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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 ...
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.
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Member Since: 10/3/2011

SparkPoints: 48,248

Fitness Minutes: 50,991

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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FROSTY99
4/26/2015 8:14:47 PM

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blogs. Here is to a great week.



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WATERMELLEN
4/26/2015 9:44:32 AM

With a little Internet searching, I discovered that there are a number of places not far from me in Canada which actually breed the Finnish goshawks for falconry purposes . . . so fascinating!! I'd love to go and visit one of these places . . . .



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ONEKIDSMOM
4/26/2015 8:33:40 AM

Thanks for popping by the blog on my lapse into jargon-land! The GPS tracking is more individualized, but the timing mats, chips in the bibs and today's computer prediction models will do it for everyone in a given race... I can track my local favorites through many major races that way, even if they do not give me a link or even if they don't possess a GPS watch.

Your friend must be so proud of her Boston-running DIL. What a thrill!



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WATERMELLEN
4/25/2015 9:58:47 PM

Thanks again for introducing me to Mabel (my mother's name, coincidentally enough!) I have a wonderful redtail hawk painting in my office (purchased from a student when I was an art history teacher) and saw red shoulder hawks for the first time this past winter in Sanibel -- also black vultures: we get turkey vultures here.

The peregrines were almost extinct (DDT thinned their egg shells) but have had some resurgence, although they are still very rare. I've been fascinated by them and have felt so very lucky that they've nested close to us. Son is just about to return to the near-boreal wilderness for the summer for bush pilot float plane work -- and he may be in goshawk territory! I'm going to ask him to keep an eye out for me, perhaps I'll get a chance to visit him!



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WATERMELLEN
4/25/2015 6:25:46 PM

Yup, I also prefer sleeveless on the golf course for the same reason -- no tan line in my bathing suit or with a sleeveless dress! I do have some golf sandals which can help with the leg tan line . . . but the weather has to be right!



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