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Linda's Incredible Journey

My life has changed so much over the past two years and I have really learned to see it as an amazing journey with endless roads to explore. I started working on getting fit in July 2009 after getting on thyroid medication and starting to feel a little better than I had been. My mother had also passed away 2 months before from a lot of problems that were related to her weight. I had done a lot of caregiving for her the last several years of her life. When she was gone I had two reasons to ...
My life has changed so much over the past two years and I have really learned to see it as an amazing journey with endless roads to explore. I started working on getting fit in July 2009 after getting on thyroid medication and starting to feel a little better than I had been. My mother had also passed away 2 months before from a lot of problems that were related to her weight. I had done a lot of caregiving for her the last several years of her life. When she was gone I had two reasons to start working on myself. After trying to balance work, other family commitments, and taking care of her I finally had the time to work on myself. And I didn't want to go through the things she went through from diabetes, heart failure, some loss of eyesight due to diabetes, and severe osteoporosis that left her back very twisted and painful. I have lost 65 lbs and try to eat healthy and do exercise. I have 5 grown children and 12 grandchildren. I've been overweight most of my life and weighed 240 in high school. Starting this healthier journey in July I weighed 225. I've lost some weight numerous times in the past but always gained it back quickly. Now it's been over a year and I've not gone back to my old ways. I still want to lose another 20-30 lbs, and it's slow going now, but this is the longest I've ever been able to keep off the weight. I know that the main reason is because I have so much support here on SparkPeople that I never had before. The people and the tools are invaluable to me.
My favorite form of exercise is hiking. I like living in Southwest NM because there are so many days year-round that it can be done and so many places to do it.
recently I added running to my new list of physical activities I like. I've never been a runner before in my life but now am loving it and signing up for races to keep me motivated and compete against myself rather than the other runners. I've done a few 5ks, a 10k. a half marathon, and a 15 mile course at the annual Bataan Death March Memorial at White Sands Missile Range. I can't run all those yet but I walk them fast when I can't run. My goal is to be able to run the whole things.
I've found on this journey that other things in my life have changed and I'm trying new and different things and it's exciting. As you can see from my pics, one thing I did was go from a blond to a redhead LOL! Something I never would have done before but I love it. I'm thinking about lifetime dreams and goals to do different things and actually believing that the possibilities are endless and I'm not limited to a very small little world like I always felt I was before. Dare to dream and go after things you never thought possible before! You'll be surprised at what you can do.
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Member Since: 11/8/2009

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My Goals:
My goal is to get down to 140 to 150 lbs. I have never been that small in my teen or adult life Passed that mark sometime in junior high I think,. I said 140 but my doctor says 150. I'll see after I get to 150 how I feel and what I can live with.
My other goal is to be a runner, which I've also never been. I'm making progress on that!

My Program:
I drink lots of water every day, at leat 64 oz and often a little more. I go to the gym and do the treamill or the bike. My very favorite form of exercise is hiking, and there are lots of places to do that around here when weather permits. I m back to doing a little running too although I didn't all summer and now I'm trying to build it back up again.I've really come to love exercise (surprise suprise) and miss it terribly when I can't do it for some reason.

Personal Information:
My name is Linda, and I'm originally from Denver Colorado but have lived in Silver City New Mexico in the southern part of the state since 1969. I have 5 grown kids and 12 grandkids.

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My most recent passion has become running. Who would have thought at at 56 I would become a running fool! I have decided to train for a half marathon near me in December 2011.
I also love reading mysteries and watching documentaries about various people including athletes.

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4/8/2014 4:06:02 AM

emoticon MOTIVATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. emoticon

M- MAKE SHORT TERM GOALS
O- OUT WITH THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
T- THINK OF WHY YOU WANT THIS
I- IMAGINE HOW YOU WILL FEEL
V- VISUALIZE HOW YOU WILL LOOK
A- ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SUCCESSES
T- TREAT YOURSELF WITH RESPECT
I- INVESTIGATE NEW IDEAS AND FOODS
O- OBSERVE YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
N- NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER GIVE IN

emoticon Hope you are able to get out and enjoy some sunshine this week! I didn't know Mickey died until I read it here on your page.
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DESERTDREAMERS
4/8/2014 12:34:24 AM

Thanks for the comments on my blogs recently. I think I actually watched one episode of the Dukes of Hazzard - not even sure what was going on since I didn't know the premise (except they "flew" the car in every episode, and went thru a lot of real cars doing so)



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SWDESERTLOVER
4/6/2014 12:37:17 PM

Hi Linda. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. Feeling a little better each day, and the warming temps are making it a little easier also. I'm ready to get back out hiking and to get my kayak back on a river.

I'm so sorry to hear that you've had your own struggles. Major changes in our lives can certainly bring about depression, but I'm glad to hear that you're getting back on track also. Sometimes it does help to just have someone to talk to, and I think I forgot that and pulled back from those who were really available and willing to listen. Now it's time to get moving and look toward the future.

I'm glad the rain has stopped there and hope you can enjoy the remainder of your weekend. Back to work tonight for me and then two days off. Yay!

Thanks again for being such a supportive friend.

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