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I remember well when I hit those mid-life years and I put on a few pounds and my 20 minutes riding the stationary bike was no longer sufficient to shed that extra weight. Unfortunatley, this also happened at a time when I worked a desk job with weekly overtime.

The stress of those years was high, in addition to the job I had two children that needed to be tended to and carpooled before and after school. Many of our meals ended up being highly processed because it was so easy to just heat something up.

Money was also tight and so I used coupons a lot. Only one time, I stocked up on a whole bunch of "good deals" only to realize that I did not normally eat that stuff. It was a reality lesson learned that even with the cents off if I don't normally eat that then I do not save money.

My aha moment was when I went to a Culinary Arts program and we had to do weekly research paper in the Nutrition class. It was at that time I came to realization that I could not trust the information that we had for what a "healthy" diet is. I also watched 75% of my classmates gain weight as the course progressed and realized I could not cook that way if I want to be healthy.

Then I read the China Study, Eat To Live, The McDougall Program. I think I am now seeing the light as to what I need to eat in order to be healthy. I hope you will join me on my journey here at

Member Since: 4/2/2011

Fitness Minutes: 46,932

My Goals:
Run 15 miles a week.

To run a sub30 5k. ---
GOAL MET 9/15/2011

To be able to jog up "Plante" hill all the way to the top. ---Accomplished on 4/09/11, 4/13/11. 4/24/11/, 4/25/11 - I know I can do it now!!

Ran 2 miles on treadmill in 19:36

To lose those last 10 pounds of fat.

My Program:
I do not really have a program that I follow. I do try to follow the principles that I learned from Eat to Live by Joel Furhman and the Mcdougall Program. I eat very few animal products.

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I am living in Central Minnesota.

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"The best is yet to be."

"Forgiveness is healing. It doesn't excuse or condone what the other person has done, but it frees us from needless suffering. " ~Desmund Tutu

"Change is a process and usually takes considerable time. Pat yourself on the back for every healthy choice you make, and use your lapses as learning experiences. " John McDougall

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    You asked my speed on the run/walk ratios. I have my Garmin, a Forerunner 10, for average pace. It will display either current pace or average pace, but not both. Some of the newer and better models will give both. So I don't really know my run/walk paces I just know the overall. I'm aiming for 11 minutes per mile; it will take 11:04.12 per mile or better to get to the 2:25. My PR is 26:26:06, so 11:08 will give me a PR, but I'm hoping not to be that close. I tend to slow in the last miles, although the idea of negative splits appeals to me, I haven't been able to do that. I would guess my running pace is 9:30-10 min per mile and my walking pace is 13-15 min per mile. So if I'm feelling good on Sunday I'll go for the PR; if I'm just not feeling it, I'll go for a finish and be content!

    Good luck with your training. -Marsha

    Edit: You asked about "going all out." I'd say if you are run-walking a 5K you definitely go all out on the run. For a half marathon, no. Hold back some. My best magic mile ever was 8:47. Now days about 9:20 is a good mile for me. So 9:45 is doable for a HM.
    299 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2017 9:40:59 AM
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Kids can sure give us a scare! I'm sure you scared your grandma sleeping under the bed.
    Have a great week!

    299 days ago
    Thanks for the comment! I've never heard of the Beck solution. I'll check it out.
    313 days ago
    You go, girl! emoticon

    460 days ago
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    Welcome to Shutterbugs….
    Hi!! So glad you joined us in our Shutterbug team!
    We have so much fun on this team. We love to share our photos with each other and to comment on them.

    Just for fun we post weekly photo assignments. You are invited to participate in this with us if you are interested.

    Please check in the General Discussion section for the Photo Assignments.
    Each assignment has complete directions in the very first post of the assignment which will be on page one, scroll to the bottom of the page.
    You are welcome to add pictures to any of the assignments.
    Or just add a comment about pictures other team members have shared.

    If you have any questions be sure and ask, either on a team or you are welcome to email me.
    I will be looking forward to seeing your photos!!

    463 days ago
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