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Gotta have a "really, really before" in the mix. Christmas 2005

Lifted from KALIGIRL's FB post, the closest snapshot to what I saw on Monday of any I've seen.

Swam in a "swim skin" for the non-wetsuit legal race. August 12, 2017.


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Maintenance: The Final Frontier! Heck with "Space"... unless you're talking about what one fills.

For newbies to this page... I was not always like this. It has been a long road getting here, with lots of hills and valleys. The "really, really before" picture is hidden in my photo gallery. Pictures are good reality checks for me, but I ran out of room and dumped some of the "in progress" progress photos to make room for recent athletic ones. I did keep the before January 2010 one that marked the beginning of maintenance, and you can see that in maintenance phase I've still become fitter.

Why "A little old lady in training"? "Little" because I have become small. "Old lady" because that is my goal, to live to a ripe old age. "In training" because that's how I intend to make that goal happen: by training my mind and body.

I stopped "drifting" downwards on the scale in July or August, 2010. I have become comfortable calling the 120's "home". I had found a comfortable way of eating healthy, a comfortable calorie range, and a training goal to keep fitness level alive. This is how I want to live the rest of my life.

Basic biographical: I am a 64 year old empty-nester. I've lost, regained, lost, regained, lost in cycles of years, across decades. I am more confident of maintenance than ever before in my life. If it takes the rest of my life to learn how to do this, I'll take that long, but I feel more confident with every passing year.

No single program or diet is the "final answer" for me: I'm a compulsive over-eater. The plan I choose to follow must be balanced nutrition and activity, because it truly is not about the number on the scale. It's about living LIFE, as fully and with as much vibrant health as I can. The end goal is to keep working at developing and maintaining healthy habits.

In the process, I'm living some dreams and checking off some bucket list items. Right now I'm on injured reserve, but it is my hope to get back to the athletics within the next year.

Member Since: 5/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 163,206

My Goals:
Stay on track, live consistently, be healthy. That means a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Nothing says you have to curl up in a ball just because you're past the half-century mark.

My Program:
The two pieces of my program when I started:

1) Reduce my intake of saturated fats, while eating a balanced diet with my favorite fruits and veggies prominent.

2) Keep moving at the rate of 30 minutes of walking almost every day, and two strength training days a week.

Since that time, I've started living some athletic dreams:
In 2011 I walked my first half marathon, with HOT4FITNESS.
In 2012, I completed my first Sprint distance triathlon.
In 2014, I completed my first Olympic distance triathlon.
In 2015 and 2016, I participated in the age group national triathlon, at the Olympic distance.
In short, my basic program morphed into training for "big" (to me) events, over time. It takes modification of both nutrition and activity to do this, but it makes me feel alive.

Personal Information:
Obviously, from my groups, you might infer I'm from Nebraska. You would be right. I grew up around here, moved away while my son was young, and moved back when he was a teenager. Love it here, it's home.

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As of November 20, 2016, I am STILL an active Sparker, and it is my intent to continue this for as long as God grants, to offer encouragement to others, as well as to remember why I did this, and why it remains a priority for me. Never forget your roots, but do NOT stop at the goal line, either!

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  • v SWEDE_SU
    believe it or not, i trained claire to be "good photo dog" - the first time, i put her leash on the ground while i was taking photos of something else. my foot was on the leash. when i was done, she got a treat for being a "good photo dog". that time i had her on the leash most of the walk, so it happened each time. the next time she was off leash and saw me take the camera out, she came and sat next to me - and waited patiently for her treat! and then when i pointed the camera at her and told her to wait/stay - she did, and posed! and that's basically what happened. pelle knew that as soon as the camera came out and pointed at him he was supposed to stand there, though he had a habit (as does claire!) of standing or sitting nice and still, and looking the other way! so we patiently wait until he/she looked/looks at us to get the photo! that's border collies for you.... good photo dog!
    6 days ago
    This was my response to LESLIELENORE's comment:

    I haven't felt the need to go back to therapy. But I may reconsider depending on where the Crazy Monkey Brain path goes. It was monumental for me to write that this morning. I didn't even realize what I was thinking until I put it down today. Isn't it funny how our thoughts don't always have words? Those are probably the most damaging ones. We haven't quite pulled them out into conscious thought. God almighty - I can only imagine what else is lurking in the dark recesses of my mind.
    7 days ago
    IN every moment you get the choice to be inspirational. Or not. In every moment you get the choice to be your most remarkable self. Or not. In every moment you get the choice to listen to your heart. Or not. Bri Seeley
    7 days ago
  • v LDYHAZ
    Yes the country life is wonderful..As my grandchildren found out it is a lot of work. For example.. First couple of days they were fighting over who helped grandma with watering the plants. Last couple of days they considered it boring work and wanted to watch to. Same with their parents.. They really LOVE the Idea of farm life. The house is so nice and quite now. Love for them to come visit and love to see them leave :)
    7 days ago
    The only difference between CAN and CAN’T is our belief of what’s possible. Gail Lynne Goodwin
    8 days ago
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