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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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A Year Goes By Fast But A Lot Can Happen In A Year!

A lot of progress can be made in a year. If you knew what you could accomplish in a year, would you wish you had started a year ago? And that you would be there now?! That was the thought I held on to when I started this weight loss journey: a year from now, I would wish I had done this. So I did! It's been a year now and I am very happy with the progress I have made. And I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. I am pushing toward my goals.
This journey is not as ...
A lot of progress can be made in a year. If you knew what you could accomplish in a year, would you wish you had started a year ago? And that you would be there now?! That was the thought I held on to when I started this weight loss journey: a year from now, I would wish I had done this. So I did! It's been a year now and I am very happy with the progress I have made. And I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. I am pushing toward my goals.
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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Member Since: 9/27/2013

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My Goals:
To lose 100 pounds.
To be healthier and more active.
To have greater self-mastery and self-confidence.
To get a finisher medal at a marathon.
To run a ten-minute mile.

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?"

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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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TWESTEN1
9/27/2014 9:01:54 PM

Still laughing.... I shouldn't be, but who else will have running/animal stories like you?!!!! Bad horse :)



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BROOKLYN_BORN
9/26/2014 7:30:40 AM

Thanks for the friend add. I've just added you back. Good luck in your HM. I read your last blog, so you have confidence you can make the distance. The excitement of race day will make the experience even better. Go for it!



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NHES220
9/23/2014 9:57:22 AM

Thanks for commenting on my Running Buddies blog. Great that you have your running group. I know my group has pushed me a little to up my pace and that is a good thing. I also think the longer runs for the half have helped speed up my shorter runs. Happy Running!



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TWESTEN1
8/30/2014 10:42:21 AM

I love the vacation goodie - but now I'm sad & want to go back on vacation!!! Actually, I'm getting back into the swing of things at home. Had a great walk this morning and am ready to get back to healthy eating :)

Have a beautiful Saturday, my friend!



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MISSM66
8/22/2014 3:54:16 PM

Today is your day to dance lightly with life, emoticon
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soar your spirit, and unfurl your joy. emoticon

Today is your day to paint life in bold colors, emoticon
set today's rhythm with your heart-drum, emoticon
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create today as your celebration of life. emoticon


Today is your day to laugh at life, emoticon
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad, emoticon
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laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life. emoticon

Today is your day to honor your being, emoticon
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Today is your day to see in yourself the face of God. emoticon
Your mind sparks, your soul sparkles. emoticon
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You are a magnificent gift to the world. emoticon
Thank you so much for reading my blog,and have a bless day and a wonderful weekend.



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