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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: 50,056

Fitness Minutes: 53,185

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.

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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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WATERMELLEN
5/24/2015 9:12:48 AM

So great that you and your niece have the coverage you (may) need . . . has to be very reassuring!



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MT-MOONCHASER
5/20/2015 11:04:36 PM

I saw your comment on KALISWALKER'S blog asking why to not combine beans with meat/chicken/fish.

I believe the answer is that beans are protein rich and since meat/chicken/fish are very high in protein, it is too much protein and a waste of protein that the body can't put to good use. As to your soup with black beans and chicken in it, you are probably not getting a full serving of each in a serving of the soup, so that would be fine.

A lot of working class cuisines stretch the high quality (and expensive) proteins of meat/chicken/fish with the addition of lower quality vegetable proteins, which are usually more abundant and less costly than the animal proteins. Many of the vegetable proteins can be preserved by drying and don't need refrigeration or other methods of preservation until they are cooked, which also makes them more accessible.

I hope this info partially answers your question. There is a lot to learn about protein and how much of it our bodies really need.

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_LINDA
5/16/2015 4:06:22 PM

I did have vertigo once, with the ear crystals out of whack, it took two treatments at a cost of $180 to get them back, but was worth it. Fortunately, this wasn't that again. Thank you for your concern!!



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WATERMELLEN
5/12/2015 6:02:06 PM

My mum sang the lily-of-the-valley song too: and I must admit, I quite like Yardley lily-of-the valley scent (also lavender) even if they are a bit "old lady"!!



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BESSHAILE
5/12/2015 6:28:17 AM

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Thank you so much for your kind words on my Missing Mama on Mother's Day post. I know that one day the pangs will be more sweet than bitter .. as they are for my mother in law, who was one precious darling too. and even the grouchiness isn't exactly unwelcome. It's just the next stage I guess.

all part of being a human.



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