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Time to Shape Up and Meet life's challenges head on

I find myself this year at age 56. I am in the middle of Iowa, in the country. I do not drive. Countryside is pretty, but I was city raised and feel totally out of my element after living in a small town with sidewalks from age 18 until 50. I am adapting & enjoying all the new outdoor space.

Many nights I hear coyotes very close to the house, such a lonesome sound. Sometimes I startle a very large possum in the old barn or garage lean-to. Lots of wildlife for this quiet country ...
I find myself this year at age 56. I am in the middle of Iowa, in the country. I do not drive. Countryside is pretty, but I was city raised and feel totally out of my element after living in a small town with sidewalks from age 18 until 50. I am adapting & enjoying all the new outdoor space.

Many nights I hear coyotes very close to the house, such a lonesome sound. Sometimes I startle a very large possum in the old barn or garage lean-to. Lots of wildlife for this quiet country life.

I am pleased that finally this year my yard has bird's foot trefoil growing in it! The bright yellow flowers bloom all summer & it has became my favorite volunteer plant in my yard next to purple sweet clover.

I realize it is high time to focus on my health, that it is never too late. I mostly use wii fit and exercise videos & a challenge here on Spark.

I 'just' have enough internet here for video streaming and for that I am grateful! Another half mile out, and I would have been internetless!

I enjoy the blogs of people with the same goal - getting healthier. I am inspired by so many!

I like all the resources on this site, but especially all the like minded people that really understand working toward fitness and health.

Living in a much smaller home has helped me pare down my possessions. I am debt free and plan on moving back into town when my old home is renovated.

I keep a smile on my face and a thankful heart.
Most days.

My husband, James, was diagnosed in June 2015 with cirrhosis of his liver, 10% left, AND liver cancer that spread to his lungs. Prediction of life: six months. It is in God's hands.
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Member Since: 9/25/2008

SparkPoints: 69,688

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My Goals:
To eat more mindfully, and move my body more, one day at a time.

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Drink at least eight glasses of water. Eat normal portion sizes of food. 30 minutes of activity five days a week.

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Lately my hope of losing weight and keeping it off is the best it's been in ages.

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I've been enjoying Sparkpeople, learning new things & like encouraging others to be their best.

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WEARINGTHIN
6/28/2015 11:41:21 AM

I think it will be a bunch of things that I do, rather than just one focus. Sorry for you and James. Glenn



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MCJULIEO
6/27/2015 4:20:37 PM

Hang in there.... you know that we are rooting, and praying, for you....



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CYBERCITYSHELL
6/24/2015 7:42:37 AM

Karen, I come in your page daily to see if any changes going on with things for you at the moment. And you kept it a bit of a secret that it is your birthday. I followed up why your friend who's messege said HB. So Happy Birthday Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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LDYSABELLA
6/23/2015 3:04:13 PM

I hope you have a fantastic birthday and can celebrate many new wonderful milestones this year. I hope it's a fit and healthy one for you!



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WEARINGTHIN
6/21/2015 5:05:29 PM

Sounds like you are open and will be willing to change when the time comes. You're motivated by the right things. Best wishes, Glenn



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