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

presenting my favorite finish line photo from the 2017 running of the Lincoln Half Marathon: looking at the watch, "did I beat the time?" Constance the competitor lives.

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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: 154,256

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.

Other Information:
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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    I do love making my trainer grin. She reminded me yesterday that she's going to run the 5k with me in November. Yeah. We're definitely having fun. emoticon

    I get big grins from other gym staff too. The lead trainer and my trainer actually dragged me into a studio session with them last Wednesday following my session with Kendall. It was called Treat to Train. It was good! I'd like to catch more of those. The instructor showed us how to release muscle tension around the knee using various sized balls. I think they were yoga balls?

    I'm learning a lot from the gym trainers. They've been great!

    ... oh yeah ... something funny happened today. I was addressed by a customer at the local coffee shop as a marathon runner. I quickly corrected him. But, I thought it was interesting that he thinks of me as "the marathon runner".

    10 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2017 11:32:53 PM
    emoticon for the nice comment on my blog this morning about taking care of ourselves and finding balance.
    Like you, my bag is packed and I will go to recess.... emoticon
    11 days ago
    *♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥
    Never allow the size of your dreams to be limited by what someone else thinks is possible. Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    11 days ago
    Nope ... didn't realize that a challenge by HOT4FITNESS got you into your first half marathon.


    Make sure BJ spots you. I'm going to let Kendall know that I want her to spot me ... or one of the guys ... Noel is really tall ... he'd likely make a great spotter for me ... and I think they'll all get into it ... they appreciate my playfulness. I don't want my head hitting the ground either!
    12 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/14/2017 3:40:00 PM

    But getting enough strength to again do a cartwheel...? That's the quirky kind of goal that could just push a gal to her trainer and say, "Kendall, I want to be able to do cartwheels again. Can you help?"

    You're hilarious!!! Can you read my mind?! That's EXACTLY what I am going to do today and was thinking about having DH take a photo WHEN I do!!!

    Now, wouldn't this be grand ... a photo of me and Marsha (SLENDERELLA61) doing cartwheels together? Care to join us???
    12 days ago
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