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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: 226,845

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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    Enjoy your day in the spotlight, Carrie! All the best for you... don't ever give up in your journey to reach your goals, dear! Hugs!!
    76 days ago
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    The Mini on your page made me smile. It is lots smarter than the orange one my hubby had when we met. He traded it for a more family friendly vehicle when our children came along, but we have some fun memories of zipping around the English country lanes in it.
    Wishing you success and focus on your journey through healthy living. Shine on with the Gems.
    77 days ago
    Hi Carrie, emoticon
    Stopping by to say "Hi" and hoping you are recovering well. Miss your chats on the team page.

    What is happening on your end? I am preparing for a trip to Auburn Univ where my husband will speak on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Fibromyalgia and present a showing of the film "Unrest" that won a Sundance Film Award. It was made by a pt. who was struck down with this disease and her battle to get help in treating it. I've only seen parts of it but what I did see was quite moving. Hopefully the film will help educate both public at large and the medical community. We'll spend a couple of days with some old college friends in Atlanta as we wend our way to Auburn. So a nice combination of work and fun.

    I am training for the Senior Games in swimming. I still haven't gotten the 100 meters where I can count on making it through. Here's hoping over the next month I'll achieve that. At least it's great exercise and I'm still able to do it despite a pinched nerve.

    I hope you don't get any more snow but believe there's another storm heading through the north this week. We're blessed with high 70s and sunshine with spring flowers all blooming.

    Have a great week!
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    81 days ago
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    Happy Easter! Believe in yourself. Seek to be whole, not perfect. Follow your passion; it will lead you to your purpose. Remember, to leave a little sparkle wherever you go and enjoy your day with family and friends!
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    82 days ago
    Today is a Good Day! Make sure you have a exceptional day! You are in control of the Wheel. Spend time with friends and family and fur babies. Pray... For everyone. As time marches on-so doesn't health.. make sure to appreciate, be grateful and take advantage of what you've got while you've got it! Sparkhugs, Jen
    85 days ago
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