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Getting Fit (Again) at 50-something

In 1994, at age 30-something, I weighed 165 pounds and was as fit as I'd ever been in my life. It was the height of the "Jane Fonda workout" craze, and I worked out every day at the local YMCA. I even had a personal trainer because IT WAS INCLUDED IN THE MEMBERSHIP FEE! How different things are today.

Middle age crept on, as did 35 extra pounds. In 2008, I peaked at 202 pounds and knew I had to do something about this. My cholesterol was elevated, I didn't like how I looked, and I ...
In 1994, at age 30-something, I weighed 165 pounds and was as fit as I'd ever been in my life. It was the height of the "Jane Fonda workout" craze, and I worked out every day at the local YMCA. I even had a personal trainer because IT WAS INCLUDED IN THE MEMBERSHIP FEE! How different things are today.

Middle age crept on, as did 35 extra pounds. In 2008, I peaked at 202 pounds and knew I had to do something about this. My cholesterol was elevated, I didn't like how I looked, and I had no energy. By calorie restriction alone, I managed to lose 25 pounds that year. I was able to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary looking thin again.

With my weight loss incentive (my wedding anniversary) gone, I again gained weight. In 2012, I discovered Spark People. This time, I committed myself to getting healthy FOR LIFE. While it's nice I'm getting thinner, and people are complimenting my figure, this journey isn't about vanity. It's about health. I want to enjoy my middle and old age without the infirmities so many others suffer from. I want to climb mountains when I'm 80. No, seriously. I want to be able to climb a mountain when I'm 80. Is that so unreasonable?

In a moment of serendipity, I was scheduled for a cholesterol check right before I started this new fitness journey, and my levels were slightly elevated. Since then, I've lost 15 pounds and have been exercising regularly. I can't wait for my annual cholesterol re-check!

Everyone on this site inspires me. I hope something about my story with resonate with you and inspire you, too.
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Member Since: 2/25/2012

SparkPoints: 12,647

Fitness Minutes: 5,731

My Goals:
Exercise three times a week. Meet my calorie and nutrition goals every day. Work some weight training into my routine. Dream goal: hire a personal trainer.

Goal #1: Consistent fitness activity every week on schedule.

Goal #2: Hit my target weight on schedule (150 pounds by 3/1/14).

Goal #3: Give myself non-food rewards along the way

Goal #4: Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet for fiber.

Weight milestones:

182 = starting weight
178 - done
175 - done - reward new earbuds for tunes while running
173 - done
171 - done
170 - done 9/9/12 - reward = heart rate monitor system
168 - done 3/12/13 - reward = fitting back into skinnier jeans!
165 - done 4/20/13 - need to think of a reward!
** Four-month hiatus from Spark for personal reasons - Sparkus Interruptus! ***
163 - done 10/17/13 - reward = FitBit Aria scale!
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Goal weight: 150

My Program:
I try to eat my own hybrid of a glycemic diet and a high fiber diet. I'm going to start leaning more toward the Mediterranean diet, but without the daily glass of wine (gives me a headache and disrupts my ability to sleep). I walk or do indoor rowing three times a week for at least 30 minutes per session. Lately, I'm trying to incorporate more strength activities. I never eat after 7:00pm.

Personal Information:
I'm a professional freelance medical writer and Registered Nurse. I cover health, healthcare, wellness, and history for various outlets. In 2010, I won an Online News Award for my blog "Dad Has Dementia." I currently contribute regularly to WebMD.com and History.com/news, among many others.

Other Information:
I love to cook. I love to eat. I'm married to the world's greatest guy. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2012!

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DHUNTER67
4/14/2014 8:14:05 AM

I like your outlook on things. I also tend to lean towards the mediterranean eating way, with some moderations for allergies etc. emoticon



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4/13/2014 8:43:24 AM

Good luck on your journey.
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4/11/2014 10:40:59 AM

I look forward to your friendship here on sp. emoticon



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3/28/2014 3:13:15 PM

Have a really great day!



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