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At the beginning of the other half of my life, I am making an effort that this body will be fit enough to carry me a long way - I intend to be skiing into my 90's

Member Since: 1/5/2010

Fitness Minutes: 9,148

My Goals:
Although I was introduced to SparkPeople in 2010, and lost some weight, I didn't really begin to take my health seriously until Jan 2011. I don't know what was different. Maybe my 5-year anniversary of being Smoke-Free, and I wanted to get rid of the "evidence" - the thirty pounds I had gained on top of the fifteen pounds I already needed to lose. And, paying attention to such media figures as Dr. Oz, and Ellie Krieger, I knew I was a prime candidate for developing diabetes and/or heart problems. I am a registered nurse - I know better!!

My Program:
I am currently keeping my calories down to about 1200/day (I figured out I need 1700 calories/day to maintain my weight; I wanted to lose 1 lb/week through diet, so I trimmed off 500 cal/day = 3500 cal/week = 1 lb of fat). I keep a somewhat balanced diet, but I try to limit carbs and fat, while making sure I get enough protein. I aim for 100 gm protein daily.
I run 3 times a week, and play wii games (boxing, tennis, and Jillian Michaels) in between. I take one day off, Sunday, from physical exercise.

Personal Information:
I am from the beautiful farmland of Chester Co, Pa, south of Coatesville. I am lucky enough to be able to go outside to run
on most running days.
I am married to a wonderful man, and have 4 grown children and 2 lovely grandchildren. I am so happy that my health will enable me to enjoy my family for many years to come.
I am also a full-time student, working on my Master's degree.
I work on weekends, to support my habits: spoiling grandchildren, attending college, gardening, and skiing!

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"Though we take things the way we find them, we can always leave things better", Emily Bissell, founder of what is now the American Lung Association

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    Good Morning!

    Thanks for your note to me! I started running in September and was too chicken to go outside, then the weather got bad over the winter and I thought it was way to cold to go outside.... I was always finding excuses, I was too self conscious. I'm just glad I got that first time over and that it was a success to me.

    I borrowed that quote from another Spark friend HALFFAST. I loved it and I'm glad you do too!

    Have a great weekend,
    2630 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/8/2011 9:58:07 AM