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Morning greetings from the old girls. Me with elephant at sanctuary. Very emotional experience.

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My sons and my matching tats

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Heading into 5% Challenge. This will be my ?th, 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, 2017. 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~ DONE FEB. 2019!!!
Kayak more places

Member Since: 4/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 64,532

My Goals:
Long Range GOALS:
Bali October of 2020...weight goal is 165#

Short term Goals: Stay within my Calorie range including macros 6 days per week.
Dead bug exercise every day!
Knee exercises (prescribe by dr.), once a day, 6 days a week
Weight lift 2X's a week.
Cardio 6X's a week.
increasing both length of cardio and weight lifted as appropriate

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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    Thanks for the welcome to Tattooed Woman!!
    4210 days ago
  • v TRINNI
    LOL thank you for that laugh. Sadly, I know what you mean lol
    4215 days ago
  • v TRINNI
    Thank you for your comment on my page.

    LOL I have a knack for getting up close and personal whenever I attend concerts. Works for me :-)

    I'm also working on finding my center. Its quite a journey.

    The foot tattoo was something, lol, the worst part was the fact that the nerves are so close to the top that it feels like your foot is moving. The healing process wasn't as bad as I thought it would be though. That was definitely a plus :-D
    4215 days ago
    Thanks so much for the welcome! I love the fact that you shocked your doc by how much you bench....strong women rock!
    The matching tattoos are amazing! My sons have seen me get some of mine, and they have decided they want no part of it! :o( They are 16 and 17, so I still have time to change their minds!
    Have a great week!
    4222 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/2/2008 8:08:32 PM
    Thanks for visiting my page! THe matching tats you and your boys have are ADORABLE! Love love love it! I hope one day my daughter will do that with me! My baby girl is the light of my life! Thanks for the tat comments also! I plan on getting LOTS more. Keep up the great work!! Have a great weekend!
    4222 days ago