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Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

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Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia





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January 13, 2018

I rejoined Spark July 1, 2017 after being away for six years. At the time I felt comfortable with my weight (140 lb.) and my fitness level but wanted to reexperience a community that would keep me accountable for what I ate and for my activity.

In those six years I experienced many firsts: a hip replacement which has been a 100% success and game changer, another grandchild (a very dynamic girl), a new house and neighbourhood, the graduation of my daughter from eleven years of veterinary studies, adoption of a plant based diet and sadly the death of my husband.

I have now been following a vegetarian diet for over a year; feel well, energetic and now weigh just below 125 lb. This is obviously much lower than my original goal of mid 130's. Besides maintaining a one acre property by myself I am walking an average of 25-30 miles per week and I am gradually increasing weights in a strength training program. For years I was bothered with a chronic cough that required inhalers at times, that is now totally gone. Once high lipids are now normal as is blood pressure.

Goals for 2018:
Maintain my present weight.
Hike the Harvest Moon Trail ( 110km., will break it into sections to complete over the summer)
Travel! Off to BC in May and to Scotland in the autumn.

Member Since: 10/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 115,828

My Goals:
-to maintain my current weight
-challenge my body and mind daily to keep both engaged and healthy
-to share ideas and support with other SP members

My Program:
-weight training 2X a week
-core and balance exercises daily
-total plant based diet
-daily reading, singing in the winter months, gardening year round
--active exploration of my community, province, country

Personal Information:
I'm a farm kid from Alberta, lived in Ontario for 25 years and have now settled in the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. Two cats and a rescue pooch keep me busy.

Other Information:
I love to garden. Crosswords, singing and reading keep me busy when the snow flies. Cooking is also a delight- I'm always looking for new ideas for vegetarian meals. I am passionate about diet and exercise and firmly believe that we do have the power to keep ourselves healthy by eating well and being active.

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    You're very fortunate to be able to treat your use of plastic much like a checking account. Glenn
    3 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my post Valentine dilemma. My wife and I talked, and I rack this up to a huge lapse in judgement on her part. She is now in possession of the food gifts, and will be doling them out to me in small portions. I might just get a little bit per day. I trust this will work. Best wishes to you, Glenn
    7 days ago
    Thanks for the blog love on my post about Shen Yun. If you have a chance, go see it! The dancing was spectacular and both the women and men were very athletic. Chinese dance incorporates many jumps and "no hands" flips as well as traditional ballet.
    9 days ago
    Hi, thanks for the encouragement on my blog. I am mostly transitioned to a plant based diet, starting last fall. No cheese, no milk, but still eat egg whites.
    Have a nice weekend.
    14 days ago
  • v MARTHA324
    Thanks for reading and commenting on my normal blog. You are so right! Not that many years ago healthy eating at home was the normal.
    16 days ago
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