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Hi! I am 40 and trying to get back into shape. Horseback riding and getting back to running again have helped a lot! A lot of people think of riding as just sitting on the horse while he does all the work, but riding properly actually is quite strenuous exercise.

I've struggled with my weight for a lot of my life - since puberty anyhow. I was kind of skinny before the hormones hit... I ran track and cross country in HS which helped keep things under control, but the tendency to get chubby was still there & I gained weight between seasons most years. One of my coaches picked on my weight a lot (even though I was within the "normal" range for my height at the time, I still wasn't built like Paula Radcliffe, which seemed to be a problem for this guy!)

When I was in college I put on the freshman 15 and for years my weight hovered around 150-160, even though I walked miles and miles a day since I had no car. I wasn't eating very well & tended to do a lot of stress eating (and college & grad school are not exactly stress free...) - and kept going with those same patterns right into my post-school years... doing a lot of exercise but eating too much and too poorly to keep myself in really good condition.

In my mid-30s, I went from 183 (highest ever non-pregnant weight) to 153 for my sister's wedding - the thought of wearing a skinny-strap gown in public was motivation enough for that.

I maintained that until I got pregnant with DD a couple years later. I gained 40 lbs while pregnant. Now, more than 4 years post baby, I still haven't managed to get the last 10-15 lb. off, and I still had a little to lose before that, so here I am...

Member Since: 5/24/2007

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I would like to lose 20 lb., but more than that, I want to be healthy. Since diabetes runs in my family, exercising more is really a good goal for me.

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- Work on portion control
- Limit afternoon snacking (substitute a nap or walk for eating)
- Exercise 30 minutes a day
- Stretch more to increase flexibility and balance

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  • v DDOORN
    Thx for stopping by my blog...rode right by the 1st Friday festivities while chasing those hot air balloons...nice to see folks having such fun!

    2293 days ago
    Hi there! I saw on a post you made a while back that you had the Xbox Kinect. Do you still have/use it? If so, you should come check out our 'Kinect to Spark' team. We have regular challenges, updates, reviews, and right now we even have a challenge that will be giving the winner a copy of Dance Central 2. Come check us out!
    2299 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    Thx for stopping by my blog!

    Hope you've been enjoying your pedaling! :-)

    2343 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    Hoping you've been able to get ROLLIN'...! :-)

    Thx for the SparkGoodie! Ride report is up on my latest blog!

    2349 days ago
    Hi there! emoticon

    Thanks for reading my blog. I'm glad it brought you closer to making the decision to cycle to work. Eight miles is totally do-able!!!

    It really is a great way to get consistent exercise, and you save time because your exercise is part of something you have to do anyway (travel to work).

    I added you as a friend. Let me know how you go on with the decision to buy a bike and JUST DO IT! emoticon emoticon
    2357 days ago
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