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I just love cruising! This picture was taken on one - and is one of my favorites. Happy! Happy!

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Swimming with Stingrays in Grand Cayman with our children and GrandGirls!

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When I was a child, 30 was old! In the summer of 2020 I celebrated my 40th wedding anniversary and my 69th birthday. And I don’t feel old at all! I am a ‘Damma’ to 4 GrandGirls - ages 15, 11, 4 1/2 and 2 and 1 GrandBoy -4 1/2. I retired last year as a financial advisor and entered my new career as the owner of two houses we rent out as vacation or short term rental homes and looking for our third. I began struggling with my weight as I grew older. Even pushing my activity didn’t seem to work. Nothing seemed to work. I began limiting carbs almost 2 years ago. In a 6 month period I dropped 30#. The combination of keto and activity has finally worked for me. I have more energy and am stronger than ever. I look forward to seeing what this next third of my life has to offer.

Member Since: 1/4/2012

Fitness Minutes: 204,935

My Goals:
I know the scale isn't everything, but I am going to permanently eliminate 30# from my body.
I want my next bone density test to register positive numbers.
And I plan to get into my favorite jeans very soon.

My Program:
Working on consistency!

Drink 96 oz of water daily.

45 minutes cardio 4 days a week.

Practice gratitude daily.

Personal Information:
I live in the 'snowbelt' of Northeast Ohio: an hour east of Cleveland and 35 minutes west of Erie, Pa. I am the Mom of 3 beautiful children (2 natural and 1 adopted) - American Mom to 5 exchange daughters (3 from Japan, 1 from Italy and 1 from Hong Kong) - and GrandMommy to 2 stunning GrandGirls. I have learned to live comfortably with celiac. But the auto-immmune disorder left me with the challenge of osteoporosis and a slowing thyroid.
Now is my time to reverse the bone loss and the weight gain. I really want to be healthy for this last third of my life. I have so much to be grateful for.

Other Information:
I originally got on Spark People in 2012. And I fell off. Don't know why, but the summer of 2014 found me wanting to eat better and move more. And it has continued. The scale hasn't reflected my lifestyle change, but my clothes are fitting so much better. I am happy about that.

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    So good to hear from you! Happy belated 40th anniversary. We celebrated our 49th in January. We are staying healthy and are now vaccinated. Missing my 5 grand kids but beginning to gather safely now as all my kids are vaccinated. Sending blessings!!
    106 days ago
    Hi Linda. I’m doing well. My husband and I are trying to stay healthy and sane in these upside down days. Focusing on the positives. How are you???
    382 days ago
    emoticon HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, Linda!! emoticon
    Hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

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    754 days ago
    It’s cold outside, but Spring is coming! Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of March. The challenge consists of 11 Teams, that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs, allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

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    “I like the variety, novelty, and ingenuity of the weekly challenges. They push us out of our comfort zone. And get us to try something new. “

    “Participating in the challenges helps me stay on track better and I enjoy a little friendly competition. I also enjoy working on common goals with other members.”

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the the link below, or click on my username and leave me a message or click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my page. Join the team and sign up for the next challenge on the Spring Waitlist thread.

    904 days ago
    Thank you for your kind and caring comments on my status. Your words are so true and so comforting. Sending you many blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
    1346 days ago
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