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My son Jeff,me and my daughter Amanda Sept 2012

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Mandy and myself,same clothes, several pounds lighter

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Mandy and me - both several pounds heavier!!

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I am coming up on my 3rd Sparkiversary having officially joined on March 8,2010. I thought it was time to update my Spark page.

When I initially joined , I was looking for an easy way to keep track of calories. I have had a life long struggle with weight - and was yet on another quest to get my weight under control and exercise back into my life. I had a professor in college that called this yo-yo dieting approach the Rhythm method of girth control.. and I must confess that I had been practicing this method for years. I was trying to break out of the cycle!!

I must admit that I didn't appreciate all the benefits of Spark and stopped using it soon after I joined. Nine months later my daughter redirected my attention to the site with a Blog she had written about me. She also shared how the site was helping her to successfully loose weight. She inspired me to give the site another look and helped me learn about how to use it. It was a wonderful gift and I have been sparking ever since! The site helps me stay accountable to myself and the goals I set for myself. The support of Spark Friends and the Spark community keep me motivated and involved providing support to others.

I was fortunate to have two weight loss programs at work that got me started on the way to a healthier life style - the first one was called Change for Life and began Sept 2009 ( I lost 17 # ) and the second one was called Get Real , it was during this time that I Got Spark and haven't turned back.

This January I celebrated my birthday and I attained the goal I had set for myself 2 years ago- I wanted to be 150 # by the time I was sixty five and I have done that!! Woo Hoo!!! The second part of the goal maintain this weight for the rest of my life will be an ongoing process. I am determined to break out of the cycle of the Rhythm Method of Girth control. I want to maintain my healthy senior lifestyle and continue to hike, snow shoe, cross country ski, cycle, garden and build rock walls for many years to come.

Member Since: 3/9/2010

My Goals:
1) loose 16 pounds in 2013- this will put me at the upper limits of a "healthy" BMI .

2) plan weekly menus and grocery list and stick to the list in the super market.

3) Establish a plan for retirement

My Program:
1) use the nutrition tracker to plan menus for the week

2) stay in my calorie range six out of 7 days a week

3) Yoga five times a week

4) Cardio exercise for 30 to 45 minutes at least 6 days a week.. variety of things to be used .

5) Strength training three times a week

6) work with a financial planner to formulate a retirment strategy

Personal Information:
I am from a large family- I had 9 siblings growing up.. many struggle wiith weight like I do

I live with my partner in a home on a lake in NH.

I have two adult children and two grand dogs.

I work full time at a Family Health Center in New Hampshire and coordinate a house call program for frail elderly patients .

Other Information:
I enjoy a lot of out door activities - gardening,hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, bicycling and building rock walls. I am an active volunteer for the AMC and belong to two book groups that meet monthly and another group that meets quarterly.

My partner and I enjoy many different board games - cribbage, scrabble , up word, rummi cube and Mexican train

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    Hi Peggy!
    Catching up with a few Spark friends while I am off for the summer. Checked out your ticker and your blogs. Thanks for visiting my page and Keep Sparking! emoticon
    2651 days ago
    Hi Peggy,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad that you found it as adorable as I did!

    How have you been doing? I hope all is well and you are on track and also hope that your week is sensational!

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    2665 days ago
    Hi Peggy,

    Thanks for stopping at my blog! I truly believe that Happiness in life is so important and also showing love and NEVER taking it for granted! That goes for my family here at home and also my Spark Family! I truly care how everyone is doing and am always happy to help someone up, root someone on, or give them kudos for a job well done!

    Hope you are doing well and had a wonderful weekend!

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    2677 days ago
    Hi Peggy,

    Don't every worry about getting back to me at a later date. I TRULY understand because I myself am pretty behind right now! Don't let yourself go any further into old habits because they just aren't worth it! I know because I am still getting out from under from the winter. I lost some of the weight I regained but I hate going backwards and not forwards! Anyway, I have found my way back and plan on reaching my goal weight this year!

    I hope your stress levels lessen and you are able to resume your normal way of control. I know you can do it and that you have the discipline and desire to move forward! I'll be there rooting for you the whole way!!!!
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    2686 days ago
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    Hi I’m glad you have joined Eat to Live team. Feel free to look all the message boards and ask many questions.

    Eat lots of fruits and veggies.

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    2694 days ago
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