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Carrie

When I started this journey in January 2009, my plan was to lose weight and get fit. I realize now there is so much more involved.

In the beginning, my success came in swings and roundabouts. Over time, I've realized how important it is to combine diet and exercise, change things up, and force myself out of my comfort zone.

This is no longer about weight, it is about becoming the best me I can be. It's about challenging all the "I can'ts" in my head and trying ...
When I started this journey in January 2009, my plan was to lose weight and get fit. I realize now there is so much more involved.

In the beginning, my success came in swings and roundabouts. Over time, I've realized how important it is to combine diet and exercise, change things up, and force myself out of my comfort zone.

This is no longer about weight, it is about becoming the best me I can be. It's about challenging all the "I can'ts" in my head and trying things I thought I could never do.

I still struggle with frustrations -- keeping up my exercise program when life gets in the way and realizing that eating too much, even if it's healthy food, leads to weight gain.

There are no quick fixes. This is a lifetime change and one that will take a lifetime to master. And, having gained back 50 pounds, I now realize I need to remain vigilant, no matter what.

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Member Since: 4/28/2009

SparkPoints: 173,591

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My Goals:
I want to live a healthy lifestyle and not use my weight as an excuse not to do things.

When I started this new lifestyle, I thought I had a good exercise routine. Now, I've learned the importance of constantly changing it around and shaking things up.

My Program:
My exercise routine has changed yet again, now that I have a home gym and a trainer, although that will be ending soon.

I have a strength program for every day, using different muscles, but working on strength all the time.

TO compensate for my back, I'm doing pilates daily plus about half and hour of core exercises. Then, there's the rowing machine and exercise bike.

When the weather warms, I hope to get outside on my bike.

Personal Information:
I live in Ithaca NY, where I lecture part-time at Cornell University. I am also a cross-cultural writer and researcher. I am working on a novel.

I live with 1 cat. My daughter is in England and my son is a wine maker in New Zealand.

I also am involved in my community.

Other Information:
I am a voracious reader, love tennis and make it a point to get to at least one tournament a year. Since I work from home as a writer, I spend way too much time sitting.

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DETERMINEDJANET
11/12/2014 1:28:25 PM

Thanks for your encouragement on the trainer Carrie. He was very accomodating today and understanding of where I'm at for a short time so I'm confident I'll do okay. I am totally enjoying that Josh uses the weight machines more as I've missed those as the other trainer hadn't used them at all with me as we were building the core up again.



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CAREN_BLUEJEANS
11/7/2014 11:25:11 AM

emoticon I just want to take a second to say thanks you for making my birthday very special.



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PROT358
10/1/2014 12:40:08 AM

Hi Carrie! Just a quick THANK YOU for encouraging me on my blog! :)



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SANDICANE
9/14/2014 9:06:21 AM

Thanks for your "skinny jean" support on my blog...onward I go toward fitting into them!



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CAREN_BLUEJEANS
9/7/2014 8:50:42 AM

Kuddos to you Carrie for once again being my voice of reason! I bought a pretty notepad with pen for $1.99 at Target, as you suggested



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