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On the North Fork American River below Cardiac Hill

In a pothole on Echo Peak

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I'm Chris, and I have to admit to being over 60. So I got my act together and lost weight I've been holding on to for a while - A Sparkfriend, QueenOftheForest, got me on to the Beck Diet Solution book, and that's just what I was needing. However, after slacking off over the summer (despite doing some 13-15 mile hikes), 10 pounds found me again. So it's back to school for the fall of 2016! Joined Sparkpeople July 4, 2009 - I am lucky to be retired and after years of putting on (with occasional small losses) the pounds, this is IT! I'm getting fit for good. I love to hike and do things outside, so I have lots of motivation. Now I'm gonna use the tools to get there!

Member Since: 7/4/2009

My Goals:
Lose weight!! Focusing on 5 pounds right now, but getting to 125 would be wonderful!

Track food and exercise every day.

More fun goals - Take several backpack trips, lead more hikes, get more biking in, and keep finding something new I've never done before- TBD!!

My Program:
I hike, snowshoe, go to the gym, and bike. I hope to challenge myself more and be more active. I need to watch my portion sizes better, too!

To get more specific (which I think I need to be!) :

Eat only what I've planned to.

Do strength training or Pilates at least 2x a week
Take a hike or equivalent (eg, long bike ride, x-c ski) at least 2x a week
Get sweaty doing something aerobic at least 5 days a week
- which means EVEN if its raining!!

Personal Information:
I live in Lincoln, CA. Married and have a lovely dog. I love to hike, snowshoe, x-country ski and bike.

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    Yes doing the right thing for Jake at the cost of your own pain is so very hard. I honor you. Just thinking of this reminds me of the many times I have also gone through it and it brings back the tears. I has been true for me and for many friends that not only do you bump into reminders but one sometimes "hears" the click of nails on the floor when it is time to go out or at unguarded moments. We know the pain passes and the good memories take over. Still. Today is very hard. My Lilly and I send you pats and wags. I hope you can muster the energy for some good work outs. It helps.
    133 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2016 9:52:04 AM
    HI. How are you doing? I am thinking of you and sending loving kindness.
    134 days ago
    Late reply to your comment on my pic. Yes! It's Emerald Bay in Tahoe. I'm running a half there in October.
    138 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2016 6:53:11 AM
    OMG Chris I am so sorry to read that hard hard news. Yes I do know some of what you are facing. I have also had wonderful companion dogs. We are so lucky to have them. And it hurts so very much to have to make the choice for them. I am sending you warmest hugs and loving kindness right through the magic of internet. Be strong as you can be but also be very good to yourself. Keep me posted.
    139 days ago
    Thanks for the visit to my blog and the supportive comments. Great to see you again here. How are you doing?
    139 days ago
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