ONEKIDSMOM
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Maintenance: The Final Frontier! Heck with "Space"... unless you're talking about what one fills.

For newbies to this page... I was not always like this. It has been a long road getting here, with lots of hills and valleys. The "really, really before" picture is hidden in my photo gallery. Pictures are good reality checks for me, but I ran out of room and dumped some of the "in progress" progress photos to make room for recent athletic ones. I did keep the before January 2010 one that marked the beginning of maintenance, and you can see that in maintenance phase I've still become fitter.

Why "A little old lady in training"? "Little" because I have become small. "Old lady" because that is my goal, to live to a ripe old age. "In training" because that's how I intend to make that goal happen: by training my mind and body.

I stopped "drifting" downwards on the scale in July or August, 2010. I have become comfortable calling the 120's "home". I had found a comfortable way of eating healthy, a comfortable calorie range, and a training goal to keep fitness level alive. This is how I want to live the rest of my life.

Basic biographical: I am a 64 year old empty-nester. I've lost, regained, lost, regained, lost in cycles of years, across decades. I am more confident of maintenance than ever before in my life. If it takes the rest of my life to learn how to do this, I'll take that long, but I feel more confident with every passing year.

No single program or diet is the "final answer" for me: I'm a compulsive over-eater. The plan I choose to follow must be balanced nutrition and activity, because it truly is not about the number on the scale. It's about living LIFE, as fully and with as much vibrant health as I can. The end goal is to keep working at developing and maintaining healthy habits.

In the process, I'm living some dreams and checking off some bucket list items... including becoming a triathlete during the past four years, and currently training for my first (and possibly only) full Marathon, target date May 7, 2017.


Member Since: 5/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 149,324

My Goals:
Stay on track, live consistently, be healthy. That means a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Nothing says you have to curl up in a ball just because you're past the half-century mark.


My Program:
The two pieces of my program when I started:

1) Reduce my intake of saturated fats, while eating a balanced diet with my favorite fruits and veggies prominent.

2) Keep moving at the rate of 30 minutes of walking almost every day, and two strength training days a week.

Since that time, I've started living some athletic dreams:
In 2011 I walked my first half marathon, with HOT4FITNESS.
In 2012, I completed my first Sprint distance triathlon.
In 2014, I completed my first Olympic distance triathlon.
In 2015 and 2016, I participated in the age group national triathlon, at the Olympic distance.
In short, my basic program morphed into training for "big" (to me) events, over time. It takes modification of both nutrition and activity to do this, but it makes me feel alive.



Personal Information:
Obviously, from my groups, you might infer I'm from Nebraska. You would be right. I grew up around here, moved away while my son was young, and moved back when he was a teenager. Love it here, it's home.


Other Information:
As of November 20, 2016, I am STILL an active Sparker, and it is my intent to continue this for as long as God grants, to offer encouragement to others, as well as to remember why I did this, and why it remains a priority for me. Never forget your roots, but do NOT stop at the goal line, either!




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  • v STRONGDAWG
    My husband gets sucked into TV. It would collect dust if it were up to me. I'd use it to hold the mail. I honestly don't know what I would give up doing in order to watch TV. I guess facebook or spark, but I do FB when I'm lounging in bed most of the time or wasting time at work! I guess I'd give up spark, but then again, I can go weeks without logging in when life gets hectic.

    OK. Now it's time for me to go home. I stayed late to do some work and now I'm here too long. And I missed my window of opportunity to swim. Dang it.
    7 hours ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    *♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥
    Care enough about yourself to live your dreams. Nancy Brook
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    18 hours ago
  • v KRISKECK
    Thanks for your encouragement on my triathlon! I am so excited about it - and you have been a real inspiration for me! I appreciate your advice on nutrition, I will definitely fuel the athlete. I am doing a fair amount of research, if you have any favorite resources or other advice, please feel free to share. My hope is that I can get the caloric balance right linking the Spark nutrition and fitness trackers, I don't usually do that but it seems well suited to training so I am trying it (keeping in mind that the calorie recommendations seem to overestimate my BMI). So onward and upward and THANKS AGAIN!
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    18 hours ago
  • v WARRIORGIRL121
    Hi Barbara, thank you so much for your comments on my blog, and for your good thoughts and prayers! I appreciate them very much, and I will keep you posted on things. emoticon emoticon Karen
    1 day ago
  • v GABY1948
    That was so FUN and I did it also so letting you know.....THANKS for posting it! emoticon
    1 day ago
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