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polishing off the final March bit, the optional Shanda Dixon loop, on March 25, 2020.

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The trail bandits (precautionary bandanas in the era of you-know-what) strike again March 21, 2020.

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day 2400 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 3/7/2020

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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 became 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 67 year old empty-nester, retired as of the end of 2017. I have had some regain of the pounds I worked so hard to lose since retirement and becoming less active. So I'm working on it from the nutrition angle again.

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 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.

Having lost my brother (MOBYCARP) in July 2019, I am looking to find my next steps forward, one day at a time!

Member Since: 5/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 208,098

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, 2016 and 2017, 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.

At the end of 2017, I retired from the workplace. The adjustment did not result in more activity, but in fact, in less. I am dropping off the number of races and

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 September 8, 2018, 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! I am slowing down now, due to some medical issues, but I am committed to doing what I can to have the best quality of life by making wise choices about both nutrition and activity.

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    Yes yes yes! It's those 10,000 hours - they are our gift from the universe. You can do just about anything with 10K hours. One of my favorite quotes is from Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki, who when asked how long it takes to become a musician answered "3 hours a day for 9 years ...... or .... 9 hours a day for 3 years" That's 10K hours.

    How precious you have written memories from your grandmother and how cool that she painted - and you still have some of her artwork.

    Thank you for the kind words about my painting too!

    Well - I hope you get to be ambulatory today. Stay healthy Stay well. Know you are loved.
    5 days ago
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    You always receive the answers to your questions. It just might not be what you were expecting. Leah Levkowitz
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    Stay well!

    6 days ago
    You are welcome, sweetheart. I am glad to share my springtime ... though she has only paid us a cursory visit. Tonight I'll probably have a fire in the stove - going down into the 30's.
    6 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear about the DIL. I'm glad she can talk to you and get some support. Tough go! Too young for a stroke!!! Yep, let's ask the good Lord for some help for her to be back on her feet...and computer!
    7 days ago
  • v MSLZZY
    Thanks for sharing the comments on grandma who was able to keep her
    perspective during the 1918 flu epidemic. Seems we have much to learn
    and much to be thankful for. HUGS!
    7 days ago
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