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In my earlier life, I was fortunate. First of all I actually had a pretty good body image which is pretty amazing given I was a shy, introverted and not particularly active teen. But as I moved into my 20s and joined a gym, I loved that I was healthy and strong, and I liked my figure well enough. I also never really had to watch what I ate too carefully, but time caught up with me (just like mama said it would) and in 2006 I reached 144 pounds. I decided it was time to do something and I joined Sparkpeople and lost 14 lbs. I did it because my clothes were snug and I had a little muffin top....mainly vanity I suppose, but I also wanted to stay fit as an example to my daughter.

Then the next summer, I started slowly putting it back on (read too many BBQs). Still I worked out fairly regularly and I ate pretty healthy, so I didn't worry about it too much. Then by Dec 2008 I was up to my highest weight yet, 150 lbs. On my 5'4" frame, it showed.

So in January 2009 I hired a personal trainer for me and the hubby. He did great, but my weight and measurements stubbornly held their own, with me only down 3 lbs in 9 months.

In the years following that, no matter what I did it seems the pounds stayed put, only going down a few and back up a couple. Despite a surgery in the midst of those years, I did two rounds of P90X, a round of Insanity, etc. with good results in terms of fitness but still not losing the stubborn fat. Some people suggest that the hysterectomy I had may be in part to blame. I even hiked the West Highland Way with my husband (best trip ever!). So while I had plenty of muscle and good cardiovascular health, I still had all this stubborn fat sticking around.

Then a couple years ago, I broke my leg in a bad way, requiring surgery and a long recovery. I basically just gave up and spent about a year and a half doing nothing and not worrying about what I ate. I used the pain in my leg as an excuse long after I could have started doing more. To be honest, it didn't respond nicely to exercise when I tried it, but I also know in great part that's because I would start and stop all the time and never let it get stronger.

My weight ballooned to 173. BUT, it seems to have reset something, somehow. Whereas all my hard work before didn't result in any kind of fat or weight loss, after that rest, my easier workouts and simple changes to my eating as resulted in 9 lbs in 3 months. It's was terribly slow, but was been steady. And I was ok with that. Then it stopped again.

Now my goals are more based on getting in MY best shape based on what my body is ready for, and not about getting to a certain weight or size. This is good because since then I managed to regain again. My lunchtime walking buddy had a very busy time over the last year and we didn't walk enough.

I've determined that the most important thing for me is moving more during the day. I sit at a desk and without that movement mid day I gain.

Sure I have a weight loss goal to achieve a weight where I know in the past I felt really good, but it's a long term goal. I've learned not to set my short term goals based on the scale because it does go so slowly for me (and sometimes goes up) that it's just frustrating. Instead I have short term goals based on reaching milestones in my fitness level.

Maybe in part it's a level of maturity, but the scale doesn't have to rule my day. It's only a tool to check progress, and there are many other tools I have as well. And instead of trying to look like I did in my 20s (because that is NOT going to happen), I'm learning to be content again in my own skin.

last updated Nov 2017

Member Since: 10/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 46,405

My Goals:
Current goals: Walk 60 mins about 5-6 times a week either at lunch or evening, including treadmill if weather is bad. Throw in some jogging here and there to build up to a 5K. Strength train or do yoga a minimum of 3 times a week.

My Program:
Keep calories under 1500 and do some exercise every day.

Main cardio is walking, jogging (a little), and lately Darebee workouts
Main strength is Darebee workouts and yoga videos

Personal Information:
I'm from Ontario, Canada and have a fun loving DH, a lovely DD and step DD, futgure SIL and grandson. We have a Shinese "puppy" (Jan 3/09), a Labradoodle (Feb 1 16) and sadly lost an elderly English Springer Spaniel in Sept 2017 . The Springer used to be my running partner so if I run again I'm sure the Labradoodle will be happy to go along. Maybe she can work off some of her energy while helping me to keep going.

Other Information:
I love to knit and I also sew and do embroidery but not as much. I'm an avid reader. I work full time and shuttle my daughter to dance classes and competitions, I have a DH who works shifts and that's always a fun challenge to work around.

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  • v JANPER1
    Hi, just noticed you are from Ontario. I am too, I live north of Toronto. In the GTA. Hpefullythis deep freeze will end soon. Stay warm! Let's do it Golden Phoenix!
    15 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/4/2018 8:12:47 PM
  • v MAGICAL13
    emoticon emoticon "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but in building the new" ~Socrates emoticon Happy New Year my friend.. emoticon emoticon .. 2018 can be the beginning of anything you want, believe in your magic emoticon emoticon
    19 days ago
  • v MAGICAL13
    emoticon Away in a Manger emoticon

    Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
    The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

    The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
    The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

    The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
    But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

    I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
    And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

    Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
    Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

    Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
    And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

    emoticon I wish you a very Merry Christmas my friend emoticon

    27 days ago
  • v CINDYTW963
    Thanks for the Carol!
    28 days ago
  • v MAGICAL13
    emoticon Silver Bells emoticon
    Bing Crosby, Carol Richards
    Silver bells, silver bells
    It's Christmas time in the city
    Ring-a-ling, (ring-a-ling) hear them ring (ting-a-ling)
    Soon it will be Christmas day
    City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
    Dressed in holiday style
    In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
    Children laughing, people passing
    Meeting smile after smile
    And on every street corner you hear
    Silver bells, (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells)
    It's Christmas time in the city
    Ring-a-ling, (ring-a-ling)
    Hear them ring, (hear them ring)
    Soon it will be Christmas day
    Strings of street lights, even stoplights
    Blinkin' bright red and green
    As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
    Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch
    This is Santa's big day
    And above all this bustle you hear
    Silver bells (The corner Santa Claus)
    Silver bells (Is busy now because)
    It's Christmas time in the city
    Ring-a-ling, it fills the winter air
    Hear them ring, you hear it everywhere
    Soon it will be Christmas day
    City sidewalks, busy sidewalks (Silver bells)
    Dressed in holiday style (Silver bells)
    In the air there's a feeling of Christmas (It's Christmas time in the city)
    Children laughing, people passing (Ring-a-ling)
    Meeting smile after smile (Hear them ring)
    Very soon it will be Christmas day emoticon
    Songwriters: Jay Livingston / Ray Evans
    Silver Bells lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

    33 days ago
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