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I've accomplished plenty in my life and am proud to be where I'm at. Not too long ago I was also proud of the fact that I was fit and a key motivator for several people in my work place to change their lifestyles to become more healthy.

After pounding the pavement hard and fast (I even ran a race 2 days after having a hysterectomy); my body started breaking down. I have arthritis up and down my spine and spurs in my joints.

I stopped running and my weight went up. I was eating healthy, but my metabolism had changed now that I wasn't running and menopause had kicked in full force after the surgery. I was frustrated.

In April, I signed up for Defined Fitness, hired a trainer who is helping me build my strength with specific focus on my core, as well as full body. I also swim with her, focusing on my techniques one day a week and I practice the other days, doing as many laps I can for 30 minutes and then work on technique for an hour - mainly trying to flip and turn without swallowing half the pool. I think I'm becoming addicted to chlorinated water, because now I'm snorting it instead of swallowing.

I hope by sharing my journey in a positive way, others will benefit by finding ways to overcome their own struggles.


Member Since: 10/21/2012

Fitness Minutes: 65,099

My Goals:
My goals are to tone up, weight down and build endurance. I also need to focus on getting more sleep, drinking more water, getting more protein in my diet and stretching.

My Program:
I'm currently working with a trainer; Building core strength and swimming and hiking

Personal Information:
I love the outdoors!

I live with 2 four-leggeds, a cat and dog.

I'm an avid photographer, musician and singer.

Always looking for ways to improve myself

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Go Forward With Courage

"When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.

So long as mists envelop you, be still;
be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
-- as it surely will.

Then act with courage."

- Ponca Chief White Eagle (1800's to 1914)

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  • v EDLEAR
    Good morning, raChelle! I hope that you are making inroads in the unpacking department. - Sometimes it takes me years to finish. -

    1832 days ago
  • v EDLEAR
    How is your back doing through all of this? Recovered from the injury I hope?

    1839 days ago
  • v EDLEAR
    Thank you so much for your caring and support.
    I suspect that when I feel I'm stuck in a rut it's more that I'm noticing my habits and routines, and disliking them.
    1848 days ago
  • v 1EVE4ME
    Hi!! What course are you taking? That sounds like fun. traveling next week on Wednesday - through Sunday... hoping your move goes well. I'll put my cell in a goodie to you and text me if you need support while we are both transitioning with moving, traveling life!!

    Take care,

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    1853 days ago
  • v EDLEAR
    Hmm, I've been afraid of the water for many years. I know that this is something that I should address, and maybe now I will. You are a motivation to me, (it's the picture of you, wet and SMILING that does it) thanks.
    1859 days ago
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