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Here I am again. It is 2016 and I am 140 pounds. I kept all earlier profile info below because it is a lesson to see that I keep repeating myself. This is the fourth time I have been here in the same place.

I am now officially a snow bird. Living in St. Pete Fl. for the winter. My niece who is now 20 and a sophomore in college is living with me.
I get to play golf all year now so that is great although my game seems to stay the same. I will be busy this winter trying to decorate and outfit our Florida home.

I joined Spark in 2011 Over that winter I lost about 15 pounds. I was able to maintain reasonably well through the summer of 2012 without focusing too much on calorie counts. During the fall of 2012 my then 16 year old niece came to live with me and it was a difficult adjustment for both of us. I found myself eating all the wrong things and way too much. That ,plus the inactivity of winter, caused those pounds to return. The fact that this happened to me was actually a surprise and a good lesson. In the past I struggled with the same 5 pounds. When I lost 15 I thought I had a better margin for error. Little did I know how easy it was to gain 15 pounds.

Fall of 2013 I came back to Spark. I committed myself to regular cardio exercise and strength training throughout the winter. I recommitted to tracking my food and staying within my calorie range. This time I dropped 24 pounds. In March of 2014 I weighed 130 pounds. I had not been that thin in 30 years probably. But I made the same mistakes. As spring rolled around and I was able to get out on the golf course, I thought all the extra walking entitled me to treat myself. I ate what I wanted and thought I could get away with it.
So here I am, its 2015 and I am 141 pounds and I am doing it all over again. I have to learn my lesson more than once apparently.

Member Since: 10/3/2011

Fitness Minutes: 64,387

My Goals:
To age as gracefully as possible by being fit and active. To achieve and maintain a healthy BMI and to feel good about how I look from any angle! I think to achieve that goal my weight must be somewhere south of 130. Probably 120 but initially I am shooting for 130

My Program:
Focus on achieving a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. During the winter this requires an hour or so on the treadmill every day.
I work out with a personal trainer 2X per week and this has really helped me become stronger and more flexible.
During the summer I golf and walk the golf course 4-5 X per week. On those days I achieve close to 20,000 steps a day. This is way more fun than my hours on the treadmill.
For nutrition I strive to make my calories as satisfying and nutritious as possible. I avoid processed foods. Eat most all vegetables fresh. I eat copious amounts of fresh fruit.

Personal Information:
I live in New Hampshire. My 18 year old niece lives with me. She is a senior in high school. When she goes off to college, I plan to spend a good amount of the winter in a warmer climate. New Hampshire is my home but I hate the cold more and more every year.

Other Information:
I love golf and the beach. I read over 50 books a year and love the movies.
I have also been teaching myself Italian for the past year.

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    Wonder why your classmates didn't like Anne? And why your teacher capitulated? I'm really looking forward to having my "set" again -- no better place to read them than right here!! The earth really is red red red, as attested by the mud on my elderly white Volvo!!
    87 days ago
    I tend to get up early AND go to bed early -- no change since retirement. How are things with you, going well I hope?
    119 days ago
    Thanks for your good wishes on our big move!! So far, really enjoying our new location a lot!!
    120 days ago
    Oh my. Having a dog is a LOT of work . . . and getting companionable behaviour (even from an eager -to please golden retriever) requires a LOT of patience and training. When Henry was a tiny puppy (with a broken leg, two surgeries) he would quite frequently refuse to walk: and I'd pick him up and carry him too. Pretty sure that observers found it fairly amusing!! I hope that your two millennials take the hint and devote the time and energy that's required to their respective pups . . . and maybe buy the harnesses also!!.
    383 days ago
    Nice to hear from you!! Is there a new dog in your life???
    384 days ago
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