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With my old turquoise beauty. I love this bike.

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My husband and I have swashed our buckles a few times at the Portland Pirate Festival, and my pirate name is Iron Bess.

A few years ago on the day before my birthday, I was diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease of unknown cause, likely viral). I didn't feel like an Iron Bess then. I've realized with time, however, that I'm not defined by a medical condition, I'm still a person with hopes, joys, dreams, abilities, good friends and family.

Mini weight loss goals:
4/20/2016: First 10 lbs gone!
7/7/2016 Second 10 lbs gone!
11/20/2016 Third 10 lbs gone!

Member Since: 5/7/2013

My Goals:
May 2015: I've divided the total desired weight loss into 5- or 10-lb. mini-goals. Seems less daunting and more achievable that way. I'll continue until I achieve my goal weight of between 125-130 lbs.

My Program:
Old program:
*Exercise bike or real bike 1 mile or more 2-3 days a week plus occasional other exercise such as Wii, yoga, walk, dance for variety.
*Core strength exercises 2-3 times a week
*Eat nourishing whole food, low fat, limited refined carbs.

Current exercise program changed to:
Recovering from mechanical heart pump surgery, attending cardiac rehab exercise classes which at this time include stationary cycling, elliptical, and light weights.

Personal Information:
We live in a magical Mountain West location of the US.

Other Information:
I enjoy skywatching, bicycling, lake kayaking, organic gardening, travel, crochet, archaeology, nature, movies (esp. foreign), music (esp. world music, jazz), historical fiction and nonfiction. I'm a beginner at playing Native American flute. Love dogs.Love the outdoors. Love my family and friends.

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