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2021

I've got it down with diet and exercise, but my mental health has taken a bigger knock than usual during the pandemic and most days I feel like a slightly deflated balloon. So - this month my aim it to inject some enthusiasm back into my life.

I'm going to plan 'adventures' so that I actually do them. They might include going farther afield to walk, and staying out longer. They might include getting used to using my bicycle again. And seeking out new experiences. I will also pay more attention to actually acknowledging what I DO do each day - partly a gratitude journal, but also just a reminder of how I can make something each day into a mini-adventure. I've never been a really excitable person who finds just being alive an adventure - my fire smoulders rather than roars!

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: 48,879

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!

February 2021 : 8 stone 5lbs (117lbs) BMI 20.9 (normal range) WHR 0.83 (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 1CRAZYDOG
    For I no sooner in my heart divin'd my heart, which by a secret harmony still moves with thine, joined in connection sweet. John Milton
    4 hours ago
  • v WIZARDHOWL
    Yes, the dental system here is awful if you don't have private insurance, which not many people do if they don't have it through their jobs. My work is so small they don't have to offer dental insurance. So I go to a private dentist and pay a flat fee each year for their pseudo-insurance/discount program each year, which actually has worked out well the past 4-5 years. I get free cleanings and x-rays, and I get 10-20% off procedures. Not much but it's something. The crown I got cost $1300, then the extraction cost $1200 yesterday, so I have quite a bit of credit card bills to pay off over the next couple of months. I will get an implant in August or September most likely which will probably cost another $1500-$2000. So I will probably get the CCs paid off just in time to put that on! Oh well. I haven't had dental problems like this in years and years, so it's okay.
    1 day ago
  • v DSJB9999
    Hi Gill , thank you for the goodie and the comment on my red glasses, I like them too but the sparkly ones are good for other occasions, wonderful to have a choice! Hope you continue enjoying your adventurous April. Hugs and best wishes Donna xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    ♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥-*
    Wouldn’t now be the perfect moment to do a random act of kindness? Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    3 days ago
  • v IAMBLESSED103
    Gill, thank you so much for the lovely goodie the other week. I'm glad you enjoy my nature photos! Have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon Karen
    3 days ago
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