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My sweet Nena.

From a high school friend - thank you GH!



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I've been here for long enough to have figured out what I need to do...just listen and make one good choice at a time. It's simple, but it's not always easy...but who am I to run away from a challenge!

I'm a survivor of constant dieting since high school (somehow already 50+ years ago!), long distance running, multiple falls from horseback, and weight gain from my own poor habits and "knowing it all." But, despite arthritis, I'm still mobile and active - what a gift!

It's time to quit lurking and start doing...

Member Since: 11/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 50,238

My Goals:
For right now:
Weight work three times a week, walking every day, yoga, and tai chi.
Planning meals and snacks before I eat
Seeking daily inspiration
Giving myself some credit

For the longer term:
Feeling comfortable in my own skin
Doing 10 real push-ups,
Taking a mountain hike,
Buying my first bathing suit in 20 years,
Publishing books,

My Program:
Praying, 1200-1550 calories a day, daily exercise, tracking nutrients, learning more, asking for help when I need it (whooboy...) and offering support to others. I want to feel the satisfaction of following through.

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Gail from Maryland, by way of NJ, Iowa, Spain, Massachusetts, and Maine. I'm a Christian mother of one daughter, retired high school biology teacher, hip deep in some writing projects.

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Time just seems to slip away, and the older we get the faster it seems to go...and I've still got growing to do. I want to be more mindfully grateful. I want to appreciate and make good use of each moment I'm given, give my full attention to whoever is in front of me, and just "be here now."

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    Yes, I like the name of your back kicks better :)

    I have been going at it again, yes my blogs are reflecting it :)

    Immersing myself in healthier living, mind, body, and spirit.

    I always feel more like myself when I am able to focus on what matters most.

    Today I started out with a warm cup of fresh squeezed lemon water with green tea, I am in my zone again. Feels good!

    I hope you are having a great day as well my friend! Best wishes.
    5 days ago
  • v SISSIE21
    Thank you Gail for the spa goodie, now just need to figure out how to bring it to my house! :)

    This flu has knocked the stuffing out of me, it is going around here in NL, we are both home trying to recover. Is happening slowly but surely....Will definitely connect with you once I am feeling better. Looking forward to reading your latest novel! emoticon Sissie
    14 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2017 3:05:32 AM
  • v GAILANN48
    Your back kicks are "The Dragon Kicks Backward" in my qigong routine! Cool!
    17 days ago
    30 seconds of plank emoticon Now....I challenge you to

    Back Kicks

    Starting Position
    Stand with your back straight, abs engaged, shoulders relaxed, elbows bent, hands in fists, feet together, and hands up in front of your chin as in in "defense." Keep your arms up at all times. Bend your knees and hips to come into a small squat, leaning slightly forward from the waist.

    Breathe deeply, shifting your weight into your left foot to prepare to kick your right leg. A proper kick should string together four phases: 1) Bend your right knee and lift your foot off the floor bringing your leg slightly behind you. 2) Extend your right knee to straighten your leg (foot flexed) to kick an imaginary target behind you. 3) Bend your knee again. 4) Return your foot to the floor. Repeat back kicks on this leg OR alternate legs after each kick (not pictured). After several repetitions on this leg, switch sides.

    Special Instructions
    Keep your abs engaged, the knee of your standing leg slightly bent, and find a focal point in front of you to aid in balancing. Limit the amount of forward leaning as your kick to the back. Make sure your knee does not lock when you extend your leg. Kick lower to the floor to decrease intensity or higher to increase intensity. Slow down or speed up depending on your fitness level.

    It is in the Exercise Library if you need visual.

    I got mine in today too!

    Hope your going strong in 2017 so far!
    18 days ago
  • v TURTLE69
    Welcome to Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.



    19 days ago
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