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So, here is my story... I was never the chunky kid. In fact, through school was always teased for being so skinny. I could eat as much as I wanted, and ws still very thin. But, well life changed and I got married and then started having babies. I gain a ton of weight when I am pregnant! Gained close to 80 lbs. with baby number one. I started out a bit close to underweight, but 80 was ridiculous! I lost around 40 of that and discovered I loved running. So, I decided I might like to run ...
So, here is my story... I was never the chunky kid. In fact, through school was always teased for being so skinny. I could eat as much as I wanted, and ws still very thin. But, well life changed and I got married and then started having babies. I gain a ton of weight when I am pregnant! Gained close to 80 lbs. with baby number one. I started out a bit close to underweight, but 80 was ridiculous! I lost around 40 of that and discovered I loved running. So, I decided I might like to run a marathon. Well, after I had worked up to around 10 miles, I was having baby #2. I didn't gain so much with that one, around 35 lbs. After losing that, I managed to lose around 15 more. I was in a bikini again! I started running again. I didn't have as much time to run with 2 little ones though, so I didn't start considering the marathon until the baby was around 4. Well, after we moved to a bigger house, and I worked up to running around 10 miles, I was pregnant again. This time, I has some issues with the pregnancy and gained 55 lbs. So, guess what I did. Lost 40 lbs. Started running. Got up to 10 miles, and yep...got pregnant. Well, now baby 4 is 3. I discovered Spark in Feb. of 2008, and here is what I have accomplished so far...

1. lost almost 20 pounds
2. made some great Spark friends.
3. Overcome some lingering depression
4. Started running again.-up to 13 miles
5. Discovered weight training.
6. I am learning to eat within my calorie range. (this is the hardest one. My whole life I could always eat as much I wanted)

My current plan is to stay within my calorie range of 1200-1550. I am lifting weights, and of course I am running.

I will get there eventually! I hate it when people say "You look good for having 4 kids." I don't feel that motherhood should be an excuse to have extra rolls in the middle. So, bye bye rolls! Hello abs!


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Member Since: 2/15/2008

SparkPoints: 23,359

Fitness Minutes: 30,889

My Goals:

To train for the marathon.

To be able to do the monkey bars with my kids
Update-I can do 2 monkey bars.

My Program:
Run 3/4 times per week.

Strength Train 3 times per week.

Stretch daily

Focus on one body area per day for some extra strength.





Personal Information:
Lynch Creek 5k 4/2/11
34:14 An 11:14 pace.

Sound to Narrows 12k
6/11/11
1:34 A 12:37 pace

Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon 6/25/11

3 hours 8 minutes 14:35 pace
(got stuck behind the walkers)

Kickin It For Kenya 5 k
7/16/11
PR 33:29

Military Half at Lewis/McChord
9/17/11
2 hrs. 39 minutes and 21 seconds. PR!

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ZIRCADIA
11/13/2012 9:34:48 AM

*HUGSHUGSHUGS* For saying you think I looked great last week!!!! :D You made my day!!!! It helps to know I'm not back at the beginning even if I feel like I'm starting over from a food standpoint at least. :P



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DAWNFIRE72
9/10/2012 11:27:59 PM

Thanks for your comment on my blog.

The instrument she plays is also referred to as a baritone, all her music books call it a euphonium though not sure why. It looks like a very small tuba to me.



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MARLIE13
9/8/2012 2:56:16 PM

I'm not exactly sure why. It's pink and it looks like a pig and they use it in the weenie parades that we have in town. Wouldn't you want to bank at a place that has a cool pink piggy bank bus?



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LYNSEY723
8/23/2012 4:30:38 PM

Thanks for your comment on my blog! If I don't make it out by Monday I will be waiting to hear my name on a loud speaker!! I just can't seem to get going again. I want to... but the mornings seem to have gotten so hard this week and we are so busy after work that I don't get my workouts in then either. I don't want to let you guys down either - so I'm going to do my best to get out for a run!



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LYNSEY723
8/13/2012 11:10:39 AM

Happy Monday! You asked where I get my massages... I go to Hand and Stone in Puyallup. I have a friend who is a massage therapist there. Otherwise I used to go to Massage Envy. Both are good places! If you're up for the drive, I would recommend my friend at Hand and Stone. She is amazing.



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