOOHOO!
80+# gone since 10/05

11 YR Maintainer
Goal weight: 135#
Range: 130-138#

-Starting TODAY to make new memories.

-History is NOT destiny!

-A goal without a plan is just a WISH!

-Busy is NOT the same as active!

-If nothing changes, NOTHING CHANGES!

-Where your mind goes, energy flows; keep it positive!

-Streaks work!

-Quitting IS NOT an option!

Other Information:
Highest recorded weight:215#

Best guesstimate?
When over 200 stopped weighing other than infrequent Dr. visits. I may have weighed 240 or more.
Top size: 24

1995-renewed fitness goals.
Refuse to diet or weigh.

2001-commited to healthier eating. Start eating vegetarian. Still not weighing.
1/1/01 unknown, 215+
1/1/02 195#
1/1/06 135# Woo Hoo!
1/1/07 141#
1/1/08 138.5#
1/1/09 139#
1/1/10 140# Joined SP
1/1/11 132# WTG SP!
1/1/12 132#
1/1/13 132#
1/1/14 132#
1/1/15 138.2# no worries
1/1/16 137.8#

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    Hi! What a lovely surprise your page is! Those hues of violet are gorgeous! Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog! I am increasing my exercise but those sugar cravings are out of control. I'm going back to tracking on paper--I'll consider it a form of journaling. I think it will keep me more accountable...! One can always hope...and keep trying!
    1 day ago
    Hi! The exercise class wasn't exactly a bargain...but definitely less expensive than a twice-weekly co-pay for physical therapy and less than a month at L.A. Fitness (although there's no pool at the cardio rehab gym in the hospital!). I'm going to take a look at the rec centers nearby though. I've heard that they're not heavily used and thus, quiet. I'll keep you posted!
    8 days ago
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    emoticon Joy yes I feel better today just weak .
    9 days ago
  • v NANHBH
    Hi, Joy,

    It's great to get back here to connect!

    Yes, I have 8 siblings - 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I'm the 2nd oldest. All but my older sister, who lives in Katy, TX, are in the Chicagoland area. Fun times growing up!

    I'll be able to check in more while on vacation. Looking forward to catching up to date with you and other Spark Friends! Have a fabulous weekend.
    10 days ago
    you are so right about my expectations for myself. I know I set them too high which has lead me to where I am today feeling exhausted and drained. I am trying so hard to relax a bit without feeling guilty. It is very difficult for me to be less than "full throttle" without feeling I am being a slacker and the guilt sets in. I know I am not rational about my fitness especially now but I have done some reading about the post operative depression that can set in when athletes have to be curtailed from working out. I have all the classic symptoms of that depression and I truly am trying to work it out.

    Right now I am taking it easy, it is trying to get past the guilt feelings I have and the worry about gaining weight. I have become so preoccupied with NOT gaining back weight that I am obsessive which is not good.
    I'm trying to work that out as well. Thank you for your advice and friendship and I will continue to keep on doing the best I can in moderation until I am (or until my body) tells me I am ready. I see the surgeon March 16th and will discuss this matter with him. I feel I have set myself backwards with my fitness but thank goodness I can still power walk.

    Hugs Susan emoticon
    13 days ago
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