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Feb- 2008- After many years of yo-yo dieting and six months of menopause hitting me hard, I am resolved to making my weight loss a priority. I have lost over 30 pounds since August 2007 and plan on getting back to my goal weight for the first time in over 15 years.

As of January 2010, my husband and I are both happily retired and determined to make our health and fitness a priority. No more excuses about not having enough time. Walking is our exercise of choice and doing so in various parks around the area enhances the enjoyment of the process. Plenty of healthy cooking going on as well and with two people interested in the cooking, there is always something good to eat. I go to Weight Watchers and have done well in the past on the "core" plan. Now I am counting points and eating lots of "filling foods". I'm interested in learning more about walking for fitness and trying new recipes.
As of July 2012, my youngest daughter has graduated from high school and on her way to Texas Tech University. I am on my way to losing my weight for the umpteenth and hopefully last time. Still doing Weight Watchers and am back to eating well and some activity. Looking forward to what retirement after your last high schooler is like. Wish me luck!
June 2015- Here I am back again. Maybe I can get it right this time! :)
November 2015- I have lost over 30 pounds from my highest ever weight. Plugging along, eating well, going to meetings weekly without fail and getting at least 7700 steps per day, preferably over 10,000. Seems to be working pretty well. As of Monday, November 2, I'm have lost over half of the weight I plan to lose.


Member Since: 2/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 57,107

My Goals:
Exercise- get at least 7700 steps per day, preferably 10,000.
Eat- within my Points range using my weekly points allowance to its fullest.
Meetings-Attend and actively participate in WW meeting on Wednesdays at noon or whatever fits into my travel schedule.


My Program:
Going to WW weekly no matter where I might be and doing the PointsPlus option and choosing more "power foods." I haven't missed a meeting since June 2015.



Personal Information:
I live in the Gulf Coast area of Texas and am a retired associate professor who taught health professions students in a Master's Degree program. I am married and have two daughters .


Other Information:
I enjoy gardening, cooking, crosswords, crocheting, computer time, and being involved in my daughter's dance, choir and drill team endeavors.




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  • v TEENY_BIKINI
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    Hey gorgeous. Have a great summer. Stay cool. Hugs.

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    3026 days ago
  • v TEENY_BIKINI
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    Have a great day!

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    3034 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    Are you still here? It's been a while since you've updated your status or since I've seen you around... Hopefully you're just lurking and quietly still chasing your own goals but in case you're not, please remember:

    People disappear for all sorts of reasons. Life gets in the way, we forget or change our views on what we deem is important, we get buried under stress, frustration, illness. We sometimes give up, throw in the towel, or just promise ourselves that once things get better/easier/calmer, we will hitch up our socks and come back fresh. We've all done it. We've all been there. And if perhaps, you just need a supportive hug, or a helping hand or a word of inspiration, please know that I am offering it to you with no judgment, no guilt. It seems like it's been a while since you've been here and I just wanted to let you know that you are missed.

    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –A.A. Milne

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

    “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

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    If you are in need of a little realistic motivation, please, please read my blog post "Letting Go of Expectations". It helped me tremendously just writing it and hopefully it will pass on some inspiration to you as well. :)
    www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journa
    l_individual.asp?blog_id=4853692
    3062 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    I'm so excited about this!!

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    "This Saturday, May 19, is the first annual Food Revolution Day, initiated by the Jamie Oliver Foundation."

    Are you not familiar with the food revolution?? Watch this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6nDtr0mg
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    "The day will happen in kitchens, homes and communities around the world. In dining rooms, in restaurants and gardens, it will spark conversations about real food and inspire people to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle through cooking together. It's a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world's food issues. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers' markets, while promoting the mission for better food and education for everyone. To help celebrate, we've provided a selection of Jamie Oliver recipes from Cookstr to get you started. Find Food Revolution Day events near you" by copying and pasting this link:
    http://foodrevolutionday.com/index.html

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    More Jamie Oliver Recipes from Coosktr: (all with fabulous nutritional information!)

    Pasta Peperonata
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/pasta-pep
    eronata
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    Slow-Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes with Baby Leeks and Basil  
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/slow-roas
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    Roast Potatoes with Sage and Orange
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/roast-pot
    atoes-with-sage-and-orange
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    Red Grape Pizza with Honey, Rosemary and Pecorino 
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/red-grape
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    Classic Tomato Spaghetti
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/classic-t
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    Vegetable Bhaji Salad with Sour Cream, Lemon and Cilantro 
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/vegetable
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    -cilantro
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    Cod, Potato and Spring Onion Stew
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/cod-potat
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    Lemon, Lime and Peppermint Sorbet
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/lemon-lim
    e-and-peppermint-sorbet
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    Summer Fruit, Elderflower and Prosecco Jelly 
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/summer-fr
    uit-elderflower-and-prosecco-jelly
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    Pukka Pineapple with Bashed-Up Mint Sugar  
    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/pukka-pin
    eapple-with-bashed-up-mint-sugar

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    Want to be inspired further?? Just look up the words "Jamie Oliver Food Revolution" under YouTube and Google and be amazed...

    Share the wealth, share the health.
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    3082 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    “To a child's ear, 'mother' is magic in any language.”
    ~Arlene Benedict

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    Mom's are amazing.
    If you are a mother, I salute you.
    Thank you for being our super heros, our experts-in-everything, and our very best friends.

    Today and every day, if you are fortunate enough to still have your mother in your life, please take a moment to thank her and appreciate all she has done for you.
    If you no longer have your mother in this world, take a moment to remember your most cherished memory of her, the way she smiled, the love she gave... for this world would be nothing without the endless love and comforting arms of our mothers.

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    Moms: This is s salute to all you have to do:
    (The Mom Song)
    youtube.com/watch?v=oEFXj00Gou4

    Every wonder about the Science behind Mother's Day? Here you go, wrapped up in a neat little tune, sung by some very clever and grateful son:
    youtube.com/watch?v=osWuWjbeO-Y

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    And the amazing history of Mother's Day:
    "The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

    Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

    Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. The more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.

    On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel. Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days. The custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.

    The idea of official celebration of Mothers day in US was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872. An activist, writer and poet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and should be dedicated to peace. Julia tirelessly championed the cause of official celebration of Mothers Day and declaration of official holiday on the day. Her idea spread but was later replaced by the Mothers' Day holiday now celebrated in May.

    Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mothers Day in US. Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honour on all mothers. Anna Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mothers Day from her own mother Mrs Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis in her childhood. An activist and social worker, Mrs Jarvis used to express her desire that someday someone must honour all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. [However} Ms Anna Jarvis, who devoted her life for the declaration of Mothers Day holiday was deeply hurt to note the huge commercialization of the day. "
    - http://www.mothersdaycelebration.com/mothe
    rs-day-history.html

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    Mother's Day is celebrated on the second sunday in May in Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gold Coast, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Burma, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanganyika, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Other countries celebrate Mothers day anywhere from the second sunday in February (Norway), to December 22nd (Indonesia) however, most celebrations happen within the months of April, May and June.

    To see the international history and traditions of Mother's day around the globe, visit:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother's_Day
    3086 days ago
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