APRILRUSSELL3   34,715
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This was me at 245 lbs.





This was me at 130 lbs, back when I was in college.





My brother, Chris and I at the 2014 Drop your Drawers and Run Wild-Denver 5K



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August 2014 Will Be Here Before I Know It~Or 2015?!

I have been overweight most of my adult life. I am almost 40 and it's time to get healthy. Heart disease, diabetes run in my family but not for me! No thank you. I'm learning to like good food and crave working out. My favorite activity is walking and running and workout videos and cycling. I bravely broke out the rollerblades after 10 years and it was fun.
2014 will be my year. . .
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This journey is not as simple as I thought it would be. It ...
I have been overweight most of my adult life. I am almost 40 and it's time to get healthy. Heart disease, diabetes run in my family but not for me! No thank you. I'm learning to like good food and crave working out. My favorite activity is walking and running and workout videos and cycling. I bravely broke out the rollerblades after 10 years and it was fun.
2014 will be my year. . .
* * Time to update my page:
This journey is not as simple as I thought it would be. It hasn't been easy. But it has been totally worth it. I am learning so much about myself and how to tap into my inner strengths when I need it. I am learning that I have more self-control than I thought possible. I am learning how to stick with something because it is completely worthwhile. I am learning how to go the distance. I've come too far to quit now.
I am not superhuman. I have lots of slip-ups. But I get right back on track. To anyone reading this, you have what it takes and just have to stay with it.
I was so miserable when I was fat and I didn't have any hope or think I could lose that much weight. I was so sad. But now I don't think of myself as fat, just a little overweight, and I'm running! That's something that I never would have thought possible. But I love to run now! And I'm getting faster, but I had to start out very slow and make myself keep going. I started running by jogging laps in my living room around the sofa before I ever went out on the road or to the track. You always have to start somewhere. Give yourself tiny goals and take baby steps toward those goals.
I still have a long way to go on the weight loss but I know I will get there one day. It won't be August 2014 like I hoped but that is okay. When I started out, I had to believe it would be that quick because I didn't think I could go the distance. Now I know better: I know I will do this for the rest of my life. There is no finish line and there is no going back.
I believe in myself again! I am enjoying the journey!


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APRILRUSSELL3 It's day two of staying in my calories! So far so good.
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Member Since: 9/27/2013

SparkPoints: 34,715

Fitness Minutes: 12,550

My Goals:
To lose 100 pounds.
To be healthier and more active.
To have greater self-mastery and self-confidence.

My Program:
I eat daily 1200 calories of whole grains, eggs, fish and chicken, fruits, vegetables, limited dairy, limited oils. I work out five to seven times a week. This is a lifestyle change for the rest of my life. My favorite saying, "If not now, when?"

Personal Information:
I live in Texas, married and work in insurance. My email is april.russell2@yahoo.com

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My hobbies are cooking, gardening, crafts and reading. I obtained my BS at Sam Houston State University in 2010.


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LSIG14
8/10/2014 9:06:06 AM

You have been such a blessing to me and I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for all your support. I am really feeling positive right now and you have been a big part of my recovery!

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GOGIRL_93
8/8/2014 8:28:15 AM

I just wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog last week. It's kind people like you that help keep me motivated here on sparkpeople.

Good luck with your half-marathon training! :)



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TWESTEN1
8/2/2014 9:56:55 AM

How awesome that your brother just moved that much closer to you! That is fabulous & I bet your niece will be happy to be closer to you too!

Thanks for the pep talk on my blog. You are 100% correct and I need to really buckle down. It's just not worth it to eat the crap for a few moments of deliciousness :)

Got my 3 mile walk in and right now I can't even think of eating poor food choices... however in a few hours that's when it gets tough! Will try to hang in there though! Enjoy working in the yard today and everything else that you get to do that is FUN!



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TWESTEN1
7/31/2014 9:32:42 PM

"Beautiful Person Award"

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Person Award!!

Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 people who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out.

Again, Congratulations Beautiful!





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7/27/2014 8:47:16 PM

Thanks for the running shoes sparkgoodie! emoticon



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