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I joined Spark People in January, 2011, to lose weight before my son's April wedding. Since that time I've lost weight, regained it, lost again... you get the picture. I'm down 18 lbs. right now after a challenging November-December.

With a grandson’s Mexican wedding coming up in November ‘18,(and being with my ex-husband and his wife for a week), I want to be thinner and fitter. 2018 will be the year I reach my goal.

Spark People doesn't offer any magical solutions. It offers good advice on nutrition and exercising. The rest is up to you.

Thank you to the Spark Friends I've made for the encouragement and support. I wouldn’t still be here without you.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 117,368

My Goals:
My husband and I love to travel, and I want to be able to walk, climb, explore and enjoy new places with him.

My Program:
- track all food, water and exercise, as follows:
- stop eating directly from the container; e.g., cereal, chips, nuts, cereal, crackers
- 8 glasses of water/day
- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day
- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes
- eat mindfully, avoiding high sodium foods and weighing and/or measuring portion size
- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan
- in the summer, much of my cardiovascular exercise is working in the garden and walking. In the winter, I swim and do virtual walks on the treadmill
- ST including resistance band, medicine ball, floor exercises and free weights

Personal Information:
- born 25/09/43 in Nova Scotia, live in Southern Ontario
- wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend
- reader, gardener, traveller, volunteer
- cat lover
- active in my church (Anglican)

Other Information:
Long-term goal 150 lbs

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  • v DESIREE672
    Thank you very much for your comment on my blog. It does seem to me that we never get to some kind of final destination. I'm beginning to think it's a moving target because our calorie needs continue to go down in old age. Maybe the key is in accepting that we just have to keep on going and that it's worth it.

    I hope you have a great weekend!
    5 hours ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    I think that's a big part of it. I could rest when I wanted. Eat when I wanted... This time I have to stick to her routine and the time I am the tiredest isn't when she naps! Also physically its so different. No sickness but awful headaches instead.
    6 hours ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    It would be so easy to just make your own portion of the Indian eggs. I will write out later the recipe as a few people asked. It would be perfect to scale down.
    2 days ago
    I love the new car. I didn't realize how much it was always in the back of my mind, when I went out on a longer drive or at night, that maybe the car would break down. I feel so much more secure now. Plus, it handles really nicely.

    I think I'm going to cautiously try my exercise class next week. The twinges have died way down.
    2 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2018 6:20:45 PM
  • v DESIREE672
    Thank you so much for the comment on my blog. Work has already eased up a lot, and I'm not worrying about sleep now.

    I hope you're having a great week!
    3 days ago
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