BLESSED2BEME
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So much truth - all we have to do is shape who we are on our journey to better health!




Its been a wonderful mother's day and the kids gave me these flowers as well as 3 new rose bushes for my rose garden.


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...let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. ~ Hebrews 12:1, NLT

So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. ~ Galatians 6:9, NLT

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." ~Picasso

About me: I am an emotional eater addicted to food. I'm now on a lifetime journey towards better health and I am discovering who I am! I have finally figured out that I cannot "diet", I have to instead make permanent changes and I am doing that one small step at a time with the help of SP and my great friends here!

I am in my early 50s, have been married for over 30 years and have fought being overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many programs and always fail. I'm tired of that! I want to love myself and to succeed at being healthier.

I love being a mom, having cats & dogs in my life, crocheting, volunteering in animal rescue and my faith is extremely important to me.

I completed a virtual journey of 1,000 miles in June 2011. Then I hit 2,000 miles in September 2012. I've grown emotionally and spiritually through letting go, forgiving and healing from an abusive situation in my childhood and it feels so wonderful to be free of that now!

My goals for 2017 is to be able to run an entire 5K again.

2017 Road Races

4/2/17 - 48:19 - Purple 5K - walked
4/9/17 - 50:28 - Ryan's Run 5K - wind driven rain/snow, mostly walked
5/13/17 - 30:43 - Women's Run 2 mile - wogged but mostly walked

2016 Virtual Treadmill 5Ks

1/1/16 - 66:00 - Treadmill 5K - walked
2/7/16 - 60:30 - Treadmill 5K - C25K W2 D2 & then walked
3/6/16 - 55:12 - Treadmill 5K - 2 min run, 3 min walk
4/30/16 - 55:56 - Treadmill 5K - really struggled - wogged
5/22/16 - 52:36 - Treadmill 5K - felt strong, wogged

2016 Road Races

4/3/16 - 43:46 - Purple 5K
4/9/16 - 48:41 - Ryan's Run 5K (cold, wet & windy)
5/7/16 - 1:24:23.6 - Montana Women's Run 5 Mile (walked due to being sick with the crud)
5/15/16 - 47:25 - Run for Heaven's Sake 5K (wogged in the cold & wind)
5/28/16 - 50:04 - Run for Life 5K - wogged (my GPS showed 3.35 miles so long 5K)
8/6/16 - 47:17 - Beat the Heat 5K (wogged w/out GPS or music)
8/13/16 - 28:34 - Quality of Life 2 Mile (ran all but 1/4 mile - great race)
8/20/16 - Tails for Trails 2 Mile (walked foster dogs with another volunteer - we didn't time ourselves)
8/21/16 - Warrior Run 5K - 46:48 (first year for me - hard course with long inclines)
11/24/16 - Run Turkey Run 5K - 56:21 - walked entire route with a friend who has a bad knee - beautiful weather

2015 Virtual Treadmill 5Ks

1/25/15 - 57:58
2/20/15 - 53:00
3/25/15 - 55:45
7/25/15 - 55:00

2015 Road Races

3/7/15 - 44:48 - Race the Rabbit 5K (3 miles though)
3/15 - ? - Purple 5K
4/12/15 - 52:35 - Ryan's Run 5K (3.27 miles on my gps)
5/23/15 - 49:00 - Run for Life 5K (Walked entire route)
6/20/15 - 47:30 - Heart & Sole 5K (Wogged)
8/15/15 - 31:25 - Quality of Life 2 Mile (Wogged)
8/22/15 - 33:30 - Tails for Trails 2 Mile (Mostly walked)
9/5/15 - 53:11 - Red Lodge Fun Run 5K (Walked with Lady)
11/15 - ? - Run Turkey Run 5K

2014 Races & Virtual 5Ks

1/1/14 - 58:14 - Virtual 5K for January (Treadmill)
2/28/14 - 60:00 - Virtual 5K for February (Indoor mall walking)
3/23/14 - 55:34 - Virtual 5K for March (Treadmill)
3/31/14 - 53:27 - Purple 5K (cold, wet & wogging w/a virus)
4/6/14 - 48:00 - Ryan's 5K
4/12/14 - 53:00 - Race the Rabbit 3.75 miles
4/26/14 - 42:47 - Dash for Dimes 5K (My GPS read 2.8 m)
4/29/14 - 56:18 - Virtual 5K for April (Treadmill)
5/10/14 - 1:20:41 - Women's Run 5 miles
11/27/14 - 1:02 - Run Turkey Run (Walked)

Virtual 5Ks
4/17/11 - 51:59 - Sparkpeople Virtual Treadmill Walk/Run
4/30/11 - 50:38 - Easter Bunny Dash Treadmill Walk/Run
5/22/11 - 49:39 - Tulip Tiptoe Treadmill Walk/Run
6/30/11 - 48:50 - June Jitterbug Treadmill Walk/Run
7/31/11 - 54:53 - Summer Sizzler Treadmill Walk/Run
11/4/11 - 51:14 - Trick or Treat Trot Treadmill Walk/Run
9/29/12 - 51:00 - Treadmill 5K Wog!
11/2/12 - 49:39 - Trick or Treat Trot Treadmill Wog!
1/1/13 - 48:40 - New Year's Day Treadmill 5K - (PR for Treadmill)
2/17/13 - 49:57 - Valentine Run for Your Heart Treadmill 5K

Races (Wogging)

Adventure 5K
6/1/12 - 52:44 - 5K with Obstacle Course

Chokecherry Festival 5K
9/7/13 - 47:51 ~5K

Heart & Sole Race
6/18/11 - 44:05 ~ 5K - (PR for Heart & Sole Race)
6/16/12 - 45:39 ~ 5K

Montana Marathon
9/16/12 - 1:35:05 ~ First 10K!

MT Womens Run
5/8/11 - 28:20 ~ 2m
5/12/12 - 27:34 ~ 2m ~ (PR for 2m)
5/11/13 - 29:48 ~ 2m ~ (First time running entire race)

Purple 5K
3/25/12 - 48:30 ~ 5K
3/30/13 - 43:03 ~ 5K ~ (PR for a 5K!)

Raw Deal
10/12/13 - 44:29 ~ 5K

Red Lodge Fun Run
9/1/12 - 51:00 ~ 5K
8/31/13 - 47:30 ~ 5K

Run Like An Animal
10/19/13 - 28:28 ~ 2m

Run! Turkey Run!
11/24/11 - 45:50 ~ 5K
11/22/12 - 45:28 ~ 5K ~ (PR for Run Turkey Run)
11/28/13 - 45:28 ~ 5K

Ryan's Run
4/8/13 - 44:23 ~ 5K

Run for Heaven's Sake
5/19/13 - 44:37 ~ 5K (First time running an entire 5K)

Only as high as I reach can I grow, Only as far as I seek can I go, Only as deep as I look can I see, Only as much as I dream can I be.
~Karen Ravn





Member Since: 1/28/2010

Fitness Minutes: 128,162

My Goals:
~Lifetime Journey to Improved Health
~Loving Myself
~Faith In Myself
~Weight Loss
~Continually Widening my Comfort Zone

~ 2016 ~
A virtual 5K each month
A road race 5K each month one is scheduled




My Program:
~ Minimum Daily Exercise of 30 minutes to include walking my dogs
~ Tracking exercise
~ Tracking nutrition
~ 8 glasses of water daily
~ Devotion with the Lord daily




Personal Information:
I am retired US Air Force & I now work fulltime as a secretary w/a family of 2 young adult kids, 3 dogs, 4 cats and awesome husband.

We have 1 Basset Hound, 1 English Shepherd, a Rez Dog Rescue mixed Akita and 4 very love spoiled kitties!

Our animals all came to us through rescue. Life would never be the same without them.

My life changed the first day I volunteered in animal rescue ~ there is no turning back now!


Other Information:
My faith and spiritual journey lead my way. I love crocheting, prayer shawl ministry & animal rescue volunteer work. I'm also learning fiber spinning which has been a dream of mine for a very long time.






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