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Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

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January 13, 2018

I rejoined Spark July 1, 2017 after being away for six years. At the time I felt comfortable with my weight (140 lb.) and my fitness level but wanted to reexperience a community that would keep me accountable for what I ate and for my activity.

In those six years I experienced many firsts: a hip replacement which has been a 100% success and game changer, another grandchild (a very dynamic girl), a new house and neighbourhood, the graduation of my daughter from eleven years of veterinary studies, adoption of a plant based diet and sadly the death of my husband.

I have now been following a vegetarian diet for over a year; feel well, energetic and now weigh 120 lbs. This is obviously much lower than my original goal of mid 130's. Besides maintaining a one acre property by myself I am walking an average of 25-30 miles per week and I am gradually increasing weights in a strength training program. For years I was bothered with a chronic cough that required inhalers at times, that is now totally gone. Once high lipids are now normal as is blood pressure.

Goals for October 2018 and beyond:
Maintain my present weight.
Increase my weight lifting program.
Maintain a 90/10 ratio of vegetarian/vegan diet.
Start planning for travels in 2019! A girl needs fun after all!

Member Since: 10/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 136,163

My Goals:
-to maintain my goal weight
-challenge my body and mind daily to keep both engaged and healthy
-to share ideas and support with other SP members

My Program:
-weight training 3X weekly, upper and lower body with intensive core work
-total plant based diet
-daily reading, singing in the winter months, gardening year round
--active exploration of my community, province, country

Personal Information:
I'm a farm kid from Alberta, lived in Ontario for 25 years and have now settled in the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. Two cats and a rescue pooch keep me busy.

Other Information:
I love to garden. Crosswords, singing and reading keep me busy when the snow flies. Cooking is also a delight- I'm always looking for new ideas for vegetarian meals. I am passionate about diet and exercise and firmly believe that we do have the power to keep ourselves healthy by eating well and being active.

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  • v LIZZIE138
    Thank you for my goodie. I did survive the MRI thanks to 2 Xanax & some really good music on the headphones they gave me. It also helped a lot that I could tilt my head up a little & see outside the machine. Really glad it’s over & done with.
    1 day ago
  • v MARTHA324
    Thanks for reading and commenting on my one dog study. We really did miss having a dog in the house and he is such a welcome addition. As you know, nothing like the love of a dog....those wiggles touch my heart.
    2 days ago
  • v LENORE048
    I lost a pound! Thanks for noticing Mother Hen.
    7 days ago
    Sorry, Mollie. I responded to you five days ago, but I did it on my own Spark page. I just noticed. You can read my then response if you go to it.

    I am doing okay. It seems that just doing the activities of living, and having reading and my online stuff, plus some TV and music, I am satisfied. (I do also the caregiving stuff for my wife.) We have a very good caregiver who takes most of the pressure off of the housework. It gives me a chance to focus on meal planning, shopping, food preparation, serving, and cleaning up the kitchen. I think I'm a pretty happy camper. Glenn
    9 days ago
  • v MARTHA324
    Thanks for reading and commenting on my miracle dog blog. It was meant to be!
    10 days ago
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