DEB9021   20,179
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This is a Seattle vacation photo from a few years ago ... looking at still helps me relax!

My boys and dog romping in Lake Erie on a camp out. Ideal summer fun!

Sunset on the Great Lake!

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I enjoy healthy eating and lots of exercise. Love to be outdoors and moving. But with work, family, stress it easily gets overlooked if I don't focus on it. Committing to make it a priority so I CAN live up to the demands of work, family, stress.
I enjoy healthy eating and lots of exercise. Love to be outdoors and moving. But with work, family, stress it easily gets overlooked if I don't focus on it. Committing to make it a priority so I CAN live up to the demands of work, family, stress.



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 current weight: 158.5 

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Member Since: 8/12/2011

SparkPoints: 20,179

Fitness Minutes: 26,027

My Goals:
I have lost almost 30 pounds since starting SparkPeople, and although I am more focused on feeling good and maintaining healthy habits than losing weight, that "almost" is starting to get on my nerves. I want get past that milestone this summer, while the weather is gorgeous and calling me to exercise and eat healthy, fresh foods.

My Program:
I used to go to the gym 3-4 times most weeks and/or jog 5 miles, but it got me nowhere. Sometimes when life got busy i would have a few weeks when i didn't have time to exercise at all. When I started SparkPeople I gave up the gym and started doing 10 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning. A year and 20 pounds later I upped it to 20, and I recently switched up to 30. It isn't easy because I get up at 4:30 am to do it before work, but then nothing gets in the way. I do more later in the day and on weekends move it back to later, but at least 30 minutes happens every day.

Personal Information:
I love exercising outdoors. Can't get enough sunshine and nature! But I have periods where home and work get so busy that I run out of time in the day. So I want to do enough in the early morning so that if life gets crazy and that's all I can do, I'm still staying fit, feeling good and relieving stress. I need it to find the energy and motivation for everything ELSE I do!

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My current goals:
- 30 minute brisk walk in the early morning and a 30 minute walk before bed with dogs.
- Strength training twice a week
- walk/jog/run intervals for 45 to 60 minutes three times per week.
- One house chore per evening so I don't spend my weekend catching up
- Log into SparkPeople daily to log food and fitness and give/receive support to Spark Friends.

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Member Comments:
7/15/2014 9:47:27 AM

I carry an Amphipod bottle during my training runs, but it only holds 12 oz--am looking for a bigger one. In my 2 prior halfs I didn't carry any water. The first one was a mistake and for the second I mapped out the water stations prior to the race because they were made available. It worked out reasonably well, except I was a little thirsty during the alst few miles. I've seen a lot of people carry water during the race, though. If your natural preference is to sip during the run, I would carry a bottle. If you run out, the water stations are usually pretty nice and can refill. The added bonus would be you wouldn't have to stop during stations, too. Have added you as a friend--would like to follow along with your journey, and maybe we can trade hints and helps because I'm still learning ;-).

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7/14/2014 11:20:39 PM

I started out in the Midwest, then moved to the mountains. Hiking up and over the mountain to church on Sunday is about all it takes to burn my butt! Where are you from?

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7/10/2014 6:45:43 PM

I probably could run straight, but at 64, I just don't want to. I like the quicker recovery and the continuous relief of the pounding.

Run-walk isn't for everyone, but my goal is to be a runner for a long time - at whatever speed I can accomplish.

have a fantastic day!!!

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7/8/2014 9:50:32 PM

Hi--My half is in September and will be my third--but I really don't count the first, lol. It was so many years ago and I over trained for it and had no clue about nutrition or pacing. They say you learn from your mistakes. Um, yeah, gulp. Anyway, my GPS is actually a Garmin Forerunner10, I sometimes clip my Gymboss to the band, it's kind of convenient for me. I replied back to your question about intervals on the Galloway Team--I change mine all the time, especially if I'm tired and/or have dead legs. Happy training!

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7/7/2014 6:16:45 AM

Wow, your yoga teacher sounds amazing!
I see what you mean about the adjustments provided during a live class.
Without constant feedback, there is a risk that one does not do the poses properly, and the workout is less affective, or even cause injury.
I try to avoid this by regularly doing online classes where detailed instructions are provided, sometimes going back to basics - and almost always I find something I haven't been doing properly, because over time I forgot the exact instructions. I really have to pay attention, as my instructor cannot see me, she is just assuming I'm doing the most common mistakes ; )

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