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Linda Thomas - Fitness Citizen

I'm a 63 year old single mother of a wonderful and beautiful daughter who graduated from college in 2011, and moved out on her own in 2012. So I'm now an "empty nester".

Six years ago, I lost 47 lbs, through a combination of (at first) NutriSystem (used it for 4 months and then continued to use its structured model but with my own "real" food) and I followed a diligent (extremely strenuous) exercise plan with a trainer at the gym 5-6 days/wk. I felt just great, bought all new ...
I'm a 63 year old single mother of a wonderful and beautiful daughter who graduated from college in 2011, and moved out on her own in 2012. So I'm now an "empty nester".

Six years ago, I lost 47 lbs, through a combination of (at first) NutriSystem (used it for 4 months and then continued to use its structured model but with my own "real" food) and I followed a diligent (extremely strenuous) exercise plan with a trainer at the gym 5-6 days/wk. I felt just great, bought all new clothes and gave or threw away all my old "fat" clothes. But -- I tore both rotator cuffs in the process, had surgery on the right one, still need it at some point on the left one. And then...life threw me a series of turbulent "curve ball" events, and my fitness regimen fell by the wayside. My old habits/comforts resumed their dominance and I regained all the weight I'd lost, and then even a few pounds more - also losing, in the process, the ability to wear 95% of the wonderful wardrobe I'd bought in 2007 after my fitness triumph.

Then, in 2011, I discovered I'm in the 90th percentile for coronary artery calcification (plaque) for women my age. My father died at age 59 of a massive coronary, my mother had a pacemaker and died at 84 from complications of a stroke, both older sisters have high blood pressure & cholesterol, one has serious heart and ambulatory issues -- and so goes my DNA. My doctor prescribed medications for BP and Cholesterol, and both are under good control -- in fact, medication has been cut in half, but not eliminated entirely. But my weight had ballooned to 175, I was tired much of the time and plagued with an array of aches and pains that I recognized as largely weight-related (back, ankles, etc.).

TIME TO TAKE BACK CONTROL

I no longer belong to a gym, but I pretty much "own" one as when my daughter moved out, instead of keeping her room as a 'shrine to her childhood' (her words) or a guest bedroom that would be rarely used, I decided to turn her room into a home gym and stop using the treadmill as a clothes rack. I have more fitness tapes, equipment, tools etc. than anyone would know what to do with. I love resistance training (only restriction is no more military presses!) , and for cardio I had invested in a decent treadmill - low impact power walking only, no running as I can't take the stress on my joints.

I have looked at the Ornish (heart disease reversal) diet and, while I think it's probably more extreme than I could sustain (no oil no nuts no avocado ever in any quantity!). I dallied for a month with veganism year before last, but couldn't do without fish, though I have given up chicken; I gave up red meat around 8 years ago. So I'm a "pescatarian" - I eat fish and dairy. I try to limit processed foods and cook more from scratch, and to stick to as much of a plant-based diet as I can -- still, I eat a lot of salmon and a fair amount of shellfish. We shall see.

SparkPeople was a major resource for me in maintaining my daily nutrition and fitness program in the past - even though it was somewhat obsessive, as I did record my activities and diet in great detail on a daily basis. But it worked, and that's what I need to do in order to get back on track, hit my goals and maintain them. Belonging to a group or team and sharing stories and public declarations is also a big step and so sorry to have been so long-winded, but I wanted to reach out when I re-launched my fitness program by re-joining the community and sharing my story, goals and commitment so that I might offer and receive support toward the mutual goals of health, fitness and vitality!

I had a personal trainer who has agreed to come to my home gym and "spot me" once a month -- to make suggestions, check my form, accelerate my routines, etc. , but I no longer need him. I've lost 50 lbs since 3/23/13, when I got "back on the wagon", and I am determined to maintain my health, vitality, and endurance so I can age as gracefully as possible. Seems to be working - I am strong and no longer suffer from the "old lady" pains in knees, ankles, lower back, etc.

I reached my initial goal of 125# (intending to fluctuate between 125 and 130) only to decide I'd be more comfortable at five pounds less (120-125). Now that I've hit 118 I think that, for my height and frame, and further informed by the way my clothes fit, I will aim to fluctuate between 115 and 120, striving to stick closer to the lower number. Am hoping to be able to drop the last 3 pounds over the next 30 days.

Sparkpeople continues to be a Godsend!

Linda Thomas
Jan 26, 2014
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Member Since: 7/26/2007

SparkPoints: 27,532

Fitness Minutes: 21,364

My Goals:
To lose 3 more pounds - hovering right around 115 - 118 lbs; to continue working out religiously - cardio, strength and flexibility -- 3-5 times/wk.

My Program:
Cardio (treadmill power walking) 3-5 days/week

Resistance/stregnth training 2-3 days/week (alternating muscle groups)

Healthy lean diet of whole foods based on a mostly plant-based model, with healthy fish and low fat dairy, and also influenced by the principals of "SuperFoodsRx"



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Live in Maryland - raised in Detroit, having spent 15 yrs in NYC, 15 yrs in Southern CA, and 2 yrs in Brazil. Love "Arts, Letter & Politics". Work in hi-tech sales for the past 20 yrs; previously was a professional actor in theatre. Raised my daughter as a single mother - she's graduated from college, happy and in love, independent and wonderful at 24 years old. Have a dog, two cats, my "wild kingdom". Love reading, film, theatre, dance, art, gardening, travel. Politically and religiously progressive. Independent and resourceful. Have "rebuilt" my body three times over my lifetime -- once mostly using The Firm videos (the older, original ones) and The Firm tools.

Now can fit into ALL the (smallest) clothes in my closet, am while I just ended the first romantic relationship I've had in 20 years (since my divorce), I am grateful that it opened me up to the possibilities of romance and partnership. I am feeling strong, healthy, hopeful and grateful for my life.

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"Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. "

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