OUTDOORGIRL69   220,780
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Rustic cabin Olallie Lake in Oregon

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I am 69 years old. I am married to a great man who worries about me all the time. We love the outdoors and love to fish/ hike/ camp and we have done all sorts of adventures and being up in the mountains is where we love to be.

I have lots of health problems right now that tries to stop me from doing the things I love but I won't let it stop me. I love going to church and love God for letting me do a lot of things I do. He is my Strength and Salvation. What ...

I am 69 years old. I am married to a great man who worries about me all the time. We love the outdoors and love to fish/ hike/ camp and we have done all sorts of adventures and being up in the mountains is where we love to be.

I have lots of health problems right now that tries to stop me from doing the things I love but I won't let it stop me. I love going to church and love God for letting me do a lot of things I do. He is my Strength and Salvation. What out him I would not be here today.

I have beaten all the odds that have been thrown at me. From 8 discs removed in my back / 13 compress fractures / back fusion /been paralyzed from my waist down/ a head on car crash / shattering both my hands / a few heart attacks and other heart problems / cancer 4 times. All Dr. say that I should not be alive or even walking. I will not let any of this get me down or stop me. My Faith I God keeps me going.

I would like to thank everyone on SP for all the help and encouragement that I have gotten from you. I have met so many good people. I am so thankful for that.

This is all after I joined Spark people.

I was told that I had Breast Cancer.

On 10/08
I had Breast Cancer surgery.

I started Radeation.

I died 3 times and they brought me back. I had blood poisening through my body.


Well I have made it into 2009 by the Grace of God. I really didn't think at one point I would be here now and writing this. The Dr's didn't think I would make it through the night. They say I had Blood Poisoning through my whole body. They had the Police wake up my DH to rush down from McCall to Boise in the middle of the night.

I have made it through Cancer once again and dieing. I pledge to keep my Positive Attitude and Motivation and to be as helpful to all my SP Teams as possible and anyone else that needs it. Also be able to help others that have Breast Cancer or any other Cancer get through all the difficulties of the treatment that we go through.

I am starting all over again, you would think with what I went through I would have lost weight in the hospital, but I gained.

God has me here for a reason and has given me a second, third, and forth chance at life and I don't know at this point why. I am so thankful I have him in my life.

God has taken care of me through so many battles.
I have spoken to so many people and have handed out the site address also. I know that is why God has me around to spread the word and to motivate other as I have been motivated by others.

I was told that I had 5 heart attacks this month.

08-30-09 Update.....
Well I went to the hospital on Thursday as my old DR insisted I needed a stint put in my heart. The new Dr I have did the surgery on Friday and found that I did not need the stint again. This is what I call the power of Prayer and Faith in God. His hand has healed me one more time. The DR did say that I have had 5 heart attacks in the last month. He is really suprised at my Positive Attitude and said it is part of why I am still here. I do have 2 stints in my heart already from back in 2006.
I give God all the Glorie.

9/13/09 Update.....
Today I accomplished something that I thought I would never be able do. I did the 3 day 60 mile Breast Cancer Walk with SP friend Shelia in Washington State. I feel so lucky that I was able to do such a thing.
God Willing I will be doing it again next year.

9/26/09 Update.....
It has been a good week and I got the 3K done with Mircrouse from Sarasota Fl. and the American Heart Association.

10-11-09 I will be doing another 3 Day 60 mile Breast Cancer Walk with Betty from Washington DC.

10/13/09 Update....
Well I made it through the weekend. Ended up with a blister on my heal. Glad that was all except sore feet which is to be expected. Not nice to say but glad all my walks are over for the year.

Will still be doing my 1 mile walks if not out side in side on treadmill or just walking in place in the house.

Not sure of the date but I did a 3 mile walk for Breast Cancer in McCall Idaho where I live.
See my walks never stop for Cancer reserch.

I am Cancer free for the fourth time.

I will be trying real hard to reach a goal for November of 140. I am going to need all the help I can get as one of my Med's is fighting me on that. I do not want to stop my Cancer Med but that is the one giving me all the trouble.

I have changed my user's name to outdoorgirl65 being I am going to be 65 the 1st od Dec.

Well today is my 65 Birthday. I am home to celebrate it this year. I am in much better shape then last year. My goal is to eat even healther then before and to be at 140 before Christmas.

01/25/10 Up Date.......
Well today I found out that I have Thyroid problems. This is just another chaptor in my life. I will get through this just like I did with the Cancer. I will keep Motivated & keep a Positive Attitude. Thanks to all my SP friends that are there for me when I am down and need some incouragement.

03/09/10 Up Date
Dr upped my med today to 75 msg. Trying to get the Thyroid under control.

06/23/10 Up Date
As of today I am on 100msg for my Thyroid. It does not sean to be helping.

Well today I turned 66 and changed my user name to outdoorgirl66.

I have a new hair cut and will try to get a better picture.

Been have heart, and breathing problems. They found some nodule on my right lung. Will be retested the end of may.

Today I found out that I have a lung problem. I have to have Oxygen on 24/7 for now on.

I hurt my knee. Come to find out I have a tear, ligement tear, a meniscus tear and a piece of the meniscus bone floating under my knee cap and a slight fracture. I have had to slow down to almost no walking except what I have to do at work. I will be getting 3 shots of a ned medication starting on Monday the 29 of Aug.

Under went knee surgery. He found that the Potilla bone was cracked on both sides and part broke off and floating under knee cap.

Started thorepy today. Found out I really will not be able to really do a lot of walking till April 2012. Very frustrating.

Haven't updated in over a year. My knee is still not healing.
My thyroid is still not stable and I have put on over 10 pounds in 1 year. It is very frustrating.
In the last year DH & I have bought our own home. I am still out of work and DH also got let go and he is looking for work.
We are doing OK for now and we know God will keep watching over us.

Found out the other day that I have some medical problems that need attention. I have a cyst on my kidney for one & a lot of fat on my liver. One of my kidneys is smaller then the other. There are other things also.

Went into the hospital to have a colonoscopy and had polyps removed. I am thankful it turned out to NOT be cancer

I had 6 polyps removed and found out that they were not cancerous. Thank God for that. I am still having trouble swelling food. I will have to go back to Boise to have more tests done.
DH got hurt 1 year ago in April. He is still having all sorts of problems. He got hit on the head with a metal dumpster lid.
He has been fighting with the State of Idaho over it.. I worrie about him as he keeps blacking out & doesn't remember things at times.

The DR figured out what is causing the pain in my knee. He said it is either a pinched nerve or the nerve got cut during my knee replacement. Right now he has me using numbing pads to see how they work.

Well I made it through another month. It is nice to be down 22 pounds. I have gone from 198 to 176 in 2.75 months. I just hope I can continue to lose.

A lot of medical problems during the year. Had surgery on my throat. Lost 19 pounds for the year.


Found out that I have to have more surgery on my throat. It will be done in Feb. Starting my weight lose again and see if I can make another 19 pounds go away. I will stay positive that 2014 will be a better year.


Well today I found out why my hand has been hurting since Dec 1. The Dr. said I have De Quervain Tenosynovitis. I have a brace on for 2 to 3 weeks now. Just one more thing in my life that I will get through.


DR telling me now that I will have to have the brace on for at least 2 months more.


Had to go in and have surgery on my throat again. They had to stretch the mussels so I can swallow . It is better, but I am still having the same problems.

My DH had heart surgery and they put a defibrillator in his heart as it is only pumping 30 % of blood through his body.


Went in and had heart surgery. They found out that I have small vessel disease. The DR is changing some of my meds.


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 current weight: 167.0 

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Member Since: 1/6/2008

SparkPoints: 220,780

Fitness Minutes: 208,801

My Goals:
My Goal for 2014 is to get to list below.

Get my weight under control. Trying to get to a stable weight with all the meds I take.

Is to try to help others to live a better life

To encourage others to do better. Also help people that is battleing cancer in my town and helping the families.

My Program:
Read a verse in my Bible every day

Walk at least 1 mile per day.

Exercise at least 30 min

Eat healthy foods.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water

Personal Information:
My name is Ida
I am 69 years old. Married have three children. I am a
grandmother of 6.
I am from MA/ CT/ OR / WA
I currently live in Donnell Idaho.
I love Church / Fly Fish / Camping / Hiking / Exercising.
I joined Spark People to help have a healthy life style.

Other Information:
I love reading the Bible every night as it gives me the strength to keep going.
I love Life and live it to the fullest. God Is My Strength.
I love listening to my Christian music when I am working out.

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11/20/2014 4:11:14 PM

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I'm Thankful for You

Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let's be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving,
I'm thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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11/15/2014 9:57:21 AM

Thanks for the welcome to Keep walking with Jesus. I came to your page, and fell in love with that cabin you've a pic of on your site.
emoticon he is the Lord of the Dance!

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11/15/2014 12:50:05 AM

Hi Ida, and thank you for the goodie! I'm so glad you've joined us!!

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11/5/2014 4:18:27 PM

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7/6/2014 10:20:48 PM

Ida, I didn't know if you heard about the head-on collision accident that I was in. I posted an updated blog about my current injuries. I'm so proud of you for making daily healthy choices and permanent lifestyle changes, resulting in fulfilling positive results! I'm giving you a STANDING OVATION for the goals you have achieved and the progress you continue to make! You are:

emoticon * S * P * A * R * K * T * A * C * U * L * A * R * emoticon

S = Set goals! Develop plans! Take action! Make progress! See results!
P = Promote regular medical checkups to achieve optimum health!
A = Approach each goal with optimism, dedication and completion!
R = Reduce stress! Eat healthy! Drink water! Exercise regularly! Sleep better! Have fun!
K = Keep track of nutrition intakes, fitness minutes, weigh-ins and body measurements!
T = Trust your choices, decisions and actions in all that you do!
A = Add variety to nutrition plan, fitness activities and personal well-being goals!
C = Create a non-food reward system for working hard to achieve healthy results!
U = Utilize behavior modification to break bad habits and challenge yourself to change!
L = Live life embracing healthy choices, positive changes and individual growth!
A = Assemble a support system to help one another stay on track!
R = Record emotions, setbacks, adjustments, progress and achievements in a journal!

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