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2021

During April I've managed to expand my range of activities to include swimming and cycling as well as my running, yoga, and home-based workouts. During May, my intention is to continue to build on these new habits - to have a more well-rounded exercise programme. I'm also edging towards joining in with other people - I have a sometimes running buddy, and I've joined a cycling group for women. For a loner, these are big steps!

I am 66 yrs old, 5'3" tall. In case you're curious, my 'goal' weight on the ticker is 114lbs.

As I get older, I'm finding it more and more necessary to make sure I move every day - that means physical training every day - flexibility, strength, mobility, stamina. Being seriously committed to it - not just doing it when I feel like it.

I want to be strong, fit, supple, happy, healthy, full of energy!

Keeping weight down is worthwhile for many reasons - but check this out:-

".. every pound of weight loss results in five pounds of stress taken off your knees, seven pounds off your ankles, and a whopping ten pounds off your spinal discs!"


Member Since: 11/17/2012

Fitness Minutes: 49,061

My Goals:
These are my physical goals: I want to have achieved the following:-

1) to be maintaining my weight around 110lbs by the end of 2021

2) to keep my waist under 29" (I'd like to get it down to 27" eventually!)

3) to maintain a supple and strong body into my later years

4)To be a slim, strong, fit woman!

May 2021 : 8 stone 3lbs (115lbs) BMI 20.4 (normal range) WHR 0.82 (moderate risk - avocado shape)


My Program:
I aim to walk or run at least 30 mins every day. Ideally the running needs to be 3 times a week and I'm currently working towards 10k. Also religiously doing warm-ups before running and stretches after running/

On non-running days, I'm doing workouts with Our Parks' Couch to Fitness programme. Pilates for seniors with Girl on the Pilates Mat. And for running strength - Kyle Kranz on You Tube

For the behavioural/emotional reasons for eating: Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss programme

NoS diet - No snacks, sweets or seconds except on days that begin with S.

My meal times have changed - I now have breakfast around 9am, lunch around 1pm, and tea around 5pm - so I'm effectively having an overnight 'fast' of at least 14 hours - usually longer. I consider this a healthy achievement.

I have been a vegetarian since I was 18 yrs old. I am aiming to shift to mostly vegan.



Personal Information:
I live by the sea in the South West of the UK. I'm retired. I have one son who is married and lives a couple of hundred miles away - and they have one child, my most treasured grandson, who will be 4 in 2021. I have no pets. I live in a flat in a block for seniors. When we're not in a pandemic 'lockdown' I volunteer at an independent library, doing admin kind of stuff, and also at an art gallery/community hub project - also mostly admin. I belong to a recorder group. And I am also learning Cornish at evening class (on zoom at the moment).


Other Information:
Books I've found useful:
'Eating Less - say goodbye to overeating' by Gillian Riley
'The end of overeating - taking control of our insatiable appetite' by David A Kessler
'100 Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle
'100 MORE Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle
'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg
'Refuse to Regain' by Barbara Berkeley
'Life is Hard, Food is Easy' by Linda Spangle
'Make Friends with the Scale' by Linda Spangle
'Eat, Move, Sleep' by Tom Rath


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  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "Making changes in your life is never an easy task. The key, however, is not to get caught up in the distance you have to go to get to where you want to be. Nor should you despair over the amount of control you have over your circumstances. Progress is made in the small, intentional steps, and chances are, you have more power than you think. By focusing on little steps you can take every day, the progress you make will motivate you to continue your journey, and eventually, you can go wherever you want to go. The important thing is simply to begin."
    -Stephen Cherniske
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    Have a great week, Sparkfriend! Take those intentional steps towards your goals! Every small step is progress, and you are so worth it!
    Hugs,
    Pixie

    2976 days ago
  • v PAPAMIKIE
    A link to my Sparks Blog series on Chi Running

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
    _journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3720928
    2978 days ago
  • v JOYINKY
    The hoop caddy idea came from MOSTMOM1, it is handy; especially for taking a bunch of hoops in the car. Pretty soon, you'll have a bunch of hoops like the rest of us! Smiles, Joy
    2984 days ago
  • v JOYINKY
    Thank you for visiting my gallery and the kind comments on my pictures. Life is good and I am blessed.
    2984 days ago
  • v CLOVER2
    Thank YOU for taking the time to read it! I know it was pretty long but I really wanted to get down just how far I have come and how very lucky I am to have found people like you!
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    2985 days ago