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A cluster of Calypso Orchids in Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Copeland Falls on the St. Vrain River

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July Wildflowers.


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I've made big changes. Moved to 7500 ft
elevation among ponderosa pines and douglas
firs. Surrounded by natural beauty, I need to
improve my stamina and strength to be able to
get out and enjoy it for the rest of my life.

Member Since: 6/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 355

My Goals:
My Goals:
1. Lose LOTS of weight, but there is no hurry- I just need to be the turtle.

2. Gain muscle and stamina. I've acclimated well, moving from sea level to over 7,000 ft. I can walk up stairs or a hill without huffing and puffing. Now I need to increase my speed and distance without injuring my joints or muscles.

My Program:
I'm following Weight Watchers online and have just hit my first 10% goal. I have about 3 more 10 %'s to go. But hey, 1 down!

I exercise by walking my dogs around the lake, weekly hikes, and using the treadmill. My daughter and I are riding our bikes every weekend for about 16 miles. I 'm still no bathing beauty, but I've lost enough to feel like I won't offend anyone who see's me wearing a bathing suit, I am occasionally doing a deep water exercise class that kicks my butt!

Personal Information:
I've lived in Texas, Indiana, Venezuela, and California. After my parents passed away, my husband and I joined our daughter and son in Colorado. We have spent our 39 years of marriage planning for this move. We live 5 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park and I want to be physically able to enjoy my surroundings.

Other Information:
I'm a teacher. I enjoy arts and crafts, including photography, basketry, knitting, and sketching. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside in the fresh air, listening to the sound of the wind blowing through the treetops.

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    Just stopped by to see how you are doing...Hope you are having a great OP weekend!
    4876 days ago
  • v SASSY2731
    Wow!!! Looks like you are doing very GOOD!!! Better than myself. Hang in there and keep up the good work.

    4929 days ago
  • v no profile image COREYLOVE
    Ha! Maybe I'M CHEATING! I am considering my 10% goals as 10% of the weight I want to lose. So, 10% of 100 lbs is 10 lbs. If I did 10% of my weight that would be 23 lbs. Much better (and rewarding) for me to consider how much I want to lose, and chop it up into 10 pieces. Just like a pizza. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do I lose weight? One lbs at a time, one 10% of 100 lbs at a time! So, maybe I'm not thinking of it quite the way others here do, but I am loving it anyway!

    4944 days ago
  • v no profile image LEEBRADT
    Thanks for your comment on my page. It looks like you are doing well. How long have you been with the Sparkpeople? I had lost 28 lbs with Bob Greene's Best Life Diet but got unhappy with the vegetarian meals. They were few and far between.
    4946 days ago
  • v no profile image BLONDIE313
    Thanks for the comments Brenda..I am in Colorado also:) The only thing I know about the flab to fit thing is high reps, low weight and eventually it will start to tone.:) I am working thru my flabby stuff right now but I know it will take a while. If you make strength training a weekly thing at least hree days a week it will start to pay off. Congrats on your loss and getting under 200...I met anotheron lady on spark who started off in the mid 200s who is a beautiful 180 right now so with patience and dedication it of luck to you.:)
    4946 days ago
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