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Heading to the gym

Bought this fun dress in Provincetown & the owner snapped the picture to add to his Instragam act

is home and back to her routine! Love walking our sweet dog Cora and that has really upped the steps/day. Weight just where I want it.




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Have struggled with weight my whole adult life losing 50 - 70 lbs but slowing gaining it back. In Oct 2011 I decided to really pay attention to what I was tracking and eat better. I also saw a hypnotist who helped me. Slowly started losing weight and then in March 2012 bought a pedometer and started walking 10,000 steps/day. I reached my initial goal in Oct 2012 but kept eating the same way and moving more and have lost another 30 some pounds. Now down 80 some lbs and feel great!

In Feb. 2013 I had a heart attack. Yikes! I had already lost 50 pounds, changed my diet so I was eating more healthy and I was moving every day. No history of heart disease in my family and the only risk factor was being a woman over 60. What a wake up call.

My cardiologist wanted me to go to cardiac rehab and I started that going three times/week and doing cardio + weights. I got hooked and now in addition to walking 6 out of 7 days/week go to the gym.

My eating plan is basically to eat real foods, lots of plants, and pay attention to portions. I hit my goal final weight in April 2013 and continued to slowly lose. Now maintaining within a 2 - 4 pound range. Maintaining my health is my primary motivation now. And happy to say that I've been at or under my goal for over 4 years and this is a first.

Exercise is a regular and enjoyable part of every day. Not only going to the gym, but finding ways to get in some extra walking.

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Member Since: 11/18/2013

Fitness Minutes: 148,223

My Goals:
I've lost 86 pounds and want to maintain that loss for life. What thrills me is that this is the first time I've lost weight and kept it off for over 4 years!

My Program:
I focus on eating real food, more plants and less of it every day. Make healthy choices most of the time. I track my food daily and I commit to moving every day. In addition to walking at least 10,000 steps/day I get to the gym for cardio + strength and I do barre classes and yoga too. Joined a new gym in January 2017 and loving the new options.

Personal Information:
I live in Westchester Country, NY.

Other Information:
In October I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and earned my health coach certification in Sept 2015. Not only does this keep me motivated and intellectually challenged, but it will help me to help others.

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    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. I totally understand your saying that maintenance is easy for you. My first two years, I felt it was easy too. I have a long vacation now, so I think it’s going to be much easier for me too. When I’m preparing lessons, I find myself nibbling and snacking to deal with tension, but when I’m not working, I hardly think about food between meals. On top of that, I do more of my own cooking, which is healthier and makes it much easier for me to track. I’ve lost over two pounds this week.

    How scary to have had a heart attack! It’s a strong motivation to be healthy but of course, not a nice way way at all, to say the least! I’m very sorry about your dog. Losing a pet is so hard. It was much more difficult than I imagined. I have to walk a lot as part of my commute and it’s very healthy exercise.

    You look fabulous! I notice you’re going on a trip. Have a wonderful time!
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    Comment edited on: 1/22/2018 7:54:02 PM
    Wonderful! Have a safe trip.
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