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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: 204,265

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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    You and Debra and PennyAnn and WalkingAnnie, among many others, provide me immense insight and modeling of how to *do it* headin' up *the rough side of the mountain* toward optimal wellness...and MAINTENANCE of said condition!

    Bowing in gratitude with love,
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  • v PENNYAN45
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. It took me a while to get to this point. And, like you, I can still have a weak moment. Just last week, I took a couple of Cheezits - then decided I wanted some more. Before I could take any more, I emptied the box in the trash. Just to be on the safe side, I ran water into the box first. (I have been known to go into the trash after this stuff!)


    Whatever it takes, right?

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  • v DEBRA_T
    Yes, I also seem to recall learning this years ago, being dazzled by the insight and then continuing to eat! I guess I wasn't done enough just yet. I seem to require repeated learning on most of these things, but I am confident now to say that following this plan is the action that is raising my self-esteem.

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  • v PENNYAN45
    You are right, of course! It was with tongue in cheek that I said I'd come to you for all the answers when I reached maintenance.

    What really surprised me was that you can actually eat more when you reach maintenance. That is good news. Somehow I felt that I would always have to eat at this lower level.

    While you may not have all the answers, you certainly are - and will be- a terrific role model from whom I can draw much inspiration.


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    3550 days ago
    Wow! what an awesome success you are!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I know, you are correct, just needed the reinforcement from the troops!

    The very best to you!
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