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I'm 53 years old and my inspiration for being on Sparkpeople is that I quit smoking 9 weeks ago (7/2/08) and suddenly I feel better about taking control of other areas of my life such as diet and fitness.

January 4, 2008 -- I was gung ho in September on Spark People and then just dropped out of sight in October. In the intervening months, I managed not only to gain the weight back that I had lost, but I added on even more weight. Also, during my absence from Spark People I never once exercised. As the new year was approaching, I was feeling really depressed and knew I had to do something.

So here I am again ... resolved to get moving again. The one good thing is that I am still an ex-smoker, having just marked my 6-month anniversary on January 2, 2009!

Member Since: 9/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 7,100

My Goals:
1. Continue being a non-smoker -- one day at a time!.

2. Lose 10 lbs.

3. Make exercise a regular part of my life

4. Eat healthier and quit watching so much Food Network!

5. Be happy by feeling better about myself.

5. Find an updated photo to put on here ... that photo is 1 1/2 years old!

My Program:
1. No cigarettes

2. Strive to drink somewhere in the ballpark of 8 glasses of water a day.

3. Shoot for 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

4. Incorporate strength training at least 2x a week

5. Make sure to stretch and cool down after walking or other physical activities.

6. Strivef to track my food and calories daily and evaluate progress at the end of the month

Personal Information:
I live in Columbia, South Carolina.

Other Information:
I love Archie -- my cat. I also love to read, cook, eat and follow politics!

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    Poem by Audrey Hepburn

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