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One of my key mantras yet again. Exercise is still the best medicine.

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This is a concept I need to apply regularly.

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September 4, 2020

I'm getting ready for the 2020 Fall 5% Challenge. During the In-Between Challenge, I'm trying to increase my intensity and not worry about the minutes of exercise. That means giving myself more recovery time between workouts.

I was expecting to be back in the gym or fitness center by now, but with Covid19 rates still high, that is NOT going to happen. So...

I'm up-dating my exercise program in the fields below.

Member Since: 1/21/2013

Fitness Minutes: 59,888

My Goals:
I want to stay healthy, mobile, and lean for the rest of my life.
I'd like to follow "The Younger Next Year" advice including 60 minutes of exercise 6 days a week for the rest of my life.
Return to the healthy weight I maintained in my 40s, now that I've hit my 60s.
Continue to run/walk, and exercise with intensity.

My Program:
September 4, 2020 Update:
Exercise has to be my priority.
1. Jog outdoors 2 to 3 times a week, increasing distance from 2 miles incrementally to 3 miles.
2. Walk outdoors on windy or inclement weather days.
3. Jump rope by intervals for 10 to 15 minutes 2 times a week, alternating with squats, and large muscle training.
4. Use Essentrics videos daily for mobility and flexibility.
5. Monitor my fitness levels using heart rate.

Nutrition Goals:
1. Make a conscious effort to increase water intake. Eight glasses is hard for me.
2. Reduce alcohol consumption.
3. Monitor trigger foods closely, follow Low fodmap guidelines.
4. Eat a Mediterranean diet as much as possible.

Accountability Goals:
1. Weigh-in weekly, Saturdays for 2020 Fall 5% Challenge Community.
2. Post exercise, LTGL goals every day.

Personal Information:
My DH and I are retired. Both of us were reared on family farms, so we love open space and quiet whenever possible. We are able to travel between those two farms, as well as to winter in the Southwest for health reasons.

Other Information:
I love baking, cooking, and eating. So aside from a sweet tooth, I cook from scratch and have a relatively healthful diet. I enjoy sewing, knitting, reading, and gardening when on the farm. As a person on faith, I believe it's important to care for ourselves, others, and our planet.

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    4 days ago
    I’m resisting a second celebratory glass of wine! I found the bike I want online, and there was actually had one in stock. The Plus model is on back order till February almost everywhere. Woohoo! I agree about you knowing what you want/need. I have to be able to plant my feet securely on the ground, and that doesn’t mean the tips of my toes. Another Sparker who doesn’t trust her balance got herself a trike, but I think I’ll be fine as long as I can put my feet down easily. emoticon

    Our grocery stores look busy too. I read somewhere that 40% of Americans plan Thanksgiving as usual. Scary.
    5 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/19/2020 7:33:21 PM
    Treating myself to a glass of wine tonight. Dinner: coconut crusted baked salmon, yellow rice with fresh parsley, greens with small white turnips, fresh corn. Grapes for dessert.
    5 days ago
    That’s the pits. You’ll have to do some quick research on what you’ll be able to eat and get creative. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Update: I had one 95%dark chocolate square so I’m still in range my 20 calories.
    5 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/18/2020 10:44:29 PM
    Today’s date: drive to St Petersburg to try out ebikes. Took us several passbys to spot the store and then no parking. We parked nearby and walked. Naturally, the parking spaces were then empty, but we did get to walk. We weren’t far from our favorite restaurant, a British-style pub so we ordered takeout fish and chips to eat at a park. I tracked the fish and chips and managed to stay within calorie range by 90 calories!
    6 days ago
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