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I am 68 years old, a mom of three grown boys, two daughter-in-laws, and one girlfriend, a grandmother of an 10 year old granddaughter, a 7 year old grandson, a 3 yr old grandson, a 1 year old granddaughter, and a 22 yr. old step grandson, a wife of 49 years, a passionate & retired special education teacher of 36 years, and a devoted sister, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, and friend. In July of 2010, I completed the San Francisco 1/2 Marathon with some dear friends. I completed the HM in Palm Springs in Feb. 2012. I wasn't speedy, but I bettered my time from my HM in San Francisco. My goal is to remain healthy, maintain a healthy weight, and continue a happy, spontaneous, nutritious, and active lifestyle by continuing to walk/jog regularly, practice yoga at a studio and at home, swim in the summer, and play with my grand kids.
I live in Southern California in an old but growing community located in a valley below the San Bernardino mountains on the edge of the lower desert, west of Palm Springs. My husband and I have lived and raised our boys in our current home (previously his grandparents retirement home) for 45 years.

Member Since: 6/10/2011

Fitness Minutes: 253,952

My Goals:
Now that I understand the Spark program more completely I can set better goals:
*I will exercise at least 5 days a week.
*I will drink 8 glasses of water each day.
*I will walk/jog 4-5 times per week.
I will practice yoga at the studio 3-5 times per week.
*I will track my walk/jog miles and exercise minutes daily.
*I will track my food and nutrients periodically to stay on track.
*I will read inspirational meditations and pray each morning.....no excuses....positive outlook.
*I will stay active, productive, and engaged in life every day.
*I will show GRATITUDE in my thoughts and actions.

My Program:
I am diving full speed into the Spark program and determined not to get discouraged or deterred from my goals.

Personal Information:
I have had many personal hurdles to overcome in my life. I have successfully overcome them with the help of God, a supportive husband, three wonderful sons, several very important biological family members, and amazing friends. I continue to live a blessed life one moment at a time. I expect to have many more hurdles in the future and feel prepared to meet the challenges.

Other Information:
I had two heart attacks in 1989 & 1991. I am in remission from an autoimmune disease called Sweet's Syndrome. I had a complete hip replacement in 2006. I had cataracts in both eyes, lenses replaced in 2008. I was diagnosed with chronic kidney stones in 2013. The symptoms are better this past year.
My jogging/walking began in 2010. I started practicing yoga regularly in 2014. In 2016 I was diagnosed with another autoimmune disease, severe ulcerative colitis. I am now in remission from this one too! Anything is possible at any age!!!

A crucial aspect of my spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health is that I am a successfully recovering alcoholic of 18 1/2 years. I hope to share my experience, strength, and hope for a better life with others.

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    Yeah, I've always had a problem with comparing myself to others and seems I never thought I measured up. It's an area I've been working on---self love and self esteem were not encouraged in my family. emoticon Long story (and almost everyone has one!).
    3487 days ago
    thanks for stopping by mt page, glad that the memories were pleasant as well. The good old days ... things were simple then and we did not know it.
    3488 days ago
    Thank you for the SparkGoodie Leslie. I've been busy with work and family issues...happy ones (my son is home from his deployment in the Middle East) and a sad one, but solvable on my husband's side of the family. I've read your latest blog posts and as usual appreciate your insight. I too made goal 3 weeks ago. I've been working with a trainer to learn things to do and not to do in order to properly manage my neck and joint issues. So far it has been fantastic, but very demanding. I have some life-long movement habits that I need to readjust. It will take time, but I am grateful to be making this discovery. BTW, I like your new pictures!
    3488 days ago
    Leslie, that's why I asked the question. I know I've been a slacker the past couple (?) of months but even at my best (which still isn't great) I see some people posting unbeliavable numbers. I posted the question on facebook and on my SP status. I guess it doesn't really matter---my tracking only impacts me but sometimes I get a little frustrated seeing those huge numbers that people are recording.
    3488 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. I really do like your new picture. You are a beautiful lady. Enjoy your eveming. Have a Sprarkling day tomorrow.
    3490 days ago