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day 2525 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 7/10/2020



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These are rare for me, but I got one for July 2020! My second, all time.



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Sunshine breaks through the clouds on my morning walk, May 11, 2020.


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Maintenance: The Final Frontier! Heck with "Space"... unless you're talking about what one fills.

For newbies to this page... I was not always like this. It has been a long road getting here, with lots of hills and valleys. The "really, really before" picture is hidden in my photo gallery. Pictures are good reality checks for me, but I ran out of room and dumped some of the "in progress" progress photos to make room for recent athletic ones. I did keep the before January 2010 one that marked the beginning of maintenance, and you can see that in maintenance phase I've still become fitter.

Why "A little old lady in training"? "Little" because I have become small. "Old lady" because that is my goal, to live to a ripe old age. "In training" because that's how I intend to make that goal happen: by training my mind and body.

I stopped "drifting" downwards on the scale in July or August, 2010. I became comfortable calling the 120's "home". I had found a comfortable way of eating healthy, a comfortable calorie range, and a training goal to keep fitness level alive. This is how I want to live the rest of my life.

Basic biographical: I am a 67 year old empty-nester, retired as of the end of 2017. I have had some regain of the pounds I worked so hard to lose since retirement and becoming less active. So I'm working on it from the nutrition angle again.

No single program or diet is the "final answer" for me: I'm a compulsive over-eater. The plan I choose to follow must be balanced nutrition and activity, because it truly is about living LIFE, as fully and with as much vibrant health as I can. The end goal is to keep working at developing and maintaining healthy habits.

Having lost my brother (MOBYCARP) in July 2019, I am looking to find my next steps forward, one day at a time!


Member Since: 5/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 212,404

My Goals:
Stay on track, live consistently, be healthy. That means a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Nothing says you have to curl up in a ball just because you're past the half-century mark.


My Program:
The two pieces of my program when I started:

1) Reduce my intake of saturated fats, while eating a balanced diet with my favorite fruits and veggies prominent.

2) Keep moving at the rate of 30 minutes of walking almost every day, and two strength training days a week.

Since that time, I've started living some athletic dreams:
In 2011 I walked my first half marathon, with HOT4FITNESS.
In 2012, I completed my first Sprint distance triathlon.
In 2014, I completed my first Olympic distance triathlon.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, I participated in the age group national triathlon, at the Olympic distance.
In short, my basic program morphed into training for "big" (to me) events, over time. It takes modification of both nutrition and activity to do this, but it makes me feel alive.

At the end of 2017, I retired from the workplace. The adjustment did not result in more activity, but in fact, in less. I am dropping off the number of races and



Personal Information:
Obviously, from my groups, you might infer I'm from Nebraska. You would be right. I grew up around here, moved away while my son was young, and moved back when he was a teenager. Love it here, it's home.


Other Information:
As of September 8, 2018, I am STILL an active Sparker, and it is my intent to continue this for as long as God grants, to offer encouragement to others, as well as to remember why I did this, and why it remains a priority for me. Never forget your roots, but do NOT stop at the goal line, either! I am slowing down now, due to some medical issues, but I am committed to doing what I can to have the best quality of life by making wise choices about both nutrition and activity.




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  • v THISTIME18
    Hi Barb! Surprisingly, our life is just as always here in Naples (minus a few social activities). No civil unrest, most people gone to the north, hot and humid, afternoon thunderstorms and the occasional hurricane warning which, thankfully, usually amounts to nothing (as it did this weekend). Joe and I still bowl, visit friends and swim, go to the beach and church (occasionally though mostly streaming). As retirees living in and amongst other retirees, our life is not affected the way it would have been when we were younger living in Chicago. That is not to see we've been unaffected. A lot of people we know are scared senseless, afraid to go out and suffering mightily from the lack of socializing and the healthful effects of outdoor exercise and mingling (it strengthens the immune system). Every media story is another reason to stay locked down and to become more discouraged and depressed. The numbers here in Collier County remain very low, especially mortality. We are balancing the need to take things seriously against other needs we have and are finding, again surprisingly, that our life has not changed much.


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  • v 1CRAZYDOG
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    Sometimes the biggest challenge may be believing in our own ability to overcome challenges and to affect remarkable change. Robyn O’Brien
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  • v BESSHAILE
    Thank you for the bloglove, honey. I think we have just the right number of dogs now and someday I hope to be reunited with all of the dogs I've loved.

    Big hugs to you
    4 hours ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
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    In a world that very much feels like it has been thrown into a Cuisinart, there are so many opportunities to be part of the solution. Robyn O’Brien.
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    1 day ago
  • v HARROWJET
    Thank you for your wise words. Yes, we will get past 'this' whatever 'this' is. I appreciate you more than I know how to tell you.

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