KAREN42BOYS   104,190
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April, 2015. My first half marathon where I finished in less than 2 1/2 hours.





Finishing the 2014 Nike Women's Half Marathon





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140/90. That was my blood pressure late March 2014. You know how you wait for the "click" to kick you into changing your habits? 140/90 was mine. I know that if I'm eating well, exercising and at a lower weight, then my pressure will be fine. So I let that be my click to choose again to nourish my body and to move it in ways that makes it say thank you.

I've Sparked enough since 2008 that I know what I need to lose weight in a happy way. Foodwise, that means eating lots of veggies ...
140/90. That was my blood pressure late March 2014. You know how you wait for the "click" to kick you into changing your habits? 140/90 was mine. I know that if I'm eating well, exercising and at a lower weight, then my pressure will be fine. So I let that be my click to choose again to nourish my body and to move it in ways that makes it say thank you.

I've Sparked enough since 2008 that I know what I need to lose weight in a happy way. Foodwise, that means eating lots of veggies and fruit, getting at least 30g fiber daily, drinking lots of water (especially because I exercise) and eating a pretty balanced mix of carbs, proteins, and fats per the Spark recommendations. Exercise includes distance running, Pilates and strength training. My blood pressure late April 2015 was 94/67.

2015 Weight at end of the month
June 162
May 165
April 166
March 168.5
February 171
January 176
2014 TOTAL 29.5 pounds (172.5)
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Member Since: 7/24/2008

SparkPoints: 104,190

Fitness Minutes: 68,053

My Goals:
Long term: 30% body fat

2015 goals:
2 spring halfs, 2 fall halfs
Run a sub 30 minute 5k. Build running skills, focusing on 10k's over the summer.

My Program:
Eat mainly fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins & unrefined foods. Drink 10+ cups a day.
Running and Pilates are my exercise of choice.

Other Information:
7/15 2mile time trial 18:29 (5% faster than Feb)
4/15 first half marathon under 2 1/2 hours!
2/15 two mile running time trial 19:48. PR.
4/26/12, 100 m swim 2:10 min
9/11 200 m swim 4:55 minutes
7/11 Swam 1500 meters in open water, 50 minutes
5/11 8:40 timed mile outside
3/2/11 5k 9:50 min mile treadmill
7/10 200M sprints: 50 seconds
HIKES
7/10 Black Mountain (2900')
6/09, 6/10 CBS to Avalon (1785')
7/10 Bike across town

Participating in a food recovery group for two years was key for the emotional and spiritual healing I needed to succeed in losing weight.

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ADARKARA
4/17/2015 1:58:09 PM

Thanks for your comment on my blog! Logging is second nature to me now, I just do it, even when I eat too much junk. I hope your cauliflower is better than mine, this was the first time I've made this recipe and it just doesn't do it for me. Not as tasty as the vacuum packed stuff from Trader Joe's even! emoticon



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ROBBIEMARIE
2/5/2015 7:50:13 PM

How did you dislocate your hip????? And how did I miss that happening? Geez! You had to be miserable. Glad you are doing alright. You are an amazing running machine. I need to get to a podiatrist and figure out what is going on with my right foot so I can start running once the weather breaks. The snow is currently over my knees and we won't even talk about how cold it is! With 2/3 of our kids living in CA with their families now I keep trying to talk DH into moving there but he won't bite.
Yes, I've been stressing a bit lately but it'll all be alright. Just some stupid extended family stuff mostly. Out of our control and I hate that as I always like to be in control of everything around me!



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SPEEDYDOG
1/1/2015 10:48:53 PM

Hi Karen,

Thanks for reading my long ““Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 2 – Are you trying to kill me?”

Bruce




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NEWMOMOVER40
12/25/2014 4:10:51 PM

Thanks for commenting on my pie-chart suggestion. I read your page, and wow, are you inspiring me right now!

My son emailed me a picture of me, him and hubby from our trip 4 summers ago, when I was at my thinnest. It was like looking at a different person. Hubby reminded me that I'd been running nearly every day right up to that vacation! So, yeah, there's that. :)

I hope you're having a fun and relaxing Christmas (or at least enjoying a day off, if Christmas isn't your thing!)

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Jennifer



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HEALTHYARTIST1
9/21/2014 11:23:49 PM

Glad you are back, although I am not sure when you came back because I have been absent as well. Glad to see you are still moving forward, I could use you as a great example.

Hope you are ok and that your family was as well since you were gone for so long.



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