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Heading into 5% Challenge. This will be my ?th, love the things I am learning through these challenges. I have defined goals to help accomplish a 5% weight loss. I am focusing on more discipline and focus with my daily exercise. Staying the course. If you are reading this you really should consider doing a 5% Challenge. I have met some really amazing people to help me along the way.

I have been a "sparker" since 2008, left and now return for a re-do. I am going to make this re-do stick. Live and learn!!! I've always been very active person, until I fractured my spine (2013) and it's time to get back to the strong bodied woman I feel inside. I have a custom tattoo, it's my avatar (note pic at your left). Lord knows, I would love to look like that but it's really more about spirit. I have spent my life searching for meaning in life, note the hiker has a compass in her hand. I have lived at times somewhat recklessly (haven't we all?). My compass has taken me to a very comfortable place in life, and I do not want to be sedentary. I want to live life to the fullest until I'm very old and gray.
I am back in the fight for my health, and to live the life I want to live without the issue of weight (lose enough to not feel so much knee and back pain) and immobility to contend with!

I retired from 30 years as a RN on December 29, 2017. I have many, many little goals in retirement and now that I have started to lose a little weight, my mind has gone berserk. I'm returning to my bucket list. adding things I thought were gone from my future.

Bucket list:
Learn to scuba dive
Scuba dive in Belize or somewhere with great dives
Learn to fence (swords)
Work trip to Thailand~ DONE FEB. 2019!!!
Kayak more places

Member Since: 4/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 71,818

My Goals:
Long Range GOALS:
Bali October of 2020...weight goal is 165#

Short term Goals: Stay within my Calorie range including macros 6 days per week.
Dead bug exercise every day!
Knee exercises (prescribe by dr.), once a day, 6 days a week
Weight lift 2X's a week.
Cardio 6X's a week.
increasing both length of cardio and weight lifted as appropriate

My Program:
Beck Diet Solution

In a nutshell,
Eat everything in moderation.
Be mindful when eating.

Personal Information:
I live just outside of Chicago, with my 2 grown sons. Retirement is fun and for entertainment I, gardening, ride my bike, kayak and just about anything outdoors. I exercise at home and the gym, love to cook (hence the weight issue), doing home repairs and decorating. I am always up for travel and going out to a variety of activities with friends and family .

Other Information:
I'm a Chicago Blackhawks fan. When I refer to HOSSA, it is not the actual hockey player but my German Shepherd dog...a poor substitute. LOL

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    1 hour ago
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    Thanks for your comment! I live in suburbia too and they allow chickens (up to a certain amount)...just not roosters. So you could probably have them too if you like. I agree it's sad to see the wild ones that are wild due to owner abandonment. We saw a lot of that in Maui last time we visited. Pets are not an object to be cast off when interest wanes, they are living creatures who are part of the family and should be cared for accordingly! emoticon
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my blogs this week. It is such a blessing to have friends who encourage me. Have a BOO-tiful week! Ruthie emoticon
    5 hours ago
    I do enjoy the boxing gloves to help me knock it out of the park on my Daisy day, thank you
    1 day ago

    Thanks for reading my blog, and for your kindness. Hope you have a great weekend ahead!
    I have added you as a friend :-)
    2 days ago
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