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Staying healthy is hard work and takes time, but it is fun, too. I want to stay knowledgeable about health and weight issues and have realistic goals for myself. I want to get to a healthy weight and have fun doing it.

I have signed up for the 2016 Summer 5% challenge which starts on June 25th. I plan to concentrate on my weight loss goals this summer, even with company staying with us most of that time.
Counting calories and exercising 6 days a week for at least and hour will be my way to achieve my goals.

The Fall % challenge is starting soon and I plan to stay active and eat well, counting calories. Two exercise classes, walking the dog with my husband and walking with friends will be fun. Gardening will be part of my plan this fall, too. The weather could be a challenge, more than in the summer, but I hope to ignore it. I am hoping to have the results I had in the summer.
After the summer challenge, I swam across our lake, a little over 1 KM., with my husband keeping track in a canoe close by. I am thankful that I am healthy and can do that.
Now, I do a "challenging for me" Barre class that is hard, but after a few weeks, I notice that it is easier for me. Then I know it is helping.

I have now joined the 5% Winter Challenge. I realize that even if I don't lose 5% of my weight, it would be a boost for me to get below the 140's. At around 145, I see that as possible this challenge. It would be close, to a good BMI for my height, too. I want to ramp this up a bit.
I have a bigger appetite in winter, but there is not the pressure of holiday meals and planning now and not the pressure of gardening and company arriving to interrupt my goals. I plan to eat very mindfully, increase fruit and vegetables in my menus and to exercise 6 days a week. I will do one exercise class a week, Total Barre, and do one exercise session at home that includes strength training a week. Housework is included as part of my exercise plan since I notice I am really tired after some of it. I hope to do winter sports that depend on snow conditions and can't always be exact about that. If I am not skiing, ice skating or snowshoeing , I will be walking with our dog and my husband. This month I have ice skated. More snow means snow shoeing is going to be good and I can go out my door for that. I am planning soon to cross country ski and have my equipment ready. I am feeling ready for this challenge.

I have lost some weight, not a lot, but a little. I would like to lose some more and not gain any on our upcoming trip, that will take place during part of the new 5% 2017 Spring challenge that I have joined.
The 2017 5% Spring Challenge will have some extra challenges for me to overcome since I usually gain weight when travelling. The hardest part is to be active when travelling and to be active when visiting other people since my schedule is not totally in my control. Diet is also more challenging when travelling since I am not doing my own cooking and I will be tempted with food prepared in restaurants, etc.
I hope to really pay attention to how hungry I am and not overeat. I want to eat reasonable portions and quit eating when satisfied. This is easier when I have healthy snacks, which I will plan.
Travelling by car, we will take time out for walks, hopefully an hour a day.
Visiting my family, I hope to walk the kids to school and exercise with them, swim, hike, dance, maybe ride a bike. My husband and I can walk by ourselves, too and I might have time for a zumba class.
On the cruise, I will definitely walk and hopefully dance.
In between, I want to look up exercises on Spark to do strength and stretching.
All in all, I will aim for an hour of exercise a day with one day a week on average as a rest day.
I won't always have internet access, but I will post and keep in touch when away as much as I can.

My Summer 5 % Challenge 2017 is planned with anticipation of many outdoor activities. I plan to get 60 minutes on average a day for six days a week of exercise. That will incorporate one day of rest where I will not feel guilty. For the summer, I want to bicycle as well as hike, walk and swim. I want to do a lot outdoors, even exercising on my deck to music at times. I have some good music for jogging that is also fun outdoors and when weather permits, we will canoe on the lake.Gardening is active and fun outdoors in the summer, too. When the weather is not good outside, I can put on a DVD or music for exercise in the house. It's all good!

2017 Fall Challenge

I am planning to exercise in the morning usually since that is the most practical for me.
60 minutes a day, 6 days a week is the plan. I still need a plan of how I will divide this up. I want to have it be a well balanced plan with 60% cardio, 15 % strength and 5% stretching. I could do some all strength exercise days with stretching and all cardio other days or do a well balance workout each day. I am not doing enough of anything now.
Counting calories works for me, too, during this challenge. I will skip some days, holidays and company meals, and some days I might not achieve the goal, but even counting and realizing I over did it , is helpful.
This challenge starts Oct. 7th and I will work out some more details before then. I am checking out fitness classes now to see if something is available that I like.
If not, I plan to make a routine that will be easier to follow than trying to plan something new each day.

Member Since: 5/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 109,578

My Goals:
I would like to stay healthy and active and losing some weight would enhance those goals.

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I love to cook and eat. We enjoy healthy foods and treats sometimes, too. I need to watch portions.
I enjoy a variety of exercises, indoors and out, but even being mainly retired, I have trouble finding time for everything on the "must do" list and the "would like to do" list.

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We enjoy living in a rural setting that is abundant with wildlife. We have mountains, lakes and forests at our doorstep, perfect for walks and hikes and snowshoeing in winter.
Travelling to visit family and friends is fun, too , as well as
having company.

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Doing renovations lately to our home is quite creative, but messy, too. The results are great, though, thanks to my husband.
We look forward to gardening this year and hope each year we will get better at it. I love the flowers especially, but also fresh cherries, strawberries, raspberries, herbs and salad ingredients.

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