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Trying to balance some health issues with the responsibility of looking out for others can be a challenge. I try to meet those challenges each day in a positive way. Both DH and I lost our mothers in 2015. My 92 year old dad remains at home with dementia; we have round the clock caregivers and hospice for him. Trying to control emotional eating while living with the demands of eldercare and caregiver stress is my daily focus. Caring for aging parents is a blessing, but I never knew "tired" until I experienced caregiver "tired".

You can never get complacent about eating well or exercising reglarly. The good news is :We can do this with the support of Soarkpeople and our wonderful Sparkfriends! It is a daily journey taken one day at a time.

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." C.S. Lewis

Member Since: 9/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 135,474

My Goals:
To be positive each day.
To learn new things.
To enjoy the moment.
To be grateful.
To really listen to others.
To forgive others.
To be a role model.

Things to work on:
To begin to care more about my appearance.
To really work on strength training.
To try some land fitness classes.
To strengthen my bones and nails.
To improve my mobility.
To cook more and to eat out less frequently.

My Program:
Choose healthy foods.
Stay on track w/calories.
Track all food & exercise.
Track essential nutrients.
Water aerobics 3x weekly
Walk, walk, walk.
Weigh every morning.
Walk neighborhood daily.
Wear Fitbit to motivate me

Personal Information:
My husband and I live in a small town not far from the greater Atlanta area.

In June of 2012 I retired from teaching, a career that I embarked upon in 1972. During those 40 years I taught full time for 26 years and was a stay at home mom for 14 years.

I did not start any type of exercise program until I hit some roadblocks in my 60s. I am not proud of that, but I am proof that it is NEVER too late to start taking care of yourself.

Other Information:
I love to spend time with my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters
(ages 11 and 13) who live in the Atlanta area.

DH and I have spent most of the past several years in the role of caregiver for our parents. We need to focus on our health so that we can continue to be effective caregivers for others.

I love the tranquility of nature. Gardening and feeding the birds are my daily indulgences.

I love coffee, and I love chocolate.

I now love exercise (amazing, but true). I didn't begin any form of exercise program until I was in my 60s, following a serious accident. What a difference today!

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  • v DEB9021
    Love your pictures! It is nice, since sounds like you are home with elderly parent, that it looks as though you enjoy home decorating. My boys are teens and so my house is always full clutter as we seem to be always dropping one thing to run off to another. Beginning to settle down as they get older, but I am not sure I will ever be homebody. I always admire pretty home decor, but will find an excuse to go out the door anytime rather than doing something at the house. But I know my mother really changed on that when my siblings and I all moved out, so maybe there is hope for me yet. :-)

    Looking forward to starting the 5% challenge so very soon. Consider yourself snowballed! Better get moving before you get hit again! emoticon
    9 days ago
    *♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥
    What matters most is to believe in yourself and treat others with respect and compassion. Jennifer Carroll
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    10 days ago
    emoticon I'm Deborah and we're on the same team for the Winter 5% Challenge. I know the team is going to rock the challenge! emoticon

    "Just play, have fun, and enjoy the game." Michael Jordan
    10 days ago
    emoticon I'm Deborah and we're on the same team for the Winter 5% Challenge. I know the team is going to rock the challenge! emoticon

    "Just play, have fun, and enjoy the game." Michael Jordan
    10 days ago
    Thanks for the snowflake. We have plenty of them in our yard in Colorado. It is beautiful. Looking forward to having a good winter challenge. Yvonne
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    10 days ago
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