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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: 146,343

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 MARTHA324
    That is so cool about Canada and your new eating guidelines. Guess our food lobbies are stronger here. Just heard about the new "global diet" guidelines that suggest cutting consumption of red meat and sugar by 50% and upping, fruit, veggies, whole grains....sure that won't go anywhere in the U.S.

    19 hours ago
    Yes the dementia thing is really scary. My grandmother at around 80+ starting imagining someone living in her attic (there was no attic). DH father passed 3 years ago due to Parkinson's Disease so we are both becoming very aware of what we are eating and trying to feed and prevent through diet and exercise.

    A recent study on Parkinsons, showed that riding a bike was one of the best motor skills for prevention and treatment. So definitely bikes are on my agenda.

    Stay active! Eat well! Sleep good! are my three targets. The last one definitely needs attention in 2019.
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  • v no profile image HEALTHYPERI
    I am enjoying your blogs and pictures and adding you as a friend.
    1 day ago
  • v MARTHA324
    Hope you don't get the snow that is predicted. Here in NY metro area we only got about 2" and it's already melting

    Stay warm and safe.
    2 days ago
    Gordie is still doing concerts (as recently as last summer) at Massey -- now closed for renovations.
    2 days ago
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