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When I started this journey in January 2009, my plan was to lose weight and get fit. I realize now there is so much more involved.

In the beginning, my success came in swings and roundabouts. Over time, I've realized how important it is to combine diet and exercise, change things up, and force myself out of my comfort zone.

This is no longer about weight, it is about becoming the best me I can be. It's about challenging all the "I can'ts" in my head and trying things I thought I could never do.

I still struggle with frustrations -- keeping up my exercise program when life gets in the way and realizing that eating too much, even if it's healthy food, leads to weight gain.

There are no quick fixes. This is a lifetime change and one that will take a lifetime to master. And, having gained back 50 pounds, I now realize I need to remain vigilant, no matter what.

Member Since: 4/28/2009

Fitness Minutes: 226,770

My Goals:
I want to live a healthy lifestyle and not use my weight as an excuse not to do things.

When I started this new lifestyle, I thought I had a good exercise routine. Now, I've learned the importance of constantly changing it around and shaking things up.

My Program:
My exercise routine has changed yet again, now that I have a home gym and a trainer, although that will be ending soon.

I have a strength program for every day, using different muscles, but working on strength all the time.

TO compensate for my back, I'm doing pilates daily plus about half and hour of core exercises. Then, there's the rowing machine and exercise bike.

When the weather warms, I hope to get outside on my bike.

Personal Information:
I live in Ithaca NY, where I lecture part-time at Cornell University. I am also a cross-cultural writer and researcher. I am working on a novel.

I live with 1 cat. My daughter is in England and my son is a wine maker in New Zealand.

I also am involved in my community.

Other Information:
I am a voracious reader, love tennis and make it a point to get to at least one tournament a year. Since I work from home as a writer, I spend way too much time sitting.

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  • v LPORTER2015
    Dear God, today I woke up, I am healthy, I am alive. Thank you! Often times we spend so much time talking about out problems. Break the habit and talk about your positive vibes in life, happiness, peace, and joy. Have a blessed and productive week ahead!
    45 days ago
    Hi Carrie,
    Glad to see you in the spotlight. I hope you are making progress on your book. What's it on? I think you wrote about meeting with your publisher a while ago but I've lost track of what the book is to be.

    Where in NZ is your son? We love NZ and have been several times as Chuck (husband) has lectured throughout the country on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and Fibromyalgia. He even did an NPR New Zealand program on this subject on our last visit last year.

    I hope your weather is improving so you can get back to your walking.

    Happy Trails...
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    66 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2018 3:42:06 PM
    Hope your Spotlight Day and this Emerald Gem season are going well for you, Carrie!
    73 days ago
  • v LOPEYP
    Enjoy your day in the spotlight. You deserve it! emoticon
    74 days ago
  • v LPORTER2015
    I hope you enjoy your day in the GEMS SPOTLIGHT! Keep shining for better health and fitness!
    75 days ago
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