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I didn't become active until my early 30s. While I played softball in my teens and 20s, I was a smoker and more interested in going out to dinner and clubs than geting up in the morning and exercising. After my dad passed from smoking-related cancer in the mid 1980s, I quit smoking and started swimming, as I always loved the water.

That activity led me to underwater hockey, which I have been playing since 1991. I compete in local, regional, and national tournaments, and have ...
I didn't become active until my early 30s. While I played softball in my teens and 20s, I was a smoker and more interested in going out to dinner and clubs than geting up in the morning and exercising. After my dad passed from smoking-related cancer in the mid 1980s, I quit smoking and started swimming, as I always loved the water.

That activity led me to underwater hockey, which I have been playing since 1991. I compete in local, regional, and national tournaments, and have even been to one world competition. It is my passion.

At the age of 46 I started running, and about 6 weeks later I entered my first 5K. I decided that I would run a 5K every month which will force me to continue training. Six months later my 5K pace went from 11:13 to 10:00. About 5 months after I started running I borrowed a friend's bike and did a sprint triathlon.

In the last year I have seen my fitness improve, and lost 7 pounds without radically changing my diet. In 2011 I did my first marathon at the age of 51. While training, I lost an additional 13 pounds and have kept it off as I continue to keep running, biking, ocean swimming and underwater hockey and healthy eating as part of my lifestyle.

On the subject of diets, I don't believe in them and have never been on one. I try to look at food for its nutritional value, rather than the immediate gratification that comes from eating it. I slip up sometimes, but then get myself back on track. I find that if I am working out I crave healthier food.

If I could send a message to people it would be that you are never too old to change your lifestyle, and to not expect huge changes in a short amount of time. It is a constant work in progress with backslides and progressions.
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Member Since: 3/19/2007

SparkPoints: 35,417

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My Goals:
* Run another marathon
* Do a Half Ironman Triathlon

No definite time frame on these goals, but I'd better hurry up as I'm not getting any younger! Possibly late 2012/early 2013

My Program:
* Continue running 3-4 times a week
* Strength train
* Get with a personal trainer to pick a half ironman race and start training (Summer 2012?)
* Marathon will come after the HIM

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ACTIVE_AT_60
5/11/2013 6:18:59 AM

Any nails left after last night's game? (Game 6) ... as Brunner tweeted #40 BOOOOOM#Redwings



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FREEDOMSTAR
5/8/2013 11:13:26 PM

Next Big one is Chicago ! come join and be part of the training together emoticon



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ACTIVE_AT_60
5/4/2013 6:50:45 PM

Thanks. The playoff is going to be a nailbiter this time. Unfortunately I don't think they have it in them this year.



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ACTIVE_AT_60
5/4/2013 4:48:20 PM

I am so bummed too. I can't be in Cinci either.
(you remember me with the screen name - Jan Frandsen)



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MBSHAZZER
5/2/2013 2:57:19 PM

Hey Carolyn, I wish I could get an assistant to help! The issue is more on managing the handymen and the Realtor we are using. I am outsourcing everything I can but I still have to make the decisions and pay people! Ugh!



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