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"I did the best I could with what I knew.
...Now that I know better, I do better."
..............Dr. Maya Angelou

OLD STUFF*************************************
2016 - wow - time flies...
Since 2010, I've gained back 35#s and survived the following -- now it's time for me to take care of myself again : )

2016 - found a church and maybe life's getting back to "normal" again...
2015 - bought a house : )
2015 - survived implementation, working 80-100 hours a week all summer, topping off at 120. it about killed me.
2014 - horribly busy at work with a demanding project
2013 - moved from MN to Ohio
2013 - lost hubby : (
2012 - graduated college
2011 - hip surgery and 3-months prescribed couch-potato : (
2010 - donated kidney to husband, it saved his life but he struggled with chronic illnesses after that due to other things.

2010 - to all my dear sparkfriends - I hope I've encouraged you half as much as you've encouraged me! Life is changing and I'll not be sparking much - keep up the good fight, the journey continues...

Hi -- I've taken 65 pounds off over 6 years and am settling in to the idea of maintaining this weight loss. It's highlighting that the habits I found success with to lose weight are the same habit that will set me up for success in maintaining it. For me, those habits are journaling, working out, water, enough sleep and time to think about meaningful, short term goals - usually done while watching tv w/DH in the evenings.

Lightbulb moment! It's not really about maintaining the weight, it's about maintaining the HABITS that maintain my weight!

The passions in my life include piano, horses (dressage), family, running, and wellness/fitness.
The values in my life are defined by Christ.
The majority of my days are spent behind a desk coding software.

Here's to life!


MY MANTRA: I choose to be fit...

My Mission Statement:
I embrace a lifetime of focusing on habits that will sustain a healthy weight. These habits require energy, commitment and focus to sustain. I accept this.

..... * * * * * GOYAAM! APR 09 PLAN * * * * * .....
1 - Use Nutrition Tracker faithfully and stay in range
(1800-2400 cal, 90-150g protein)

2 - 80 oz water every day, minimize diet coke.

3 - Use Fitness Tracker faithfully - 400'/wk, min 30'/day
Each week:
----foam roller and movement prep' 6 days/week for back health.
----2-3 Strength Training sessions
---- 1+ runs
--------Whatever other to fill in 400 minutes...

Why I'm working out this month...
...Get rid of flab!

........................2009 GOALS...........................
___ Run 650 miles.
___ Run a 5K in under 30min
___ Find a balance btwn lifting and running
....................4/20/09--The last couple times I've run, my back's grumbled big time. Plan: Focus on the weight lifting/stretching/massage for 3 months and try again...

___ Achieve and maintain a weight of 145-150
....................Achieved in Feb

___ one 5k every month above freezing :)
...not until I figure out how to keep my back sound...
nope--May 16 - Jim McIntire 4-Mile Run
nope--June 12 - Katie Poirier Memorial Run (first 10k!)
GOAL: July 18 - Hermantown Summerfest 5k
GOAL: July 24 - Carlton Daze 5k
Aug 8 - Kristin Burkholder 5k
Aug 18 - Festival 5.1k
Sept 19 - Bangin' in the Brush Trail Race, 6.6 miles
Sept 26 - Cloquet River Run (5k)
Oct 24 - Pumpkin Run & Walk (5K)
Nov 1- Pine Valley Run, 5.5k trail
Dec 5 - Bridge to Peace 5k

........................2008 GOALS..............................
DONE Run our local 5K in July...
.....and I'm having so much fun w/5Ks on my way to running a 10K!
.....July 25 - 33:48, 3rd place (50-59)
.....Aug 9 - 32:21, 2nd place (50-59)
Sept 3rd - threw my back out (pinched nerve? SI Joint issue?)
___ Achieve a healthy BMI - reached Sept 08!
........................2008 EOY GOAL........................
DONE--Complete 9 weeks of CORE to rehab my back...
DONE--BDA journal challenge (blog about working out at 7am) to support this - FINISHED 12/28 AND MORNING WORKOUTS ARE NOW PART OF THE ROUTINE :-)

~ I like being fit and strong and injury-free.
~ I am fit - ahtletic, lean, calmly & joyfully disciplined.
~ I train, compete & perform confidently, achieving goals in all areas of life.
~ I�m content with my choices in eating, exercise and my life because they allow me to be happy in my own skin.
~ I�m empowered to make my own choices and not be swept along just trying to hang on.
~ I see muscle definition in the mirror and am motivated by my own body to keep working at this.
~ I�m at a healthy BMI (Unbelievable � achieved mid-Sept! And as dr.Beck would say �Believe it!�)
~ I have a reliable eating plan and am free of the panic that I'll get too hungry or gain weight.
~ I have energy to spare.

My weight loss ticker reminds me of where I've been (heaviest in 2002 - 6 years of losing a bunch, gaining a little, losing a bunch, etc). I'm happy at a healthy BMI (154) and my weight's settled down to between 145-150. So I guess that's my goal weight. I chose the tortoise cuz consistently steady, even if slow, gets me there for sure!

Member Since: 2/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,310

My Goals:
2008 - run a 5k - DONE 7/25!
get to a healthy BMI
DONE 9/18!

CORE Performance through 12/31/08 - DONE - Finished Phase 2, 12/30

2009 - Find a balance between strength training and running.
***Oct: Found it - it's CROSSFIT!

My Program:
my strategy: eat really well, move to challenge my body within it's own limits and enjoy well-deserved rest!

Journalling my food continues to be a long-term skill for success.

Personal Information:
Home: Cloquet, MN
Age 51
Height 5'6"
Weight History
2002 - 213#
2004 - 162#
2007 - 181#
June '08 - 169#
Sept '08 - 152#
.............Healthy BMI!!
Feb '09 146#
June '09 155#
July '09 153 #
.............Healthy BMI again!!!

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  • v MAZZYR
    ❤What a wonderful surprise to hear from you. You were always so special.
    1575 days ago
  • v no profile image NOTFATCAT
    Welcome to the 50+Maintainers Team.
    You have certainly had more than your share of struggles over the last half decade. Hopefully you are on the bright side now.
    Please join our daily chat and let us get to know you.
    We all struggle from time to time with whatever our individuals goals are so you are not alone.
    Chin up, butt off the chair, and feet on the floor!
    1994 days ago
  • v RUN2RIDE
    Wow -- to my dear spark friends...
    Scrolling back through your comments on my page left me in tears and encouraged... What I thought would be a few month's away from spark turned into 5-1/2 years...

    I hope you're all still doing ok and am looking forward to reconnecting...

    1994 days ago
  • v no profile image OHMEMEME
    Hi there new Spark friend!
    Sounds like you have lived a lot of life the last few years. Just going through your page a and recent blogs.

    Best wishes to you on your reboot. Noticed you are a Beck follower...she'll get you BackOnTrack. Our age, frame, and weights seem similar. I am an avid walk/jog kinda girl incorporating a few classes at the local ladies fitness. But like you when I work out I like to "feel" it.

    Keep in touch and thanks for the friend add.
    Keep Sparking!
    1994 days ago
    Hi. Thanks much for leaving a comment on my page. Wow. What a motivational boost to receive a personal comment on the very morning that I "recommit" once a gain. I've learned that re-committing is a thing I have to do every single day. I've been off plan for quite a while, but today I'm back. And I wish for you that you also find your way to on-plan or to stay on the roll if you are doing well now. My best to you, Anita
    1995 days ago
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