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Me (140 lbs) with Peyton (4.5 lbs), Labor Day 2011 -

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Captain of the C. Maree

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Summer 2010 at about 170 lbs.and mid-section fat. All gone now.

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I am passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle...SO much depends on it! Eating "clean" and exercise are daily routines. I have finally learned the difference between losing weight and maintaining weight loss. I celebrate my anniversary of reaching my goal weight on June 15. The year was 2011.

A big element of this success is being "authentic". Acknowledging my weight on a scale on a (somewhat) daily basis is a step toward accepting who I am and what all those mental health professionals tell us we must learn to do first: Love yourself. I know that struggle, the love-hate relationship with the scale, and have FINALLY come to realize and accept in my soul that "it's only a tool, it's only a number; it's not who I am; it's only one facet of the person I am." This definitely takes a re-wiring of the brain circuitry. Learning the skills to improve my emotional intelligence has been life-changing and the key to that genuine smile on my face! I hope to pass on these skills and encourage others in any way I am able. Thanks for visiting my page!

Member Since: 3/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 234,613

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My primary goal is to be healthy. I've reached my goal weight, so now my challenge is to maintain it.

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2018 update: I've discovered the key for me! Since Oct 1, I practice Time Restricted Eating. I fast from 6 pm until noon, eat lunch and then fast until dinner. Gave up sweetner and creamer in coffee, and rarely eat grains, dairy, processed goods because they do not produce satiety. "Hormonal model" rather than "calories in/calories out" or "energy balance" model is THE secret the food industry, big Pharma, Sugar lobbyists, diet industry has kept from us, because there's no money to be made from fasting. Dr. Jason Fung exposes and explains this. I've lost 5% body fat and gained lean muscle mass in two months. I feel WONDERFUL!!

My eating plan follows the Dukan diet - high protein and low carbs.
My typical exercise week:
Every day warm up with 30 min of treadmill or eliptical.
Monday: 60 min Dynamic (Art of Strength) strength training
Tuesday: 60 min Intensity (Crossfit) class
Wed: 60 min Dynamic (AOS) ST class
Thurs: Walk with friend and puppy dogs, hilly t

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I am loving Crossfit, the challenge -- to my weight lifting abilities, to my stamina, and the camaraderie -- working out with my DH, my friends who are on similar level with me and those experienced crossfitters who inspire me!

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    Hey sweetie - I'm guessing you're at the gym right now - but thank you for stopping by and sprinkling a little bloglove on my posts. I didn't read the descriptions of the tours - just checked the price. We only did an indoor tour of the house because it was such a dreary rainy day - and no, we didn't wear hats either. Another season I would - but that day was just, as I put it, Country Chic. Calf length skirt, warm sweater and high boots. I felt veddy prrrroper.

    Truth? For all it was fun, I wouldn't expose myself to so many bread products any time soon and not very frequently. But as an experience - what fun.

    And yes - good girl - got that mammogram done and am feeling so grown-up.
    17 days ago
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    thank you for stopping by. you are right... i have to get the carb thing figured out and now that i don't eat meat it isn't easy. plus i love breads and i love to bake. so this round is even more of a puzzle. i decided to give Noom a go, but without meat as a protein, i couldn't figure out if i was getting enough. so i decided to give this a real serious go. it's so cool that you made your goal and are maintaining. emoticon
    30 days ago
    Hey there, sweetie - Thanks for stopping by the blog again. I certainly am glad to be retired even though I had an interesting job where I was successful, well known and well liked - and a day planner was an essential part of my success in that job. It's no surprise the planning process and its tools - have found a useful place in retirement life. Envisioning what might be goes back in my life a loooooong time. Envisioning how a dress will go together - the steps, the tools, the materials, the time & place ... gosh - I've been doing that since I was 12. So yeah - old skills will always find a place in a new life. What's cool about retirement, though - is that I only have to please myself. And that feels best of all.
    40 days ago
    Yes, my friend. Proof that God loves us - because - he didn't HAVE to make the world so beautiful He just did - probably because he wanted us to be happy. Thank you for the bloglove
    43 days ago
    Oh Maree - one could get here via boat from the Mississippi, but I'm afraid it'd have to be via New Orleans. The river is the Rappahannock, in VA, along the seacoast and there's that Blue Ridge Mountain chain between you and us. It's the second of Virginia's 4 big rivers, the next one down the Chesapeake Bay from Washington DC ... which is on the Potomac. So if you ever decide to do a D.C. tour - include an extra day or two and come see me - I promise to take you out on The Rivah.

    thanks for the bloglove
    44 days ago
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