Eileen JoyceLynda Miller works out with her daughter, Kandice, at Fitness First in Grass Valley Tuesday.
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Lynda Miller, 33, Grass Valley, enjoyed plenty of exercise in her youth – from walking to aerobics to stretching.

Not until commuting to Chico State, holding down a job and being a single mom, did she gain an extra 30 pounds.

Rather than continue the trend upwards, Lynda is determined to get back to size 7 and weigh 130 pounds. She’s given herself three months to achieve her goal.

Besides consistently doing aerobics, biking, treadmill and stretching, she’s added three to four workouts a week at a gym. At Fitness First, she’s using weights and resistance training to shape her body as well as add muscle tone.

To support her efforts, Lynda keeps a food journal, watches the fat content of foods and makes sure to get enough protein to keep her energy level high and manage her appetite.

Because she’s social by nature, she’s partnering with a colleague in scheduling her workouts.

Knowing herself well, Lynda says, “Whereas I might cancel a date with myself, I won’t stand my partner up. Even if I feel too tired to go, I’ll keep my word.”

Lynda also wants to set a good example for her 14-year-old daughter, Kandice, both in exercise and eating habits. She also wants Kandice to have a role model in a mother who takes care of herself.

Rather than wait for medical reasons to force a change, Lynda’s jumping out ahead.

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