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You can do it!
Jennifer, (Co-Leader) Get Fit & Stay Fit for Life
Running Achievements: Cinco Ranch Rotary 5K (37:00) Lone Star Stampede 5K (34:46) ASH Dash Bunny Run 5K (31:15) Bellaire Trolley Run 5K (32:27) Bayou City Classic 10K (1:11:23) Bunny Hop 5K (34:06) USA Fit Half Marathon (3:14:21.8) Turkey Dash 5K (38:15) Monster Mash 5K (41:35) Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer 5K (42:26) Save the Males 5K (44:39)
Fitness Minutes: (12,789)
1,659 8/12/11 7:37 A
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~*~Michelle~*~ ~*~Bronze Warrior~*~
Fitness Minutes: (29,462)
1,943 8/12/11 7:06 A
Wow, that's a great fitness goal! Have you found a 1/2 marathon training plan yet? Search the boards if you haven't yet, you'll probably find one there. Good luck on your journey to better health and your 1/2 marathon training =)
8/12/11 2:24 A
Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, but also to maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place! You're off to a great start already, just by posting here and I think you'll be at your goal before you know it!
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
Please check out SparkTeams - you can choose them by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways. I'd like to invite you to join the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Thru the US @ exercise.lbl.gov SparkTeam - it's a really fun way to track your walking while you travel 'virtually' across America from Virginia to Oregon. Go to the SparkTeam page at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ ual.asp?gid=19805 for more information.
Some of the other teams that are good for beginners include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. It takes awhile to get the hang of the site but you can earn SparkPoints and Trophies while you explore and learn!
I wish you the best on your journey!!!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
God Grant me Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to Change the things I can and Wisdom to Know the difference!
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -- John Wooden
"Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit."
Fitness Minutes: (20,400)
2,704 8/11/11 2:49 P
I'm sure you'll find some great advice here- look for SparkTeams related to marathons! They'll be full of people with the same goal.
Stats: Female, 5'4", 28 years old.
Goal: From 152 (07/24/2011) to 125 by December, 2011. DONE! December 4th weighed in at 124. In 2012 I've been maintaining around 122, which is a thirty pound loss. My BMI has gone from 26.1 to 20.9 since following the Spark plan!
Joining these boards for the first time. I've never really exercised in my life before and I am aiming to run a half marathon in the spring. Hoping to get some great training tips and talk to people who have been there done that already! :)
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