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Though in the process of shrinking, it is just as important to me to gain strength and stamina. After having total knee replacement surgery a couple years ago, I'm discovering that I can do more than I've been able to do since I was 16 years old. And it doesn't hurt!

In June 2011, our family spent some time in Italy and we walked miles. And miles. And climbed stairs...billions of stairs. And I kept up (mostly). I found when we got back home that I'd lost several pounds in the process. So that was my running start for Sparks.

Twenty-two years ago I lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers. Little-by-little, I've gained back about 50 of those pounds. I DON'T want to see that last 30 come back--they are NOT invited! And those newbie 50 pounds are on their way to being evicted.

Update, March 2013: It's been long and gradual, but I see my weight goal in sight. I'll soon need to change my goals to maintenance-type goals. This will be the first time since I was a freshman in high school that I've been anywhere near an ideal weight. New territory to explore!

Member Since: 8/24/2011

Fitness Minutes: 51,200

My Goals:

Eat within my limits.

Walk at least 9,000 steps.

Track nutrition and fitness daily.


Exercise 30 minutes/day for at least 5 days.


Fit back into those itty-bitty clothes in the back of the closet.


Consistently get up from sitting in a chair without having to push off. (Update--I've been doing this consistently enough to move this to Goals Met.)

Wear the Hilo Hattie muu-muu that I bought in Hawaii and never could fit into comfortably. (Update--it fits! Now it has to get warm enough to wear it.) (Another update--I fit into Mom's muu-muu!)

Fit into an airplane seat without being cheek-to-cheek with a stranger.

Walked a 5K--Nov. 28, 2013, 57 minutes!

My Program:
Track nutrition and fitness (keeps me honest).

Eat within my limits.

Walk! And if I can't get out to walk, do at least 30 minutes on Wii Walk it Out or Leslie Sansone Walk at Home.

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  • v PUGRAD1995
    Hi, glad to see you post on the knee team. Yes, it is an active group-sometimes heavily medical, othertimes more social. But they are a helpful group of people. Very valuable information when I went through my knee replacement last year. Hope you will continue to drop by! emoticon
    3521 days ago
  • v MEME102
    Welcome to the knee/hip replacement team -- come and introduce yourself if you haven't already!!! Hope to get to know you!!!
    3522 days ago
  • v ANYVAR54
    There you are, I guess I did find you. There are a great group of women on the Texas team that I have been interacting with. And I also would like to recommend INDYGIRL to you to go check out her blog, and read her story. She is one of my friends. You can find her on my page and then check her and go read her story. Have a good week. Ravyna
    3538 days ago
  • v ANYVAR54
    Is your name because you like CHEESE and that is a problem area for you? It is for me.
    And are those your real feet in your profile pic? have a good day. Ravyna
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    3573 days ago
  • v ANYVAR54
    Welcome to Spark People, and thank you for inviting me to be your friend. I see you are from TX, and are over 50. You also seem to be making progress. God bless you. Ravyna
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    3573 days ago
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