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Still having so much fun after all these years!

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me at 221+ lbs - summer 2003

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I just turned 58! It took me about 5 years to lose 85+ lbs and to completely change my perspective on living. I've been maintaining my ideal weight now for almost 10 years. My amazing spouse (of almost 35 years) lost 70 and has maintained that for 13 years!

I am dedicated to maintaining this achievement for the rest of my life one day at a time. My focus is self care, nutrition and exercise. I've learned to love myself enough to do what's right for my body and my health. I started out believing I was unhappy because I was fat. I now know that I was fat because I was unhappy.

My motto is "No Excuses" because I have plenty:

Hypothyroidism since I was 35
Asthma that requires 2 inhalers and an oral med to control.
IBS with constipation causing chronic pain and bloating.
Deteriorating lumbar-sacral joint that requires a strict regimen of physio and training to keep it in check.
Morton's neuroma in my left foot; chronic plantar fasciitis in my right.
Prone to anxiety and depression - recovering perfectionist.

It's a lengthy list that kept me obese for many years until, on January 5, 2004, I said "no more."

Change IS hard - but it is doable. Do it!

Member Since: 6/27/2009

My Goals:
I've lost 85lbs and I never want to find them again. My goal is to maintain this healthy, fit body for the rest of my life.

My Program:
Practicing gratitude.
Loving myself.
Fueling my machine.
Self care.
Intentional Living.
No excuses.

Personal Information:
Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC PCC) working with women in transition to make their dreams come true! Proud Canadian from Ontario. Married for 35 years to the most wonderful man - mom to 3 amazing women, grandmother to 2 gorgeous grandsons!

Other Information:
I run 30km week.
I strength train 3x/wk with the most amazing personal trainer.
I walk or ride my bike everywhere.
I have a vibrant yoga practice twice weekly. Backpacking/canoe tripping is my raison d'etre.

Having the strength and stamina to live my life my way is one of my greatest joys.

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