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© Andrea Petersen
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A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you. Ezekiel 37: 26

My husband and I decided we needed to power walk and to maintain a healthy diet with good fiber in fruits and vegetables (less sugar and sodium) plus meat as a condiment rather than the main course. We do not eat processed foods...We drink water with every meal. We don't touch pop. I allow myself one cup of coffee a day and that's at breakfast. We use almond milk instead of dairy milk on our breakfast of Old Fashioned Quaker Oatmeal every morning. We get soluble fiber by cooking legumes such as beans and lentils. On our tossed salads the only dressing that we use now is Essential Everyday fat free Raspberry Vinaigrette which has the least amount of sodium of any dressing that we have seen on the grocery shelves... 35 grams of sodium and 35 calories per two tablespoon serving. Plus wonderful tasting.

What prompted us to start this regime was because our neighbor lady and friend who is only two years older than me had a stroke last July. We thought it was time to start taking better care of our health. My husband is 73 and I will turn 70 in September. Age is just a number compiled with the numbers of miles we walk every day. I have gone from a high 142 over 80 last July on my blood pressure reading to 105 over 69 which is a good drop in numbers.

Since last July we have power walked 1000 miles through a trail in our woods...We started out
walking 2 miles a day and then increased it to 4 miles because some days we could not walk this past winter due to bad weather. it was and is not easy with roots to trip us which is why we use walking sticks. Sometimes I am drenched with perspiration because of hot muggy weather.. we have to watch for deer ticks that are thick in the woods.

Dorsey dropped 25 pounds and went from 173 to 148. I lost 32 pounds and went from 145 to 113. I still have to convince myself that I can wear smaller clothes now than I used to as it hasn't registered in my brain yet and am always surprised when the clothes I used to wear are way too big. When I look back at some of my older pictures I can see the difference..

To reach a goal it is imperative to have faith in yourself with purpose to achieve whatever is set before you. Sometimes we don't get that second chance in life and we are not through yet. We will walk as long as our legs will permit us and God willing our health stays good.

Thank you so much Donald Garrett for the generous spotlight...Very much appreciated.
Thank you also Lew Harford for the spotlight..So appreciated!

21 responses

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    Andrea I would just like to stand and say BRAVO! You and your husband are truly inspirational. You both look HOT and I do not mean with the weather!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    Also. think both your hiking attire is great.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    Thank U so much...what a beautiful inspiration to all of us! I agree with Sarah, the hiking gear is great!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    I only have complete and utter admiration for you two!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    It's one thing to know you need to do it, but another to follow through with it!! I'm so impressed, and I applaud you!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    Way to go you two! Keep up the good work. You have done so well!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    I am very impressed with you and Dorsey and how much you have walked and eating such a healthy diet. Both of you look very fit, way to go!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    I love this Andrea! You and Dorsey are very inspiring!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (13 Jul 2013):

    You two are a testament to the benefits of wise food choices and exercise......BRAVO!!!!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (13 Jul 2013):

    A BEAUTIFUL COLORFUL PORTRAIT PICTURE OF YOU BOTH. WELL DONE ON THE WEIGHT LOSS ALSO. BOTH LOOKING GOOD

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (13 Jul 2013):

    Congratulations, both of you! You look so good and the photo is fantastic!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson   gave props (14 Jul 2013):

    Inspirational. Keep at it!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (14 Jul 2013):

    Thank you everyone for your kind response and for your encouragement...Yes, we will keep
    at it because as we grow older we have no choice but to stay healthy to enjoy the good life and there is no time like the present.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (14 Jul 2013):

    Obviously it is all paying off! You two look great. Congrats on the life style change but for sure it suits you!!

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford   gave props (15 Jul 2013):

    This should be spotlighted. It is a real accomplishment. Keep going.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (15 Jul 2013):

    What a great job you two have done sticking to your healthy lifestyle goals. I can see how you have lost weight, Andrea......you look lovely and much younger. From what my doctor has told me, walking is the very best exercise for your entire body. I salute you both for being such a great inspiration to so many people!!!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (16 Jul 2013):

    A very inspiring accomplishment. Congratulations on achieving 1000 miles! This is a fabulous s/p and theme entry!!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (16 Jul 2013):

    wow you must be sooooo proud !!! you both look great

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (17 Jul 2013):

    This is just so wonderful, one of the best entries, as well as very inspiring, Andrea, congrats to you both !

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (18 Jul 2013):

    Truly inspiring. Proud of both of you. Perfect entry.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (18 Jul 2013):

    Such an inspiring story Andrea!!! God bless u both with good health & energy!! GREAT PHOTO!!

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