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When I started this journey in January 2009, my plan was to lose weight and get fit. I realize now there is so much more involved.

In the beginning, my success came in swings and roundabouts. Over time, I've realized how important it is to combine diet and exercise, change things up, and force myself out of my comfort zone.

This is no longer about weight, it is about becoming the best me I can be. It's about challenging all the "I can'ts" in my head and trying things I thought I could never do.

I still struggle with frustrations -- keeping up my exercise program when life gets in the way and realizing that eating too much, even if it's healthy food, leads to weight gain.

There are no quick fixes. This is a lifetime change and one that will take a lifetime to master. And, having gained back 50 pounds, I now realize I need to remain vigilant, no matter what.

Member Since: 4/28/2009

Fitness Minutes: 218,044

My Goals:
I want to live a healthy lifestyle and not use my weight as an excuse not to do things.

When I started this new lifestyle, I thought I had a good exercise routine. Now, I've learned the importance of constantly changing it around and shaking things up.

My Program:
My exercise routine has changed yet again, now that I have a home gym and a trainer, although that will be ending soon.

I have a strength program for every day, using different muscles, but working on strength all the time.

TO compensate for my back, I'm doing pilates daily plus about half and hour of core exercises. Then, there's the rowing machine and exercise bike.

When the weather warms, I hope to get outside on my bike.

Personal Information:
I live in Ithaca NY, where I lecture part-time at Cornell University. I am also a cross-cultural writer and researcher. I am working on a novel.

I live with 1 cat. My daughter is in England and my son is a wine maker in New Zealand.

I also am involved in my community.

Other Information:
I am a voracious reader, love tennis and make it a point to get to at least one tournament a year. Since I work from home as a writer, I spend way too much time sitting.

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    I did check with Patrick last night to get his take on things and it was all Isaac. Lesson to be learned is the same one that plagues autistic kiddos.... "It's not all about you." At least Patrick knows this is part of the job, but definitely an area for them to work on...communication and thinking of others since Patrick takes him to social events for therapy. Fun times!
    77 days ago
  • v LCDDUB
    Carrie, thanks for stopping by and your question. She did have an appt. time of 3 PM and they asked that she be there at 2:30 PM to fill out paperwork (which every time she's been there takes her 5 min. not 30). We got there at 2:25 PM - I checked 2 different clocks for this. When I saw we were only 1 of 2 vehicles in the lot I wondered. Asked a Maintenance man about the locked doors, he told us there was no one there, so a lot of running around for zero results. Health care here in the U.S. has plummeted is all I'll say as I'm getting frustrated with the process and this has been going on for 4 YEARS! Enough said, I need a workout...

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    78 days ago
    Hi...just saw the picture of your car on Biggest Loser. I'm on Golden Phoenix team. I love your Mini. I have a Clubman, it's my second Mini.........great vehicle!!! Good Luck on Biggest Loser!
    81 days ago
  • v LOPEYP
    Great job getting to the first beach, let's go to the next one!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    82 days ago
  • v CFRY53
    This Golden Phoenix is coming to attack you with a water balloon!

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    In order to dodge it you must complete *10 LUNGES* on each side!
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    84 days ago
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