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My husband and I on our honeymoon in Death Valley, 1974

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My husband and I on a camping trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 2004

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My husband and I camping at the North Rim; July, 2007


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I reached my goal and then gained some back - first time in my life to lose the weight so it is also the first time for regaining any weight. It's time to get back on track! I don't look quite as good as I did the summer of 2007 - but I'll be back there this summer with perseverance.

I am glad to be on my way to my goal of backpacking again. I want to have some fun with my children - both the one still at home and the ones already out of the nest. I have raised/am raising four sons. My husband remarks that we are one of the very few families he knows of who had children in three decades!

Member Since: 6/9/2006

My Goals:
I plan to be able to go backpacking with my husband again by next summer. I have been camping over the years - even with the excess weight and lack of fittness (see picture). But I want to actually be able to backpack again. I don't expect to look young again - but I would like to look fit :-)

My Program:
I have been using the Food Tracking resources and the Exercise Tracking every day I have access to a computer. When we were out of town for a week with no internet I wrote down everything and entered it when we got home. In food calories I went over two days, under three days, and in range three days. I think I averaged correctly for the whole week. And I felt pretty good since I had only been involved with SparkPeople for two/three weeks at that point.

Personal Information:
My husband and I are raising/have raised four boys. Only one is still at home - he is just turned 14. Our last teenager :-)

I chose to stay home after we started our family. As it turned out, I also did a lot of home schooing - but not all the years. I am just now beginning to pursue some interests which I have had on hold for while. It is great fun! And I also want to be able to do some of things I used to be able to do - like backpacking.

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  • v no profile image WAISTINGAWAY
    Look at you graph going down!!! You are doing great! You are 2/3 there! Be proud and dust off that back pack!

    5312 days ago
  • v PEACEB2U
    Just wanted to stop by to say hello and wish you all the best on your health goals. Backpacking sounds like a fun activity to do with you family.
    5321 days ago
    How are you doing, we haven't talk in a while and was wondering how 's the world treating you...I have to send an email because I have been a busy little bee and hubby is is being operated on Wed...I will catch up to you ...the new teams have been really busy..

    5435 days ago
    The only trouble is that I have been really hungry the past few days. I am keeping the calories in the proper range - but I have gotten grumpy from being hungry. grrr... I don't like it when I have a bad attitude with my family! Hopefully this will subside if I just hang in there. Also, I may be okay with calories but my consistency with exercise is not good. And I need to be stronger!
    5457 days ago
    Look at you 185! You're beating me! I guess I need to jolt my system or something. I also printed out this weeks menu and grocery list. You ARE doing it! ALRIGHT! I'm proud of YOU! Keep it up.
    5457 days ago