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I earned my black belt in karate at age 51. I loved karate, but my knees eventually decided I couldn't study it anymore. Both of my daughters have black belts, too.

Presently, I have a Cubii and a Fitbit and I'm using them to add more activity to my life. Goals: to up my cardio intensity and add strength training.


I have been trying for several years to get healthier and more active. I have been working out with workout videos and DVDs, generally 3-5 times a week. I do step, aerobics, stability ball, yoga, and weight-lifting. I particularly enjoy Sharon Mann's The Works workouts. is a great site for getting information on workout DVDs and videos.

I am studying karate, and I love it! I have a double black stripe belt, and I'm now in hard training for my black belt, which I hope to earn sometime this year. Both of my daughters have black belts. My oldest has a black belt second degree and she is now teaching karate at our dojo, and my youngest has her black belt, first degree, although she's not in active training now.

I wore a pedometer daily for a long time, and I used it to participate in the Eowyn Challenge, since I'm a big Lord of the Rings fan. I made it all the way to Mount Doom and back, recording a total of over 4,000 miles. Read about the Eowyn Challenge here:
e/index.html Now I wear a Gruve device, which tells me how many calories I burn a day.

One thing I also did recently is to buy a Laptop Lunches lunch box. See the website here: I first learned about them when I ran across the Vegan Lunchbox site here: which has a lot of very cool and interesting ideas for packing your own lunch. My Flickr pictures of some of the lunches I have packed are here:
tags/lunchbox/ If you are interested in lunchbox/bento box lunches, you may enjoy the Flickr group Bentoboxes:

I want to drop perhaps ten more pounds. I think tracking everything I eat will help.

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Member Since: 8/9/2006

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I want to work toward leading a consistently healthy lifestyle and lose a few pounds. And enjoy doing it.

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I am using workout DVDs and videos, doing step, aerobics, weightlifting, stability ball, and yoga. I also do elliptical at my office gym. I have studied karate in the past and hope to get back to it again soon. I wear a pedometer every day and I've started bicycling to work.

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    Welcome to DwD
    3393 days ago
    greetings and welcome to happy to meet have met some major goals.... blessings
    3397 days ago
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    Awesome job earning your brown belt! You are a good role model for your daughters.

    3403 days ago
    Hey! And thanks for giving me the heads up about this site! It's definitely something I'm getting used to and soooo beneficial. I've lost 3 lbs. already and counting. Maybe it's mind over matter but whatever helps. I'll definitely drop by if I have questions, I'm still finding my way around!! emoticon
    3404 days ago
    emoticon Hi and welcome to the SparkMinneapolis/ St. Paul team. Took a peek at your page. Congrats at your progression in Karate. My husband has a double black belt in Karate and a black belt in Kung Fu. Our daughter just turned five and we're excited to get her started in one of those martial arts. We think she'll love it. Looks like you have a wonderfully well rounded program for losing weight. I think it is great that you ride your bike to work - saving money and helping the environment - so cool.

    3414 days ago
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