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The change of the seasons is upon us and it is now time to slow down the hectic pace of summer and settle into the rhythms of Autumn. The changing leaves and cooler temperatures also issue in a whole new selection of fruits and veggies! Squash,pumpkins, sweet potatoes ,apples, grapes and pears are just a few of the Autumns bounty! Sweet, crisp apples and apple cider are my favorites! Those of you who walk for exercise are treated to the fabulous colors and the crisp air that come with the autumn days!

I have been here on SP now for 6 months! Things are going slowly for me and I have not lost as much as I wanted to by now, but I am still here! My new eating plan is second nature now and I am getting used to exercise again! I knew that this would take a long time and I am in it for the long haul!

Member Since: 3/25/2013

Fitness Minutes: 7,497

My Goals:
I am here because my doctor mentioned me losing weight. I haven't thought about weight loss in a while, and decided it was time.
I have various health issues, including a brain tumor, that limit my ability to exercise, so one of my pressing goals is to be able to do chair exercise. I am a bit weak at the moment and I need to build my stamina.

My Program:

This site is a major motivating factor for me right now!
I wanted to use Weight Watchers, since it really works for me, but I can't afford the fees right now. So I am following the diet plan provided here, and modifying the menus to fit what I like.
I do at least 30 minutes of indoor cycling every day,
I do various strength training routines.

Personal Information:
I am 50 years old (51 in June)
I am a nurse and a Medical Technologist, but I can no longer work due to my health. I use a mobilty scooter to get around, due to the dizziness that I always have.
I live in Baltimore, MD in a highrise for elderly and disabled people.
I am a jewelry designer and I love to quilt!

Other Information:
I spend my time quilting, making jewelry, reading, watching movies, and cooking. In good weather, I like to go out and ride around the town on my scooter. I am close to everything I need (stores,bank, doctors,etc.)

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    Thanks for stopping by my blog "Learning to Challenge Myself - More."

    I don't really feel like food is ruling my life - it is more like when you go to a restaurant and sit down. They give you a menu. That's what its like for me. I am intending to use it as a guide - and if on Monday I don't feel like eating chicken - then I will look at the other days and see what is on the menu. Then, I may change things around. The main thing - is that things are thought-out beforehand to help me juggle all those balls that keep being thrown at me!

    As for the energy - please - in the beginning I was lethargic and dragged myself. However, the more I am active - the more I crave activity! I used to sit at a desk all day long and I was even too lazy to go to the bathroom! However, now I stand all day or at least 98% of the day and decide to move while doing it. If I'm not doing that - I'm sitting on my exercise ball (our only seating in the school room and bounce little man and myself up and down.) If I have one of those lazy days come by - I will sit down. I'm okay with that, I promise!

    It's just something we have to take - one step at a time - and at some point - we actually like what we are doing.
    2361 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/29/2013 1:06:05 PM
    Thank you so much for your sweet and kind words...
    Hope you continue to feel better each and every day!
    2366 days ago
    Thanks for your blog comment! :) Brilliant idea about leaving my money at home next time I'm out at a tempting street fair. Eating before I go, too, would help so that I'm not actually hungry when I start smelling the fried things.
    2367 days ago
    Thank you for reading and leaving a comment on my blog
    2368 days ago
    Just wanted to thank you for being a friend . . .

    today and always.

    2373 days ago
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