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I am a work in progress

I'm a midlife wife, mother, RN, who likes to stay active and wants to keep it that way for the rest of my life. Have been overweight for 25+ years. I love dogs, I have a five year old Bichon Frise named Linus who likes to walk/run then plop down until I carry him.

9/8/15- Recently had surgery removing my thyroid and 2 parathyroids due to autoimmune disease making them overactive. Now trying to adjust to thyroid replacement medication. Looking for "just the right dose".

1/10/17 -
My husband is supportive and joins me in diet/exercising. I bought him a Garmin activity tracker for his birthday this past summer and he has lost 48 pounds using it along with tracking food on my fitness pal. He is now on maintenance and inspiring me to track my food once again!
My 28 yr old daughter lives and works nearby and joins us in our walks and developing a healthy lifestyle.

My 23 year old daughter is living an hour away at college. She is a vegetarian but has a pretty bad college dorm junk food habit. She finds time to exercise to maintain a healthy body weight but I have been lecturing her on healthy nutrition. She is a computer engineering student so it is hard to get through to her- LOL She graduates in June and I am hoping that once she settles into a job we can discuss healthy eating habits!!

Member Since: 8/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 63,978

My Goals:
**( April. 2017- Goal for the 5% Spring challenge is to lose 10.2 pounds in 8 weeks. The Challenge starts April 8th)**

1) To lose at least 1 pound each week

2) To stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.

3) To set a good example for my family and loved ones.

4) To encourage my family and loved ones in their own goals and to help them along the way.

5) To lose weight while maintaining lean body mass (i.e. muscle and bone density)

6) This is the most important Goal for me right now: To monitor my TSH, T4, Calcium and parathyroid hormone levels. Maintain the proper dose of medication so that I have energy and a clear head.

My Program:
I have to make it simple. My life is too complex already.

1)Stay within calorie range.

2)Walk with my dog two to three miles a day when weather permits.

3)Exercise on elliptical or bike 3-4 times per week.

4) try to strength train with light weights.

Positive thoughts each day to reinforce healthy habits.

**( My Program for the 5% Spring Challenge: Walking- 3 miles of intentional walking 5 days a week; 3 hours of cardio on elliptical or bike each week; 15-20 mins of slow to moderate rowing on new rowing machine 3 times a week; Strength Training twice a week; PT stretches for shoulders every day. )**

Personal Information:
Nature inspires me.

Other Information:
I love hiking, biking, kayaking or just getting outside to walk in the park.

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    Hi Harriet, I just wanted to stop by and say "Hello." I hope you are doing well today. The weather here is sunny, but cool, so a perfect day. I hope you have a nice Easter! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    12 days ago
  • v KAYMOM
    thanks for the goodie! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!
    13 days ago
  • v CFODEL
    Hello! Saw your post on the Spring 5% introductions page. I love your little furry guy! I may have to borrow friend's dogs to help my walking. Here's to a great spring of being healthier!
    41 days ago
  • v COOLMAMA11
    Harriet, I just received your goodie, thanks for the kind words, yes this has been a tough year for me..still reeling over my sons death, Mom was 97 and suffering, so it was almost a relief she didn't have to suffer anymore and was finally at peace...but I do miss her terribly! Just everything all happened in a few months. emoticon
    56 days ago
  • v LOIS_1950
    Congrats on another GREAT week! emoticon emoticon I'm SO PROUD of you! Give yourself a pat on the back emoticon emoticon You deserve it!

    On to week 6....Out of sight...out of mind LTGL challenge. Best not to bring those red light foods into the house. Remember to drink emoticon to curb any rumblings in the tummy...LOL.

    Best of luck as you continue on your healthy lifestyle journey. You will be so glad you did it!
    Have a great week......Go Firecrackers! emoticon

    64 days ago
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