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Redondo Beach Super Bowl 5k. 2/1/09 Race Time: 38:56





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Not just another red head

About one month before starting SP, I took a good look at myself. I weighed 242 lbs, was about ready to buy another size up in pants, and was ridiculously lethargic for a 22 year old woman. I was content sitting for hours playing video games, ordering in delivery about 4 or 5 times a week, and eating fast food the rest of the time.

I was desperate for a change. I had rationalized my weight and poor physical fitness for years, telling myself that I because I had "always been a big ...
About one month before starting SP, I took a good look at myself. I weighed 242 lbs, was about ready to buy another size up in pants, and was ridiculously lethargic for a 22 year old woman. I was content sitting for hours playing video games, ordering in delivery about 4 or 5 times a week, and eating fast food the rest of the time.

I was desperate for a change. I had rationalized my weight and poor physical fitness for years, telling myself that I because I had "always been a big girl" that I was destined to it. I imposed limits on myself because I felt that I was just too big to do the things that I really wanted to do. I was unhappy. I went on a fad diet (again) and took off 9 lbs that first month. That was when I found SP.

I started SP on September 18, 2008 and haven't looked back since. The lifestyle change that I have made has helped me to realize that this isn't just another diet. This is something I can and will do for the rest of my life. The tremendous support and motivation that I have found here have pushed me to stop limiting myself and start reaching for (and ACHIEVING) my goals.

Before SP I always wanted to, but never thought I could:

- Run a 5k (or even run in general!)
- Go horseback riding without feeling bad for the
horse. (Yes, I'm serious)
- Be photographed without making sure that I was
standing "at the right angle" (i.e. the one that hid
half of my body or more)
- Be comfortable in my own skin.

I've achieved all of these things, in just 3 months on Spark, and I can't wait to see what another 3 will bring.

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I AM NOT A JOGGER

I may waddle when I run, but I'm running all the same

By John Bingham (modified so that it really works for me personally)

I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit.

I AM A RUNNER because I know what effort feels like, and I embrace it. I know when I'm pushing the limits of my comfort and why I'm doing it. I know that heavy breathing and an accelerated heart rate--things I once avoided--are necessary if I want to be a better runner.

I AM A RUNNER because I value and respect my body. It will whisper to me when I've done too much. And if I choose to listen to that whisper, my body won't have to scream in pain later on.

I AM A RUNNER because I am willing to lay it all on the line. I know that every finish line has the potential to lift my spirits to new highs or devastate me, yet I line up anyway.

I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits so that I can exceed them.

I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not.




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Member Since: 9/19/2008

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My Goals:
- To run my next 5k in under
40 minutes. (MB5k was
42:01)

- To run that same 5k
without walking.

- To consistently exercise
4-5 times a week.

- To be in a healthy BMI
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SIXFULLERS
1/7/2010 7:08:51 PM

Quickly popping in to say hey and hope to see you around the Castle this term



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WILDRICE99
1/6/2010 11:37:01 PM

Good Evening, just stopping by to say hi! I suppose I'll see you around the castle this term. Have a good one!

Jennifer



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-SEVEN-
1/5/2010 11:07:50 PM

Hi! Just running around the castle, visiting dorms... Hope you have a great term!

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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL
1/5/2010 3:45:04 PM

Hey, girl, I'm b--------a--------c--------k!! WHOA!! LOOK OUT!!

HOGWARTS!Honk!
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Hey... it was either THIS or, my broom! Can't find Buckbeak! Haulin'

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oops! I mean... wishin' ya' a gr8 winter's term!


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BUFFALOGAL1952
1/5/2010 2:24:33 AM

HI! Stopping by to wish you a Fabulous Winter Term at Hogwarts
claudia
1st yr Hufflepuff



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