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My weight gain came gradually. It took a photo for me to see reality.

I love exercise and doing new things. The Y has been my main place for exercise. While in my 20s I laughed exercise classes at the Y because they weren't intense enough. Now in my 50s, I push myself to keep up!

I have 4 children from teen to adult. I am putting my health first now instead of my kids, hubby or career. In the long run, I will have more energy to give.

Recently, I've started Nordic Walking because I like the inefficiency. That is, it burns more calories than regular walking. It helps my posture, triceps, chest and back along with improving my cardiovascular system and lower body.

I joined the Ohio Challenge 2010 series in the Walking and Weight Loss division. I will be walking (at least) five 5Ks this season.

Member Since: 11/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 18,756

My Goals:
Dance, laugh, walk & run with abandonment. I've been working way too hard on the wrong things. I will not put off enjoyment of life any longer!

My Program:
Track everything. YMCA cardio 60-90 minutes at least 4x per week -- includes elliptical, arc trainer, technogym wave, incline walking, and classes. Weight lifting at least 3x per week. Take at least 1 YMCA class per week mixing it up: Spinning, Cardio boxing, Zumba, Interval Blast, Yoga, Core strengthening.

Personal Information:
I am from Ohio. I disguise myself as a house. I was not heavy when I was young but it crept up on me by middle age. Ouch!!

Besides focused fitness activities, my hobbies include:



-downhill skiing


-ice skating

-horseback riding (Missouri foxtrotter)


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I'm inspired by many individuals on SP.

Recent Books Read:

The Path by Laurie Beth Jones, The Courage to Start and No Need for Speed by John Bingham,
The Spark, Weight Loss Confidential by Anne Fletcher, Beck Diet Solution, Jillian Michaels, various workout books for weight lifting, The China Study

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  • v RAIN454
    Thanks!! Honestly, I don't think she had/has a clue that she said something inappropriate. But it doesnt matter what she thinks, right? Actions speak louder than words ;) Besides, I have never to this day heard someone tell me that they gained weight from doing too much cardio!! :P
    1895 days ago
  • v BILLALEX70
    I hope all is well. My life is crazy, so I don't get on Spark as much as I used to. Trying to find the balance in all things.

    Best wishes!
    1896 days ago
    emoticon for the Goodie and for your kind words about my writing. I appreciate being added as one of your emoticon s. I stay in touch with all of mine and look forward to the day we reach our weight loss goals and can yell loudly, "I did it!" emoticon -- Lou
    1929 days ago
  • v EMMABE1
    Thank you for spending the time to read my blog - I think having just put that blog together - the first time I have actually put the developing story together like that and now the penny has dropped - and I am beginning to realise what I have done!! So - I'm just a bit slow in the uptake!! LOL!!
    However it has proved one thing to me Ė that if I can do it anyone can do it and you will find that the results are way beyond your wildest dreams!!

    1964 days ago
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