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I am 54years young and mother of a 36 year old son and grandmother to a 4 year old precious little girl. I own my own business & it affords me the time to spend with my granddaughter a few days a week while caring for and teaching other children as well. I love my career however It requires a lot of physical & emotional endurance. I am not as physically active as I once was and run out of energy quickly.
It has always been part of my program to teach the children about Healthy Choices. Keeping up with them had become painful and I was ending my days thoroughly exhausted.
I used several health calculators and the results show that I was headed for Adult Diabetes and certain types of cancer. I had one cancer scare 9 years ago & a cardio scare in 2008. I was suffering from chronic joint pain, acid reflux, and migranes. My quality of life was very poor. I didn't want to do anything, go anywhere, and even talking on the phone was an effort. Going for walks which I previously loved to do had become painful so I quit. I often used a cane to assist me with stairs of if I had to go anywhere that required a lot of walking on hard surfaces.
It affected my business because I limited my enrollment to older children. Lifting infants and toddlers was very taxing on my physical strength, so I stopped taking them. My doctor's recommended prednisone, and other drugs for my back & hip pain but never once suggested that I lose weight or exercise. I actually asked my Othopod to send me for PT because I just felt that is what I needed more than drugs. I did go (while the insurance lasted) it felt great and I did feel better. But once I stopped the progress that I made did too.

My declining physical health and watching different programs about how the excess weight affects your internal organs was the "wake up" call that I needed.

My goal was & is to take baby steps adding exercises that are more suited to my physical limits & by setting mini goals of 10% each, to reach my Life-Time Goal 151lbs. with less than 20% body fat.
I don't want to take a fist full of prescription drugs each day . I take vitamins & eat healthy but not as physically active as I want to be. I have weaned myself off all RX and want to stay that way until the Lord Calls me home!

I Joined SparkPeople to make myself accountable and I am one that needs to track meals and activity. I love the tools here. I have made great progress, without starving or feeling deprived. I track my meals and physical activity. I am eating correct portions now and also trying to avoid processed foods. I have replaced “white” for brown where ever and whenever possible. Whole foods are what I eat more often. I don’t restrict myself too much but I am aware of foods that trigger some bad habits and treat them like allergens, avoiding them as much as possible. I do however indulge on occasion. Deprivation has never lasted long with me. I am doing things much differently this time.

I went from an obese BMI to a Healthy one. I have lost 20% of my body weight and improved my BMI by 20%. I took the "RealAge" test and have improved my age by 10 years since I began my Journey! My joints and my back do not ache all of the time taking me from chronic pain to almost pain free. My stamina and outlook have improved and I am ready to kick it up a notch.

I am HAPPY to report that I have resumed taking Infants and Toddlers I added another Business to my resume (Kindermusik) and now I can keep up with the little ones - almost ;-)
This year adding more physical activity & strength & resistance training. I am confident that I will be in much better health by my birthday in July! Stayin Alive at 55!! :^D


Member Since: 11/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 8,697

My Goals:
To lose fat gain lean muscle. I want to become the best ME that I can be. Physically & Spritually.


My Program:
Focusing on eating to live. Fueling my body to sustain not "entertain" me.
Adding more whole food to my day. Cut way back on drinking so much coffee - a large portion of my daily calories. Replacing empty calorie food with tasty but nutritious alternatives. Eating on Purpose & controlling portions. Avoiding preservatives and artificial ingredients as much as I can.



Personal Information:
I am from Northeast Pennsylvania. I am a wife, mother and grandmother as well as a Business owner. I operate my own Child Care and I am a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, and KinderSigns-Sign Language Instructor. I provide a preschool program along with Day Care and offer Kindermusik enrichement classes. I am a Cantor in my church. You would think that I get enough exercise with this but although I am fairly active it is not much cardio.


Other Information:
With God All things are possible. That is how I make it through my toughest times. When I think that I can't -- I surrender it to God. He CAN!
My Motivation is
1. To perform my "Job" more effectively allowing me more ENERGY and enable me to keep up with my grand daughter - my little rosebud.
2. Look and feel better in my clothing.




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  • v HICALGAL
    aloha gorgeous Ruby-Lite! hope you're doing well...miss you! happy valentines....may your beautiful heart be filled with peace, love and happiness EVERY DAY! hugs!!

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    3627 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday.
    Your health account is no different. What I do today, I am wearing tomorrow.
    If I put inferior foods in my body today, I'm going to be inferior tomorrow, it's that simple."
    -Jack Lalanne

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    Just stopping by from Rootin' for Ruby to say hello and to encourage you to have a Fit and Fantastic February!

    Hugs,
    Pixie
    3639 days ago
  • v SPARKPIXIE
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    Happy Wednesday, Sparkfriend! How is your week going so far? I hope you're staying strong when faced with all those holiday temptations out there. Remember, you're the one in charge, and you are stronger than you realize if you just dig deep. You're worth it!
    Hugs,
    Pixie

    "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
    -Barack Obama

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    The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. -- George Carlin

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    I haven't seen you around the Ruby team lately so I thought I'd drop by to see how you're doing! I know the holiday season is rough...but don't give up! Even if you've had a bad month (or two or three), now is a great time to get your Spark back! I'm here if you need support!
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    3679 days ago
  • v SPARKPIXIE
    "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
    =Walter Elliot

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    Happy Wednesday, Sparkfriend! Just cruising by from Rootin' for Ruby to check in on some team mates I haven't heard from in a while. I hope you are doing well and staying motivated! I'm here if you need support!
    Hugs,
    Pixie

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    What I learned from a snowman (Unknown author)

    It's okay if you're a little bottom heavy.
    Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.
    Wearing white is always appropriate.
    Winter is the best of the four seasons.
    It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.
    There's nothing better than a foul weather friend.
    The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.
    It's not the size of the carrot, but the placement that counts.
    We're all made up of mostly water.
    You know you've made it when they write a song about you.
    Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
    Avoid yellow snow.
    Don't get too much sun.
    It's embarrassing when you can't look down and see your feet.
    It's fun to hang out in your front yard.
    Always put your best foot forward.
    There's no stopping you once you're on a roll.



    3694 days ago
  • v SPARKPIXIE
    "We have a choice every day - to act on yesterdays good intentions,
    or get an early start on tomorrows regrets."
    -Robert Brault

    No regrets, Ruby-Lite! I'm here from Rootin' for Ruby to encourage you to do your best today so that you can wake up tomorrow feeling proud of yourself for how well you did! I know you can do it!

    Have a great day!
    Hugs,
    Pixie

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    Q: What goes "Ha-ha-ha . . . THUD!"

    A: A monster laughing his head off!

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    3737 days ago
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