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Spring really *is* coming soon! March 7, 2021, sprouts in the back yard.

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day 2825 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 5/6/2021

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He's grown up so pretty! Carl on March 7, 2021

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Maintenance of a lifestyle, that's what this is about, for me. Updating for the start of the 5% 2020 Fall Challenge. There are various pictures in the photo gallery, including a "really, really before". For several years I titled this page "A little old lady in training" "Little" because I had become physically small. "Old lady" because that is my goal, to live to a ripe old age. "In training" because that's how I intend to make that goal happen: by training my mind and body. But I am now retired, for nearly 3 years (December 2017 was my last working month). During training, I became comfortable calling the 120's "home". I had found a comfortable way of eating healthy, a comfortable calorie range, and a training goal to keep fitness level alive. This is how I want to live the rest of my life, or so I told myself. Since retiring both from work and from racing, some adjustments are needed. Basic biographical: I am a 68 year old empty-nester. I have one grown son. Two cats. I have had some regain of the pounds I worked so hard to lose since retirement and becoming less active. So I'm working on it from the nutrition angle again. No single program or diet is the "final answer" for me: I'm a compulsive over-eater. The plan I choose to follow must be balanced nutrition and activity, because it truly is about living LIFE, as fully and with as much vibrant health as I can. The end goal is to keep working at developing and maintaining healthy habits.

Member Since: 5/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 220,982

My Goals:
Stay on track, live consistently, be healthy. That means a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Nothing says you have to curl up in a ball just because you're past the half-century mark.

My Program:
The two pieces of my program when I started:

1) Reduce my intake of saturated fats, while eating a balanced diet with my favorite fruits and veggies prominent.

2) Keep moving at the rate of 20 minutes of walking almost every day, and two strength training days a week.

Athletic dreams that came true:
In 2011 I walked my first half marathon, with HOT4FITNESS.
In 2012, I completed my first Sprint distance triathlon.
In 2014, I completed my first Olympic distance triathlon.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, I participated in the age group national triathlon, at the Olympic distance.
In short, my basic program morphed into training for "big" (to me) events, over time. It takes modification of both nutrition and activity to do this, but it made me feel alive.

After the death of my brother (MOBYCARP) in July 2019, I vowed I was done with racing events, and ran/walked my last 5K in NYC in November, 2019. I have not signed on for any races since. But I am conten

Personal Information:
Obviously, from my groups, you might infer I'm from Nebraska. You would be right. I grew up around here, moved away while my son was young, and moved back when he was a teenager. Love it here, it's home.

Other Information:
As of September 2020, I am STILL an active Sparker, and it is my intent to continue this for as long as God grants, to offer encouragement to others, as well as to remember why I did this, and why it remains a priority for me. Never forget your roots, but do NOT stop at the goal line, either! I am slowing down now, but I am committed to doing what I can to have the best quality of life by making wise choices.

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    Hey Moms! Just got your comment on my blog post yesterday. I'm in a much better mood today. My sister was suffering from diviticulitis (not sure of the spelling) so I was worried about her but she's fine now and at home resting. Whew!

    Yes I'm a big Sox, Pats, Celtics and Bruins fan. Oh and I can't forget the Boston College Eagles! The background was the last pre-season game at Gillette (Patriots vs. NY Giants) and was my frist time at Gillette. :)
    4243 days ago
  • v D00VER
    Thanks for dropping by my page and leaving a comment. It's very encouraging! :)
    4244 days ago
    Hi Barb, Thanks for the goodie!
    4244 days ago
  • v JEN4DICE
    Hi Barb
    just wanted to thank you so much for your comment on my blog yesterday! I am thankfull I added you as a friend. you seem to have allot of wisdom and I need that in my life! thanks again, I apprecite ya!
    4245 days ago
    Hi Barb! How are you doing? Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you (good Positive thoughts!) Hang in there!

    Keep on Sparkin!


    4251 days ago