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Hi! I'm 62 years old, 5'3", mother of two grown sons, retired, and happily married. Here's my "Sparkpeople History" in a nutshell...

5/1/09 I found SparkPeople! I followed the program, ate in range, tracked my calories and exercised. By mid August, I had lost 20 pounds and got to my original goal weight of 125 pounds. That fall, I stopped exercising and tracking my food consistently. Over the next 12 months, I regained almost all of the weight (18 pounds).

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Hi! I'm 62 years old, 5'3", mother of two grown sons, retired, and happily married. Here's my "Sparkpeople History" in a nutshell...

5/1/09 I found SparkPeople! I followed the program, ate in range, tracked my calories and exercised. By mid August, I had lost 20 pounds and got to my original goal weight of 125 pounds. That fall, I stopped exercising and tracking my food consistently. Over the next 12 months, I regained almost all of the weight (18 pounds).

8/26/10 I went back to tracking my food and I back to exercising regularly. My program is simple: burn at least 200 calories a day in cardio exercise and track all my food.

1/15/11 In November, I decided to start tracking what I call my "Seven Daily Goals." I blogged about them every day. I reached my new goal weigh of 130 about three months later. I became very consistent with tracking all food. I also became much more consistent with cardio exercise. I do a variety of things to keep me moving. I think it's different this time around, because I don't plan to stop tracking or exercising ever!

3/1/11 I'm back at my goal weight and have decided to stop tracking for a while. I know I'll go back to it because it works so well for me. For now, I'm taking a break from it and will do that as long as I stay in my goal range.

9/15/11 My father just died...he had dementia and I have been taking care of him for the past three years. This summer was particularly hard and I regained 15 pounds between May 1 and today.

1/2/13 My husband is retiring in June and we have decided to go on an extended self-supported bicycle tour around the perimeter of the US and then onto Australia after he retires. The thought of biking around the US carrying everything we need for over a year on our bikes gives me plenty of incentive to exercise now to get in shape!

8/14/13 I just found out I have a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Our bike ride is now on hold. I'm fighting for my life.

12/1/14 I completed my chemo, surgery and radiation. My husband was such a huge help though it all. According to my oncologist, I have an 85% chance of surviving the 5 years. I figure each day I make it though without a recurrence is a great day. My strength is coming back. I changed my eating habits (no sugar, refined foods, or gluten) and lost about 35 pounds last year without tracking my food....just by cutting out all the "junk." I'm now at my ideal weight (110 lbs). Now, I just have to get back to biking!

My favorite sayings are:
If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.
- Unknown
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
- Unknown


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8/15/13--to be healthy and alive five years and beyond from today.





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Right now, my top priority is to be a long-term breast cancer survivor.


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4/18/2015 11:22:52 AM

I copied this from MEMORIES57 a member of the Birding Across America Team. She posts a recipe almost everyday. This one made me think of you and your asparagus! So here's the recipe for next year's crop. I think the anchovies would be too strong for me, but I haven't tried it. I don't eat a lot of potatoes either because we have rice every day, but I do like potato salad so I might have to give this a try sometime. If you try it let me know what you think. emoticon

Asparagus Potato Salad


Ingredients~

1 pound new potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed
1/2 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths
1/2 c finely chopped sweet onion
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
1 tsp yellow mustard, optional
1 tsp fresh dill weed or 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 hard-boiled egg, shelled and cut into quarters
4 anchovy fillets
2 tsps drained small capers
1 Tbsp chopped roasted red peppers
Sweet Hungarian paprika for garnish, optional




Directions~

Boil potatoes in salted water until fork-tender. Drain and let cool until easy to handle. Cut into 1-inch chunks and place in a large bowl.
While the potatoes are cooking, steam asparagus until crisp-tender (see Notes). Rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly. Add to the potatoes along with sweet onion.
Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, pickle relish, mustard, dill weed, salt, and pepper. Fold gently into the potato and asparagus mixture until combined.
Scrape potato salad into a serving dish. Arrange hard-boiled egg wedges pointing outward around the edge of the dish and the anchovies in between the egg wedges. Sprinkle with capers, and roasted red peppers. Dust eggs lightly with paprika, if desired. Chill at least 1 hour before serving to let flavors meld.



Notes~

You can quickly steam asparagus in the microwave. Place cut asparagus in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Fold back the plastic wrap to leave a 1-inch opening for the steam to vent. Cook on High for 1 minute. Remove bowl, stir asparagus, re-cover with vent, and cook on High 1 additional minute. Remove to the counter and let rest until cooled to room temperature. Drain off any accumulated liquid. Enjoy!



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4/17/2015 10:47:50 AM

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Kay,
Yippee! It's Friday! Wishing you a Fabulous Day and a Wonderful Weekend full of lots of Sunshine and Happiness!
Hugs and love, xoxo
Jan

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FLORIDASUN
4/14/2015 8:09:03 PM

Hi Kay:

Sending you a BIG Tuesday night hug! How's your gardening going? I bet you are loving the milder weather! emoticon



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MOM2ACAT
4/12/2015 9:23:49 AM

Thank you Kay!
I am hoping to get a couple of hanging baskets, I will probably wait until early to mid May; it's a little early here in Michigan yet as we are still getting some nights where it gets below 32F.



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