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Eight years ago. To be back to that kind of fitness by 2018. That's my goal!!

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Update on May 5, 2020. I updated what I wrote below (January 1, 2019) yesterday but guess I forgot to save. I am now at 162 pounds but I still commit to getting to 147 pounds safely and reasonably. Which according to the ticker won't happen until August of 2020. My purpose is to make that happen (as well as staying safe, not infecting anyone else and eventually making it back to Ireland.)

Today, January 1, 2019, I read what I wrote a year ago, saved below. Although I didn't get to 140 pounds, I did get to 147 and lost 3.5 inches on my hips. Which is great. Unfortunately, I lost the weight through being sick. And I still don't know if I am completely well yet although the appetite has returned and I can exercise with minimal discomfort. So, today, January 1, 2019, I commit to exercising daily and if not actually recording calories on SparkPeople, at least being aware of them on a daily basis.

"Ten years ago, aged 55, I weighed 136 pounds and worried about my weight and fitness. Ten years later, Dec 28, 2017, I weigh 166 pounds and was horrified. I am 3 pounds away from obesity! It is beyond frustrating to think I can't wave a magic wand and go back 10 years but it just doesn't happen. I programmed in 140 pounds as my desired goal--that would achieve a healthy BMI) and 1.5 pounds per week. That means that I could be at 140 pounds by April 28, 2018. One can only work diligently toward that goal, right? The formula is still the same:
1) Exercise at least 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week, as well as walk sufficient steps to total 10,000.
2) Follow healthy eating plan, counting and recording calories, daily."

Member Since: 2/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 175,401

My Goals:
BMI down to normal.

Fit into size 12s again.

My Program:
Exercising 6 days a week.

Calorie counting.

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Originally from Montreal, have lived in several provinces and states and in England. Mainly live in Arizona although spent most of 2017 in Ireland.

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Favorite authors right now: Kate Ellis, Jane Casey

Favorite movie: no favorite movie right now

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    Came over to look for your Irish hat picture . . . don't see it yet!! The "real deal" is undoubtedly way better than my knock-offs!!

    No, did not take pictures of Irish gravestones -- I was birding and for some reason, old graveyards are great places for birds of all kinds.. Loved the raven-type choughs with their bright red beaks and legs . . .

    And I also could not help but notice how very common my name is on these old gravestones . . . a bit of a frisson (although my own background is very definitely Scottish and not Irish).
    787 days ago
    One of my Spark friends is having a freggie challenge. I hope you would like to join. If you are up to 30 days of eating 5 or more freggies a day, go to -

    I hope to see you there.

    971 days ago
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    Fruits and vegetables contain key vitamins and minerals. Folate, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C and K are just a few of the all-stars you'll find in fresh produce. All of these nutrients play different roles in health and fruits and veggies are some of the best ways to get them.

    Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber. Fiber has many important effects in the body. It keeps your digestive system healthy, can help keep you full (especially important if you are cutting calories for weight loss), and prevents numerous health conditions while also promoting a healthy heart.

    Fruits and vegetables are also rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. These nutrients reduce inflammation which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Molecules in the body called "free radicals" cause damage to our cells all the time, but antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables actually neutralize these molecules, slowing down the aging process. So you won't just look younger, your body will be healthier from the inside-out!

    Fruits and vegetables help with weight loss. Because they're naturally low in calories while being rich in fiber and nutrients, eating more fruits and vegetables helps to fill you up without consuming a lot of calories.

    To gain the most nutritional benefit, select whole (unprocessed) fruits and vegetables when possible. Buying local or in-season produce also increases the chance that the food you are eating contains maximum nutrients per bite (since food that is picked and then has to travel long distances is losing nutrients every hour, day or week that goes by). Other forms such as frozen, canned, cooked, and dried fruits and vegetables, as well as juice are also acceptable and affordable options when keeping some cautions in mind.
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    *From a Spark People blog By Tanya Jolliffe, SparkPeople Blogger 3/9/2014
    1025 days ago
    Are you interested in a Challenge?

    The Biggest Loser goes for 10 weeks. It consists of 10 teams participating in weekly Fitness and Nutrition challenges. The Spring challenge will be getting started the beginning of March. It consists of fitness and nutrition challenges that are often in a form of a game. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Winter we had Help Santa Fill His Sleigh, Run Rudolf Run and Super Bowl. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Spring challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Frosted Fitness Fun Chit Thread.

    1094 days ago
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    You are awesome
    1288 days ago
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