Themedalist's profile


52 years old
"Your Health is Your Wealth"

About Me:


Friend Requests: I'm not really accepting friend requests at this time. I have maintained a healthy weight/size for two years now and as a result I don't spend as much time on MFP as I once did. So I'm probably not the best friend for those just starting out or mid-stream in their weight loss journeys. But if you're in or nearing Maintenance, or you recognize the fundamental truth that a full and complete life MUST include Boston Cream Pie, please send me a note with a little about yourself with your friend request. Thanks.


I've been using MFP since July 2011 and I love it. The support from my friends here is terrific, I've learned a great deal from the forums, and I love being part of this community.

I'm being dragged kicking and screaming into my 50's. If I must go, I'm going to be fit and fabulous! I'm a happily married mother of a college student. I don't cook (unless a grilled panini counts), I love to exercise, spend time with my family and friends, and I'm the world's best secret keeper (oh, the things people have told me!)

I've been a pescatarian for many years. Living in New England and near the ocean, I really enjoy having easy access to fresh seafood. I recently watched Forks Over Knives and am trying to reduce my consumption of dairy. But blue cheese is non-negotiable.

I love walking half marathons. I'm very slow (the result of cerebral palsy at birth) and I'm often the last to cross the finish line. I see it as a service I provide my fellow marathoners. "I'll be last, so you won't have to be." I couldn't care less about my time. I enjoy the walks immensely and spend the hours taking pictures, blogging about the race, and thanking as many volunteers as I can. I still get a finisher's medal!

In the summer of 2012, I tripped over a tree stump and developed severe arthritis in my right hip. Over the year it became progressively worse to the point that I could no longer do my beloved walking. On August 6, 2013, I received a new right hip and I haven't stopped walking or moving since then. And I never will.

Update: 02/13/14


What's Your Maintainenance Plan?

If I Had $40,000: A Walker Learns to Live With Arthritis:

Then and Now: My Year Long MFP Journey

An excellent BMR/TDEE calculator:


Why I want to get in shape

I love to exercise but my body shape didn't reflect that when I joined MFP in July 2011. Shedding 50 pounds has been a major boost to my health.

My Inspirations

  • Turning 50 and wanting to be healthier than I was in July 2011.
  • Avoiding diseases and other nasty stuff.
  • I've saved for my retirement and want to be around to enjoy it!
  • I want as many years as I can have with my wonderful family and friends!


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