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I am WORTH the Investment!

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: 99,214

Fitness Minutes: 76,722

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

Hey, Falon! I hope all is well for you and Miss Kitty!
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KALANTHA
12/17/2014 9:49:31 AM

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“Regardless of what came before or of what has yet to come, what matters most right now is how I choose to respond to the challenge before me. Will I lie down or will I fight? The choice is mine and I choose to finish strong.” (Dan Green)

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12/16/2014 8:01:19 PM

Love your new profile pic!



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KALANTHA
12/14/2014 4:15:17 PM

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You have it in you

When you feel like quitting, that’s an opportunity to keep going. When you feel like giving up, you have it in you to step forward with renewed energy and to give more.

Giving up doesn’t accomplish anything, and it doesn’t make you feel any better. It just leaves you with disappointment and regret.

There’s a way to keep going, and you know it. There’s a way to keep going, and just imagine how great you will feel for choosing persistence.

If you’re weary, stop for a short while to rest, but don’t give up. Remind yourself of all the good reasons why you’ve chosen to move forward, and then get yourself going again.

If you wish to be free of the effort, then do what it takes to finish the effort. Make all your work count for something by bringing it to a successful conclusion.

The next step is right in front of you, and you have it in you to take that step. Keep going, fulfill your best possibilities, and you’ll always be thankful for your choice to do so.

— Ralph Marston


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12/12/2014 10:13:31 AM

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“Shift happens when we simply look at things differently.” Gail Lynne Goodwin
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