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After turning 50 a couple of years ago, I decided to make this journey more about ongoing health than specifically losing weight (although that will be part of it for me). I've been through the "diet" thing so many times (and started over so many times) that something new -- finding a lifestyle (not just a diet) that will work for me -- makes sense. Life is too short not to enjoy it, but I'd also like to be around for a while to do so!

Fast forward to now: as so often happens, I had some good success with SparkPeople, but I let myself get "too busy," also known as "distracted" (squirrel!). I had a knee injury a few months back that was a bit of a wake-up call. I had gained back the original weight and then some, my strength and endurance are nowhere near what they were, and I know I am at risk for further injury if I don't get myself moving (plus, it turns out I have a fair amount of arthritis in some of my joints).

So, here I am again. I know this gets more difficult as we get older, so I'm tackling this now. To a new (re)start as of 8/18/12!

Member Since: 1/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 8,368

My Goals:
To not only lose some weight (at least 50 pounds, but 75 would make me even happier), but learn to LIVE a healthy lifestyle so I can keep it off!

My Program:
Joined SparkPeople on 1/12/10; working through "The Spark." Started C25K on 1/27/10.
Re-starting SP on 8/18/12.

Personal Information:
I live in southeastern Missouri, but I was born in Alabama and grew up in New Orleans. I'm a classical musician (a singer), and my health goals will also enrich my performing and teaching.

Other Information:
I've fairly recently rekindled my love of bicycling. I also enjoy hiking in the mountains with friends, reading, and sharing good times with friends.

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    Good morning, Dr. Jones! I just wanted to give you an updated comment on your page and say thanks for the kind words on my blogs. Teaching definitely threw a wrench in my healthy lifestyle plans...well I guess I let myself throw the wrench in there...whatever, I know I can make it better.

    I read about all of your Australia plans on Facebook! HOW EXCITING! Hope that the summer is treating you well, otherwise.

    2276 days ago
  • v CAROLYN0107
    emoticon Welcome to the Slowest Loser's Team. It is good to have you. Please introduce yourself in the Intro forum. Join any of the message threads that interest you or else start your own. I just posted a new Feb 15-19th challenge so please considering joining in on this.
    Best wishes on you meeting your goals to better health!

    Co-Leader- Slowest Loser's Team
    3106 days ago
    Welcome to The Slowest Loser team! Best of luck to you!

    3106 days ago
    Hey there Dr. Jones! Was just wondering how you were doing, and if you are still hanging out on Sparkpeople :-) Hope that your summer is treating you well!!!
    3356 days ago
  • v EWATER
    Thanks for all your lovely comments to my page and blogs. And Congratulations on reaching that 10-pound milestone! I reached 13 but have been wavering between 10-13 the past 2 weeks. Like your blog, I find it a big challenge to get in my exercise time when the weather is nasty. . . like this weekend. I badly need some exercise videos for those days. Just has not been a priority on my shoestring budget. I find for women especially the scale just does not tell the whole picture (hormonal cycles, water retention, etc.), but just to keep plugging away even in the plateaus is what's important in the long run. emoticon
    3424 days ago
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