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My weight gain came gradually. It took a photo for me to see reality.

I love exercise and doing new things. The Y has been my main place for exercise. While in my 20s I laughed exercise classes at the Y because they weren't intense enough. Now in my 50s, I push myself to keep up!

I have 4 children from teen to adult. I am putting my health first now instead of my kids, hubby or career. In the long run, I will have more energy to give.

Recently, I've started Nordic Walking because I like the inefficiency. That is, it burns more calories than regular walking. It helps my posture, triceps, chest and back along with improving my cardiovascular system and lower body.

I joined the Ohio Challenge 2010 series in the Walking and Weight Loss division. I will be walking (at least) five 5Ks this season.

Member Since: 11/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 18,756

My Goals:
Dance, laugh, walk & run with abandonment. I've been working way too hard on the wrong things. I will not put off enjoyment of life any longer!

My Program:
Track everything. YMCA cardio 60-90 minutes at least 4x per week -- includes elliptical, arc trainer, technogym wave, incline walking, and classes. Weight lifting at least 3x per week. Take at least 1 YMCA class per week mixing it up: Spinning, Cardio boxing, Zumba, Interval Blast, Yoga, Core strengthening.

Personal Information:
I am from Ohio. I disguise myself as a house. I was not heavy when I was young but it crept up on me by middle age. Ouch!!

Besides focused fitness activities, my hobbies include:



-downhill skiing


-ice skating

-horseback riding (Missouri foxtrotter)


Other Information:
I'm inspired by many individuals on SP.

Recent Books Read:

The Path by Laurie Beth Jones, The Courage to Start and No Need for Speed by John Bingham,
The Spark, Weight Loss Confidential by Anne Fletcher, Beck Diet Solution, Jillian Michaels, various workout books for weight lifting, The China Study

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    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog about Standing Still. So happy I was able to be an encouragement. I actually encouraged myself as I wrote it. It was a good exercise for me. Blessings on your journey.
    4170 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm proud of all of the exercise I'm doing. I'm playing Biggest Loser, by myself. No competition so I win every weigh But the show really motivates me to exercise. I do nothing like what they do on the show though. I mostly do aqua exercise and walking.

    I have a distorted body image myself. I think I'm much skinnier than I really am. lol. It's good that we have photographs to remind us.

    Good luck on your journey!

    4170 days ago
    you are absolutely most welcome! =D
    4173 days ago
  • v LEEPFROG95
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    No matter what we are all walking down the same road to a
    healthier life.....walking it with friends makes the road much easier......

    ~~~~~~~~light your QUICK FIRE everyday!!!~~~~~~~~
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    "Change is something you have to WANT... and you have to take
    ownership in making....... IT happen on your terms!!!!!"
    4176 days ago
  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    I've come too far now, I WILL NOT GIVE IN.

    emoticon for all your support along this Wonderful Journey to Healthy
    4177 days ago
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