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23 Dec 11 This photo is a HUGE wakeup call for me

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After a mini triathlon- Sep '11- trying to get back to this point


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Oh. My. Goodness. I wonder when I first joined Spark...and how many times I've updated this, and how much my life has changed since joining. Thanks to my buddy Sallie, I'm motivated to not just track my food and working out, but getting into the social support aspect part of SP...and thus here I am... updating my Blog....again

I had my son in July of 09. I gained about 50lbs during pregnancy, and was on the way to losing the baby weight when a noncancerous tumor (ameloblastoma) was removed from my jawbone in Oct '09. Then I had a hip graft in Mar '10, and another surgery in Feb'11. The last one left me wired shut for 6 weeks, which did wonders to losing that baby weight. I went from about 170lbs to around 155lbs. Then the wires came off...and well-I love food. I went down to MS for a 2 month training, had a grande time working out and all that jazz...until I got back home and reality hit of being a mom and wife... and then having to move across the ocean and to the middle of the Mainland.

My diet is limited because of my jaw procedures. Ideally the doctors would have me eating "soft foods" but I survive the pain by not eating raw vegetables (carrots, celery, broccoli, etc), and sometimes suffering through to get an iron dose by eating a filet mignon.

I've survived my fourth jaw surgery, and was recently cut free from being wired shut for 6.5 weeks (which helped me lose 20lbs, but I had definitely gained some weight beforehand). Now I'm trying to maintain the weight loss and slowly get back into shape, without killing myself.

Member Since: 12/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 30,026

My Goals:
I would like to:
-On my PT test: max out situps (53); do 30 pushups, and run in 14:30 (that's a huge deal for me, since I haven't run the 1.5mile test since Oct 2008) [took PT test 9/26/11: 53 situps, 32 pushups, 14:08 run] but now I need to get back to this... I've slacked off a lot!
-Have people asking me if I've lost weight
-Love working out
-Have my thighs not rubbing together
-Accomplish a Half Ironman
-Get my %Body Fat down to 25%

Aug 09: 184 lbs
Aug 10: 170 lbs
Sep 11: 159 lbs
Nov 11: 170 lbs :(
Apr 12: 153 lbs

My Program:
My eating is mostly Paleo: (meat/nuts/veggies/fruits - no dairy/grains/legumes)
My workout is mostly Jillian Michaels DVDs and my favorite intermittent "cardio paloozas" (20min treadmill/20min stationary bike/20min elliptical) with assisted pullups/dips between each

Personal Information:
I'm from Reno, NV/Honolulu HI. I'd love to meet up with anyone else at Ft Campbell, KY/Clarksville, TN or around my area to work out with.

Other Information:
I like to dig into the Bible to study God's promises and who He is. I LOVE the beach...I'm looking for a buddy to work out with!

1.5 mile run times:
Goal: 13:05
(these are 2009 when I could run 1.5mi!)
13 Sep: 16:30
19 Sep: 16:07
26 Sep: 15:40

Jul-Sep 2011 Ct5K first 1.5mi times:
7/27: 17:09
8/5: 16:09
8/12: 15:48
8/20: 15:44
8/26: 15:40
9/4: 14:39
9/8: 14:28
9/19: 13:55!!
9/26: (PT test) 14:08

11/28 Practice test: 16:00!! D:
12/19: 14:25
Goal BMI: 24.8
Start BMI: obese...

Goal % Fat: 25%
Aug '09 44%
Sep '09 43.2%
Aug '10 41%
Sep '10 40%
Oct '10 38.6%
Jan '11 38.5%
Apr '11 36.5%
Sep '11 35.1%
Jan '12 34% (calipers)

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    How are you??? HOpe the jaw is feeling okay, and you are doing great!!
    We should meet for a walk around Kapiolani park while you're here!! let me know if you can make it happen...
    Thinking of you! emoticon
    1488 days ago
    Hey Woman! Weekend was good, exactly what I needed; some climbing, some beach time, some family, and a good hike. Definitely feeling being MIA for 6 weeks from workouts and an eating free for all.... but getting my groove back. I can't believe you're already back to work! That's a good sign though, right? Well, I hear ya on mucking thru till Friday, we have SO MUCH going on this week, that I pray it goes by fast! How's the fam? Miss you!
    1494 days ago
    Never heard of Honey Girl... but it sounds like it's gonna be cool.... it's really hot here now in NV... hoepfully i'll be able to find a beach this weekend - do you have any plans?
    1498 days ago
    Hey woman! Thanks for your comments! I really appreciate them... I'm reading a Rob Wolff book about Paleo, and I gotta say, I may be on that train with you.... I'll report back... how's life treating ya? And... when are you gonna break in your new bathing suit!
    1499 days ago
    Happy Wednesday to you too Darling! I am super proud/jealous/envious/stoked for you though!
    1500 days ago
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