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Hi! I'm 63 years old, mother of two grown sons, retired, and happily married. Here's my "Sparkpeople History" in a nutshell...

5/1/09 I found SparkPeople! I followed the program, ate in range, tracked my calories and exercised. By mid August, I had lost 20 pounds and got to my original goal weight of 125 pounds. That fall, I stopped exercising and tracking my food consistently. Over the next 12 months, I regained almost all of the weight (18 pounds).

8/26/10 I went back to tracking my food and I back to exercising regularly. My program is simple: burn at least 200 calories a day in cardio exercise and track all my food.

1/15/11 In November, I decided to start tracking what I call my "Seven Daily Goals." I blogged about them every day. I reached my new goal weigh of 130 about three months later. I became very consistent with tracking all food. I also became much more consistent with cardio exercise. I do a variety of things to keep me moving. I think it's different this time around, because I don't plan to stop tracking or exercising ever!

3/1/11 I'm back at my goal weight and have decided to stop tracking for a while. I know I'll go back to it because it works so well for me. For now, I'm taking a break from it and will do that as long as I stay in my goal range.

9/15/11 My father just died...he had dementia and I have been taking care of him for the past three years. This summer was particularly hard and I regained 15 pounds between May 1 and today.

1/2/13 My husband is retiring in June and we have decided to go on an extended self-supported bicycle tour around the perimeter of the US and then onto Australia after he retires. The thought of biking around the US carrying everything we need for over a year on our bikes gives me plenty of incentive to exercise now to get in shape!

8/14/13 I just found out I have a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Our bike ride is now on hold. I'm fighting for my life.

12/1/14 I completed my chemo, surgery and radiation. My husband was such a huge help though it all. According to my oncologist, I have an 85% chance of surviving the 5 years. I figure each day I make it though without a recurrence is a great day. My strength is coming back. I changed my eating habits (no sugar, refined foods, or gluten) and lost about 35 pounds last year without tracking my food....just by cutting out all the "junk." I'm now at my ideal weight (110 lbs). Now, I just have to get back to biking!

12/2/17 I've made it this far! Only nine more months to go until I hit the 5 year mark from my cancerversary.

My favorite sayings are:
If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.
- Unknown
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
- Unknown

Member Since: 5/1/2009

Fitness Minutes: 85,160

My Goals:
8/15/13--to be healthy and alive five years and beyond from today.

My Program:
Eating clean, daily walks outdoors, meditation, being part of a strong support network

Personal Information:
Right now, my top priority is to be a long-term breast cancer survivor.

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  • v RIEANN62
    I quit working night after 3 years. It aged me fast!! Although I do work on call and often get awakened at night at my current job.
    4346 days ago
    Hey, thanks for the helpful comments! I am really close to 37 yrs. old! Yes, it was hot and HUMID! I usually train at 5 a.m. It is much hotter at the races which are 8 or 9 a.m. I have been trying to run at 6 in the evening to get use to the heat like at the runs! I do not own a heart rate monitor, but that makes sense to me to be able to keep a constant check on myself. That may really work. THANK YOU! I will price some. I hope that does it for me. I am going to start training for a 1/2 marathon tomorrow, and I will be posting all of my training progress on my page. It helps to hold myself accountable! Plus, when I have issues, people can see what I have really been doing. Thanks again! You rock!
    4348 days ago
    Ok Cool! Thanks for the website link. I will look over it.
    4348 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for the comment on my blog and for adding me as a friend!!! I see you are taking the C25K journey as well! emoticon You Rock!! Keep it up! You CAN do it!!!
    May I ask... On your page you said, "eat in Zone every 3 hrs" what exactly does that mean?
    4348 days ago
    Phew, that's better - tried visiting your SparkPage yesterday and it kept giving me an error saying SP didn't know this user. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Thanks for the add and for responding to my message that I was going the wrong way with a fruit salad to set me on the right path! I needed that.
    4349 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/16/2009 5:50:53 AM
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