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Hi! I first registered with SP in August 2006, and lasted a whole week before I stopped participating - it just seemed too hard. I came back in December 2006 with a new attitude, and lost over 77 pounds by August 2007!

By 2011, I had lost an additional 20 pounds, but in 2013 the scale began to creep up after a hysterectomy left me menopausal (at 34 years young). My old tricks to keep weight off weren't as successful as before, and fatigue made it tough to exercise as much as I used to. A move to a new state, a new job, and life in general was not helping my quest to stay strong and healthy.

Both my parents passed away recently, due (in part) to questionable lifestyle choices. I miss them both, and want to be around for my family as long as possible. With that in mind, I scheduled a physical with my doctor in fall 2017 to address some health concerns and questions I had. After months of testing, it's official - I'm intolerant to gluten (but not celiac). Since eliminating gluten from my diet, I feel much better, have more energy, and the weight has been dropping off. After gaining over 50 pounds since 2013, I only have 15-20 pounds left to lose.

I'm still learning the ropes of gluten-free life, and tracking my food ensures I don't replace gluten with unhealthy fats or Frankenfoods. I'm also working on my fitness - I was in my 20s when I initially joined SP, and could do cardio nonstop. Now that I'm almost 40, I'm focused more on stretching, strength training, and HIIT. I've got this!

Member Since: 8/21/2006

Fitness Minutes: 17,034

My Goals:
-Get my CPA license
-Be an awesome mom and wife!
-Complete a half marathon in under 2 hours (current PR is 2:07)
-Do a push-up (of all my goals, this one seems the most elusive!!)

My Program:
I'm sticking with SP's calorie and other nutritional guidelines every day, and exercising 3-5x/week. I'm a C25k graduate and completed my first marathon in November 2008. I also play tennis, and enjoy bicycling and using my elliptical. I strength train 2-3x per week.

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I have a wonderful husband, one son, and two stepdaughters. I also have several furbabies.

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    WOW- congrats on all that weight loss! You look really great!
    You are definitely a source of inspiration!
    Good luck with your marathon training!
    3481 days ago
    Wow just have to say how impressed i am with all your exercise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3483 days ago
    My 9+ miles was pretty great, actually. I'm overseas right now - away from training group, but lots of exciting new places to run through and see. It's a great way to explore a city! I do think I need to work on a lower-fiber diet prior to long runs -- last night I was at a picnic with lots of healthy, delicious salads, but it did NOT agree with my intestines in the last stretch home.

    It's really great that your 10 year old son can bike alongside you. That's totally way better than any training group!

    Keep in touch about how your training is going!
    3507 days ago
    Hi, right back at you! Congratulations on the marathon decision! That's so great! Which training program are you following? I joined a local running group organized by USA Fit, which has the benefit of making me more accountable for my completing runs and also gives company and support (in form of water and aid stations) on the long runs. I'm still sometimes a bit daunted by the fact that I'm actually doing this, but I am having a blast with the training so far, and I'm sure by November 26 miles will seem doable!

    Anyway, keep us posted on how training goes. I've got 9 miles tomorrow!
    3508 days ago
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    You're incredible! Just nominated you as a motivational member as well... I really hope me, too, can get under the 160 one day... Which marathon are you training for?
    3509 days ago
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