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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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January 2, 2021

In one week, on January 9, the 2021 Winter 5% Weight Loss Challenge begins. My interim goal was to start at or below my ending weight from the last challenge, and I'm happy to say I'll be able to do that, provided I don't indulge in anymore unexpected ice cream purchases. What was I thinking?

Yes, I'm planning my exercise routine and looking ahead to meeting with a dietician to start an "Elimination Diet" to discover what foods trigger my GI flares. My wonderful DH is willing to try the diet with me hoping that it will help him lose weight. Stay tuned...

Member Since: 1/21/2013

Fitness Minutes: 61,167

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:
January 2, 2021 Update:
Exercise has to be my priority.
1. Jog outdoors 3 to 4 times a week, increasing run to walk ratio.
2. Do 4x4 HIIT once a week.
3. Use Essentrics videos for mobility and flexibility. Start on non-running days, working toward daily.
4. Monitor my fitness levels using heart rate.
5. Revise my program when we go to our winter home if the fitness center or pool are available.

Nutrition Goals:
1. Make a conscious effort to increase water intake, 5-6 cups; 8 cups is not realistic for me.
2. Reduce alcohol consumption.
3. Monitor trigger foods closely, meet with a dietician in January.
4. Eat a Mediterranean diet as much as possible.

Accountability Goals:
1. Weigh-in weekly, Saturdays for the 2021 Winter 5% Challenge.
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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    Thank you for the well wishes on the 5% challenge! I did better on the last challenge but gained what I lost back over the holidays. Really making an effort to pack my lunch everyday and watch my portions.
    1112 days ago
  • v MISSY455
    Weather here in the Treasure Valley has actually been pretty good. It was in the mid-40's today while I was out running errands. Possible rain tomorrow, that should melt the end of our snow up here in the foothills. They closed Bogus to skiing until Friday, and then they will reassess if we get any rain/snow this week. Such a difference from last year!

    My lack of exercise minutes is more to do with life issues right now. We are working on the house, so I haven't been getting out much during the day, except when we were dog-sitting this weekend. He's an old timer though, so my walks with him couldn't be considered cardio at all :-) Our gym opens back up one day this week, so hopefully can get a routine going again there. My home gym is still a mash of boxes and excess furniture, but making progress there too. Getting settled this time has certainly been a process.
    1113 days ago
    Thank you I had a great start and you?
    1114 days ago
    I'm very glad to be started on our certainly gives me the extra motivation I need to keep up the good work.

    Is that your barn in the banner picture. It's pretty.
    1114 days ago
    Isn’t it great to have a coffeemaking husband? emoticon
    1119 days ago