I'm 60 "plus" yrs. old (but younger than 70 :-) and 5ft. 8in. tall. I have a very busy schedule between working, volunteering and being involved with my church.
I'm single with no children... but have a throng of nieces, nephews and God children. I love animals and at present have 2 cats.. (I like dogs too, but schedule too busy to give proper attention right now.)
These are my motivations for getting to my goal weight (130s):
2) Comfortable longevity
3) Stamina & energy
4) Easier and safer for running
5) Sense of accomplishment I get from running
6) Sense of control and self-actualization
I'm already at an "acceptable" weight, but that's the problem. I keep gaining and losing the same 25-40 lbs (within the "healthy" range, according to the charts, but it is not healthy to yo-yo!) It is too easy to just say "I'm ok the way I am." I am at my best when I'm in the 130s, so I want to get there and stay there.
This is my ultimate goal: I am training for a 5K which has not been scheduled yet (in fact, it is probable that the race organizers have not even been born yet!), but it will be March 4, 2062, the first Saturday after I turn 100.
All of my marathons, all my workouts, all my good eating habits – all of this is directed toward that one goal – being healthy and in good condition to run this 5K.
And I will keep running them until I get an age group medal! :-)I am 52, separated, mother of two adult children. I’m a church organist and I teach piano at a community college and in a community school of music, and I do some accompanying, wedding gigs, etc. I am also a volunteer adult literacy tutor, and have three three-legged cats. (Nine cat legs total).
Before age 42 1/2, I did no exercising whatsoever. I was only slightly overweight – (5’7”, in the upper 160s) -- nothing to be too concerned about, but a question popped into my head all of a sudden – “What kind of 76-year-old do I want to be someday?” -- and for some reason, I pictured a 76-year-old me, running a road race. This was weird, because I knew I couldn’t run 2 blocks. But I realized that the future I was envisioning for myself was not the future I was preparing for. So I bought a pair of running shoes that day, and have been running ever since. I have had good times and bad with this – including several marathons in several states – and a stress fracture, with a period of time spent on crutches and in a wheelchair! I think I have a handle on what I’m doing now, but I am constantly learning new things about what works for me and what doesn’t!
I thought that with all that running, weight loss would come automatically, but that was not the case. It was pretty clear, though, that the running would be a lot easier if I lost 20, or even 30 lbs., so I started reading about what is the best way to fuel (and not overfuel) all this activity.
I joined PT in April 2007, and found that just logging what I ate caused me to lose weight! Even if nobody reads it, I feel accountable, and I am aware of what kinds of foods I’m eating and in what amounts – so it’s a natural check & balance. Logging every day is really important. I quit being active at PeerTrainer a few years ago, but now I'm back -- because so is the weight. Thought I'd give it a try again.
My health is important!
Treating my body with love and respect.
1) eat/drink to win (refers to healthiest version of self)
2) 64 oz h2o daily
3) do not turn to food for support - even when stressors are crazy!
4) keep active (will increase w time)
5) remember there is a light at end of this tunnel = health
6) 1st healthy choice 2nd portion control 3rd overall awareness of my body's needs
7) sleep well
8) pray (always top priority for me)
9) will identify more....
I'm a 47 year old professional. I'm married w/ 2 kids, one in college and out of college and on his own. I'm 5'9" tall and have been overweight since my first baby was born in 1989. I took off about 40 pounds in 2005 when I did Slim4Life. Over the next 4 years I put about 15 of it back on.