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Hi folks. I'm 53 and feel I need to lose only a few pounds. I'm one of the lucky ones. Good genetics. I've gotten away with eating as I please for all of my years but menopause has changed all that. So, what was easy for me is now not so easy. Little by sneaky little, my weight has increased and my energy level and positive mood has decreased. Sooo, before things get out of hand, I'm determined to meet Mother Nature head on and start a new chapter in my health and fitness. I feel so blessed to have discovered SP.

Member Since: 9/11/2009

My Goals:
1. To constantly be aware of everything I eat.
2. To lose 6 pounds by Jan. 18/10 for a Caribbean holiday.
3. To have more energy.
4. To be a good example to my kids.
5. To run 5k.

My Program:
Sparkpeople is my program!! I'm following the Nutrition and Fitness Tracker the most. I do a workout with weights 3 times per week, either at home or at the gym.
I've started a Learn to Run Program with the Running Room with the goal of running 5k.

Personal Information:
I live in Northwest Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and two dogs.
I have 2 awesome boys, 30 and 22 who are off on their own.
We live 1/2 hour out of town, in the "bush" so most of my activities are in the great outdoors. We are lucky to live on a beautiful lake.

Other Information:
My husband is often working out of town so I spend most of my time with Georgia, our 10 yr old Golden Retriever and Maggie, a 2 yr old, very busy Golden Doodle.
My favorite season here is winter, believe it or not!!! Since bears are sleeping then, I'm not concerned to be up in the bush so we walk the many, many trails that we've cut. We also walk the ice road, and we do alot of ice fishing.
My husband and I are "sled" addicts. "Sledding" is snowmachining for all you southerners! Ha!
I'm a heavy reader and I LOVE to quilt.

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    Hey Moosie,
    I just read your post about wanting to run and trying but not getting beyond the beginning stages. I'm a coach at the Running Room here in Newfoundland (which is a good ways from Ontario, but, hey, same country!) and would love to whisper some words of encouragement in your ear.

    First off, I'm willing to bet you're running too fast. Most of my new runners make this same mistake. Everyone is always gung-ho to get going and they don't realise that what they're missing is a sense of pace. You should be also to participate in a conversation while running. I don't mean you should be chattering up a storm, but you should be able to answer questions. If you can't, then you're going too fast.

    There is no right speed or wrong speed and, if you keep at it, you will get faster. That is almost a guarantee. You put in the time, your body will adapt.

    What you need to do now is get past that third or fourth week of the programme. I will tell you from experience, having both taken the programme and taught it, that the week of 3&1s (run three, walk one) is the hardest part of the whole darned thing. Seriously. If you can get past the 3&1 and 4&1 stage, your body makes that leap into being able to handle the 5,7, 8 and 10 & 1s.

    If you reach a week in which you feel you can't handle the runs, do what I did. Go back a week, but add an extra set or an extra few minutes somewhere. Instead of 5 x 3&1s, for instance, go back to 2 & 1s and add an extra couple of sets. Or, try doing mostly 2 & 1s with the second set being 3 & 1. Trick yourself into it.

    Do you have a running partner? Sometimes that can help. If you don't have a partner, drop in to the Running Room for their group runs on Wednesdays and Sundays. Anyone is welcome to run with whatever Learn to Run group is there. A tip: sometimes there's a For Women Only group and often there are slower runners towards the back of that group.

    You can do this. If I could, you can. I started at 210lbs and could barely shuffle. Now I'm training for half marathons.

    Let me know if you need any help!
    3132 days ago
    I have made that statement about looks being your weakest link in the chain of attributes in more then one blog. It was an AHA moment for me too...and I was at my physical peak when I thought of it.(smile) I guess it was a good thing I has kept me sane with my weight gain! Thank YOU so much for choosing THAt part of the blog to point out! Ya made me feel so good about writing it!

    3186 days ago
    Hi there! I'm glad you like my image. I googled "taurus" and clicked on images. It was maybe a page or two in there. Take care.
    3186 days ago