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Here I am again. It is 2016 and I am 140 pounds. I kept all earlier profile info below because it is a lesson to see that I keep repeating myself. This is the fourth time I have been here in the same place.

I am now officially a snow bird. Living in St. Pete Fl. for the winter. My niece who is now 20 and a sophomore in college is living with me.
I get to play golf all year now so that is great although my game seems to stay the same. I will be busy this winter trying to decorate and outfit our Florida home.

I joined Spark in 2011 Over that winter I lost about 15 pounds. I was able to maintain reasonably well through the summer of 2012 without focusing too much on calorie counts. During the fall of 2012 my then 16 year old niece came to live with me and it was a difficult adjustment for both of us. I found myself eating all the wrong things and way too much. That ,plus the inactivity of winter, caused those pounds to return. The fact that this happened to me was actually a surprise and a good lesson. In the past I struggled with the same 5 pounds. When I lost 15 I thought I had a better margin for error. Little did I know how easy it was to gain 15 pounds.

Fall of 2013 I came back to Spark. I committed myself to regular cardio exercise and strength training throughout the winter. I recommitted to tracking my food and staying within my calorie range. This time I dropped 24 pounds. In March of 2014 I weighed 130 pounds. I had not been that thin in 30 years probably. But I made the same mistakes. As spring rolled around and I was able to get out on the golf course, I thought all the extra walking entitled me to treat myself. I ate what I wanted and thought I could get away with it.
So here I am, its 2015 and I am 141 pounds and I am doing it all over again. I have to learn my lesson more than once apparently.

Member Since: 10/3/2011

Fitness Minutes: 62,312

My Goals:
To age as gracefully as possible by being fit and active. To achieve and maintain a healthy BMI and to feel good about how I look from any angle! I think to achieve that goal my weight must be somewhere south of 130. Probably 120 but initially I am shooting for 130

My Program:
Focus on achieving a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. During the winter this requires an hour or so on the treadmill every day.
I work out with a personal trainer 2X per week and this has really helped me become stronger and more flexible.
During the summer I golf and walk the golf course 4-5 X per week. On those days I achieve close to 20,000 steps a day. This is way more fun than my hours on the treadmill.
For nutrition I strive to make my calories as satisfying and nutritious as possible. I avoid processed foods. Eat most all vegetables fresh. I eat copious amounts of fresh fruit.

Personal Information:
I live in New Hampshire. My 18 year old niece lives with me. She is a senior in high school. When she goes off to college, I plan to spend a good amount of the winter in a warmer climate. New Hampshire is my home but I hate the cold more and more every year.

Other Information:
I love golf and the beach. I read over 50 books a year and love the movies.
I have also been teaching myself Italian for the past year.

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    PS My dear family did NOT eat potato chips in front of me . . . because I absent myself from all occasions of potato chip eating!! I retreated to the third floor and can scarcely hear the sound of chomping jaws on the first floor . . . scarcely!!!
    12 days ago
    Thanks for clarifying that "pushing" versus "riding" thingy: I knew that once but had forgotten.

    Oh well oh well: at least when we're on the course, we're not (usually) eating!! And all that brisk walking burns a LOT of calories!!
    12 days ago
  • v HAYBURNER1969
    Thanks for commenting on my blog! We really do sound similar. I also find it hard to keep tracking throughout the day. Breakfast - great! But then we get busy and it's easy to forget.
    13 days ago
  • v KRISZTA11
    Thank you for the friend add!
    18 days ago
  • v HAYBURNER1969
    Thank you for the comment on my blog today! It sounds like we are very similar in our patterns... relatively healthy and active, so it's easy to say, "Oh, I can treat myself!" Before we know it, those 10 pounds are back. I am in the exact same boat as you at the moment - trying to get back to where I was before. We can do it! I think buying a bike would be a great thing for that trail. I love biking on trails and wish I lived closer to one. You are so lucky to have one so nearby! :)
    18 days ago
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