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Pre race - Race Into The New Year 5K (~149 lbs)

Bib, time chip, and medal from my first 5K. Ray Tanner Home Run 5K - October 13, 2012

My boyfriend and I from a friend's wedding in November 2012. (~152 lbs)





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Hi, my name is Samantha (formerly SRBROWN2). I started Spark People back in April 2011 in hopes of losing about 20 pounds; however, I have been on a bumpy ride since then, and I ended up gaining about 20 more pounds.

In high school, I was petite, and I took my physique for granted. Through college, I ended up gaining almost 50 pounds with the late nights, junk food, and fast food. Those days have led to lack of energy, mood swings, and sleepless nights.

For the longest time, I have hated my body for several reasons -- weight gain, illnesses, and lack of energy to name a few. This hate that I have has only produced a girl who sits on the sideline and now, I want to start living.



"Anytime you consider blowing off [a] workout for a million reasons, think twice. #makeitcount
.... embrace the 'me time'.
.... remember that not everyone is able.
.... not everyone has the opportunity.
.... not everyone can make it count."

-EatDrinkBreatheSweat blog

Member Since: 4/24/2011

Fitness Minutes: 24,912

My Goals:
September Goals:

1. Eat the best I can.
2. Get into a workout routine.
3. Work on getting more sleep!

Other Goals:
- April 2014-- I want to run a 10K.

My Program:

Personal Information:
I am 24 years old. In May of 2011, I graduated college with a degree in History and a certification in Art History. Currently, I am working full time until I figure out my plans in regards to graduate school.

Some things I love:
*Football (Go Gamecocks!).
*Running & 5Ks.
*Family & friends.
*Art History.
*The Beach.
*Rainy days.
*Good quotes.

Other Information:
Personal Bests:

*July 28th, 2011: Ran 15 minutes straight.

*August 5th, 2011: Ran 25 minutes straight. (13 minutes/mile)

*August 9th, 2011: Ran for 30 minutes straight.

*July 30, 2012: Walked 5K in 47:02.

*October 3, 2012: Walked/Ran 5K in 39:29.

*October 13, 2012: Ray Tanner's Home Run 5K - 35:43 (Ran).

*December 29, 2012: Race Into the New Year 5K - 33:11 (Ran).
2012 Races:

*October 13 - Ray Tanner's Home Run 5K.

*December 29 - Race Into the New Year 5K.
2013 Races:

*January 31 - Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial 5K.

*March 30 - Race for the Inlet 5K

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  • v MELLYBEANS0919
    Happy to hear from you. Currently sick, but it'll hopefully go away soon. Doing well otherwise. Do you post on Spark much anymore?

    1317 days ago
  • v MELLYBEANS0919
    Hey Sam,
    It has been forever. How are you? Hope all is well.

    1317 days ago
  • v MELLYBEANS0919
    Hi Sam.
    I am sorry I didn't see your message till now. I had a great Christmas. Spring is seeming closer, still some snow on the ground, but we've had some nicer temperatures happening so that makes me happy. How are you doing? Are you still on a break from here?
    1400 days ago
    It's going pretty well. I still have some pain in the abdominal muscles, and my entire belly is still numb, and it's still raised around the incision site, but everything does seem to be healing pretty well. Those first few days were incredibly painful and terrible, but after about five days or so, the benefits started outweighing the bad points. I've been posting a blog series about the whole process, hope to put up the "after" post sometime next week, after I see my doc on Wednesday.
    1426 days ago
    Oh, more than okay! I finally got my abdomen repaired. It's been an absolute blessing to my self-esteem. They removed 2.5 lbs of skin and moved my abdominal muscles in 5 inches! That's how badly damaged they were (all from my three pregnancies, especially the last one). I've lost a good 4 inches around my waist and nearly 5 around my lower waist, and two pants sizes. I'm finally content with my size - the whole time, my dissatisfaction was all about my belly, rather than my weight. Who knew?
    1426 days ago
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