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My first half marathon. High-fiving spectators right before the finish line.

My 1st official 5K, St. Patrick's day 2012




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2017 Update - I reached my goal weight November 25, 2012. Lately I've been hovering just above goal weight but that's ok. I have not slipped into old habits and that is huge!

I no longer define myself by the scale. That took some doing let me tell you! It's not about being skinny for me. It's about strength and endurance now. I watched my mom suffer the last years of her life from her sedentary lifestyle. I want to avoid that in my old age!

I still believe in baby steps to reach any goal. Small, healthy, smart changes every single day. That's how I started on SparkPeople and that's how I continue to maintain my goals.

I like to to break up my activity throughout the day to keep calorie burn and metabolism working for me all day long. I also believe in rest days. Muscles need a rest to repair and strengthen.

SparkPeople is such a positive experience for me. I look forward to reading blogs to inspire me. I keep my SparkFriends in my head when I'm out to eat or when I'm pushing through a tough run or workout. Everyone keeps me moving.

Keep moving forward!

Member Since: 8/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 139,483

My Goals:
Run a 5K in 30 minutes or less.

Increase upper body strength.

Maintain weight under 140

**2017 Planned Events**
Jan 1 Running group New Years day run - 4 miles
Feb 5 - local FitFam 5K
March 11 - St. Patrick's day 5K
April 8 - Parkinson's Research 5K
Apri 23 - Arboretum Champion of Trees 10K
May 3 - Quarryman Challenge 5K VERY hilly course
June 24 - Chicago Pride 10K
Aug 20 29th annual Windrunner 10K
Sept 24 - Chicago Half Marathon

**2016 Accomplishments**

Jan 1 - Committment Day 5K
Feb 6 - 5K with running group at Morton Arboretum
March 12 - St. Patrick's Day 8K
Fast Cat 5K - April 2
April 9 - Shake it Off 5K for Parkinson's
May 1 - Super Manny 5K
May 7 - Lemont Quarryman Challenge 5K
Jun 4 - Zoo Run For The Animals
Jun 11 - Northern Il Food Bank 5K
Sep 25 - Chicago Half Marathon

My Program:
Yoga three days per week

Running twice per week

Two 15-minute brisk walk breaks at work

Various Spark People videos

Elliptical once per week

Strength training 3xs/wk

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    Oh my goodness I just read a post of yours or you mentioned James Brown song I'm feeling good but I knew that I would now...... I want you to know that sparked me to write a palm that is going into my next blog LOL!.....( thanks am I ever feeling good now!)....... emoticon
    10 days ago
    Thank you so much for your support on my blog! So am with you on daily reminding myself that I am not a number....:::LOL! Love your idea about running up those out...your activity will surely inspire someone else at work. emoticon emoticon

    Have a emoticon day, Laura
    11 days ago
  • v ALP1976
    Your night tonight sounds like fun! Enjoy the bike ride and enjoy that pizza with NO GUILT!!

    11 days ago
  • v ALP1976
    Ok seriously, how is it you were not added as a friend on my page?!!! I added you!

    I am always happy to have someone to talk music with and it is even better when they are fans of the almighty awesome band of Metallica!! Very cool!!

    I am so stoked -- I wanted to go so bad back in the day when they toured with Faith No More and Guns 'n Roses (waaaaay back in the early 90's). But have yet to see them live. Total bucket list item! I can't wait!!
    12 days ago
    emoticon Hey there. Hope your mother's day was super - and thank you for the bloglove. Da Pwincess tried them on yesterday and looked adorable. Not that I'm prejudiced or anything .... Happy Monday!.
    13 days ago
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