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I adopted Squeak and his sister 3 years ago. He's now about 12 years old.

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This is Ping. She has vision problems. She and Squeak were a bonded pair when I adopted them.

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~~~~ Jan. 13, 2021
It's getting harder to keep my eating under control! I haven't been feeling well and not sleeping well. I'm tired and grumpy and achy - I just want to eat the foods I always turn to for comfort! I know that won't solve the problem or even offer short-term relief. I guess I'll just grunt and groan as I walk my circuit around the condo. One good thing is that I've lost 5 pounds so far this month (since Jan. 1). My goal for the month is 8 pounds and I'm determined to reach that goal!
~~~~ January 9, 2021
It's been 9 days since I started over here on Spark. Aside from one sick day, I've maintained my positive attitude and motivation!
Thank you for all the encouraging messages and support that has kept me going.
~~~~January 1, 2021
Here I am again! I started Spark 10+ years ago and successfully lost 100 pounds in the first year. I thought that weight loss would change my life but it didn't. I gained the weight back and started this journey over again time after time. I gave up on myself ever time I hit a bump in the road! The only consistency in my life was failure. I had gastric bypass surgery 18 months ago, and I even failed at that! I lost about 50 pounds but that was all. I am responsible because I continued eating in an unhealthy manner and didn't exercise.
Well, I know I'm older and I hope I'm wiser now! My abuse of my body through poor eating habits and lack of exercise finally took its toll. I am now disabled and deal with many medical issues on a daily basis. I have a caregiver four days a week for eight hours a day. Not only has my body deteriorated - so has my bank account!
I've spent the past few months thinking about how my life is and how I want it to be. I am finally accepting responsibility for this mess and for making positive changes! Although my 71st birthday is only a few months away, I firmly believe that it's never too late to improve your (MY) life!

Member Since: 1/2/2021

Fitness Minutes: 550

My Goals:
~ To Be able to walk in the local parks; to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature
~ To be physically able to take care of my household by myself
~ To be physically able to take care of myself by myself
~ To improve my daily dietary habits
~ To gain mobility and strength through exercise

My Program:
~ To stay within my assigned caloric intake daily and to list all I eat in the nutrition tracker.
~ To focus on eating more fruits and vegetables; to focus on protein intake
~ To walk at least 500 steps (inside) without my walker daily; to increase step number gradually
~ To do at least 30 minutes of strength exercises three days per week
~ To "work out" with videos at least three days per week
~ To journal daily; to write down the positives (no matter how small) in my life
~ To make my bed daily (instead of letting the caretaker do it)
~ To wash the dishes daily (instead of letting the caretaker do it)
~ To fix my own snacks and meals; to get up and get my own water (instead of letting the caretaker do it)

Personal Information:
I am a retired primary school teacher. I taught 35 years and have been retired for 14. I have faced a lot of medical issues the past few years but am finally starting to feel stronger. I have mobility issues and need knee replacements. My cardiologist will not approve me for the surgery at this time. I have A-Fib and have had 2 heart attacks. I had gallbladder surgery and have been hospitalized three times for infections that went septic. I have lost the sight in my left eye and have voluntarily given up driving.

Other Information:
I have two rescue cats, Squeak and Ping. They are a bonded pair and had been in the rescue facility for almost two years before I found them. They were 9 and 7 years old at that time but I wasn't worried. My last cats lived to be 23 and 24! I also "share" custody of Peaches, a bearded collie, with my friend Kari and her family. Peaches was originally my mother's dog but I couldn't care for her when mom passed away. Kari stepped in and they adopted her. Kari is my caregiver so brings Peaches with her on the four days she's here each week.

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