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FALL 5% 2019 Exercise Commitment

10,000 steps (minimum) per day, 7 days a week
Circuit Training 40 minutes 3-4x per week (planks, elliptical, weights, kettle bells)

Maintaining my weight loss of 80 lbs for SIX years now, I've learned so much about nutrition and fitness. Notice I will not use the word diet. It's not about deprivation, but about portion control and finding what works for each of us. My only regret is that I wasn't more serious about getting healthy years ago. I've learned that losing weight takes work and commitment, and I am doing this so that I can play more, climb stairs without being out of breath, and even have my picture taken without being totally self-conscious. Life is too short so I am going to grab it by the ears and have fun laughing in its face.

I've been comfortably married for 30 years and my husband has stood by me literally through thin and thick. I just turned 55, and I feel strong and fit and have a passion for cooking real food - veggies, healthy proteins, nothing processed; DH and I exercise daily together, (mentally) track everything we eat and make healthy eating choices. We made a big move out of state, I retired after 29 years in the classroom, and we have many new adventures ahead of us. I've found that SparkPeople is a very comforting place to be.

Member Since: 1/30/2012

Fitness Minutes: 162,792

My Goals:
Strength Training at home 3-4 days per week/40 minutes per session.

Cardio (elliptical and walking) Mon-Saturday as part of circuit training.

Overall, I want to get in at least 10K steps 7 days a week.

*I do not follow any prescribed diet - but rather count my calories, eliminate as much sugar and breads as I can on a daily basis, and try to get in 5 fruits and veggies at least 6 days a week.

I weigh in every Friday.

Other personal goals:
* Maintain within 5 lbs of my target goal of 150.

* 3000 Monthly Fitness Minutes each month.

My Program:
We have a both an elliptical and Hoist weight training machine at home and I try to do 30 minutes of some kind of exercise in the morning, and 30-60 minutes again throughout the day, whether it is walking, hiking, paddling, or on the Bosu ball.

I mentally track each meal, paying attention to getting my 5 servings of fruits/veggies and staying within my calorie range.

Drinking water comes easy to me, but I do it consciously.

Personal Information:
I have lived in southern California my whole life. When I met my husband I was a field keeper at the Wild Animal Park and at my thinnest ever. In June we moved to the Olympic Peninsula in WA state.
I have been a teacher for the past 29 years and went through a stage of stress eating and excuses that school work took me away from exercise. No more of that for me! In fact, on June 14th I officially retired from teaching!

Other Information:
I love to read and listen to music. I love to dance and just let loose. Recently I inherited some congos and find them quite therapeutic. I am an avid photographer, as well, but have even resorted to using it as an excuse not to have my own picture taken.
DH and I also do SUP and on Christmas Day, 2012 I finally got back into my wetsuits from 1989!

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