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My new hobby - growing orchids in trees at our condo building. First year they re-bloomed. Awesome!

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is down over 50 pounds! Yikes!! So excited!

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I'm doing this for me. For my health, to have more fun with sports, to feel better and look great. It's a lifestyle change and I'm ready. I'm just going to be me.

I need to lose weight for the long term. I've had 2 hip replacements - one 16 years ago and one 4 years ago. I want to stay strong, fit and healthy for me and my awesome hips! I'm motivated and determined that I will succeed.

I need to get to my goal weight and I need to do much better at maintenance. Spark is great for keeping me self aware.

Member Since: 3/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 55,810

My Goals:
* Lose 20 pounds to get back to my 2017 goal weight.
* Walk daily - 3-10 miles at a time
* Eat healthy - most of all be in control
* Enjoy each day - savor everything I do and just enjoy.
* Keep with a daily exercise programs - especially strength training!
* Keep life in balance. Learn not to use food when stressed.

2019 Goals list
* Go on another hiking trip to national park or likes with elevation hiking. Jun 2019 Shenandoah Nt Park
* Do 5 real push ups on the floor - this is a hard one. been trying - I need to work harder.
* Strengthen my left leg - really imbalanced now.

My Program:
Nutrition plan:
Balanced meals(mostly fish/chicken for protein); Veggies; Carbs; Cook in most days; try to limit restaurant eating;
(new) work hard at choosing well at restaurants. skip the bread & appetizers!
Be mindful of social drinking - 2x week max. (This is a tough one!)
!!!TRACK!! all foods eaten - EVERY DAY. Eat 5-7 veggies/fruits a day.
Minimize use of processed food - use sparingly, if at all.

Lose weight:
Jan 5 2019- Fresh start
Feb 9 2018 - lose 8 pounds.
Mar 9 2018 - lose 16 pounds total.
Apr 9 2018 - lose 24 pounds total (GOAL!!!)

* Walk 15K steps a day
* Weight training 3x a week.
* Tennis 3-4x weeks
* Aerobic - 3x weeks.

Personal Information:
I'm 63, 5'9" and a retired. Married 39 years. No kids.

Other Information:
Stress is a hard one for me when I'm stressed - i want to get off my routine & eat randomly - in when I'm not hungry. When I'm not stressed - I love routine and do ok(generally). Find an alternative to food at stressful times.
I love sports - tennis, walking/hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, kayaking
I like reading, scrabble., cribbage, bridge, cooking, sunsets and wine.
I love to travel - especially to seaside areas and national parks.

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