HILLSLUG98239   27,297
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HIking in the Blue Mountains, near Godman Ridge

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I'm still trying to lose all the weight I gained since I graduated from college in 2002 (at age 36). At my heaviest, I was about 210 pounds. I've lost about 30 of that, and I'm working to lose 20 more.
I'm still trying to lose all the weight I gained since I graduated from college in 2002 (at age 36). At my heaviest, I was about 210 pounds. I've lost about 30 of that, and I'm working to lose 20 more.

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HILLSLUG98239 changed her mind: she is NOT going to ride her bike to the staging area for the 5K she's running today.
set 16 hours ago



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 current weight: 177.2 

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Member Since: 11/14/2012

SparkPoints: 27,297

Fitness Minutes: 46,245

My Goals:
In April 2013 I made a big commitment: I will celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. My blog is mostly about training & maintaining motivation.

My Program:
I'm tracking what I eat and the exercise I get. Structured diets, even Weight Watchers, run counter to my personality. I weigh myself daily, so I know when I'm getting off track.

Personal Information:
Born & raised in Seattle. Joined the US Coast Guard at 18. Bounced around a lot for the next twelve years, including a few more years in Seattle. Moved backed to Washington in 1996 to a rural area of Western Washington (the wet part). Moved to Eastern Washington in 2000, and I fell in love with this side of the Cascade Mountains. We currently live in the Tri-Cities. It's a brush steppe, but the climate is very similar to a high desert: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, lots of sun, not much rain, lots of wind, very little humidity.

Other Information:
I have very little self-control when it comes to food. I can always justify eating that extra snack - and then I regret it!

Although I love to sleep and I could spend 9-10 hours in bed everyday, I'm naturally kind of fidgity. I like to keep myself in motion. I find it difficult to sit for more than an hour. Since I work at a desk job, I'm always up & walking around.

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5/30/2014 2:48:04 PM

I was taking a First Amendment class in law school, and as part of the discussion I talked about something in a book that was a new release. The professor responded by coming to a dead stop, staring at me, and saying, "Wait. Do you still read for *pleasure*?!"

The entire class turned to stare at me. I stammered, "Well...yes. Daily."

I was sort of notorious after that. emoticon

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5/20/2014 1:12:59 PM

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5/20/2014 11:05:34 AM


You are the recipient of the Beautiful SPARKER Award!!

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Thanks for your motivation and encouragement to me and others on SP.

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5/20/2014 12:21:27 AM

Thanks for your comment on my "Bike Fest" blog. The more bikes I test ride, the more I realize I already own some really good bikes.


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5/16/2014 5:10:23 PM

Have you tried a Master's class or Tri swim class at your local pool. I've never been (as the timing never worked out for me during training).. but bet one class could go a long way in giving you tips and tricks.
Also, I had a hard time moderating my breath the first time around and my co-worker/training buddy (also a serious swimmer) said I was kicking too hard, so my heart rate was too high, so it made breathing harder. So the second time around I worked a lot more on my arm strokes and barely kicking and it helped a lot.. saved several minutes off my swim time. Oh, I also googled a bunch of youtube videos on tri-swimming or crawl techniques and that gave me something to focus on and think about while swimming and made it go so much faster!
Good luck with your training and your race this week!!

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