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First race..Niagara Womens Half Marathon June 7-2015. I am in the middle in the pink tank top

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This is my little "Turbo" Tyson who power walks with me like the energizer bunny

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May 20th 2020: I have been struggling for several months now to stay focused on all the healthy habits I developed over time. Many factors have caused me to fall back to some unhealthy habits but I am determined to continue working on getting my spark back and keeping it.
I returned to Spark People in 2014 after two failed attempts previously. I was then able to gain success and have been in maintenance mode since 2015.

Ran my first race at the age of 63 in 2015 which was a half marathon and absolutely loved running. Hip arthritis and a fall which caused a serious injury has prevented me from running anymore however I do love to power walk and am able to go at a 15 min mile pace.

Distance power walking is what I love the most and I love to get a good 15k in when I am no in pain. Sometimes my fibromyalgia rears its ugly head as well as the pain of plantar fasciitis in both my feet that can prevent me from going the distance. In spite of the setbacks, I refuse to let it stop me. I do what my body allows for now while I am healing and continue to look for the day I can once again get out for a 15k and feel great afterwards.

Member Since: 6/24/2014

Fitness Minutes: 89,487

My Goals:
incorporate more fruit into my daily nutrition
drink 8 cups water daily
some for of fitness daily for a minimum of 30 minutes
**more goals to add once these are achieved**

To keep my BMI in the healthy range
To reduce waist and hip size until my pants fits comfortably
To stay positive and focussed on the end results
** more goals to set as these ones are established and fulfilled **

My Program:
daily cardio for a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days per week
strength training 3 times week for a minimum of 20 minutes each session
consume 3 healthy meals daily
consume 8 cups water daily

Personal Information:
My name is Susan and I am 67 years young. I am a wife of 42 years to my husband Brian and mother to Lee-Anne, Daniel and Sarah and to my beloved son Ryan who passed away in 2017. I have 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

I have been retired from my nursing career for several years now and both my husband and I enjoy spending time helping to take care of our great granddaughter, travelling abroad. I love power walking and am a retired half marathon runner due to physical injuries that curtail running any longer. I love to power walk (10 miles a day when possible) but have been curtailed with this for several months due to plantar fasciitis in both of my feet. I am working and getting them healed so I can get back to my passion of distance walking.

Other Information:
When I was in high school 1966-1970 I was on the gymnastics team so every year on my birthday I stand on my head to prove that I still have it!

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    You are so welcome. I didn't want to over step but it was something that I had pointed out to me awhile back and the friend made me realize that I really couldn't be the old me and a lot of what I use to do was a bit much now. I am also constantly pointing that out to my 73 year old hubby when he thinks he can do all of Mom's yardwork without breaking it up into maybe a couple of days. I may walk a bit slower but I still walk everyday. I may not be perfect in my food choices but we are having fun and I don't make the same mistakes of my youth. Wishing you all the very best in your choices and healthy way. Oh, and maybe you should let the son put together the swing set emoticon

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    151 days ago
    Susan, I was glad to read on my friend feed that you're having fun with your granddaughters! They will have such good memories when they grow up. It must be so fun for you all (but yes a little tiring for us older generation).

    Hope you're doing well in every way.

    152 days ago
    I re-read your sparkmail you sent me and it made me feel better. I had been getting a bit of pressure from a Spark Friend that was making me feel uncomfortable. After I re-read your message I was able to put it behind me, let go of that person and keep going.

    emoticon for being a great friend!
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    174 days ago
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    176 days ago
    I really love your new profile picture! As well as your first picture as you look so joyful and beautiful!
    184 days ago
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