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All athletes' names in the 2013 Nike half marathon are on the Nike store wall. Pointing to my name!





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140/90. That was my blood pressure late March 2014. You know how you wait for the "click" to kick you into changing your habits? 140/90 was mine. I know that if I'm eating well, exercising and at a lower weight, then my pressure will be fine. So I let that be my click to choose again to nourish my body and to move it in ways that makes it say thank you.

Races on my schedule this year: a couple 5ks in May plus the Bay to Breakers 7 mile run to give me good training for a couple half ...
140/90. That was my blood pressure late March 2014. You know how you wait for the "click" to kick you into changing your habits? 140/90 was mine. I know that if I'm eating well, exercising and at a lower weight, then my pressure will be fine. So I let that be my click to choose again to nourish my body and to move it in ways that makes it say thank you.

Races on my schedule this year: a couple 5ks in May plus the Bay to Breakers 7 mile run to give me good training for a couple half marathons coming up, one in July and another in October. More races probably along the way, but they are not currently on my radar. I started Pilates last year, and it's really made a difference in my posture and even in how I walk. A 2014 goal is to get more traditional strength training back into my life.

In case you guessed, exercise is much more in place than eating well has been. I've learned over the years that I nourish myself thoughtfully when I food journal. That's now back in place as of my March return to Spark.

I've Sparked enough over the last almost 6 years that I know what I need to lose weight in a happy way. Foodwise, that means eating lots of veggies and fruit, getting at least 30g fiber daily, drinking lots of water (especially because I exercise) and eating a pretty balanced mix of carbs, proteins, and fats per the Spark recommendations.

I've had my blood pressure checked a couple times in April, and thankfully they've both been solidly in normal range. My changes are making a difference already.

POUNDS LOST IN 2014
December 3.5 pounds
November 3
October 1
September 4
July 6.5
June (up 1)
May 1.5
April 7
2014 TOTAL 29.5 pounds
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Member Since: 7/24/2008

SparkPoints: 90,456

Fitness Minutes: 61,715

My Goals:
Long term: 30% body fat

2014 goals:
Drop 30 pounds
3 maybe 4 half marathons
Maintain weekly Pilates
Build in strength training once a week

2015 goals:
2 spring halfs, 2 fall halfs
Run a sub 30 minute 5k.


My Program:
Eat mainly fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins & unrefined foods.
Running and Pilates are my exercise of choice.

Personal Information:
7/22/10, 179 lbs., 27.5% body fat, 129.7 lbs. lean weight
1/25/11, 164 lbs., 26.16% body fat, 121.1 lbs. lean weight
11/4/11, 166 lbs., 24.75% body fat, 124.9 lean weight

Other Information:
11/11 Big Sur Half Marathon 2:41
4/26/12, 100 m swim 2:10 min
9/11 200 m swim 4:55 minutes
711 25 m swim with 2 breaths twice
7/11 Swam 1500 meters in open water, 50 minutes
6/11 Sprint Triathlon
2 hours 10 minutes
5/11 8:40 timed mile outside
3/2/11 5k 9:50 min mile treadmill
8/10 3.03 mile run 10:33 pace
7/10 200M sprints: 50 seconds
8/10 1st 5K 33:32 min, 10:48 pace
3/09 1st 10K 1:12:24, 11:35 pace
HIKES
7/10 Black Mountain (2900')
6/09, 6/10 CBS to Avalon (1785')
7/10 Bike across town

Participating in a food recovery group for two years was key for the emotional and spiritual healing I needed to succeed in losing weight.

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Member Comments:
SPEEDYDOG
1/1/2015 10:48:53 PM

Hi Karen,

Thanks for reading my long ““Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 2 – Are you trying to kill me?”

Bruce




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NEWMOMOVER40
12/25/2014 4:10:51 PM

Thanks for commenting on my pie-chart suggestion. I read your page, and wow, are you inspiring me right now!

My son emailed me a picture of me, him and hubby from our trip 4 summers ago, when I was at my thinnest. It was like looking at a different person. Hubby reminded me that I'd been running nearly every day right up to that vacation! So, yeah, there's that. :)

I hope you're having a fun and relaxing Christmas (or at least enjoying a day off, if Christmas isn't your thing!)

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HEALTHYARTIST1
9/21/2014 11:23:49 PM

Glad you are back, although I am not sure when you came back because I have been absent as well. Glad to see you are still moving forward, I could use you as a great example.

Hope you are ok and that your family was as well since you were gone for so long.



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ROBBIEMARIE
9/12/2014 2:37:36 PM

Oh how I would love to move to the land of sunshine! Not only is my daughter, son in law and one of my grand daughters living there but my son and daughter in law just moved out there!!! (He got a job in Sunnyvale and she is likely going to be working in San Francisco.) They will all be relatively close so if I could only talk DH into a move........ Daughter and her family in Virginia would have to move too and then it would be perfect. (hmmmm she did say there was a position open at a University in Santa Clara that would be perfect for her....
About turning 60 - the thought of being at the bottom of a race age group is so tempting. LOL It's certainly been a while and would take forever to get in shape for races but it is tempting. :-)



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SPEEDYDOG
9/2/2014 10:52:10 PM

Thanks for your nice comment on my "Bike Junkie - New Bike" blog. Unfortunately, I have few stories already. The new Bronson is quick and unforgiving. I really like this bike.

Thanks, Bruce



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