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Update January 2015:
Holding steady weight wise. A few lbs up & down here or there. But down 15 or so since the start of 2014. Still have more to go, but for now my focus has shifted to strong. I started lifting again in 2014 and cannot get enough. Having an easy barometer by which to measure progress (NSV's) is great. I can squat more than I could a few months ago, run faster, lift more, plank longer. I am getting fitter, even if my abs (where are you, I know you're in there!!!) & the scale don't show it yet.

So, lets see. What's on tap in 2015.
1. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
2. Marathon #3 in May. EEK!
3. Rumors of a Tough Mudder sometime later this year, June maybe? August maybe? Some friends and I are trying to plan, hence the indecision.
4. Hopefully Ragnar DC again in the fall, that was too much fun in 2014
5. A triathalon

January 2014:
Here I am, again. I've never stopped logging in & tracking exercise. But more often than not I eat "healthy" only to add up calories later & realized I was way off track.

So, after reaching my heaviest weight EVER, I was finally at a point where I knew I needed to come back and start over. Having my knees hurt when I run wasn't something I ever expected, and something that really made me realize I needed to make a change.

I am realizing I CAN say no to free food, cookies at work, and going back for seconds.

I already know how many amazing fitness feats I can accomplish. I have run numerous races, including half marathons & marathons. I even spent 81 days cycling cross country in 2012.

I have big goals, including completing my first triathlon in 2014. Getting to a fit weight, in a healthy way is just another on my list. So here we go. Again.

SW: 160 lbs
GW: 145 lbs

Member Since: 12/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 70,587

My Goals:
Marathon #3 in May.
I plan to run less during training & still finish faster than marathon #2 which I completed in 2011.

9-26-10-Pittsburgh Great Race 10k- 51.55
10-23-10- Cincy Half Marathon- 1:57:37.3

My Program:
Running, biking, spinning, lifting heavy thing, various gym classes to keep things interesting.

Personal Information:
Originally from N. KY, right near Cincinnati, OH.

Now a young professional in Pittsburgh.

Other Information:
"Keep the promises you make to yourself."

"Life's battles
don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can."

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    251 days ago
  • v SUGIRL06
    THANK YOU for the comment on my blog. I know I am being totally ridiculous in my whining but I just needed to get the frustrations off my chest. Your comment is just what I was looking for. The way you worded your day made it seem to relaxed and simple instead of daunting. I have tried to make a schedule but I always feel overwhelmed by it. You made it sound so easy and relaxed and that is what I need! To not feel pressured. Thanks again!!

    PS. Got up today and made sure to throw the workout clothes on right away. Then I took my pre-workout and cleaned for a half hour (to let the pre-workout get through my system) before going for a run. I planned out the rest of my day while I was exercising!

    312 days ago
  • v FIT4ME41
    Thanks for the spark goodie! I appreciate the encouragement!
    313 days ago
    I'm glad to be moving into the new year with you on the Purple Passion team. Let's strive for good health and better quality of life.
    314 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I was out for a run on Monday, and it was sooo humid, and I was bored, and I was just thinking, 'why am I doing this??' And that's when I thought, I need some time to integrate running into my regular routine without it feeling like a chore. It really is a shift from a goal of 'run this many miles at this pace' to 'learn to love running again.' And then, once I start craving runs again, then I'll know I'm ready to train for a race. Hopefully that'll be in the winter, because I am a cold weather runner for sure!
    438 days ago
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