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Me, November 2011

Getting ready to pipe at the St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC, 2009.

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I am a newly single mom, mostly trying to get by. I joined Sparkpeople thanks to my long-time friend Julie, who kept telling me I should join because it did wonders for her (and she's not exaggerating, I am amazed by her).

So, using Julie as my main inspiration, I have decided to give this thing a whirl, because if there's one thing I can't have enough of, it's motivation.

The other thing that got me into this was the Warrior Dash. I am not a runner (yet), but I managed to run the race and finish in less than an hour. That met my goal, but to only be 15 minutes behind Julie, who is a runner, made me think that I can do this on a regular basis. So my main goal is to get fit and have a blast doing it.

My first goal is to drink a HELL of a lot more water than I do now. I have to admit it, I am a diet soda junkie. I know that it's terrible for me, but I love the stuff, especially diet Dew (could I pick a worse drink?).

My second goal is to run a real 5k - one without the insane obstacles that the Warrior Dash has. I also have no idea what a good time for a first race is, so I'm just going to have a goal of not walking for any of it (I walked about half of the Warrior Dash).

My third goal, and the one that varies in importance, is to lose 20 pounds. I was 154 pounds at my lightest, and that was about 2 years ago. I gained 30 since then, but managed to lose 12 in the past couple months. I want to get back down to where I was, because I looked - and more importantly FELT - great then.

So today, June 18th, 2012, I weigh 178 pounds, and I need to drink a lot more water.

Member Since: 6/18/2012

Fitness Minutes: 1,019

My Goals:
Weight goal: 155 (lose 23 pounds) by the end of the year. By the end of the summer would be really nice.

Fitness goal: Run a 5k without walking through any of it.

Chris Thater Memorial 5k - August 26th

Runner's World 5k - October 20

Nutrition goal: Cut calories, eat healthier, and drink LOTS of water.

My Program:
Giving the C25K a try. Odd, because I did a 5k before starting the program, but going to do it anyway.

Personal Information:
I'm a 34-year-old single mom with two wonderful daughters. I work in the pharmacy at UHS and love (almost) every minute of it.

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My two favourite things in the world to do: play my bagpipes and read.

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  • v FRECKS96
    Hey, let's do this!
    213 days ago
    I've added you as a friend, since you said you are starting P90X as well -- we can do this. Let's kick ass...or as 'they' say: PUSH PLAY! emoticon
    1396 days ago
  • v RG_DFW
    Thanks for adding me, I've done the same. I look forward to reading good things about you!

    1398 days ago
  • v AZIUGA
    Thanks for adding me! So nice to meet you, especially with our similar goals :) PF is the worst! I'm so glad I'm through the worst part and cannot wait to get back into running. I hope it is not giving you a really hard time!

    Have a great weekend!! :)
    1398 days ago
  • v RG_DFW
    Welcome to SparkPeople!

    Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.

    When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.

    Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.

    Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.

    Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!
    1591 days ago
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