At the beginning of the other half of my life, I am making an effort that this body will be fit enough to carry me a long way - I intend to be skiing into my 90's
Although I was introduced to SparkPeople in 2010, and lost some weight, I didn't really begin to take my health seriously until Jan 2011. I don't know what was different. Maybe my 5-year anniversary of being Smoke-Free, and I wanted to get rid of the "evidence" - the thirty pounds I had gained on top of the fifteen pounds I already needed to lose. And, paying attention to such media figures as Dr. Oz, and Ellie Krieger, I knew I was a prime candidate for developing diabetes and/or heart problems. I am a registered nurse - I know better!!
I am currently keeping my calories down to about 1200/day (I figured out I need 1700 calories/day to maintain my weight; I wanted to lose 1 lb/week through diet, so I trimmed off 500 cal/day = 3500 cal/week = 1 lb of fat). I keep a somewhat balanced diet, but I try to limit carbs and fat, while making sure I get enough protein. I aim for 100 gm protein daily.
I run 3 times a week, and play wii games (boxing, tennis, and Jillian Michaels) in between. I take one day off, Sunday, from physical exercise.
I am from the beautiful farmland of Chester Co, Pa, south of Coatesville. I am lucky enough to be able to go outside to run
on most running days.
I am married to a wonderful man, and have 4 grown children and 2 lovely grandchildren. I am so happy that my health will enable me to enjoy my family for many years to come.
I am also a full-time student, working on my Master's degree.
I work on weekends, to support my habits: spoiling grandchildren, attending college, gardening, and skiing!
"Though we take things the way we find them, we can always leave things better", Emily Bissell, founder of what is now the American Lung Association
Secrets of Success
| current weight: 157.6
Thanks for your note to me! I started running in September and was too chicken to go outside, then the weather got bad over the winter and I thought it was way to cold to go outside.... I was always finding excuses, I was too self conscious. I'm just glad I got that first time over and that it was a success to me.
I borrowed that quote from another Spark friend HALFFAST. I loved it and I'm glad you do too!
Have a great weekend,
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