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  1. Hi, Christie – I just love the quotes that you have including in this post…especially your own!
    My favorite is,
    “I am stronger than I give myself credit for. There is no need to be afraid…. If I start too high…I can always back down. If I start too low, I will never know what I could have done.”
    That is brilliant…and so very true!

    • Thank you Donna. I don’t know why I’ve carried around this image of myself as weaker physically than the average person in my class. When the coach would say, “Pick up at least 15 pounds,” I’d grab the 12s, thinking surely she didn’t mean the 57-year-old lady. But guess what, when I decided to go for it, I found out not only could I lift the suggested weight, but sometimes more. I’m not aiming to be a bodybuilder, but I do want to be strong enough to care for myself and enjoy strenuous activities for decades to come.

    • Ditto what Donna said. Great quotes. I think I get too comfortable in my workouts and don’t push myself to run further, faster, lift more weight, do more reps. Have begun to shake things up a bit. We’ll see if there is any noticeable progress.

      Most tempting snack–salty or sweet? Sweet. I could have written (although not as eloquently) exactly what you said about eating every bite of a baked good, having a relationship with sugar, etc. and enjoying dessert with your coffee and not coffee with your dessert.
      Favorite form of physical activity? Running or hiking or walking.
      What was the last book you read? Girl, Wash Your Face

      • My natural tendency is not to push myself too hard either, Leslie. That’s one reason I started going to Orangetheory. The coaches push me to try harder, but not harder than I am ready to go. I’ve heard that book name a few times now. I guess I’m going to have to check it out.

  2. I’m looking to start cooking more and eating more healthy. Portion control, especially bread, pasta and potatoes, will be my focus. And drinking more water. Thanks for continuing to post about your thinking on nutrition…. and I love the quote, “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” I’m going to be thinking about eating intelligently now!

    • I really have enjoyed the cooking, Pat. Once I’m retired, I may do more of it. Right now I’m a weekend cook, and my husband is kind enough to fix dinner during the week. Portion control is a struggle for me at times–especially those foods you mentioned. I do find that it helps me to measure out the portion I plan to eat and put the rest out of site. Also, chewing a piece of gum or brushing my teeth helps me put an end to the grazing.

  3. Cindy

    There is a lot of good advice here Christie, thanks. I’m proud of your dedication and persistence over a long time. I usually crave a salty snack over sweet, but love dessert as well. My favorite exercise is power walking, but it has to be nice weather.

  4. You have accomplished so much! I struggle with portion control too. Not only are my eyes bigger than my stomach, but – especially when I’ve done the cooking – I feel that I should be able to eat as much as my husband does. I know, crazy, huh? Fortunately, I keep my weight under control with intermittent fasting. Now, I need to focus on getting in better shape by challenging myself to go further, faster, etc.

  5. My husband and I had a wake-up call when we vacationed in a warmer climate and had to put on our shorts again. Whoa!! Since we’ve been back, we’ve worked very hard to eat healthy and we’ve both already seen the results. Eating healthy is actually easier than eating the things that take time to prepare (casseroles, pasta, anything with a sauce). I’ve even become a fan of sweet potatoes!! And I finally got back on the treadmill today. I’m a walker, not a runner. I’m not sure I can pick between sweet and salty. Unfortunately, I love them both!! Just depends on my mood, I think. Congrats on doing so well.

  6. Ruthie

    I am impressed! Christie, you look great!

    Your quotes me a lot to me. I don’t feel challenged when I exercise, but every once in awhile when I work out I do really exert myself. And, it feels GREAT!

    I am working on getting rid of my “menopausal baby belly”. I need to challenge myself to change my body.

    Thanks for putting yourself out there!

    I also am interested in Janis’ intermittent fasting. My 33+year old son told me that “I.F.” was the only way I would get rid of my “menopausal baby belly”! : )

    • Hello Ruthie and welcome! It’s easy to get in a routine with exercise and not really push ourselves. I know I needed someone else to push me out of my comfort zone. I have heard people talking about intermittent fasting, but I’ve never tried it myself. If you decide to do it, I’d love to hear about your experience. The aging process isn’t particularly kind to our bodies. If I start feeling negative towards some perceived imperfection, I remind myself how grateful I am to have a strong, healthy body and to have the privilege of growing older. My grandma (when she was in her 80s) used to tell me, “It’s hell getting old, but it sure beats the alternative!”

  7. I have a disability that prevents me from moving very much, so I have been trying to walk more. Baby steps, you know. I have started eating better, and trying to do it without spending three fourths of my income at the grocery store. Part of my plan is to grow at least some of my food. Over the winter, I had a small winter vegetable garden in my flower garden. Broccoli, kale, chard, and parsley thrived in even the coldest temps. I am getting ready to plant some english peas, tomatoes, potatoes, and basil. I don’t get much of a harvest from my tiny garden, but it does give a bit of exercise, and a lot of joy.

    • I love your idea to use gardening as an opportunity to add more fresh produce to your diet, move more, and cultivate joy. It’s a win-win-win! I’ve never thought of winter as an gardening opportunity. Of course, our yard was under a blanket of snow all winter. Spring is just now making itself known, and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Hi, Christie! Congratulations on completing the Transformation Challenge successfully! I’m especially interested in how you know what your lean muscle mass is. I will have to research that. I, too, would like to increase the amount of weight I use during my workouts. Today was a power day, and we were encouraged to lift heavy, so some of the exercises I did were with the heaviest weights I’ve ever done them with, but it was definitely a struggle. Like you, I walk on the treadmill. I used to be an avid runner, but a little over a year ago, my right hip couldn’t take it any more. It’s been much better lately, and I did actually run for 90 seconds during yesterday’s workout, and it didn’t bother my hip. Maybe I can ease back into the running, but it will be a gradual thing, for sure.

    Most tempting snack? I love both salty and sweet. My latest favorite salty one is Wavy Lay’s and Dean’s Onion Dip. Tonight I watched Master Chef Jr., and they made cakes. That got my mouth watering for a piece of chocolate cake and a cup of coffee. It’s a good thing we had no cake in the house!

    Favorite physical activity? Lately it’s biking.

    Last book I read? Life Is Good – The Book

    • Hello Gale! Way to go on the heavier lifting. That always feels good. I used to feel like if I was struggling, the weight was too heavy, but now I know, as long as my form is good (and the coaches tell me if it’s not), struggling is good. It’s how you grow stronger. Before and after the challenge, the OT staff did scans with a machine called InBody Scan that determined the lean muscle, fat, and water content of our bodies.

      I’m with you on loving salty and sweet. Sometimes one leads to the next. I have a sweet and then I need a few salted almonds to counteract the sweet, or after a meal, I need a little sweet to finish things off. Do you recommend Life is Good? I’m always looking for a good book.

      • Hello, again, Christie! When I did the Transformation Challenge at my studio last year, they didn’t do any kind of scan. That sounds very helpful. I’ll have to ask about it next time I work out.

        I do recommend Life is Good. It’s written by the two brothers who created the line of Life is Good t-shirts. In it, they tell about how the company got started and the company philosophy of optimism. They explain the 10 Life is Good superpowers, devoting a chapter to each and giving ideas for implementing them into your own life. You strike me as a very positive person always looking for the good in life, so I think you would enjoy the book. I was ordering one of their t-shirts on-line for my mother-in-law, and I saw that they had a deal where you could get a t-shirt AND the book for $35, so I went for it. I post a lot of my finished books on Paperback Swap, but I’m saving this one to refer back to from time to time.

        • Thanks again Gale for the book recommendation. I bumped it up on my list, as I am intrigued by your description. I do recommend the scan if it is available to you. It’s quick and painless and provides helpful information. Happy Monday!

  9. Hi Christie – congrats on successfully completing the challenge for another year. Answers to your questions:
    Most tempting snack– potato chips (and form of fried potato + salt is fine by me)
    Favorite form of physical activity – walking (tho I’d love to say running – never going to happen)
    What was the last book you read – The Choice by Dr Edith Eger – very thought provoking.
    What’s on your mind – retired/unemployed/looking for work/re-inventing??? Labels for me atm.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • Hi Leanne. Thanks for playing along. Just about any form of potato is high on my list. Yummy! I do love walking outdoors. There’s something about physically moving and being in nature at the same time that is magical. I’ve added The Choice to my reading list. Good luck to you in your reinvention. Making that transition (albeit slowly for me) is what started me blogging in the first place. The big question–So what? Now what? I look forward to seeing where this journey takes you next.

  10. Well done Christie and that eight weeks sure flew by. I love keeping myself accountable and it seems that the Transformation Challenge does that for you. I love to run, do yoga and recently started back with my strength training through Strong Healthy Women. Currently my running friends and my daughter are preparing for a half marathon. We are stronger than we think and I believe your results show you that. Congratulations and thank you for inspiring us at #MLSTL. Have a great week! xx

    • You are so right, Sue. Those eight weeks really did fly by! I do like having something to work towards when it comes to my fitness goals. It keeps things interesting and keeps me motivated. Next month I’m doing a walk for melanoma awareness, and in a couple of months, I’ll start training for a 10k this fall. It sounds like you have a great mix of cardio, strength, and stretching in your routine. We are often stronger than we think, and not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Have a lovely week!

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