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I'm 68, long enough on Earth and enough years on SP to figure out what it takes for me to be healthier...listen and make one good choice at a time. That's simple, not easy.

My pattern has been to do very well for a time and then lose focus and allow old habits to creep back. We all know where that leads. A health/diet coach I'm reading suggests that many of us are "interested in" losing weight and getting healthier rather than being committed to those things, and I suspect that's been true of me.

So it's time for me to change while I can.

Member Since: 11/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 53,694

My Goals:
For right now:

Weight work twice a week, walk at least 4 times a week, outdoor projects.
Plan meals and snacks each morning
Eat and enjoy what I plan
Write every day
Love myself a little more
Follow through!

For the longer term:

Reduce BP and BMI to within normal ranges
Have less arthritis pain
Be more flexible
Feel comfortable in my own skin
Publish more stories and novels

My Program:
Pray, eat 1200-1550 nutrient rich calories a day, exercise daily, ask for help when I need it (whoaboy...) and offer support to others.

Personal Information:
Gail from Maryland, by way of NJ, Iowa, Spain, and Massachusetts. I'm a retired high school biology teacher who has returned to a first love - fiction writing.

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Time slips away, and the older we get the faster it seems to go. I've still got learning and growing to do: I want to be more mindfully grateful, to appreciate and make good use of each moment I'm given, give my full attention to whoever is in front of me, and simply "be here now" until it's done.

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  • v CHERYLA2012
    Thanks for stopping by my post, "No Matter How Slow Or Hard". Here's to your continued success!
    86 days ago
    Yes, I like the name of your back kicks better :)

    I have been going at it again, yes my blogs are reflecting it :)

    Immersing myself in healthier living, mind, body, and spirit.

    I always feel more like myself when I am able to focus on what matters most.

    Today I started out with a warm cup of fresh squeezed lemon water with green tea, I am in my zone again. Feels good!

    I hope you are having a great day as well my friend! Best wishes.
    96 days ago
  • v SISSIE21
    Thank you Gail for the spa goodie, now just need to figure out how to bring it to my house! :)

    This flu has knocked the stuffing out of me, it is going around here in NL, we are both home trying to recover. Is happening slowly but surely....Will definitely connect with you once I am feeling better. Looking forward to reading your latest novel! emoticon Sissie
    105 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2017 3:05:32 AM
  • v GAILANN48
    Your back kicks are "The Dragon Kicks Backward" in my qigong routine! Cool!
    108 days ago
    30 seconds of plank emoticon Now....I challenge you to

    Back Kicks

    Starting Position
    Stand with your back straight, abs engaged, shoulders relaxed, elbows bent, hands in fists, feet together, and hands up in front of your chin as in in "defense." Keep your arms up at all times. Bend your knees and hips to come into a small squat, leaning slightly forward from the waist.

    Breathe deeply, shifting your weight into your left foot to prepare to kick your right leg. A proper kick should string together four phases: 1) Bend your right knee and lift your foot off the floor bringing your leg slightly behind you. 2) Extend your right knee to straighten your leg (foot flexed) to kick an imaginary target behind you. 3) Bend your knee again. 4) Return your foot to the floor. Repeat back kicks on this leg OR alternate legs after each kick (not pictured). After several repetitions on this leg, switch sides.

    Special Instructions
    Keep your abs engaged, the knee of your standing leg slightly bent, and find a focal point in front of you to aid in balancing. Limit the amount of forward leaning as your kick to the back. Make sure your knee does not lock when you extend your leg. Kick lower to the floor to decrease intensity or higher to increase intensity. Slow down or speed up depending on your fitness level.

    It is in the Exercise Library if you need visual.

    I got mine in today too!

    Hope your going strong in 2017 so far!
    109 days ago
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