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Been a while since I took one of these! Another pound makes -31 total since 12/28/2019.

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1/21/21: NSVs. Yesterday I posted a headshot selfie on my FB page, and was declared "Sexy as __!" and "You look AMAZING!!" by friends! Admit I am rocking the long, tumbling hair. Not bad for 52!

1/18/21: NSVs: More muscle. Thinner face, saggy chin almost gone. Collarbones more prominent. Less belly fat.

1/15/21: I've lost about 5 lbs this year so far, but the scale is stubborn. Too much stress, too little sleep.

1/10/21: Sleep struggles--I've had insomnia since the end of 2020, and it's not much improved.

1/4/21: Broken-hearted. Was not expecting the start the new year like this.

12/31/20: Healthy Happy New Year to us all! May we succeed in everything that matters most.

12/21/20: It's been nearly one full year since I rejoined SP, committed to losing weight, and did it, in spite of a pandemic and major life disruption. Result: 23 lbs lighter than this time last year! I feel younger and healthier. I'm truly grateful for the tools and the support here. For the year ahead, I'm recommitting to losing the next 15 lbs, knowing that will take some strain off my always-achy hip joints. Onward to a better, brighter, lighter 2021!

11/13: I've already dropped 2.5 lbs of water weight, that's nice. Made an appt with a physical therapist about my hip issues.

11/10: I have much more energy than a month ago. I've regained nearly 10 lbs since the end of June, due to couch-potato habits, but am still down 23 lbs for the year. I've started working out and tracking food and exercise again. My energy level is much higher than a month ago. I can do this!

9/23: Spent 4 wonderful days exploring and hiking in Arizona.

9/12: I haven't gained much weight over the past 6 weeks, but my core has gone soft. Working on it.

7/31: End of July already?! Happy to have survived the month with only a 2-lb weight gain.

7/19: Housework is good exercise when it's beastly hot outside.

6/25: Working on increasing overall activity level & spending less time sitting. Need to get out more.

6/23: Am recuperated from giving blood Saturday--takes 48+ hours to recover. I celebrated last night's rain and a cool, sunny, breezy morning with a short run and long walk. Felt great!

6/19: Half a pound down! Had some good runs this week--18 minutes straight on Tuesday, and a mile of quicker intervals yesterday. I love getting up with the sun.

6/9: I've lost 1 pound since last weigh-in. It's a beautiful day and work's done, so I'm heading out on a hike.

6/5: 176? 179? 181.6? These are just a few of the readings my scale gave me this morning. Finally it seemed to like 179.6 consistently, so I'm going with it. 170's, yay!

6/4: I'm back on track with running 3x per week, slowly increasing overall distance (1 mile non-stop) and workout duration. Sticking to a schedule really helps.

5/27: I maintained my weight in May--183.0 this morning. Running less but heart & lungs felt strong on yesterday's run. At size 12, a lot of old clothes fit well. I feel good and like the way I look. Have lost 27 lbs this year so far; more to go, but am happy being here for now.

5/19: After a much-needed week-long break, yesterday I ate healthy foods within my calorie range, tracked and ran intervals. It felt good, not like a chore. And I'm at 182.8, half a pound down.

5/11: No weight-loss progress--usually 184 or 184.4. This in spite of a lot of hard work. It is frustrating. So I gave myself a break over the weekend to eat pizza and ice cream and eased up on my run schedule.

4/30/20: 6 lbs down in April! 189.4 to 183.4. A little short of the 8 I was aiming for, but I'm definitely happy with the progress!

4/24/20: 184.2! I've lost 5 lbs this month, yay, and I just crossed the overall halfway point---26 lbs since end of December 2019, 24 to go!

4/18/20: Moved up to running half-mile intervals today, and it felt good! After a really cold spell, I'm grateful for cool, sunny weather and the beautiful blooming trees and bushes.

4/14/20: Tomorrow I start a new full-time job with a long commute. Hope to make the adjustment and keep on track with running, since that's going really well.

4/7/20: On track so far. Lost 2 pounds this past week and I'm running stronger: did five 3-minute run intervals this morning and walked another mile or so.

4/1/20: No joke, I'm going for a loss of 8-in-April. I'm counting on regular running, walking and weights workouts and healthy dietary habits to get me there.

3/20/20: Major milestone: down 2 more lbs, 20 lbs total, to reach the 180s! TBH with everything that's going on, this is a small thing. But a source of personal satisfaction nonetheless.

3/15/20: I may not be hitting any weight-loss goals right now, but I am easing into running again with jog/walk intervals. It's good for body and spirit.

Leap Day Update: Met my goal of reaching 192, and passed it by a whisker! Leaps of joy! I'm down 18 for the year.

2/22/20: I am not one to count my chickens before they hatch, but suddenly I find myself 17 lbs down, -3 this week with only 1 more to hit February's goal, and wonder...what could I accomplish in the next 7-8 days?

2/14/20: Happy Valentine's Day! Today I was thrilled to actually hit my goal to reach 196. Had my doubts! Have now lost 14 lbs total. Next: 4 lbs by Leap Day 2/29. 🐸

2/9/20: I feel rejuvenated and the vacation-weight is gone. My next goal is to lose 3 pounds by Valentine's Day, which is going to be a stretch...but I feel good and I think I can do it!

1/27/20: Met my goal for January (-11.4 lbs to date), and now I'm looking forward to warm sunshine and a little adventure!

Update 1/15/2020: I'm following my plan, losing weight and having less hip pain already. That will make going on vacation and exploring a new city on foot much easier.

12/28/2019: I enjoy my life, but in the past couple of years, I took my eyes off the ball when it came to my health. I've always been outdoorsy and active...until I traded my physically demanding job for a more rewarding but sedentary office job 18 months ago. My significant other and I eat out 2 or 3x per week--drinks tend to come with the territory, too.

The pounds have steadily piled on, and now I'm at my highest weight ever. I'm dealing with daily pain and creakiness in my hip joints, due in large part to being overweight. I miss walking pain-free, social dancing, hiking and more.

Short-range motivation: drop some pounds and be in decent shape for a vacation in New Orleans in February--we'll do lots of walking! Having all my clothes fit better is another reason.

Long-term motivations: Move without pain in my hip joints and improve my overall health.

Member Since: 12/28/2019

Fitness Minutes: 6,297

My Goals:
Met nearly all of my weight loss, fitness and financial goals in 2020--but developed painful arthritis in both hips, and regained 8 or 9 lbs between July and Christmas.

2021 GOALS:
1. Lose 22 lbs - get to 165 lbs, following the Mediterranean Diet - whole grains, no added sugars, no processed meat/foods, lots of vegetables, more fiber, adequate healthy fats, no snacking, and occasional fasting.
2. Get diagnostic tests and ortho consultation on hips, lower spine - Done
3. Manage arthritis pain through physical therapy, cortisone shots, Rx anti-inflammatory - Done
4. Rebuild core and lower body strength through biking, Pilates, yoga, weights, walking, hiking, a little running
5. Enjoy 2-mile runs, up to 8-mile hikes, frisbee, social dancing, and everything else I love
6. Land permanent job with benefits

My Program:
- Early-morning runs 3x per week: alternate long runs and run/walk intervals, working up from 15 minutes total time running to 22 minutes running + the usual 15 minutes of walking.
- X-train 30 minutes 2x per week with walking, playing frisbee, gardening and/or hiking--would love to swim if pools re-open!
- Strength train with dumbbells, body weight and bands 2x per week.
- Yoga/stretching 4 days per week, 10 - 20 min. sessions.

Food: Mostly Mediterranean, focused on tracking all food and drink and hitting important nutrition goals, such as adequate potassium, calcium and iron.

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Per SP article: Runners building mileage need a "down week" every three to four weeks. A week of lesser mileage (usually -20 percent) should be cycled in before the runner builds back up again.

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