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11/25/2016: On Thanksgiving morning yesterday, I ran my first 5K race in 19 months--and it felt great! I walked only a few steep hills. Looking forward to the next 5K on December 11th.

And this morning I stepped on the scale and discovered I lost 1.2 lbs this week. That means I've lost 25 LBS since July!

11/7/16: This week I'm grateful that my running game is back on track. It took me about 10 days to figure out why I went from breezing through 20 minute runs to feeling spent after 12 to 14 minutes.

I slowed down--that was key--and worked on hydration and stretching. Bingo--a 2-mile, 24-minute run felt fantastic. Today I ran 28 minutes but split that into 5 intervals. Suddenly, that 5K distance doesn't seem so far off.

10/21/16: I did it--I finally lost 20 pounds-woohoo! About 24 to go, but it doesn't seem so daunting now.

10/1/16: Life is good. I've lost over 16 lbs to-date--which means I'm finally in the 170s! My run intervals have progressed very well in the first 5 weeks--I'm ready to move up. Blues dance class has been a perfect complement to running. I still do yoga once a week, and have some group hikes planned for October.

9/13/16: I've lost 14 lbs since mid-July! Started running again at the end of August. I feel so much stronger and more energetic, with less pain and stiffness...which allows me to hike and take a fun dance class!

There's a long way to go, though, so to give me a boost and be part of a team, I signed up for the Fall 5% Weightloss Challenge. I'll be looking to lose at least 9 lbs in 2 months. Join me on Team Tiger Monarchs!
8/15/16: I lost 10 lbs in the first month! I'm tracking what I eat (even if I overdid it) and being mindful of both food and activity levels. I have regained strength and flexibility through yoga and walking, and feel so much better!

It's a relief to be 25% of the way to my goal. A long way to go, but it sure is better than a month ago, standing at the foot of the mountain and taking that first, small step.
START--7/16/16: After losing 45 lbs, much of the weight has crept back over the past 2 years. But what's done is done. What's important is what I do about it today and tomorrow and in the months to come. In two years, I'll turn 50, and I want to greet that day being the healthiest, strongest, most energetic "me" I can be.

Member Since: 4/12/2013

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My Goals:
Lose an average of 1 lbs per week. Improve cardio fitness, strength, flexibility and balance through yoga, hiking, dancing, walking and running. Run 5K again by Thanksgiving.

My Program:
Increase run interval times, up to a full 5K. Do yoga in the park on Saturday mornings; walk the dog, and with a friend on Wednesdays. Take a dance class and go out dancing whenever I can. Hike with the dog and friends. Monday evening blues-dance class and social dancing one or twice a week. Strength train at the gym, focusing on improving my weak left hip and leg. Try more of those short SP workout videos! And start running again--intervals at first, working up to 20 minute runs. Track what I eat and drink. Have fun, seek inspiration and encouragement, and keep my eyes on the prize!

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I guess the good thing about being under-employed right now is that I have a lot of extra time on my hands to work out and track everything I eat.

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Trying new activities makes working out so much more fun.

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