JAY61
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Lola... AKA Mole Chaser, Digger. Suspected to be a Southern IL Trench Hound or Welsh Well Digger.



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Buster (black) and Bella. Buster is full grown here but Bella is half grown.



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Borks's Waterfall, Ferne Clyffe State Park. One of my earlier backpacking adventures.


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I'm 59, live in Southern Illinois, out in the country, and work for a non-profit agency on the state weatherization program doing HVAC work. I typically work Monday thru Thursday 10-11 hours/day. Three day weekends are nice, the job itself has a lot of pros and a few serious cons. LOL. I do a lot of hiking, backpacking, and tent camping. I spend most of my time outdoors regardless of the weather. I had a serious illness in the early 90's and I've recovered as much as can be expected from that, but it left me with arthritis. Otherwise I'm pretty healthy and thankful for that. I have a goal of 175lbs, and pretty much bounce around between 175 and 180. Since I started at 264, I'm very happy with it. EDIT: I'm now 59, and seem to be kinda stuck around 190 lbs, but, yes, I'm still trying to get back to 175-180.


Member Since: 9/9/2017

Fitness Minutes: 14,536

My Goals:
Made my 180 lb goal, and am now aiming for 175. Then maintain. I'm trying to eat smarter, with smaller portions and healthier choices. I'm also trying to exercise more in different ways. Still considering getting a bike, but maybe a kayak is a better choice. Maybe I need both LOL.


My Program:
I track everything I eat, even if I know I'm over calories.I don't worry about being over every now and then, but I don't plan to go over. I try to walk 10,000 steps/day. Still investigating other forms of exercise.



Personal Information:
I live in southern Illinois, been here all my life, but can't say that I want to live here LOL. I love to backpack, hike, tent camp, and walk. I love being outdoors.


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  • v GO_GAL_GROW
    emoticon Happy Sunday!
    718 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    The flowers and blossoms are filling the air with the smells of Spring. This is the time to start preparing for the Summer. Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of June. The challenge consists of 11 Teams, that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs, allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

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    “It helps me stay focused on my goals. It also keeps things interesting and not boring.”

    “I find that the challenges make me be more cognizant of my food intake, better choices etc. The fitness ones encourage me to try new exercises and to keep doing exercises. I think there is a good possibility I wouldnt do as much if I didnt track it for challenges or tried to do better on challenges”

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    726 days ago
  • v GO_GAL_GROW
    emoticon How many feeders do you currently have hanging? emoticon
    emoticon I loved your post because it came from a place of knowing,
    emoticon like finch don’t come if the food ain’t right, kind of knowing, okay?!!
    733 days ago
  • v TMP0418
    Thanks Jay those flip flops match my new outfit 😁 have a gr8 weekend too
    734 days ago
  • v GO_GAL_GROW
    emoticon Happy Friday!
    742 days ago
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