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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: 200,963

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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  • v LILY8486
    I am so excited to see your determination!! Keep up your momentum!
    180 days ago
  • v SHELLS514
    Thanks for stopping by my blog ! It was indeed a wonderful day! emoticon
    243 days ago
    Oh how I wish I had room for a home gym!
    254 days ago
    Tim will be in the Bangkok area. I am actually a little jealous of this trip as it is SO close to two of our sponsor kids!
    263 days ago
  • v SHELLS514
    Hello there...The Military Diet is a very structured 3 day plan. Just 3 days but is very strict. For example, breakfast day 1 is 1 piece of toast with 2 tablespoons peanut butter, coffee and half a grapefruit. My lunch today is meager...just a cup of cottage cheese, a boiled egg and 5 saltines. Dinners have a bit more substance and to get in the dairy you get vanilla ice cream. It kinda helps you not feel so sorry for yourself, lol. For me, it's all in the mind and I need something to get me back on track.

    If you are interested go to and take a look at the meals, you can check all the tabs also for additional information. After the grueling first 3 days it goes into a more manageable 1500 calories the 4 days off.

    Best to you on your journey!
    285 days ago
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