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Having purple as your favorite color means you are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before yourself - you are the person others come to for help - being needed motivates you but sometimes people take advantage of you.

Being a personality color purple, you have a peaceful and tranquil quality and a quiet dignity about you. You are usually introverted rather than extroverted and may give the impression of being shy although this is not the case.

With your personality color purple you inspire others with your creative thinking and your ability to deal positively with adversity.

As a personality color purple, you are a generous giver, asking for little in return except friendship.

You are a visionary, with high ambitions, dreams and desires, and a compulsion to help humanity and to improve the planet earth. You are a good judge of character and sum others up quite quickly and accurately, although you usually see the best in everybody.

Member Since: 5/29/2011

Fitness Minutes: 74,694

My Goals:
I want to be fit and healthy.

I want to see my grandsons grow up.

I want to see my dream of opening the Proud Haven homeless shelter for LGBTQ+ youth become a reality.

My Program:
Track every day and stay in the SP recommended range.

Drink a minimum of 80 ounces of water a day.

Walk at least 4,000 steps per day.

Personal Information:
My name is Debbie. I also answer to Deb or DJ. I am 58 years old and married for 36 years. Although born in Queens, NY, I have adopted Pittsburgh, PA, as my hometown.

I am a proud member of the Purple Passion team!

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Highest weight ever - 438
6/12/14 - 398.4 - last time at this weight EVER

365.0 - 10/9/14 lowest in 2014 - MET - under since 7/13/2016
344.0 - 3/16/11 last time this low
300.0 - 10/10/10 last time this low
275.0 - 8/20/10 last time this low
253.0 - 6/11/10 lowest on SP
225.0 - not this low since 1982
200.0 - not this low since 1981
180.0 - not this low since 1980

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    Ty for careing!
    5 days ago
    Deb, I've been meaning to send you a link to this article since you posted about wanting to do JASR in a few months. It's by Dr. Eades of Protein Power, but it's about weight/resistance training that's especially easy on joints and tissues. But the most interesting section to me was this:

    "When you run a few hundred yards (assuming you’re out of shape) you end up puffing and panting and with your heart pounding. You assume that your heart and lungs aren’t in good working order, and you assume that if you start a regimen of regular jogging or other aerobic exercise that in due course your heart and lungs will get in better shape. If you do pursue such a course, you will find that indeed you do breathe less hard and your heart doesn’t pound, so you assume that both your heart and lungs are in better condition. The truth of the matter is that your heart and lungs are about the same as they were when you started–what has improved is your muscular fitness. Let me explain.

    "In the conditioning process the place where the rubber meets the road so to speak is at the level of oxygen entry into the muscle cells. As muscle cells work, they need oxygen. In an unconditioned muscle oxygen doesn’t get into the cell particularly efficiently. Consequently, your body, in an effort to get more oxygen to the working muscle cells, pumps more blood (your heart pounds) that contains more oxygen (thanks to your huffing and puffing). As your muscles become more conditioned, what happens is that the body’s ability to get oxygen into the muscle cells becomes much more efficient. After your muscles are conditioned and you run a few hundred yards, your heart doesn’t pound and you don’t pant because your muscles are getting plenty of oxygen because of the conditioning effect in the muscles themselves. It has nothing to do with your heart or lungs."

    I actually tested this myself and it works pretty well!
    12 days ago
    Happy New Year!!! Thanks for the reminder to never give up!!! I don't plan to!
    19 days ago
    Hope to be friends :)
    20 days ago
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    31 days ago
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