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I'm back! Older but not wiser!

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Squeak is 12 years old now. He gets into more trouble than any other cat I've ever owned!

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This is Miss Ping. She's 11 years old. She's the sweetest "cuddle-cat!" She has an eye infection.


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~~November 4, 2020
It's time I quit "talking the talk" and begin "walking the walk!" I need to focus on changing my mindset; changing not only my lifestyle but my expectations of myself. Today is the day that the new me takes control!
~~November 2, 2020
I'm ready to begin this journey again. At least I hope I am. Things are going to go slowly and there will be many roadblocks put in front of me. I am determined to make progress!
~~December 3, 2016
Progress comes in different forms. Some progress is easily seen but others are not visible to the naked eye. I have not lost any weight; probably even gained some pounds in the last few months. But I AM making progress. I am turning more readily to tasks I have avoided and am completing those tasks slowly but surely. I have more energy and am able to see the "positives" more easily.
~~November 12, 2016
Any ideas on how to get out of a negative mindset? I'm really struggling!
~~November 6, 2016
Today is my new beginning; I'm starting this journey once again.
~~October 18, 2016
I thought the worst was over for 2016 but the past few months have proven me wrong.
I had to put my beloved Nellie to sleep in May. She had been my constant kitty companion for almost 22 years and it was hard.
My mother became ill with what was diagnosed as a sinus/respiratory problem at the end of July and kept having trouble even with several doctor visits. She went into the hospital in August and was diagnosed with COPD and given only a few weeks to live on August 22 (which was also her 88th birthday). She came home with hospice care on August 24 and passed away on September 22.
I am looking forward to the end of 2016!
Still not making progress but I am beginning to want to move forward.
~~June 6, 2016
Not much progress but not much effort either. This has been a rough year and it's time I get over it and move on. Being depressed, overeating, and sedentary is not the life I visualize for myself. I realize I'll never be as mobile and energetic as I was before my injuries but that doesn't mean I shouldn't try!
I've done more today than I have in weeks - cleaning, laundry, putting patio chairs together... at least I've accomplished a few things today. Just taking it day by day...
~~May 24, 2016
I wonder where the "old me" has gone. I've been searching for her the past couple of years although I admit that it's been a half-hearted search. Where's the strong person who lost pounds? Who walked 4 or 5 miles every day? Who woke early and attacked the day? Who was happy and positive regardless of what was thrown in her path?
She's definitely not sitting here typing right now!
Yesterday was difficult. I met with family from out of state. I was uncomfortable because I knew they were thinking about how much weight I have regained. (They probably weren't after the initial shock of seeing me - but I was thinking about it!)
I have regained the 100 pounds and more. I can blame a small part of that on a serious accident and slow recovery but that isn't the whole truth. I don't deal well with pain and I've had some level of it for almost a year. My leg and other joints ache so I've found it easier to give up on myself.
It's time to make some serious changes!

Member Since: 4/24/2016

My Goals:
To improve my overall health through proper nutritional choices and daily exercise.

My Program:
~ Walk 1000 steps every day (using walker but trying to do as much without it as I can.)
~ 20 minutes of strength exercises twice times per week
~ Cook more - eat less processed foods
~ Complete one exercise video a week.

Personal Information:
Retired elementary teacher living in NE Ohio. Have spent most to the past few years in and out of the nursing home and hospitals. Had gastric bypass but have not made a lot of progress. I have a lot of difficulty with mobility issues and partial blindness.

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So desperately need to improve my life!!!!

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