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Prepping to try down hill skiing for the first time this winter!

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I do like cross country skiing. It would be nice to look like this woman in my gear.

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Me at the end of 26.2 miles 5 years ago.

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I turned 40 in the middle of 2011. I spent a good portion of my life fighting my weight and fighting laziness. I want to spend the rest of my life being lighter, more active and less obsessed about how I look. So, I am changing my life. I am setting small, monthly goals and checking in with a dear friend who will be my accountability partner.

Consistency has always been a real problem for me. I tend to start out well, but then tell myself that I have done so well that I deserve a "cheat treat". This leads to binging. I love to exercise (most of the time), but when I binge, it takes my self-esteem to the toilet and I let it all go to hell for a few weeks, hence I rarely make much real progress. I have been a self-defeater and it is going to STOP.

One thing I have managed to be fairly consistent about is training for half marathons - though there is usually enough time between them that I am starting from scratch when I start training for the next one. I want that to STOP.

After giving up meat for Lent 2011, I realized how much better I felt. I went back to eating it, after Easter, but just didn't care for the way it tasted or the way my body felt. So, beginning on my birthday, I am giving myself a few weeks to wean off of coffee and meat and a lot of dairy. Then I am going to make the next step to cleaning up my life. I am feeling better as I move forward. I think this will be a great thing. Now, I am looking forward to 40, and beyond, with renewed vigor.

Jan. 22, 2012 - update
The fall was a bit crazy for me. I started a new job, dealt with a divorce in my immediate family and started working at our store most weekends to be "free help" during busy times. I got a bit off track and I reverted to some bad habits, even while I kept some good ones. At the first of the year, I took stock of where things were and it all seemed to really click. A now or never kind of moment. Most importantly, I finally started asking God for help instead of thinking that I could wrestle all of my demons on my own.

Today, coffee no longer has a strangle hold on me. I can go days without it and when I do drink it, it's usually just one mug and it's decaf or half caf. I am meatless most days, too and have been doing fairly well this month at keeping my calories under control. I already have 1,000 fitness minutes for the month am nearly 12 pounds down from the first of the year and can tell a big difference in my stamina and how my body feels. Gotta keep it going and I am LOVING IT!

Member Since: 7/16/2007

My Goals:
January Short Term Goals:
-Lose 10lbs - done
-Meet daily goals in my tracker - close, better than usual
-1500 Fitness Minutes
-Choose new half marathon to begin training for. - 2012 Niagara on the Lake Half

February Short Term Goals:
-Lose 10lbs
-Stay under 11200 calories each week
- 1250 Fitness Minutes

Long Term Goals:
-Lose 75 lbs by Oct. 18
-Lose 90 lbs by Jan. 1, 2013
-Complete Half Marathon in June 2012
-Full Marathon at Disney World - Jan. 13, 2013
Complete Half Marathon on June 19, 2010 - DONE 3 hrs and 8 mins.

Complete Princess Half Marathon on February 27, 2011. - Done - 3 hrs, 18 minutes, 32 seconds

Complete Half Marathon on June 18, 2011 - Done - 3 hrs, 12 mins, 18 secs.

My Program:
- Track food at 7 days a week
- 1600 calories or less a day
- 3 liters (12 8 ounce glasses) of water a day
- Track activity at least 6 days a week
- At least 1 hour of activity 6 days a week (walking, yoga, videos, ST, running, biking, stepping, etc...)
- ST 4 days a week
- 1 cheat hour a week
-Check in w/ accountability partner every week

Personal Information:
I am 40. I spend my days as the director of development for a liberal arts college, a small business co-owner, a knitter, a runner and as a very happy wife of a wonderful man. (His nickname for me is "Little Girl", hence my screen name. I am much shorter than him, which started it, but I want it to also mean that I weigh a lot less than he does too.

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    I'm just checking in. I'm back and started with an eating plan on the 1st of October. I want to be in great shape before I plan a 2nd pregnancy. How are you?
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    I'm pregnant, too.. I am 43 yrs old. Added you as a friend.
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    3295 days ago
    Thank you so much for the wonderful comment on my page!! :) It means a lot to me!
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    Woohoo! I hope you had a great week! xo
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