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First race..Niagara Womens Half Marathon June 7-2015. I am in the middle in the pink tank top

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May 20th 2020: I have been struggling for several months now to stay focused on all the healthy habits I developed over time. Many factors have caused me to fall back to some unhealthy habits but I am determined to continue working on getting my spark back and keeping it.
I returned to Spark People in 2014 after two failed attempts previously. I was then able to gain success and have been in maintenance mode since 2015.

Ran my first race at the age of 63 in 2015 which was a half marathon and absolutely loved running. Hip arthritis and a fall which caused a serious injury has prevented me from running anymore however I do love to power walk and am able to go at a 15 min mile pace.

Distance power walking is what I love the most and I love to get a good 15k in when I am no in pain. Sometimes my fibromyalgia rears its ugly head as well as the pain of plantar fasciitis in both my feet that can prevent me from going the distance. In spite of the setbacks, I refuse to let it stop me. I do what my body allows for now while I am healing and continue to look for the day I can once again get out for a 15k and feel great afterwards.

Member Since: 6/24/2014

Fitness Minutes: 94,467

My Goals:
incorporate more fruit into my daily nutrition
drink 8 cups water daily
some for of fitness daily for a minimum of 30 minutes
**more goals to add once these are achieved**

To keep my BMI in the healthy range
To reduce waist and hip size until my pants fits comfortably
To stay positive and focussed on the end results
** more goals to set as these ones are established and fulfilled **

My Program:
daily cardio for a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days per week
strength training 3 times week for a minimum of 20 minutes each session
consume 3 healthy meals daily
consume 8 cups water daily

Personal Information:
My name is Susan and I am 67 years young. I am a wife of 42 years to my husband Brian and mother to Lee-Anne, Daniel and Sarah and to my beloved son Ryan who passed away in 2017. I have 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

I have been retired from my nursing career for several years now and both my husband and I enjoy spending time helping to take care of our great granddaughter, travelling abroad. I love power walking and am a retired half marathon runner due to physical injuries that curtail running any longer. I love to power walk (10 miles a day when possible) but have been curtailed with this for several months due to plantar fasciitis in both of my feet. I am working and getting them healed so I can get back to my passion of distance walking.

Other Information:
When I was in high school 1966-1970 I was on the gymnastics team so every year on my birthday I stand on my head to prove that I still have it!

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    Thank you for the birthday wishes. Have a great week!
    86 days ago
    Susan, thank you so much for that link to the article about exercising with arthritis! I just read it, and it is full of useful information. It will further motivate me to do whatever I can to lose weight and regain some of the strength and flexibility I've lost over the last couple of years.

    That was so thoughtful of you!
    87 days ago
    Hi Susan! I was so touched by your invitation to join your team, even though I'm nowhere near goal. I thought about it all day yesterday and again this morning, and I've decided to wait until I've lost weight. The idea of joining your team as a reward for losing weight is appealing to me. I have other friends on your team, too, so that gives me extra motivation. I've never been very interested in joining a team, but this time I'm all fired up and look forward to it!

    I'm suddenly doing very well with nutrition, and on the Internet, I found some wonderful videos of exercises for people with arthritis and have been doing them every day. I'm trying hard to avoid knee replacements, and the videos are giving me hope, because every time I do one, I feel better for a while after that, and then when the pain returns I do another short one, and I can't believe how much this helps. My thinking used to be so wrong--I thought if it hurts, I should rest. That produces the opposite effect. Finally I've realized that I have some control over what is happening!

    Anyway, thank you so much, my dear friend. You are very kind! I look forward to joining you girls a little later.
    87 days ago
  • v BJAEGER307
    Hi, Thank for the invitation, but I am no where near being even close to maintaining. I will reach goal someday and then I will definitely join.
    88 days ago
  • v no profile image PORTABAYL
    Thank you for the encouragement.....👍
    92 days ago
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