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Lincoln - age 11 with his new baby Gritty

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Declan - age 5 with his friend Molly


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"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." ~ Thoreau

Been married for 49 yrs., have two grown sons + one granddaughter (Madi - 14) and two grandsons (Lincoln - 11 & Declan - 5) And I'm back to being a nanny granny part-time taking care of Declan (and Madi & Linc when needed) while Mommy & Daddy work.

Been struggling with weight issues since my early 40's and have been the yo-yo queen over the years - lose, put it back on + some more - over & over. After age 50, I started to become uncomfortable physically with the extra weight - arthritis & high blood pressure becoming serious concerns. Had to do something as walking with a cane & climbing stairs on my knees wasn't for me anymore so I joined Curves in Sept./03 and it changed my life! Three months at Curves did more for me than six months of physio - lost inches, lbs. & while the arthritis was still there I no longer used a cane & could climb stairs better. But I still continued to yo-yo diet. I've always had a lousy digestive system with the IBS progressively getting worse culminating in twelve years of chronic diarrhea. Learning I was lactose intolerant & starting to take acidophilus along with digestive enzymes has made a big difference, but along with improvement came other medical problems. Seeing specialists who suggested I increase fibre only compounded the problems so "physician heal thyself". Completely giving up white carbs & eating only fruits, veggies, a few whole grains, yogurt & protein - mainly eggs, chicken & fish - have made all the difference in the world to me. This "live-it" has allowed me to control my problems more - no, they aren't gone, but they are much better - and the added bonus - I've lost considerable weight. I've still got a way to go to reach a healthy BMI weight, but I'm going to do it & stick with it. I feel so much better physically & the aches & pains aren't as bad - more tolerable.

I regularly use my Gazelle, stationary recumbent bike, occasionally my mini-trampoline, walk whenever I can and get in lots of swimming in the summer. I also do SP's strengthening exercises at least 3x/week.

This is a lifetime journey - not just to lose the weight, but then to maintain it - that will be the challenge, but I'm taking it one oz. at a time!!! And who knows, maybe it'll be the "fountain of youth".

Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called the "present".

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.
~ President Barack Obama

If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. ~ Edward M. Kennedy

Life is short, break the rules, forgive sooner, love with true love, laugh without control and always keep smiling. Maybe life is not the party that we were expecting, but in the mean time, we're here and we can still dance......

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~ Margaret Thatcher

Hope is the stubborn thing inside us that insists that something better awaits us, so long as we keep fighting. ~ President Barack Obama

Our minds are a garden
Our thoughts are the seeds
We can grow flowers
Or we can grow weeds
What will the harvest be?
~ Unknown

You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way. ~ Dr. Seuss


Member Since: 1/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 373,034

My Goals:
To be more fit & healthy!

(142 lbs. - BMI of 28.7. A recent 12 year study revealed that people slightly overweight lived longer than those underweight or obese! When I reach this goal, I'll reassess.)

Maintain goal weight when achieved!!!

My Program:
"Live-it" consists mainly of fruits, veggies, yogurt, a little skim milk, a few whole grains, protein - eggs, fish & chicken with occasionally a little beef & pork.

Daily supplements: Swiss 80 multiple vitamins & minerals, Swiss Mysight with Lutein for eyes, Devil's Claw & glucosamine chondroitin with MSM for arthritis, Vit. D, magnesium supplements and acidophilus

Exercise & Strength Training: Cardio 4 times or more a week consisting of Gazelling, rebounding, walking, walk aerobics & lots of swimming in the summer.

Personal Information:
Have lived in Toronto, Ontario Canada all my life, but have a family cottage just north of Napanee/Kingston - we are totally in love with that area of our beautiful province!!!

Other Information:
Music, music, music - mostly all kinds (IPods are amazing!)

Love to Dance - knees & ankles just don't hold out like they used to.

Love to sink my teeth into a good book: thrillers, mysteries, romantic suspense - Nora Roberts, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Steve Alten, James Rollins, Sandra Brown, J.K. Rowling - love Harry Potter & miss him terribly!

Like to get lost in a good movie: romantic comedies, sci-fi, mysteries.

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    thank you for the wonderful thank you note :) and thank you for joining us at LAP... you are already such a wonderful part of the team and i love having you there.
    4844 days ago
    I wanted to stop by and welcome you to the Losing and Playing team. Check out some of our games and join in with us. I hope you enjoy it.I belong to another team that might interest you, Married Life. There is a link to it on my SparkPage under my teams. Check it out and join us if you think it would be a fit for you. I look forward to seeing you on the LAP threads, and maybe on the ML ones, also. Best of luck to you!
    4845 days ago
    Welcome to the LAP team. It is good to have you with us. I look forward to getting to know you better, along with having fun while we meet our goals. If you have any questions, please feel free to sparkmail me anytime.

    Team Leader
    4845 days ago
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    hi val, thank you for the "goodie", it means a lot to me. you know, it's funny, but i didn't see that i had gotten a gift from u. i had been on the boards playing word games and noticed that u and i seem to be playing tag. i was going to check out ur page after i had gone through all my e-mails. then, i saw the goodie e-mail. well, i guess i'll continue to meet u on the boards. have a sparked week...hugs...theresa.
    4852 days ago
    Darn, darn, darn - my foot really is itchy! LOL
    4861 days ago
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