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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: 206,050

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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    Maegann is enjoying school overall. If she could just shake these headaches it would be a lot easier on her and she could enjoy what she's learning/doing more. Praying those glasses show up today.... I sent her off with tension headache meds this morning and I hate much acetaminophen and not enough time to stay hydrated to wash it through the liver. Anyway...she has auditions today in Drama for the first of two huge productions. Hope she nails the part she really wants!

    How is your class going?
    28 days ago
    Yes...been doing the nasal rinsing and more. The smoke in the area doesn't help so that could definitely be assisting all her aches and pains!
    32 days ago
    Looking forward to being an Emerald Gem with you and rocking this challenge!!
    36 days ago
    I know there is one fundraiser for sure coming up soon where they will be selling mattresses. Not quite sure how that one came along, but it's on the paper! LOL Waiting on more details for that and other ideas. Maegann was VERY excited about this trip so I know she'll do whatever it takes! I'll let you know when I find out more.
    37 days ago
    I agree.... teach the way they learn. That's why I loved homeschooling her! Until we talk with this particular teacher to see what his expectations are and to let him know how she learns and tests we are just plugging along. Glad parent night is this evening.
    39 days ago
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