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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 Oops! Broke that streak already. Today is day one of staying in my calories again!
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Member Since: 9/27/2013

SparkPoints: 34,519

Fitness Minutes: 12,430

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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BESSHAILE
7/27/2014 8:00:16 AM

Thanks for the bloglove on my bike tour post. Glad y ou enjoyed "coming along". All day long yesterday Himself and I kept saying "Wasn't that the best day?" We're definitely going to do it again. But not on days when we have Texas Heat. I'll keep my eye on the weather dot com guys and pick another clear cool one.



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HAPPYGIRL1000
7/26/2014 6:34:49 AM

Hi new sparkfriend, just thought I'd drop by to say best of luck on your fitness adventure! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm a new team mate over at Walk Away The Pounds



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JUDITH316
7/22/2014 6:13:42 AM

emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday and God Bless, I'm so sorry I am late with my greetings & missed your special day but hope your day was blessed... emoticon emoticon



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TWESTEN1
7/21/2014 9:07:27 PM

Thanks for checking in on me! I'm doing well... not great, but well! My attitude is good though so I believe that will help me to trudge on. How is your running coming along? My knee has been holding out pretty good - krill oil seems to be helping :) It's gorgeous walking here now - the rhododendron are all flowering and it is just so pretty out. Really makes me enjoy the walks even more!

Well, you keep on pushing on - you've been doing so fantastically!



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
7/18/2014 10:04:23 PM

I want you to embark on the truth of loving yourself because when you love yourself and when you appreciate yourself, you will make healthy changes in your life for healthy reasons.
-Steve Maraboli
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Hi! Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog, "A Non-Scale Victory At The Grocery Store." Have a great day!





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