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I am 5 and a half years retired and want to continue enjoying an active engaged life. I have had a high energy level and have been able to use a fitbit and sparkpeople to lose 35+ pounds 235 to low of 186 . I have gained to 210 and am committed to get going in the right direction again. I realize that I am not 20 years old and want to extend my healthspan (not just lifespan) as much as possible.

I have found tracking food intake and daily monitoring of results the best way to sustain motivation. I also track steps and this has saved my health as I get distracted from a nutrition and caloric focus. Strength training is a goal too, but not the strong focus that walking was for me. In my fifth year I have become more sporatic with my walking and bike workouts. I will recommit to doing something daily either walking or riding in reality or on a stat bike.

I want to stay in contact with a variety of friends and family, helping them and giving and getting support, but without taking over their problems. I have been successful in helping a friend who was slipping away to bounce back a bit. I manage his affairs and got him the practical help he needed to move forward and enjoy living a bit. I want to continue to oversee his progress.

I am recommitting to daily monitoring with immediate adjustments as a life long strategy, rather than the diet mentality, or yo yo on and off mostly off, approach which I know will not work.

Member Since: 3/26/2013

Fitness Minutes: 147,002

My Goals:
Till September 2018 I will track foods and exercise in an effort to get to 205 by 9/30/18, and reestablish good habits with stability.

Go to a gym and do an upper body workout twice a week.

weigh 205 by 9/30/18

My Program:
monitor intake and weight daily and reward consistency.

record meals daily.

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    thanks for the info on the study - I'll go by today and sign in. That should be really interesting stuff!
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    54 days ago
    Hey Joe, Thanks for the goodie! And for the great rationalization for political action. I took a break from Spark since January to work on elections. It is lovely being retired and able to focus on such work. Fitness remains my first priority though. Can't be much use to the world or my corner of it if I am not healthy and energetic. Great to meet you here. Our stories have a lot of similarities.
    55 days ago
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    Thanks for the goodie!! Have a great day :)
    70 days ago
    Hey Joe, Thanks for the Spark Goodie. Speaking of injuries, I just blew out my right knee. Doctor appointment tomorrow. I probably need to replace it so I'll be off the road for a while. I've been considering biking as a replacement for running. Keep on Sparking
    94 days ago
    Great job on your success here Joe. I too use a firbit and try getting in my goal of 10,000 steps a day. I have done good of getting 55 lbs off so far. But my BMI tells me I need to lose more. Goal to lose 25 lbs by May.
    316 days ago
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