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I'm in it for the long haul. Less worried about the number on the scale than I am with the way my clothes fit....and the number of miles I can run. Less worried about body inches than body image....because if I don't love ME right here, right now, then losing 5 pounds won't be fixing what's really wrong in my life!

Fitness is important. A healthy diet is important. But most important to me is equilibrium. I need a sustainable lifestyle that doesn't leave me feeling deprived! ...
I'm in it for the long haul. Less worried about the number on the scale than I am with the way my clothes fit....and the number of miles I can run. Less worried about body inches than body image....because if I don't love ME right here, right now, then losing 5 pounds won't be fixing what's really wrong in my life!

Fitness is important. A healthy diet is important. But most important to me is equilibrium. I need a sustainable lifestyle that doesn't leave me feeling deprived! While I really enjoy active outdoorswomaning - running, biking, hiking, kayaking, climbing, etc. - I also enjoy a glass of wine in the evenings, dining out with friends without feeling guilty over the calories...and let's face it, at certain times of the month, chocolate is necessary.

Last September felt like coming full circle. I joined SP under a different name in late 2008/early 2009, after I quit smoking for the first time (for roughly 15 months). I quit again (finally!) September 2013. And again found myself gaining weight - up to about 180. I've already started making some great progress - while I still have about 15-20 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight, I'm already down almost 15 pounds...and, more importantly, I've lost lots of inches and gained a lot more strength and stamina!

My quit project was running. I had managed a couple of 5K and 10K races, but I was pretty slow and I tended to need a lot of recovery time...but I had been trying for a year to become a regular runner. So I registered for my first half marathon - which was almost exactly 9 months after my official quit date. I worked hard, followed a training program to the letter, and ran my first half on May 3rd - in 02:33:40! It was so much fun, I decided to do another. I ran my second half marathon on November 9, and this time finished in 02:15:27!!

A little more about me: I spent about six years working for an environmental non-profit in Indiana before beginning my masters degree Sept. 2014 at the University of Wisconsin. I'm an amateur chef and a total foodie; I've already registered to run as an elf in the Santa Run, and also signed up for a 5 mile race on New Year's Day; I biked the 8 miles to campus 2-3 days every week before the weather turned, and am trying to work up the motivation to keep biking in the cold and snow; I joined an outdoor club where I'm learning to rock climb and whitewater/sea/lake kayak (and hopefully roll...); and I'm a little bit obsessed with taking pictures of my cat, Miss Kitty. It's not my fault. She's adorable :P
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Member Since: 1/30/2010

SparkPoints: 99,426

Fitness Minutes: 76,846

My Goals:
My long-term goals are pretty simple: be fit and strong, live a healthy and happy life, and maintain a healthy weight range. I don't know yet what my goal weight will be...but for right now, I'm aiming for 145!

My Program:
Starting Measurements
Weight: 178
Body Fat: 38.83%

Neck: 12
Shoulders: 41
Upper Arm: 12
Bust: 41.5
Rib Cage: 34
Waist: 36
Lower Abs: 39
Hips: 43
Thigh: 25
Calf: 15.5


Current (11/15)
Weight: 164.5
Body Fat: 31.66%

Neck: 12
Shoulders: 40
Upper Arm: 11.25
Bust: 40
Rib Cage: 30.5
Waist: 32
Lower Abs: 35.5
Hips: 41
Thigh: 23.5
Calf: 15

Personal Information:
Races to Date:
2012 Riverfest 5K: 35:34
2012 Spring 10K: 72:14
2012 Fall 10K: 70:36
2012 Christmas 5K: 33:52
2013 Fall 5K: 39:34
2013 Christmas 5K: 35:02
2014 New Year 10K: 66:42
2014 Valentine 10K: 66:17
2014 Indy Mini: 2:33:40
2014 Water Drop 5K: 31:04
2014 Madison Half: 2:15:27
2014 Santa Run 5K: 28:03


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12/21/2014 10:12:34 AM

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12/21/2014 9:53:03 AM

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Recipe for a Merry Christmas

To a cup of tradition, time-honored and dear,
Add a generous portion of holiday cheer,
Combine with the memories of Christmases past,
Then sprinkle the mixture with joy unsurpassed.
Add a dash of good spirits, stir fondly until
You set it to rise in the warmth of good will.
Pour love over all in generous measure,
And garnish with laughter and heartwarming pleasure.

~ Barbara Burrow ~

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KALANTHA
12/20/2014 9:50:52 AM

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This Holiday Season, give yourself the gift of self-motivation:

1. Review your reasons for wanting to be healthier.

2. Think about how you felt when you began your new healthy lifestyle. You remember . . . tired, low energy, lots of aches and pains, miserable, embarrassed, etc. and pay close attention to the smallest changes in your body. Think about how far you’ve come so far.

3. Challenge yourself . . . the try some new, healthy food options; a new form of exercise; walk farther; run faster; whatever. Just make sure the challenge you set is realistic for you.

4. Set up reminders to keep yourself on track – they can be sticky notes taped to your computer monitor, automatic text messages/emails you send yourself, or anything else that will keep your goals front and center in your mind.

5. Surround yourself with others who are positive and motivated.

6. Read success stories or watch them on video.

7. Learn as much as you can about healthy lifestyles. In this case, education CAN be free! There is a ton of good info on this site or in your local library. Knowledge is POWER!

8. Just Get Moving! Once you start, you’ll want to keep going.

9. Keep a record of your progress. Seeing concrete evidence of your improvement will motivate you to do even more/better.

10. Help others when you can.

Keep going!

You are SPARKTACULAR!

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1CRAZYDOG
12/19/2014 8:09:05 PM

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“Focused attention results in attracting what you want.” Gail Lynne Goodwin
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Happy Holidays from our house to yours!




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THEBLONDEGENIUS
12/18/2014 9:14:47 AM

Hey, Falon! I hope all is well for you and Miss Kitty!
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