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I'm a member in the 70-74 age group. I'm a happily married mother of five, step-mother of 5, grandmother of 10 and step-grandmother of 14. I'm also the sister and legal guardian for my mentally handicapped 79 year old brother. My "history" is that I was a certified exercise instructor at my Y for 15 years from 1970 -1985. When I tapered off teaching the classes and became the recreational director of my local senior center, I went from a very active job to a sedate one. That's when I started ...
I'm a member in the 70-74 age group. I'm a happily married mother of five, step-mother of 5, grandmother of 10 and step-grandmother of 14. I'm also the sister and legal guardian for my mentally handicapped 79 year old brother. My "history" is that I was a certified exercise instructor at my Y for 15 years from 1970 -1985. When I tapered off teaching the classes and became the recreational director of my local senior center, I went from a very active job to a sedate one. That's when I started putting on weight. I've continued over the years to do strength training. In my more active years, I was also a runner, who did road races frequently, but only came in first place, in my age group, twice, in my 40s. Those were the good old days! Because of increasing problems with arthritis, my long runs have turned into short walks. But I keep plugging away.Since 1985 my weight has gradually gone up about 20 LBS. I'm post menopausal and HUNGRY all the time. I track my calories and have been having about 1700 a day. I have to try to retrain my appetite to accept between 1200-1500, but it won't be easy. I still work out with weights 3 times a week. I'm in Florida for the winter and have been walking about 65 minutes a day, 5 days a week. From December until May, I teach a low impact aerobics class 2 times a week. Then we return to CT., which isn't as walker friendly for me, but I keep plugging away.
My husband, who is in the 80 - 84 age group is an avid cyclist, putting in 150-200 miles a week on his bike. He has many medals and trophys for his efforts and I'm very proud of him.

I'm looking forward to chatting with people with similar problems and goals.
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1/14/2015 3:43:57 PM

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Crowd out poor health habits. Choose activity before TV. Eat 3 veggies first for each meal. You will crowd out the less healthy choices.

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