Golden Goalies – now she’s a keeper


Margaret Simkins congratulates Judi Brown for becoming a Keeper in Golden Goalies.

Bea Loozer

Our member Judi Brown reached her goal weight in May and is now a keeper. (Applaud)

It takes work to become a keeper, as all Goalies would agree. And most would agree it takes some work to maintain that status. After all, it’s easy to put pounds back on whether you’re in your recliner, on a cruise or just enjoying too many chips. (If keepers gain weight to the point that they’re over the set goal, they work hard to return to their goal weight and become a keeper again.)

Judi now includes daily bike rides and swimming to stay in good health. Many of our members find that daily walks keep help them. Others use other means to lose some pounds, besides watching what they eat. Carol has even started a new group that gets together twice a week for strength training with weights. The goal isn’t to get buff, but rather to build muscle and keep osteoporosis at bay.

Quite a few of our current members are keepers. Many are considerably below their original goal. Members who decide their goal was too low may set a new goal.

Each week, all members declare whether they gained or lost (weight) since the last meeting. I think everyone is comfortable making that comparison of previous weight to current weight. We simply say, “gained” or “lost.” Or, if we gained while being a keeper, we say, “gained but keeping.” And we often hear someone say something like “gained – darn cruise.” We don’t mind stating that out loud, because we accept that every member’s weight goes up and down. No hard feelings.

Join us for support, motivation, shared wisdom and some good laughs or to ask Carol about her training with weights. Our weigh-in is Saturday from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. in Room A-8, near the Cottonwood Library. The meeting starts after weigh-in. Contact Rita at 895-2559 for more information.