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January 24, 2015

Hello from Ontario, Canada. I live approximately 1 hour NE of Toronto.

I'm a 71-year-old wife, mother and grandmother. Originally from Nova Scotia, I've lived in Ontario since 1978.

I retired from the City of Toronto in 2003, about 1 1/2 years after marrying for the 2nd time.

My husband and I enjoy gardening, travel, reading and spending time with our families.

I've been a yoyo dieter most of my adult ...
January 24, 2015

Hello from Ontario, Canada. I live approximately 1 hour NE of Toronto.

I'm a 71-year-old wife, mother and grandmother. Originally from Nova Scotia, I've lived in Ontario since 1978.

I retired from the City of Toronto in 2003, about 1 1/2 years after marrying for the 2nd time.

My husband and I enjoy gardening, travel, reading and spending time with our families.

I've been a yoyo dieter most of my adult life, but since I joined Spark People 4 years ago, I've learned how to balance my food and exercise and am down 20 lbs. Since I was gaining 5-10 lbs. every year before joining Spark, I figure that I'm really down at least 40 lbs. from where I would have been.

I will be following this program for the rest of my life... it works!






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Member Since: 1/17/2011

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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:

- 6-8 gasses of water/day

- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day

- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes

- eat mindfully

- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan

- virtual walk from Lands End to John O' Groats started 30.9.13, walk minimum of 20 miles/week

- ST 10 minutes/day, including stability ball, resistance band, medicine ball, free weights, kettlebell and floor exercises



Personal Information:
- born 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)



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Weight loss goals:
- 160 lbs. by 28/02/15
- 155 lbs. by 31/03/15
- 150 lbs. by 31/05/15

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MULTIMOM
3/3/2015 4:34:26 PM

Sorry you are not feeling well, and I hope that stomach bug goes away soon.
I feel for ya! Get well soon!
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LEANJEAN6
2/27/2015 11:44:59 AM

Hi Gail----- It's sunny--up to a minus 13C----- right balmy!--LOL----Its all a matter of perspective--LOL----Enjoy the day-Lynda



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KDYLOSE
2/24/2015 4:50:13 PM

Hi Gail, I finally went to my Spark page after a month and there was your message. I feel bad that I haven't been keeping in touch with you and a few others, but I just can't seem to get myself going. I definitely know the feeling of inertia you describe. Maybe we can just chalk it up to winter hibernation?

The good news on my end is that even without Sparking I haven't gained weight. With the diabetes threat always looming over me, even when I'm eating too many calories to lose weight I'm still sticking religiously to low carb/WheatBelly and that seems to keep it under control. But it also allows me to procrastinate even more....

I finally started the substitute work, but there isn't as much of it as I expected, which means I can't just pick and choose little kids, I have to go in and deal with older kids, which is less like teaching and more like being a drill sergeant. Not sure I want to do this after all. I might just sign up with some temp agencies and do office work. Actually, a very exciting opportunity just came up this week - they've started a new local newspaper, and I worked for a few years as a reporter for our former paper and loved it, so I'm hoping they'll take me on. Had a good interview today.

This whole year since retiring in June has just been weird for me. I think I've been having what they call a midlife crisis, except it's a retirement crisis. "Is this all there is to my life?" kind of thinking. I was so close to leaving my husband. I actually went up to my daughter's in Columbus last month, our nearest decent-sized city 1 1/2 hours away, and asked her to look at apartments with me. Then a few weeks later when she had to travel on business for a week, I offered to come up and dog-sit to get a taste of being alone in the city. It was fine during the day, but at night, sitting alone in her apartment, I got a feel for just how empty life would feel. I came home at the end of the week with a new appreciation of the comfortable home and routine I've built here with my husband, and I've been trying to be nicer to him and not nitpik at little things.

And then this feeling I had back in June that I had to hurry up and become an important artist before I ran out of time - I was so fired up about that, and now I've come to an acceptance that it's already a little too late for that. I still have the talent and ability but I just don't have the energy that used to drive me when I painted.

So, life as it is. Not so bad after all...

I hope you're feeling better. I don't know exactly when spring comes for you up there, but it's not too far off! Hang in there!

Kate




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MENNOLY
2/22/2015 4:39:25 PM

No we had to cancel. We ended up with over 6 inches of snow with the kids getting more than that and it switched to freezing rain over night. Fortunately we had a really warm day today and a lot of the stuff is melting before we switch back to frigid tomorrow. I hope to reschedule for next week. One of the goals for yesterday was to meet my son's girl friend but it will have to be another time. I know you would have coped better with the snow but we just don't get a lot of it and it tends to shut everything down. Our street was not plowed until sometime overnight.



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LIVINGLOVINLIFE
2/22/2015 1:36:33 PM

Hi Gail: Sounds like you are learning more about carbs, I am too. Giving up bread has been a biggy for me. I really like bread, pasta rice and potatoes. I still have my oats 1-2 times a week. I was also amazed at the carb levels in fruits and vegetables. Have too pick and choose. Need some every day. I have gone over the last few days. But still a lot less than normal. Yesterday I was at VFW Meeting. They served backed ham, backed beans and potato salad, with rolls and lots of sweet deserts. No salad. So I had backed ham, small serving of potato salad and very small serving of backed means no desert or bread. Ate light at supper with green salad, and sliced chicken breast. Will see what happens on Monday weigh in. We can do this.



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