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Time was to be like the little engine that could... I think I can I think I can I think I can... Now it is I KNOW I CAN

2017 additions - now SP 71/2 years... life took a major turn and has turned back to that to which I am accustomed.. and now we, Daragh and i, work to take it to the new place of being more fit. Finally enough has taken place that i can feel the progress made, feel the difference and that, my friends, is motivating!

Now with SP 3 years+ its time to dig in and get myself off the plateau that has extended through at least half of that time. I know what and who I want to be and this time... this time I'm not running scared but running (and other goals too) is going to happen...

Early in 2009 I realized I had just under 3 years until I hit 60 and decided to get myself fit so that I could enjoy the things in life that I has let my size, and other things, prohibit. Little did I know what that entailed. Now I am there, I have a new knee that is healing well, I am newly single and so my journey now will be one of creating the person I want to be and getting into a healthy new routine by which to accomplish that. Thank you Annie for spotting me the comfort to explore. Thank you Bob for helping me to care.

Life goes on and just like a good book a good life is made up of many chapters. When I first wrote my introduction I never expected that "getting ready to live" would include returning to life as a single. " order for us to live a star must die" ~Brian Cox. On August 1 2011 that came to pass.

Annie B you were and always will be my biggest supporter... You will be with me always... And still you will be missed. I love you yesterdays today and tomorrows... Rest in peace sweetie!

And again on December 10, 2011 my brother joined her. You, Bob, were the bridge over my generation gap, a supporter and critic all in one, and always there for me. I know you still are.. Now that your battle is over rest in peace bro'.

And as I began here in January 2010....

Supposedly I was a 'wirey' kid, as my mother said. I remember almost doubling my weight as I hit puberty. Aside from the 1 year that I was a phys ed major I have battled in the weight gain/loss game and not only lost but gained more. A couple of times quitting smoking added to the total. I don't know how much I kept myself from doing by being overweight.

Now it is time to get ready to really live before I hit 60

Member Since: 1/15/2010

My Goals:
~Not have to worry can I do it? Will I fit? Can I get up if I sit or fall down?

~so to spell it out~

~Lose approximately 100 pounds

~Grow in strength, flexibility and endurance

~~~Be able to get up off the ground with grace and no hands!

~~~Step out of downward facing dog wtih hands on the ground!

~Run free

~Hike (Mt. Washington and beyond)


~Travel unencumbered

My Program:
~Daragh walking 2-3 times weekdays, more on weekends 13000 weekday steps, 15 or more weekends

~exercise plan otherwise under revision

~eat right, sleep well, water water water

Personal Information:
2014 will have a 3 tiered plan based on 2 happenings

~ Stage 1: 3 months, 13-20 pounds gone and be able to climb 2 flights of stairs without heavy breathing

~ Stage 2: 4 months following. 15-25 more pounds gone, 4 flights

~ Stage 3: 5 or so months later. another 20-30 pounds and re-evaluate the goals and plans

Other Information:
Life is evolving and starting to run short - or so it seems.. There's a lot of the world out there to see and photograph

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  • v STORMY96
    i got ur email and was not able to open so i dont know what the content was...sorry! emoticon
    3263 days ago
    Happy New Year!

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    3263 days ago
    I saw the Appalachian Trail Marker and got excited! My hubby and I backpacked the first 30 miles of the trail this year. We started in GA.
    Happy New Year!
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  • v RUTHXG
    Thanks for the Sparkgoodie & the kind comments on my blog post! I do eat rice, often--it just doesn't fit this time. I have just tracked my dinner ahead of time--now I know exactly what I will eat, which is cool.

    As for the movie, writing helped me realize that what I really want is to see one or another of my old friends in the burbs. I see them all too rarely, & this may be a moment when we're both available.

    Just writing out my struggles made them lighter. And it's lovely to have such a nice response!

    3267 days ago
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