Hi. I'm Susanna. I'm a work-at-home professional. I'm a writer and Health & Fitness Researcher. I work out on a regular basis. I believe in bursts of activity as that's the way the human race was designed. Also, studies show that works best and is healthier and safer than long workouts and especially running.
If you send a friend request, please tell me a bit about yourself. I appreciate my friends to communicate with me and get involved so we can support each other. Now, don't get me wrong - I don't expect you to comment every time I post or be there every day. I just think this is a support group. I try to be supportive and ask the same of my friends.
If I defriend you for lack of activity or not being supportive, it means nothing personal. You can be someone I have the highest regard for but if you're no longer active on MFP or if you no longer support me, I'll defriend you. Again, it's not personal.
If you return to MFP and want to be supportive, send me a new friend request. I only want the cream of the crop as my friends.
Also, if you insist on invoking the name of god or some other supernatural mythical being a good deal, don't send me a friend request. I'm not at all interested in religion, prayer or people who insert their religion into their posts.
I might add, I'm a very straightforward person. I'll be very supportive of you as long as you're trying. But I will also be honest and pull no punches. I don't sugar coat. That may or may not be what you want in a friend. You be the judge.
I've been maintaining my weight between 122 - 124 for about three years and I'm good with that weight. I got down to 119 but felt that was too low for my age and frame so I intentionally put on a bit of weight.
I do fewer formal workouts. One or two a week. Boxing, stationary bike, bodyweight and some weight training and rowing.
Why I want to get in shape
I reached my weight goal. I don't mind losing another pound or two and eliminate a bit more on my waist. But my weigh loss drudgery is over.
I'm finding that maintaining my weight is perhaps harder than it was losing it. It's amazingly easy to start gaining again and, at the same time, you don't want to get too low. Skinny isn't good either.
Staying fit and muscular, however, is an on-going process.
I want to stay in shape simply to feel good and be more healthy. Looking great is not too important at my age although it's always a plus. I want to be able to function above average. So far, I'm doing just that.
My preferred way of eating is merely a moderate intake of good quality, mostly organic foods from all the food groups, including grass fed meat when I can get it. I eat close to the Mediterranean style. and it's working really well for me. I have no issues with people having other ways of eating and I am never critical of those who eat differently than me or choose to work out differently. What works for me may not work for someone else.
I like to have friends who don't diet but who eat real food and try to simply discipline themselves and their eating so they get to their desired weight.
UPDATE: 8/3/2013 -- One of my big goals and reasons to lose weight was to get off my blood pressure medication by getting my blood pressure down to normal. It is now normal and I'm off the medication. I'm thrilled.
While my blood pressure was not extremely high, it was just high enough to be called high. With diet, exercise and weight loss plus breathing exercises, isometric hand squeezing and certain supplements, I was able to reach this very critical goal.
UPDATE: 3/13/2014 - I've reached my goal of 120 lbs. It feels so good to once again feel and look good in my clothes and have more energy. I want to just maintain my weight now. I know it will go up and down a pound or so. That's the way with weight. But it's been a long journey to get here and I don't want to mess it up.
UPDATE: 7/26/2014 - I'm still maintaining but I waver within a few pounds and that's so frustrating. Since I eat full dairy products, I may take in a few more calories than I burn. When that happens, I have to cut a bit off my plate at each meal. But, I usually don't even miss it so it's no big deal. It's so hard to maintain that number. But, you can't let the weight start creeping up again. We know how hard it is to get off.
- Living a long, healthy life
- A wardrobe that's just the right size for me
- Active older people pushing the envelope
- A few older bodybuilders and fitness models
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