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Before: the day I sprained my knee, which motivated me to have fewer lbs to schlep around.

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25 years later

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life goal: have a healthy body, a sharp mind, & a happy heart; to leave the world a better place for my having been here (borrowed with permission from Catherine LIVE2RUN4LIFE).

Started spark journey at 83 kilos, walking occasionally and otherwise SEDENTARY.

Achieved goals:
not be obese : achieved!! April 29 2011

get down to a healthy maintainable weight and maintain it. by my 60th birthday, in October 2011.

wear my wedding dress for my 25th wedding anniversary.
achieved 27 December 2011 (see pics).

in order of priority: finish La Parienne 6k in September 2011, run the whole 6 km, not finish last in my age group.
did all 3.

less than a 14 min-mile: nov 13 2011
less than a 13 min-mile: jan 9 2012
less than a 12 min-mile: apr 6 2012.

run & finish the Royal Park Half Marathon in London, Oct 7, 2012. 2:40:57 (12:06 average pace)

Proudest of: kept exercising after running injury this summer, went back to running (Galloway, this time) and still love it. Galloway might even have more endorphins, and i need to learn to accept that being the most macho (i can run without stopping to walk) is not always best for me -- plus i think i'll be faster with it!

Member Since: 1/2/2009

Fitness Minutes: 84,600

My Goals:
NEW goals:
be able to do a half in 2.5 h and therefore be able to do the Firenze Vivicitta half.

run faster: Is a 10-min mile possible for me? stay tuned.

maintain weight (around 49-52 kg)
continue ST and lose a couple of inches from my waist (2 to 4)

find at least one other fun form of cardio that fits into my life and is not too dangerous for a klutz (that is, i'm not going to try rollerblading again).

to find some family exercise we like to do together (and that we can do more often than what we all adore: visiting Italy).

work out enough to feel the endodorphins.

work at destressing my work (free-lance translating/editing): learn to say NO.

My Program:
tracking my food most days, continuing to eat most of the things I like and drink wine ... but in reasonable quantities. fortunately I adore vegetables and a lot more fruit than I knew.

run 3 days a week. for now, videos with ST and cardio for crosstraining days, though i would like to go back to aquagym if i can find the time.

yoga: beginner's class once a week with DD, seniors class once a week (free!), and runners' yoga when offered.

do strength training videos on SP. am up to 4-kg weights. also using a stability ball, which i love.

Personal Information:
New Yorker living in Paris since 1984. translator.

Other Information:
i'm very short: 5 foot 1/4 inch. now i feel petite and not just short!
I stole this quote from Princess Amoura:
"No matter how slow you run you are still faster than someone sitting on a couch!"

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    Thanks for always cheering me on emoticon
    1002 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Hello! And thanks for stopping by. It's been ages. Actually, it was our winter here in NY that has been misplaced. We have had quite a streak of almost 70 degree days that I was just plain getting used to. It's the cold snap that we have had the last few days reminding me of what winter is really about, that I have had a bit of trouble dealing with. And it's still not the blizzards of my childhood. The most we have had is one day a few days ago that was, I believe, a bit of a snow flurry. It's questionable, because it was so incredibly scant, and lasted only a millisecond or two.

    Hope things are warmer in your neck of the woods.

    Best, and happy new year!

    2037 days ago
    I started out the year running a marathon on New Year's Day, hence the minutes I logged. Actually, I've logged a lot more, since they limit the number you can get credit for each day. One of my slowest marathons, but I finished it with no foot pain or foot cramping. A victory!
    2038 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon I see your Spark Friend, emoticon BOILHAM is The Motivator of the Day. What an honor for him.

    emoticon Luck of the Irish to you this year!! emoticon Enjoy the Green Beer. emoticon And here is that pot of gold. emoticon
    2333 days ago
  • v SWEDE_SU
    yes. we. can. indeed - silly season is NOT gonna get me/us this time around!
    2336 days ago
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