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Are we doomed to gain weight when we hit 40-ish and our metabolisms slow? I'm living proof that the answer is NO!

I refused to accept that! With the help of Spark People, I have not only beat the over-40 metabolism, I have achieved the body that I never thought I would have!

When I started Spark People, I just wanted to get back to the weight I had been most of my life - 135. However, I got there, and realized I had the tools to take it further, to create the body I had always secretly yearned for, but never dreamed was possible.

I'm so thankful that the over-40 metabolism hit, because it forced me to start exercising - and exercise has enabled me to achieve goals I never thought possible.

At 40+ I'm thinner than I have ever been, I'm stronger than I have ever been, I'm fitter than I have ever been, I'm healthier than I've ever been, and I feel better than I did in my 20's! So, THANKS, over-40 metabolism! You put forth a good effort at slowing me down, but with the help of Spark People, I win! :P

Member Since: 2/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 63,556

My Goals:
1) My original goal was to get back to 135 lbs. With the help of SP, I realized that I could achieve even more! Since then, I set 5 lb mini goals, watching the changes to my body, and trying to determine where I want to land. I finally decided that 120 lb would be my final goal, and I reached that goal in January 2010!

2) Strength train consistently and get stronger.

3) Climb a 5.10a clean. DONE, June 2010

NEW GOAL: Climb a 5.10b clean outside, climb a 5.11 clean inside.

4) Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

5) Stay positive!!!!

My Program:
Maintain my weight by continuing to log my foods, and stay within my calorie budget, which is currently 1570-1920 calories a day.

Continue with 6-7 cardio workouts a week.

Strive for greater consistency in my strength training workouts.

Here's my current workout schedule:

Monday: Cycle 13.4 Miles (62 minutes)(Commute to work)

Tuesday: Cycle 13.4 Miles (62 minutes)(Commute to work)

Wednesday: Cycle 13.4 Miles (62 minutes)(Commute to work)

Thursday: Cycle 13.4 Miles (62 minutes)(Commute to work)

Friday: Rock climbing in the gym, on the weeks that I don't have phlebotomy.

Saturday: Run 3 miles (Winter) Hiking/Rock Climbing Outside (Spring/Summer-Weather Permitting) .

Sunday: Rock climbing in the gym.

Personal Information:
I'm 44-years old, and have a wonderful, loving husband, and three teenage boys.

I have a genetic condtion called "Hemochromotosis". It is an inability to process iron. When mine was diagnosed I had a ferritin level of 2700 (150 is the normal high). To get the excess iron out of my body, I have to give a pint of blood every two weeks. That's what the references to my "phlebotomy" are.

Height 5'7"
Maintenance Range: 117-122

Starting measurements:

Starting Weight: 145.8
Pants Size: 10-12
Waist - 27
Belly - 31
Hips - 41.5
Thighs - 25
Body Fat - 32.4 (I have a scale that measures body fat. I have no idea if this number is accurate, so I've just been looking at the change to measure progress.)

Current Measurements:

Weight: 117
Pants size: 0-2
Waist - 25
Belly - 27
Hips - 34.5
Thighs - 19.75
Body Fat - 21.2

Other Information:
Here are some quotes that help me stay on the path.

“To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”

“Always strive to add rungs to your ladder of life.”

"Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

"Health is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.
It is something we have been gifted with, took for granted
and we can reclaim and regain."

"When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I'll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease."

"Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other."

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    welcome & hello Lisa
    It's good to see and meet you here on Spark teams...(Gardening)... Good luck on your goal(s) and I'm here if you need help on this site. Take care and talk to you soon. Stay focused and have a positive attitude will help. I'm here to keep you encouraged and to be supportive.

    1) come in and read the posts
    2) read and join any teams that you think you like
    3) get it know the people
    4) read some articles
    5) most of all :: have fun and enjoy yourself
    You are doing great, making progress every time you come in.

    If there is anything that I can do to help, give me a holler. If I do not know the answer, I will find it. Our leaders are really great and help when you need it too. So don't hesitate to ask. That is why we are here... Always, ERNA
    4159 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my page and leaving such wonderful comments. My Hubby says the same thing about looking younger. He says he has a new wife. We ran into a couple we had not seen for about five years and they did not recognize me at all, they did talk to my Hubby and then the guy said and your name is? I took that as a hugh compliment, then his wife said yes it is you. When we got home Hubby said he should have introduced me as his new wife emoticon . I feel years younger as well and I am ready for each day and the adventures life is holding for me.
    Have a wonderful week. Sandy
    4161 days ago
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