I found it. The picture that flipped the switch in my head and started this journey.
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My name is Ulana and I am overweight. I was overweight for a long time and then in 2009 I started a journey here with sparkpeople. A crazy amazing super successful journey that created in 2013. I had reached my goal weight, I was training for my first half marathon and everyone was coming to me for help and advice. I wanted to help but felt that I needed to know more, train more, prepare more and so, I went back to school and got my diploma in Fitness and Health promotion. After that I took and passed my CSEP-CPT exams, becoming a personal trainer. Throughout all of this though the weight started creeping back. The stress of trying to work, go to school and be a good mother to my kids was too much. I let my own personal wellness slide. Once a slide that that starts it's hard to stop even when circumstances change. So here we are, 2016, 3 years later and back up to 227 lb. I AM a personal trainer but I am not my best self. I am not happy, I miss running, I miss not having pains in my back and knees. I'm ready to get back on track.
My goals are to make it back to a healthy weight and a more active lifestyle that I can share with my girls.
Run a 10K start to finish May 13th 2012
Run a half marathon Spring 2013
Run a full marathon someday.
I have a Bodymedia Fit (think body bugg) now and I am using it to more closely monitor my activity. The plan is to eat 1725 calories in a day and to do one hour of moderate activity and 30 min Vigorous activity in a day. This should help me lose about 1.5 lb a week. I am really enjoying it so far. I have also decided that am ready to start enjoying the amazing things my body is capable of I bought skates and I am teaching my girls how to skate so we can share this awesome winter activity. I also signed up for squash lessons and will be going to check out a boxing class. If it's fun I will be taking that up too. I also plan on getting back into roller blading and MORE biking this summer! Can't wait. I am LOVING ME right now.
I am a 32 year old stay at home mother of three. I have a diploma in Recreation and leisure services and will likely begin looking for work in my field when the girls are a little older. Before I went back to school for this diploma I worked in a call center. I believe that was the beginning of the end for my health. I never really liked super active leisure activities but always worked in an active environment in the food industry before getting my call center job. Being inactive for work and play was a disaster. That's all changing now and I am more active than ever!
I like to Cross stitch, read, dance and I have really gotten into gardening and love spending time with the kids, growing and nurturing our own foods as well as decorative plants. My latest love is jogging. Yep me, the girl who never ran for anything but snacks on commercial breaks. I am now a full fledged running addict. Completed my first 5K in April of 2011. Had to walk and run in intervals but I made it. Ran my first FULL 5K in the sparkpeople virtual race in September of 2011. I am hooked and there is no going back! I'm training now to run a 10K in the spring of 2012 and I've taken up some new sports too!
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| current weight: 226.4
Happy BELATED Birthday, DONE GIRL
Capricorn-Aquarius Cusp is anything but dull. They may be flamboyant and exciting. Even those born in this sign that seem quiet and unassuming have a vivid dream and fantasy life… they just prefer their excitement in private. They may be prone to unusual experiences. They are usually very visual. They may experience vivid dreams that make their waking life dull in comparison. This dream world may become their inspiration for creativity in writing, art or other endeavors.
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Capricorn-Aquarius must enjoy learning to avoid being thrown out of balance by life's unexpected challenges. If they learn to recognize the benefit even in negative experiences, they will go far. They feel a need for security, but at the same time they relish freedom. They need to find the right balance.
The Cusp of Mystery and Imagination is known to be disciplined, patient, loyal, traditional, ambitious, offbeat, progressive, cautious, practical, friendly, realistic, curious, stable, funny, confident, unique, attractive, competitive and multi-talented. They may also be rebellious, narrow-minded, cold, harsh, depressed, stubborn, secretive, aloof and over-critical.
They are good at business of any kind. They are methodical, exacting and can manage well. Capricorn steadies Aquarius' volatility, while Aquarius lends Capricorn some originality and fun. While Capricorn likes to establish and take stock of things, Aquarius likes to throw them around and see where they fall. They may be great philanthropists, or they may be selfish. They enjoy talking and entertaining.
Individuals born on the Capricorn-Aquarius cusp are proud of their triumphs in social and intellectual circles. They are good at earning a living. They are not so talented at maintaining personal relationships and may suffer difficulties in this area. They can be very perceptive and intuitive if they let themselves develop this talent.
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Happy Belated Birthday, Done Girl!! Hope you had an amazing day!!
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Happy Belated Birthday!
1499 days ago
Happy Belated Birthday Done Girl!
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