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I have recently put on 30+ pounds and have noticed that I am not as energetic as I was and my knees are getting so stiff that stairs kill me. This is troubling to me as we are preparing to move back on our boat for an extended cruise. I need to be able to move around and easily get on and off of our boat and on to the beach or into the dinghy. Last year I was riding my bike 15-25 miles a day (depending on the wind LOL) and swimming in the channel when it was warm enough to. Then gradually the weather got to the point where it was blowing 20-30 mph making riding my bike (even at dawn) miserable. I gradually started making excuses and began to get out of my exercise routine habit. When this happens the pounds pile up. I am not the heaviest I have been so I need to stop the upward spiral NOW. (I am still 45 or so pounds lighter than I was back in 2006 when I was my heviest.) I have found that I HAVE to exercise every day, whether it is swimming laps or riding my bike. Also, since I no longer live close to a gym I had used this as an excuse to not do any weight training...poor excuse but it worked. I went and dug in the bottom of one of my storage lockers on the boat and found my resistance bands and a book I bought at a garage sale with how to use the bands. I used to love going to the gym so hopefully I can get to the point I like the bands.

My knees (which are BAD due to years of abuse) got stiffer and stiffer. Then three weeks ago I suffered a fall and really messed up my 'good' knee. At 62 I don't just pop up like I used to! After a weekend in bed unable to even walk...I hobbled to the doctor...left with meds and a lecture....We were going to go that day to stay in a friend's guest house and critter sit while her husband recovered from surgery and was well enough to travel back to Brownsville from Mayo Clinic. This proved a blessing for both of us because they have a pool. I made myself rehab my knee by swimming 3X a day (3 hrs. worth). This got me to the point where I could walk again. This fall REALLY scared me because I couldn't even get on our boat....much less move around and do everything I needed to on it. I thought our Cruise might not happen (this was terrifying for me)......This was my wakeup call. I serendipidously got a call that same day from my best friend that I grew up with and she told me about SparkPeople. We always seem to send mental messages when we need each other. I got online and started SP that day. With this said it is time to put my goals in measurable, reachable here goes.

1. Ride my bike a minimum of 30 min. per day (working up to 1 1/2 hrs.)

2. Lose 1-2 pounds per week. (I need to drop 5 sizes to feel my best. I would like to lose 55 pounds.)

3. Chart EVERY THING that I eat. (using my SP app on my iPhone sure makes that easier-and almost

4. Strength train 3X a week.

5. Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day.

6. Avoid mindless snacking/eating at night.

Member Since: 9/14/2011

Fitness Minutes: 9,232

My Goals:
Become more active....ride my bike daily....chart what I eat...lose 1-2 pounds per week...avoid mindless eating at able to zip my old size 12 jeans by Christmas (last Christmas they were size 20-22's)

My Program:
1. Tracking my calorie and food intake daily using SP.
2. Riding my bike daily for 30 minutes (increasing as my fitness level improves to 2 times a day 2-4 hours.
3.Using resistance bands 3 times per week.
4. Writing my goals down and keeping track of them.
5. Weighing one time per week and keeping track of it on my SP.
6. Sharing my goals.
7. Develop a support system outside of family.

Personal Information:
I am from Beeville, Texas. I am married and we have one dog (no kids). I attended Bee County College and graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1972. Lived in Corpus Christi Texas from 74-91. Completed my graduate work at UCC in Corpus. We sailed the Gulf of Mexico. Whenever I wasn't working we were on the boat. We lived on our sailboat from time to time (looking back I was always the happiest when we lived aboard.) We moved to the Rio Grande Valley. We lived on our sailboat in Port Isabel, Texas for 3 years. The sailing wasn't as good down there and we realized we weren't using the boat every weekend so we eventually sold our sailboat bought a house and later added a motor home and traveled around Mexico, and Belize.....When I retired we continued to travel in the states and Mexico. I continued to consult on the side. We decided living in a house wasn't for us so we sold the house kept the motor home and bought a larger pilot (power) boat that we could eventually liv

Other Information:
We still have our motorhome and are going to keep it for a while in case we decide we want to move back ashore. Currently we are getting our boat ready for an extended cruise from Texas to Florida, Cuba, Isla Mujeres Mexico, Belize Cayes, and then the final destination is Rio Dulce, Guatemala. From there....who knows. My favorite saying right now is "I am playing it by ear".

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