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Hi, I'm 43 and new here. My weight was pretty stable (between 135 and 45, which looks fine on me) most of my life. Then I dropped about 30 pounds during a depression a couple of years ago. I got through the depression, thank goodness, and I have far more empathy now for people who suffer with this their entire lives. Anyway, the 30 pounds came back, and they brought along 20 of their friends! So I trying to get back to me-sized. Though frankly, being a bit overweight beats the heck out of depression; I'd rather be happy than toned (but I'd prefer to be both).

Member Since: 4/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 9,995

My Goals:
I'm hoping to get back down to 135, though I'd be plenty happy with 145, especially if I can get my percentage of body fat down.
I want to get rid of the occasional pain I feel in my back (esp upper back) and knees.
I want to look good in clothes that I looked good in 2 years ago.

My Program:
I'm big into weight lifting (more compound exercises than what Spark lists on their pages) and have started swimming. I don't have a car so I get a lot of incidental exercise biking & walking (a minimum of 2 miles a day, ususally more).
I've been trying to eat mostly real food: veggies, whole grains, meat that's been broiled or braised. My biggest food challenge is a taste for beer & wine (empty calories, but oh so good)

Personal Information:
My real name is Jenny and I live in the Boston area. I think that's enough to put here.

Other Information:
Some quotes that work for me:

If you know exactly what you are going to do, what's the good in doing doing it? - Pablo Picasso

Laws of nature are not fiats. - Gilbert Ryle

Life is too short to drink small beer.

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    Did I mention OUCH?!! Well thanks for letting me steal some of your workout (I think I'll forgive you when I'm able to move again).
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    I love your comment about it 'you try to do everything perfect, you'll never do anything well.' WOW, I needed to hear that today. Thanks a bunch!
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