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Finding my bliss again.

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One of my key mantras yet again. Exercise is still the best medicine.

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This is a concept I need to apply regularly.


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January 2, 2021

In one week, on January 9, the 2021 Winter 5% Weight Loss Challenge begins. My interim goal was to start at or below my ending weight from the last challenge, and I'm happy to say I'll be able to do that, provided I don't indulge in anymore unexpected ice cream purchases. What was I thinking?

Yes, I'm planning my exercise routine and looking ahead to meeting with a dietician to start an "Elimination Diet" to discover what foods trigger my GI flares. My wonderful DH is willing to try the diet with me hoping that it will help him lose weight. Stay tuned...

Member Since: 1/21/2013

Fitness Minutes: 61,905

My Goals:
I want to stay healthy, mobile, and lean for the rest of my life.
I'd like to follow "The Younger Next Year" advice including 60 minutes of exercise 6 days a week for the rest of my life.
Return to the healthy weight I maintained in my 40s, now that I've hit my 60s.
Continue to run/walk, and exercise with intensity.

My Program:
January 2, 2021 Update:
Exercise has to be my priority.
1. Jog outdoors 3 to 4 times a week, increasing run to walk ratio.
2. Do 4x4 HIIT once a week.
3. Use Essentrics videos for mobility and flexibility. Start on non-running days, working toward daily.
4. Monitor my fitness levels using heart rate.
5. Revise my program when we go to our winter home if the fitness center or pool are available.

Nutrition Goals:
1. Make a conscious effort to increase water intake, 5-6 cups; 8 cups is not realistic for me.
2. Reduce alcohol consumption.
3. Monitor trigger foods closely, meet with a dietician in January.
4. Eat a Mediterranean diet as much as possible.

Accountability Goals:
1. Weigh-in weekly, Saturdays for the 2021 Winter 5% Challenge.
2. Post exercise, LTGL goals every day.

Personal Information:
My DH and I are retired. Both of us were reared on family farms, so we love open space and quiet whenever possible. We are able to travel between those two farms, as well as to winter in the Southwest for health reasons.

Other Information:
I love baking, cooking, and eating. So aside from a sweet tooth, I cook from scratch and have a relatively healthful diet. I enjoy sewing, knitting, reading, and gardening when on the farm. As a person on faith, I believe it's important to care for ourselves, others, and our planet.

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    15 days ago
    Yes, those little things lift my spirits. I’m going to make husband’s favorite gluten-free free brownies for tomorrow. I have a heart shaped microwave egg poacher to use for breakfast. I think my heart shaped baking pans went to my niece awhile ago. Enjoy the snow! ❄️
    15 days ago
    I had a German friend who used to bring me chocolate when she went home to visit. Yum!
    16 days ago
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    Downsizing from a huge 3-bedroom, 4-bath, plus "ohana" (which means "family" so like a "Mother-in-law cottage") over the garage. I am moving into a wonderful condo, yes access to two pools, and a short walk to Keauhou Bay! It will all happen in 45 days. I'm excited to make the move! Also, it sets me up to be able to retire within the year! I do have other things I'd like to do in life before I turn 100! LOL
    17 days ago
    One of our older daughters’s cats eats just about anything she gives him or that he can get into. The five cats between both daughters all get carnivore cat food. We had one cat years ago of whom we said she’d eat anything that didn’t eat her first. Fruit was the only thing she refused to eat. We had to watch any food within cat range. We had another who ate the plastic grocery bags with unpleasant results.
    21 days ago
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