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Hi from the trail! June 1, 2016 and all is well. Thrilled to be back at it!

Autumn is our favorite time to walk and my favorite time of life! WooHoo!

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: 272,015

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:
10/24/16 - 6 years of "sparking" and the YO_YO cycle ended!
12,600 miles walked since 1/1/10. WOOHOO!
80+# gone since 10/05

10 YR Maintainer
New 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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    Thanks for your comment on my "Eating out of boredom" blog. I looked at Halloween candy when I was in the store the other day, then realized that I have class that night and don't get home til after 7pm. Trick or Treating should end by 7:30, so I just have to hang at school a little longer after class and then I'll be safe not having Halloween candy in the house! I also found a bunch of change when I was cleaning out my desk, so I saved a bunch of quarters. Worse-case scenario, I start giving out quarters to kids who come after I get home. How's that for a plan?
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    10 hours ago
    I used to have a photo editing program that came with one of my digital cameras that was fun to work with. I think you can get a lot of free apps for use with photos on your phone, but I only take photos now as memory enhancers for my program participants. My Nikon is gathering dust and not worth much anymore. The photos you posted of you and your dog going for a walk were great!
    1 day ago
    You like to color?! It's quite relaxing, I've heard, but I find it relaxing to find interesting pictures to format for my program participants. First, they get a blank piece of paper, then a coloring page! Mandalas are especially relaxing and meditative (as is creating a for more on that type of doodle).
    1 day ago
    Hi! I wrote down my October goals at the beginning of the month and posted them--thought I'd give it a try and this post is the summation so far!

    Goals are written every year for each of the people who are a part of the program at work...they tell their team what they'd like to accomplish at their annual meetings and staff track their work. I know how goals are supposed to work...!

    2 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/22/2016 8:51:22 PM
    I know!! LOL on your comments. I now weigh 10.29999999999999999 pounds. I'm disconnecting my step tracker.
    3 days ago
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