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Completing the full Flying Pig Marathon with my daughter - May 6, 2012




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ME! Muhahahaha!

''Life''s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ''Holy sh*t... What a ride!''

When I made my first SparkPeople profile in 2003, I'd lost 60lbs and was training to walk a half-marathon. 6 years later, all the weight was back on and then some, and I decided I was tired of being simply tired of it - and having shed the bad marriage, toxic friends and spirit-crushing responsibilities, and with the support of my mate and my family (and my Sparkfriends), I decided it's time to really DO this! Eighteen months and 75 pounds later, I'm well on my way to being the amazing bombshell I was MEANT to be!

UPDATE (12/18/2014) Hard to revisit all of the achievements I made before, having gained nearly (but not all) of the weight back due to the stress and craziness of nursing school. I only had 2 semesters left, and then started having odd "spells" - went to my doctor and was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes. There was NO way to reduce my load and work on my health, so I withdrew from classes in October to focus on getting my health back. The plan is for me to resume classes in May, which will push my graduation date back to January of 2016. A disappointment for sure, but I WILL DO THIS! I consider myself "in training" to go back to school, and have already lost 22 pounds - my doctor is thrilled! So here's to a healthier lifestyle that I can model to my patients - if *I* can do this, so can they!

*Specific goals*
(As of 12/18/2014)

*Get my A1C under 7 so I don't have to go on diabetes medication in January (2015)

*Weigh under 200 lbs by the time I go back to nursing school (May 2014)

* Complete a full (26.2 miles) marathon before my 50th birthday (DONE! Completed the Flying Pig on May 6, 2012, beating my original goal by a full year and a half)

* Do the Warrior Dash in 2015 and make it through EVERY OBSTACLE!

Weight Goals -
*Get out of the morbidly obese category (under 220)
*Get out of the obese category (under 160 lbs)
*Get out of the overweight category (under 130 lbs)

How am I going to get there?

- I will track my food EVERY day
- Cardio: At least 3 days EVERY week
- Strength Training: work back up to at least 3 days EVERY week
- E25K (Euphrates to 5K) at least 2 times per week, building distance back up on the weekends


Fitness Events in 2010

Cheetah Run 5K - 9/5/2010 - completed!
Walk to Stop AIDS (5 miles) - 9/26/2010 - completed!

Fitness Events in 2011

AHA Heartwalk 5K - 3/20/2011 - completed!
Glen Helen Earth Day 5K - 4/23/2011 - completed!
Warrior Dash in Carrolton, OH - 9/10/2011 - completed! RAWR!

Fitness Events in 2012

Flying Pig Marathon (yep, the full 26.2 miles) May 6, 2012 - completed in 7 hours!

Fitness Events in 2013 & 2014 (didn't do ANY - haven't done anything since the Flying Pig)

Fitness Events in 2015 - stay tuned!!

Member Since: 12/22/2003

Fitness Minutes: 35,926

My Goals:
*General goals*
I want to be active and healthy, feel good physically and emotionally, and be able to buy sexy clothes that I like without having to find specialty stores or "bigger girl sizes" online.

Be a SparkPeople Motivator! (Goal Met November 2010! And again January 2013!)

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My Program:
Primarily trying to watch portion sizes and eat a balanced healthy diet, incorporating as much organic and/or locally grown foods as possible.

Being ACTIVE - utilizing the gym at my school (Cincinnati State), walking in my neighborhood, and finding fun ACTIVE activities to enjoy with my mate and my kids.

Personal Information:
Doula, wannabe-midwife, Qadishtu, Priestess of Venus and Vulcan. Completely bisexual, utterly polyamorous - I just love.
Granny Wendy: So Peter, your adventures are over.

Peter Banning: Oh, no. To live... to live would be an awfully big adventure.

- Final lines from the movie "Hook"
From the movie "Parenthood" 1989:
[Gil has been complaining about his complicated life; Grandma wanders into the room]
Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Gil: Oh?
Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
Gil: [sarcastically] What a great story.
Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

Other Information:
My primary online presence is my blog at - - that's the best place to get to know me. My motto is "Ask me a direct question and I'll give you a direct answer - so be sure you really want to know."

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    Have a very HAPPY and HEALTHY Valentine's Day.
    Love Yourself. Spoil Yourself. You are worth it!
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    emoticon Happy Belated Birthday, DONE GIRL.

    The Sagittarius girl can have a weight problem because Jupiter loves to expand, but she also, can be a great athlete as she is a "Fire" sign with lots of energy and drive, so what she is depends on her choice. She loves being outdoors as she wanted to be like her Dad growing up. You could say she was more of a "tomboy" than the type who liked to be in the house, thus she doesn't make a good "stay-at-home-mom" type. She has a high IQ and makes a good teacher, or anyone who works with animals. She loves to spend money on others but then she is lucky and can make a lot of money. She has to watch her hip area as it can be her health issue. She is a person who loves to laugh, but know she tells things "straight from the horse's mouth" so she can be blunt and lack tack in her answers, but she is never vicious or revengeful. She will tell you straight out what is bothering her and get it over with. She gets along well with Libra, Aries, Aquarius, Leo and Gemini.
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