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I've been dieting and exercising on and off for the past 30 years. When my weight hit an all time high (162, I'm 5'1") and I turned 50 years old I knew I had to take charge of my life again. I am determined to get my body in the best shape that I can.

I originally joined Sparkpeople in January 2006. I was doing really good tracking my food and exercising 3 days a week. In July 2006 I joined a gym and was working out 5-6 days a week burning a ton of calories. At that point I ...
I've been dieting and exercising on and off for the past 30 years. When my weight hit an all time high (162, I'm 5'1") and I turned 50 years old I knew I had to take charge of my life again. I am determined to get my body in the best shape that I can.

I originally joined Sparkpeople in January 2006. I was doing really good tracking my food and exercising 3 days a week. In July 2006 I joined a gym and was working out 5-6 days a week burning a ton of calories. At that point I stopped tracking my food thinking I was ok because I was burning so many calories. Well I did lose about 5 pounds, but that dang scale wouldn't budge any further. True, I did gain some muscle but my measurments were not changing. I finally realized it had to be my diet and I really needed help. In April 2007 I joined Jenny Craig and the weight slowly started coming off again. I had a steady weight loss through December 2007.

My Mom passed away in January 2008 and I lost my motivation to exercise. I was still eating Jenny Craig meals but I was doing a lot of snacking inbetween. OF COURSE the pounds started creeping up again which in turn just depressed me even more, finally, I just said "ENOUGH" I have worked too hard for too long, it's time to get back on track again. That's when I rediscovered Sparkpeople and was thrilled to see all the great changes they had made to their website.

I joined several Spark Teams and found the motivation that I needed to gain control and get my life back on track again. I've met so many wonderful people that have encouraged me to keep going. I discoverd the joy and benefits of running and have completed four 5K's at the age of 53!! I turned 2008 from being a failure into being an accomplishment. What an incredible feeling!


Update April 2009:I really felt it was time to get off Jenny Craig and start eating clean. I'm stressed right now trying to plan meals (I haven't done this for 2 years) but I know it will get easier as I find the recipes that I like and I'm used to buying certain brands of foods and I don't have to read labels all the time.


Update 2009: Well 2009 didn't exactly go as planned. I ended up with a sprained calf in June and by the time I was healed I lost my motivation to run. From there things spiraled downward and I ended the year with a 10 lb weight gain.

Update April 2010: I've found my motivation to run again. I ran a 5k in March and it wasn't my fastest but it wasn't my slowest either. I'm planning a 5k each month for 2010 and have finally bought a bicycle to cross train.

Update November 2010: I've run 5 5k's this year. I joined the BLC team and that has made a huge difference for me! With all the challenges and requirements for the team it has kept me accountable and on a losing streak, woo hoo! I will be Captain of the BLC Silver Spy team for Round 15 starting in January, I'm so excited!

Update April 2011: I've lost 14 lbs in the last two rounds of BLC!

January 2012: Starting my sixth round of the Biggest Loser Challenge and Captain of the Silver Spies. I love this challenge and together with my fantastic Co-Caps and teammates I will reach my goal this year!

September 2012: I'm starting BLC 20 as a MOM (Master of Maintenance) I reached my goal weight last round and have maintained! Woo Hoo!

November 2013: I'm still maintaining but would like to get my weight down another 5 lbs. Being Captain of the BLC Silver Spies team has kept me on track and accountable.

January 2014: Goals - Stay in maintenance range by weighing in weekly and adjusting calories accordingly. Plan meals and snacks, pre-cook when possible. Limit sweet snacks in the house. Start C25K again in order to run 5K's with DD.
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Member Since: 1/23/2006

SparkPoints: 84,509

Fitness Minutes: 99,829

My Goals:
To reach my weight goal in 2012. Done!

To run a 5k race. DONE! 11/27/08 Time 44:12

5K Spring Gallop 3/28/09 38:20 PR

To get a sleeker, toned body!

To stay within my calorie range, no more snacking on sweets at night.

My Program:
Strength train 3x a week.

Cardio 5-6x a week.



Personal Information:
I am originally from Vermont and now live outside of Chicago. I am married and the mother of 2 grown children and 2 grandchilden.

My hobbies are reading, cooking, motorcycles and gardening.

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RUNNERJUDY
9/13/2014 9:28:12 PM

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GIELLIOT
9/7/2014 10:43:05 PM

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes earlier on my Sparkpage. I appreciate the thoughtfulness!

I hope you have a delightfully wonderful week! emoticon



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FITNHEALTHYKAL
8/29/2014 7:56:26 PM

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HARRINGTON5
8/13/2014 10:54:10 AM

I really consider that a compliment. I can see butterflies from every window and when I work in the yard, they are all around me. I couldn't be happier



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HARRINGTON5
8/4/2014 4:43:30 PM

Funny you should say that. I have been working on a new book for months and it is going very well. The title is "The Butterfly Lovers Primer" and I am showing how, even with a little space available, you can raise beautiful butterflies.



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