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When I was a kid, I was very active but occassionally became chubby. This never lasted long because I was so into sports. In high school, I played varsity sports and was able to eat pretty much whatever I wanted. I continued eating whatever I wanted into college and put on the infamous freshman 15. Since I still looked okay, I didn't worry about it. After college, I continued with my poor eating habits. I gradually accepted more responsibility and to compensate, my physical activity went down. Somehow, I went in denial into how much I was eating and how fat I was getting. I graduated high school at 127. I left college at 138. I met my partner at 145. In 2006, I hit 196 and was just about to go over the 200 mark. I saw a display for a women's football team and decided to tryout. That was the beginning of my way back. Through football conditioning, I lost 25 pounds.

Then I quit smoking, and the weight started piling back on. I started running seriously on August 18, 2008, the day I quit smoking. It slowed the weight gain but didn't stop it. My quit was in danger...and then I found Sparkpeople. Since February 2009, I have lost 25 pounds with Sparkpeople and dramatically increased my running.

In May 2009, I finished the "Finish a 10k" plan in the book, Treadmill Training for Runners. I run outside with my dog, Joxer, who is the best Golden Retriver in the world! I run before work five times a week. On my rest days, I walk 2-3 miles. I experienced some burnout trying to do an additional workout in the evenings. Maybe I will be able to get back to it when I am in better shape.

For June 2009, I focused on maintaining my new level of fitness. I increased my racing distance to include 5 mile races.

In July 2009, I started a half-marathon training program. My longest run to date was 15 miles.

Over the winter, I gained a little weight back because my activity level plummetted. I am still struggling with eating within my calorie range.

I am registered to run my first half marathon in a few weeks-the Shamrock 1/2 in VA Beach. In the late summer, I will be doing two sprint triathlons.

I have a rather strange set of long-term goals. In my first year, I planned to run anything less than a 10k. Next year (starting in August), I want to concentrate on distances between 10k and a half-marathon.

I'm doing it this way, because I have a tendency to push too hard, too fast. I want to make running a lifetime habit, so I'm forcing myself to go SLOW.

Member Since: 2/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 47,565

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To run the Baltimore Marathon in October 2011.

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I run outside with my dog (son, lol), Joxer, who is the best Golden Retriever in the world!

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My name is Kelly. I'm originally from NE PA. I live with my partner, Natalie in Elizabethtown, PA.

I went from 175 lbs. in February 2009 to around 150 lb around August 2009.

Then I hit a plateau. I have recommitted to losing the last 13 pounds of my original goal, and set up a new timeline.

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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

"The most effective way to do it is to do it." --Amelia Earhart,
American aviation pioneer

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    I read your post on Road Runners and thought you might be needing one!

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