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Heading into Fall 5% Challenge. This will be my 6th, love the things I am learning through these challenges. I have defined goals to help accomplish a 5% weight loss. I am focusing on more discipline and focus with my daily exercise. Staying the course. If you are reading this you really should consider doing a 5% Challenge. I have met some really amazing people to help me along the way.

I have been a "sparker" since 2008, left and now return for a re-do. I am going to make this re-do stick. Live and learn!!! I've always been very active person, until I fractured my spine (2013) and it's time to get back to the strong bodied woman I feel inside. I have a custom tattoo, it's my avatar (note pic at your left). Lord knows, I would love to look like that but it's really more about spirit. I have spent my life searching for meaning in life, note the hiker has a compass in her hand. I have lived at times somewhat recklessly (haven't we all?). My compass has taken me to a very comfortable place in life, and I do not want to be sedentary. I want to live life to the fullest until I'm very old and gray.
I am back in the fight for my health, and to live the life I want to live without the issue of weight (lose enough to not feel so much knee and back pain) and immobility to contend with!

I retired from 30 years as a RN on December 29, 2018. I have many, many little goals in retirement and now that I have started to lose a little weight, my mind has gone berserk. I'm returning to my bucket list. adding things I thought were gone from my future.

Bucket list:
Learn to scuba dive
Scuba dive in Belize or somewhere with great dives
Learn to fence (swords)
Work trip to Thailand~I leave Feb. 15th 2019!!!
Kayak more places

Member Since: 4/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 56,478

My Goals:
Long Range GOALS:
Set a goal of 70lbs by my 70th Birthday (November 2019) I think 70 might be too much but we will see how I feel as I get closer.

Short term Goals: Expand the foods I eat, try new healthy items, eat everything sensibly, log all intake and keep calories and macros within ranges set.
Be more discipline and consistent with activity levels. Add one exercise class a week to my current activities. Weight lift 2X's a week. Cardio 6X's a week.
increasing both length of cardio and weight lifted

My Program:
Beck Diet Solution

In a nutshell,
Eat everything in moderation.
Be mindful when eating.

Personal Information:
I live just outside of Chicago, with my 2 grown sons. Retirement is fun and for entertainment I, gardening, ride my bike, kayak and just about anything outdoors. I exercise at home and the gym, love to cook (hence the weight issue), doing home repairs and decorating. I am always up for travel and going out to a variety of activities with friends and family .

Other Information:
I'm a Chicago Blackhawks fan. When I refer to HOSSA, it is not the actual hockey player but my German Shepherd dog...a poor substitute. LOL

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    Charie, Welcome!!! So happy to be on this journey with you. I've been here two day and just love it and excited about having a healthier year.

    Best of Everything! Kathryn
    4178 days ago
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    Welcome to the Class of April 6-12 Team! We're looking forward to getting to know you and getting healthy with you. Congrats on taking the first steps in your new healthy lifestyle. Best of luck reaching your goals!

    4179 days ago
    Welcome! I saw your picture with your sis and mom in Hawaii. I took my mom to Hawaii in 2006 for her 80th birthday. It was a lifelong dream of hers. No trip will ever be as special.

    4179 days ago
    Welcome to SP & to 50+! I'm sorry to read about your mom...and know that it's made more difficult when you know what is happening. I say that from experience. We are here to help you...hug you...and kick your butt if you need it. We've all discovered that it's easier to adopt a healthy lifestyle together than apart. And one lesson we've learned this past week is that as much as WE need the team, the team needs US! Looking forward to becoming SparkFriends! Hooray! ~~ Hugs, Maurizia
    4179 days ago
    Just wanted to welcome you to the TEAM. You are only new a day here, lots going on all the time but an absolutely wonderful group of caring supportive people all sharing their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Lots and lots of sharing among this group and if you need any help or support you will get more then you hehe. Jump in and get to know the group and share what works or doesn't work for you. The more you share the easier it is to get to know you and you to know all of us. Everyone travels their journey here at their own pace and no one is ever critized for doing something someone else doesn't do. It's all about YOU doing what you need to do for you and doing at your pace. Welcome let us know if you need anything. Cheryl
    4179 days ago
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