CARRIE1948
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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.



Member Since: 4/28/2009

Fitness Minutes: 219,710

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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  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    emoticon Week one is almost in the books and week two starts tomorrow! Dropping by to give you some Dragon emoticon ! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    35 days ago
  • v RD03875
    Sent a Spark Friend request for the Emerald Gems team.
    44 days ago
  • v DETERMINEDJANET
    Currently we are looking at Aug. 11 for closings on both places, but if they get things finished up sooner we will definitely sign. We are hoping we can ask the buyer to let us have one week to get out (pay them rent?) so we can finish the hardwood floors in the kids' rooms at the new place and be able to move some things directly to the new place.
    85 days ago
  • v DETERMINEDJANET
    I wouldn't say I "want" to move again....just know we would be happier with a one-level and a little larger lot. Tim is the one who is pushing for the house sale so I think he needs the change and the hobby of remodeling. The current place is definitely not show ready! LOL
    118 days ago
  • v LAPPEROO
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    Hi Carrie, ered, packed, unpacked, repacked and all your plans set. Whew!! You keep busy, girl. Hope the writing goes well and the travel too.

    We head to our lake house this weekend. It will be my husband's 70th b/d and he's feeling this one. Not like him--he usually rolls along without a ripple. Too many big decisions to be made for him/us at this point. I've made some plans for a small group of friends to drop in for a party. He doesn't want a party, just to be at the lake but folks want to do something for him so I've agreed to have a few at the lake for swim/play and fried chicken dinner. All very casual and should be fun and distracting from the turning 70 thing. Just pray the weather will cooperate.

    Tonight we have tickets for Paul Simon's Concert (outdoors) and the sun has JUST come out. I hope it stays out as last night it poured and poured. The tickets are a gift from our daughter & DIL for Mother's Day/Chuck's B/D.

    Off to work again. emoticon
    133 days ago
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