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UPDATED 1/1/18
I am in pretty much the same place as I was last time I updated my profile. Although I had two kidney stone procedures this fall, that shouldn't be an excuse for not doing better. I did manage to lose 2.5 pounds over the course of the year. Since this year I turn 60, I am determined to take the time to take care of myself.

I have reset my starting weight and will be dedicated to getting more movement and drink more water this year.

Thank you to everyone for your encouragement on this journey.

UPDATED 8/13/17
OK - time to quit kidding myself and get on track. I have stayed in the same 4-5 pound range since the beginning of the year. I have decided that I have to do this for me. I will be 59 next month and refuse to be in the same place next year when I turn 60.

I have reset my starting weight and will be dedicated to recording every bite that goes into my mouth. I can't exercise yet due to the surgery I had last week, but hopefully am cleared within the next 10 days to get back on track.

Thank you to everyone for your encouragement on this journey.

UPDATED 11/19/16
I have gained the weight that I lost in 2014 plus 10 pounds. I also have had issues with my blood pressure in the past year. It is now under control, but requires medication to keep it in check. I need to lose weight and exercise in order to regain my health and enjoy more of life.

I almost started a new profile, but decided that I didn't want to lose the history that I have here. So I am going to reset my weight and measurements for where we are today. My daughter and I are both going to try and lose 10% by the end of Janaury. That may be a little ambitious, but we need a place to start. I'm hoping we can encourage each other to stay on track.

I come here almost everyday to check the blogs - looking both for updates on how people are doing and inspiration from those who have had success. Thank you for your support.

UPDATED 7/13/15
I have been on here off and on for the past several years. Last year (2014), after really watching what I ate and regularly exercising, I lost about 17 lbs. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but it was the first time that I lost more than a few pounds, so I was pretty happy about it. Well, since the beginning of this year, I have gained almost everything back.

So here I am again - really going to keep track of everything I put in my mouth and get moving some everyday. I read lots of blog posts and there are so many inspirational stories on this site. I know I can do this. Thank you for your support.

Member Since: 1/2/2007

Fitness Minutes: 16,699

My Goals:
As of 1/1/18:
Make exercise a priority - no excuses.
Eat more whole foods.

As of 8/13/17:
First work on losing 10% of my body weight.
Clean up my diet - less processed foods and more fruits and vegetables.
Make exercise a priority - no excuses.

As of 11/19/16:
Lose 10% of my current weight by January 31, 2017.
Establish a regular exercise routine that I can maintain for the rest of my life.
Increase fruit and vegetable intake.

As of 7/13/15:
Lose enough weight to get to a normal BMI and feel strong and healthy.

My Program:
As of 1/1/18:
Exercise at least 5 times per week.

As of 8/13/17:
Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Exercise at least 5 days a week.

As of 11/19/16:
Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Exercise at least 5 days per week.

As of 7/13/15:
Stay within my calorie range most days of the week.
Drink 8 glasses of water each day.
Do something active at least 5 days a week.

Personal Information:
I have been happily married for 34 years and have two daughters (31 and 26). It's time to take care of myself and lose the weight that is keeping me from being as healthy as I can be.

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    My son-in-law gave a Pebble watch to me. I don't have a Smart phone to put apps on it or to sync it with, but for every 10,000 steps I get on it, my son said he wouldn't smoke the next day.

    I did sleep one afternoon away while in Nashville, I just didn't feel up to walking hills that day. We were in the last group of condos from the front of Wyndham Resorts. I didn't walk to the Activity Center that day either.

    I test myself after having kidney stones to see if I have pain while walking and I let my body rest. Most stones are jagged and tear as they pass through. I would think that would be hard on the urinary tract.
    673 days ago
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    thanks so much for the nice words on my blog! Have a great weekend!
    682 days ago
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog about being a abuse survivor. I hope that putting out my story can help others to have the courage to make a change. Blessings!
    686 days ago
    Thank you sooo much for your kind words on the post about my mom--you are ABSOLUTELY right that you are worth it. I hope you take time to do what you need to do for you.
    692 days ago
    I read online where dehydration can be a factor in getting kidney stones, I am not a water drinker, but I am trying to change that. I favor ice cubes in my water, it seems to make it easier to get the required number of ounces down each day.

    I will keep you updated with anything I find out.
    697 days ago
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