LADYVOLSFAN1954   113,825
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Me in September 2014 at Fort Christmas, Florida

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Making the BEST of my LIFE NOW!

My name is Ramona. I am working on getting healthy and being more active. I have so many things I want to do now. Life has become more interesting and fun. I smile more. My son says I have blossomed out. I'm doing things now I never even dreamed of back in my 20's and 30's. I have set backs and then I move forward. My changes are many and varying but I'm loving them all.

When I first joined I lost weight easily. Then after a couple months I decided I could do it ...
My name is Ramona. I am working on getting healthy and being more active. I have so many things I want to do now. Life has become more interesting and fun. I smile more. My son says I have blossomed out. I'm doing things now I never even dreamed of back in my 20's and 30's. I have set backs and then I move forward. My changes are many and varying but I'm loving them all.

When I first joined I lost weight easily. Then after a couple months I decided I could do it myself & didn't need any help. Well, in July 2011 that changed and I came back and have been on daily tracking ever since. My weight has fluctuated because I'd get depressed and not care, then I'd get serious and start fresh - repeat the cycle over the past three years. I've gained and lost the same 25 pounds several times. Then I finally started losing then I hit a plateau. So now it's the same 5-10 pounds over & over again. Health issues have been a big concern so they've been my main concern. As I've gotten older some of my problems have worsened - like the arthritis and fibromyalgia. Which leads to depression again because I can't always do what I want. I'm learning to adapt and it can be a real struggle. I've so much I want to do.
Generally winter is my worse time. I practically hibernate because of the cold which I tolerate less and less each year. This year is different. I'm "making" myself get out and walk my dog every single day that the weather cooperates. Some walks are much shorter than others but I let my 13 year old dog lead the way. I always feel better after being outside - even on the coldest of days. Fresh air & sunshine are my friends. I'm looking forward to 2015 being a better year. I've kind of coasted through so far since I've had more medical problems - the bonus is I'm not gaining weight. I've just got to get into a consistent groove again. My main accomplishment is getting my 10,000+ steps in each and every day. Some days that's a challenge but I do it because it's routine now and I feel I "have" to do it and that I really want to. I have a fitbit and if you do too, we can be friends and do the challenges together. Here's my information on
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Update: October 8, 2014: Turned the big 6-0 this year while I was on vacation in Florida. I'm more determined than ever to get rid of this weight and get healthier. I am living life to the fullest and finally deciding that it's time to do things for me.

Update May 14, 2014: This has been a rough year health wise so right now I'm looking more at my health issues than anything. Trying to get back on track. Too many things have been happening that aren't helping me right now. Looking forward to to vacation in June and then again in September. Hopefully I'll be able to enjoy all the hiking we have planned.
2014: Looking forward to hitting the big 6-0 in September 2014. My plans are to get healthier and lose more of this weight. I'm still around 60 pounds shy of my goals but I'm working towards it now. Not waiting until tomorrow. I'm starting another year with a bad respiratory infection - I'm very prone to these. Looking forward to many new adventures this year.

2013: I ended the year just losing a couple of pounds as far as looking at 12/31/12 & 12/31/13 numbers. That didn't explain the 20+ pound weight gain and losing all that too. My head just wasn't in it. Too much stress in my life. I started the year sick with a respiratory infection 1/3/13 and ended the year with one. Not a good thing.
November 2013: I hit the 1300 miles walked milestone! I can't believe I've walked 1300+ miles since July 24, 2011. At least 75% of those miles my 11 year old dog, Precious, has walked with me.

September 2013 saw lots of walking on the beach with my best friends, Rhonda & Shawn and my one brother Scott. Hours of walking up and down the beach detouring into the Atlantic Ocean for a refreshing walk against the waves. Saw my Dad (who has Alzheimers) and youngest brother - they live in Florida. Good visit.

July 2013 update: While on vacation my brother, Scott and I visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park three different times and did some hiking to waterfalls, which was gorgeous this year due to all the rain. We walked around Roan Mountain's rhododendron gardens on two different occasions also, once with our best friends, Shawn & Rhonda. Beautiful times with many wonderful memories. Went to the Cumberland Gap and did a short hike there also.

On May 2nd, 2013 I hit 1000.55 miles walked since July 24, 2011. I never thought I would do this! Woohoo!
Also on May 2nd, 2013 my son and I got a recumbent exercise bike. We totally love it! Woohoo!!!!

On March 18, 2013 I hit the 900 mile walked mark. Amazing. I never thought I'd do that. I'm looking forward to 1000 miles walked now! Join me on a virtual walk of the Appalachian Trail.

My dog, Precious, and I walk alot. I had slacked off everything for awhile but now (Feb) I'm trying to get myself back on track.
I discovered SP five years ago. It's been on and off until July 24, 2011 when I started back. I've faithfully logged all my food - even when I blew it totally and my fitness. Since July 24, 2011 I have walked my dog over 800 miles. As a result I'm doing a virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail for fun - check out my team! I can't wait to see what 2013 holds for me and what I learn about myself!

2012 was an interesting year for me. I've learned many things about myself and found out that I can do this. I just put one foot in front of the other and go. Walking is my thing. I love to be outside with my dog walking. I love new experiences too.

On July 2, 2012: I have also walked the 2.5 moderately difficult trail to Abrahms Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Whew! That was a tough one for me because once I got there I had an asthma attack and couldn't catch my breath.

June 25, 2012: I have also walked a section on the MST - Mountain to Sea Trail in North Carolina at The Cascades.

June 23rd, 2012: I have walked a section on the Appalachian Trail! Woohoo - one of my goals!

Jan. 6th, 2012: I jogged for the first time since the 1970's! Wasn't for long but I did jog! Woohoo. Hopefully the weather will stay warm enough to where I can try it again on my next walk.

Dec. 9, 2011: I went to my doctor and he was amazed at my blood sugar readings when I showed him my log. He even said it was getting too low too often so he cut my one medication in half and left the other the same. So I'm on a lower dose of diabetic meds. How cool is that?!

I'm big on walking. I love to walk. I need to strength train and do other exercises. Right now if I get down in the floor - I'm down. I can't get up. I don't have the strength and flexibility to get myself up unless there's a chair seat to grab onto and get up on my knees holding something.

I'm always looking to make new friends. My hobbies include: genealogy, reading, crocheting & knitting when my hands cooperate (I have arthritis and carpal tunnel in both of them).

I love to cook and that hasn't helped me much because I am addicted to sweets. I have had recipes published in Southern Living's annual recipes and The Best of Country Cooking (1998 & 2011).

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to add me as a friend or leave me a comment or suggestion, read my blogs.

Wishing you success and new found energy! Here's to a better life! Sending you love and hugs of encouragement.

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My Goals:
Remember that each day is a gift from God and cherish all my memories, friends and family.
Work towards improving my health. I've had many things crop up in 2014 that have blocked my path so I'm trying to develop a new system for working around them towards my goals. Slow but steady is my aim in 2014.

My Program:
Enjoy life and have fun.
Log in my daily food - no matter how badly I did that day, I want to hold myself accountable.
Walk with my dog, myself or with family and friends as often as the weather allows.
Work with Leslie Sansone videos, riding my recumbent exercise bike, using hand weights and resistance bands as my body allows. It's fighting me hard in 2014 with many injuries.

Personal Information:
Hi, I've just turned 60 and I've been widowed and divorced in that order. I have a 22 year old son from my first marriage who's the light of my life.
I'm a genealogist for the family - self-appointed since no one else has the "time".
I love to knit or crochet when my hands allow it - arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome can wreck all that.
I love to grow plants like pineapple (I have a pineapple on one plant), tangerine trees, lemon trees and a tangelo tree. I have a banana tree also.
I'm trying my hand at growing my own garlic this year (2014)
I love to make jellies, jams and relishes. I love to cook and experiment with food.

Other Information:
Today is the first day of the rest of your life so make the most of it.

In November 27, 2007 I weighed my heaviest at 278 pounds .

Here are my goals for my weight:
These are weights from back in the 1970s when I last saw them. I can't wait to see them again!
198 pounds last saw in 1978
178 pounds back in 1976
154 pounds at graduation June 7, 1972
My goal weight according to my BMI is under 145. I'm not sure how this will play out but I'm wanting to get down to my graduation weight at least.

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Member Comments:
5/27/2015 12:58:32 PM

Just strolling by to share some MOTIVATION and ENCOURAGEMENT for YOU on your Spark page!


I also would like to share with you some suggestions for a FUN and FABULOUS Week....

*LISTEN* - to your spirit (inner self, conscious, instinct etc..) it will never steer you wrong.

*LIVE* - Your Life to the Fullest, May the JOY you give to others always come back to you!

*LOVE* - With all of your and strengthen your relationships!

*LAUGH* - Whenever you can, and as often as you can!

*LEARN* - Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow!

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5/26/2015 7:45:15 PM

Unless we can hear each other singing and crying, unless we can comfort each
other's failures and cheer each other's victories, we are missing out on the best
that life has to offer. The only real action takes place on the bridge between people.

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5/26/2015 12:22:02 PM

A Dozen Things To Do Today

*Remember that some of the world's nicest joys
are its most special people,
and that you are definitely one of them!
*Take care of that special person!
*Enjoy the ride.
*When the world is too busy, slow it down.

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5/25/2015 12:12:12 AM

If we have a bad day Don't worry emoticon We have a reset button called tomorrow
Welcome the freshness of the morning and opportunities that await us at the start of each day have a Monday emoticon

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5/24/2015 8:02:55 PM

1. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
2. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
3. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
4. You mean the world to someone.
5. If not for you, someone may not be living.
6. You are special and unique.
7. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want,
you probably won't get it, but if you trust God to do what's best,
and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.
8. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.
9. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look:
you most likely turned your back on the world.
10. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
11. Always remember the compliments you received.. Forget about the rude remarks.
12 . Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better
when they know and you'll both be happy .
13. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

emoticon for the gift of your friendship


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