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at 147 lbs in June in Lincoln Square

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Now that I've hit my 40s, my old fitness routines and eating habits require some fine-tuning. I'm healthy and have good cholesterol levels but now that I'm in Chicago I've taken a little too much advantage of the great restaurants nearby. I am working toward the surety of what I eat by using my own kitchen, cooking ahead if necessary for packed lunches and dinners, and using the Nutrition Tracker more religiously. Plus, throughout the seasons, my goal is to use nearby Grant Park and the lakefront for fresh air fitness.

Favorite Quotes:
"Most folks are just as happy as they make up their minds to be".
~ Abraham Lincoln

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it."
~ Goethe

"The most important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become."
~ Charles DuBois

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
~ Frederick Douglass

"It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles."
~ Washington Irving

"Remember this: very little is needed to make a happy life."
~ Marcus Aurelius

"Eat like you give a damn."
~ Coach_Nicole's SparkPage album (!)

Member Since: 12/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,352

My Goals:
1. Lose 17 pounds.
2. Re-enact a regular fitness program 3x-4x week (45 minutes each)
3. Increase protein intake by eating more meat and studying what other types of food offer high protein
4. For brain fitness, I will read some fiction each day, and study my old German courses 20 min a day.

My Program:
Nutrition Tracker and Regular Exercise.

Any food or beverage I use will be honestly tracked. This is fascinating! I have previously thought of food as fuel, in times that I've been proactive in fitness and this Tracker is helping me attain that mindset again, but with an understanding of healthy ways to look at food as 'fun.'

** Knowing what my food is comprised of is easier, and enjoyable at the same time, thanks to this tracker.

I'm getting started with a personal trainer every 2 weeks. I've studied form through 10 years of gym memberships and Pilates training, but I would like new ideas to vary workouts and minimize risk of boredom. Also, my Chicago gym's equipment is different than what I used in Denver.

Cardio daily, alternating muscle groups after that cardio.

Incorporate Pilates again. I adore it. The feeling you leave with after each session is that your body is a work of art.

Personal Information:
I live in Old Town and am a graduate of Saint Mary's College at Notre Dame.

Other Information:
I am educating myself on my food selection methodology to date, which has previously been healthy, but now my gravitation toward carbs must be moderated due to slower natural metabolism (aging!).

I want to enjoy the youth of my body and good health by carefully maintaining it, and thereby enjoying the aging process more fully.

I have two beautiful dogs. They get me out 3x a day minimally, even in winter!

We love Lincoln Park and the lakefront. This spring I'd like to get a bike to ride along the beautiful park and lakefront paths.

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    2471 days ago
  • v PAMANN247
    I can really relate to your comment about overeating items at night that you don't even like. I do the very same thing, or at least I realize it in hindsight that I have. I try to stay mindful when eating of how much I'm enjoying foods while I'm eating and if I'm not enjoying it I stop or throw it away. I find this especially useful at work where others have either brought food in or samples are out. Why is it easier to throw away food you haven't purchased yourself?
    *shrugs* No idea, but I remind myself it is a waste of my calories to eat things I don't like or enjoy. emoticon
    3378 days ago
  • v TRYINGHARD1948
    thank you for your support. Hubby now on Hormone treatment so something is being done. I am feeling much better, no more pain in my side, but have to be patient not to do too much. emoticon
    3382 days ago
  • v AQUAGIRL08
    I love the fact that you already were eating healthy but are trying to make your lifestyle even healthier! I am doing the same thing. Just the sweets and carbs needed tweeking. Happy New Year!

    3400 days ago
    Thank you for your comments sent to my SparkMail! I appreciate it! Welcome to SparkPeople and the SPClass team... I am slowly but surely getting to "meet" everyone on the team. What do you think of SP so far? I hope you end up loving it as much as I do! This place never stops amazing me...

    I checked out your page and I look forward to seeing you work towards your goals! I am glad you joined the team!

    Jennifer :)
    3419 days ago