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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: 225,034

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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    88 days ago
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    94 days ago
  • v KATIE5668 answer your question...

    Book: The Good Samaritan

    Author: John Marrs

    He has other novels that may be ok..I just lost any taste for any of his works based on this one.
    Too many books out there to enjoy .

    Have a very Good Thanksgiving!!
    97 days ago
    The addition will be a second garage bay, master bedroom/bath, 2 smaller bedrooms/office, another bath and living space that will open out onto the back deck. We will be able to extend one end of the kitchen too so we can actually have a refrigerator that holds items! The one that is here is perfect for a family of 1-2 and/or that don't cook a lot. This will add about 1000 sq. ft. Tim is also building a shop which will be a huge help for moving all his tools and things out of the garage so we can use it.
    111 days ago
    Hi Carrie,
    Have had you on my mind so wanted to stop by and say hi. emoticon

    Haven't heard much from you of late so you must be up to your eyeballs in things. You usually are soooo busy. I have finished my metals classes and no more trips planned until December.

    My husband announced his retirement for February which is bringing new things to manage. It's an interesting time. Bittersweet. Everyday we are saying our good-byes to patients and their families that we have known for years. In February, we will become grandparents for the first time and we're looking forward to having time free to enjoy the baby. So lots happening in our lives.

    Let me know how you're doing and what you've been doing. Have missed seeing your posts.
    Happy Trails...
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    114 days ago
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