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My name is Melanie and I live in Fort Mill, SC. I've been exercising regularly for years and have been a yoga teacher/fitness instructor since 2002. I've hit many stumbling blocks over the last several years -- two knee injuries, IT Band injuries, high cholesterol and weight gain. My doctor and I have agreed that if I can lose 20 lbs., I can get back on track for my cholesterol and my weight. As of April 2011, I've got 10 more pounds to go. So not much more to go to reach the goal that will ...
My name is Melanie and I live in Fort Mill, SC. I've been exercising regularly for years and have been a yoga teacher/fitness instructor since 2002. I've hit many stumbling blocks over the last several years -- two knee injuries, IT Band injuries, high cholesterol and weight gain. My doctor and I have agreed that if I can lose 20 lbs., I can get back on track for my cholesterol and my weight. As of April 2011, I've got 10 more pounds to go. So not much more to go to reach the goal that will make my doctor happy.

I've revamped my fitness routine to incorporate more intense cardio activity (running, swimming, bicycling). I'm teaching fitness classes less so that I can focus on getting myself where I need to be physically. I've run some 5Ks and 10Ks, 2 half marathons, and completed my first mini-triathlon since becoming a member of SparkPeople.com. Participating in races is the only way I'm going to do the work I need to, as I am a very competitive person. If I know I've got a race to prepare for, I'll do what I need to do in order to be the best I can be. If I'm left to my own devices, I'll most certainly slack off.

I'm still trying REALLY hard to work on my nutrition...before joining SparkPeople.com, I didn't know how to eat the right proportions. When I started tracking what I ate on the Food Tracker, I noticed right away that I was eating WAY too much and getting too much sodium. The support I've received from this site and its members has helped me so much already to get myself back in check and to hold myself accountable for everything I do and eat.

I'm chronicling my journey on my official blog site at http://scyogagirl.wordpress.com, illustrating how running and yoga are helping on my path to health and wellness. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Weight Goals:
* Starting weight: 164 lbs- 8/20/09 (BMI 27.3/Overweight)
* GOAL WEIGHT - 140 lbs. As of April 2011, I am down to 153 lbs. Getting there...slowly but surely.

Fitness Goals:
* Complete a 10K in 1:00 or less.
* Get rid of my belly fat...I have strong abs, but you just can't see 'em!
* Learn how to rock climb.

Completed Races:
11/26/09 - 5k (Williamsburg, VA) 34:18
3/27/10 - Cooper River Bridge 10K (Charleston, SC) 1:11:02
4/10/10 - Charlotte Racefest 10K (Charlotte, NC) 1:13:59
7/11/10: Ramblin' Rose Mini-Triathlon (Rock Hill, SC) 1:14:10
8/7/10: Blue Points 5K (Charlotte, NC) 33:06
8/21/10: 2010 10K Trail Run (Charlotte, NC) 1:23:52
9/26/10 - MS Breakaway to the Beach. This wasn't a timed race, but it took me 7.8 hours to ride 125 miles.
10/16/10 - Lung Strong 15K (Cornelius, NC) 1:43:05
10/31/10 - Devil's Chase 6.66 Miler (Salem, MA) 1:08:48
11/25/10 - Gobble Jog 5K (Marietta, GA) 32:59:52
12/4/10 - St. Jude's Half-Marathon (Memphis, TN) 2:46:43
1/15/11 - Charleston Half-Marathon (Charleston, SC) 2:40:51
4/2/11 - Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (Charleston, SC) 1:07:28
5/30/11 - Celebrate America 10K (Alpharetta, GA) 1:09:21
6/25/11 - Dirty Spokes 5 Mile Trail Run (Cumming, GA) 1:07:39
7/10/11: Ramblin' Rose Mini-Triathlon (Rock Hill, SC) 1:11:25
8/27/11: Warrior Dash (Huntersville, NC) 53:35:25
11/5/11: Savannah Rock N' Roll Half-Marathon (Savannah, GA) 2:32:41


Upcoming Races:
5/19/12 - Warrior Dash (Huntersville, NC)
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Member Since: 8/20/2009

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My Goals:
My high-level goals are to improve my cholesterol and trigylceride numbers, to reach a healthy weight, to improve in running and cycling, to have more confidence in my appearance, to feel as sexy as my hubby says I am :)

My Program:
Running: 3-4X per week
Cycling: 1X per week
Yoga: 2X per week
Weight Training: 1X per week

Personal Information:
I live in Fort Mill, SC with my hubby, two daughters and three dogs. Life is busy, but I am enjoying that we try to be an active family, and I love that we do things TOGETHER (dogs included)!

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RUNNINGPFUHL
6/29/2011 5:01:53 PM

Thank you for your encouragement on my blog! I don't like to just lift weights, ya know.

I like bodyrock.tv. her stuff is fun and always fresh. I like to do circuits where you do a set and then run a minute; or do a set and then do jumping jacks.

I like to do 30-Day Shred too. And honestly I need to spend July doing that if not every day, at least 5 days a week. of course without the plyo or jumping moves.

I know that I know I have to get stronger or I'll be here on "rest" over and over again.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.



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SPIDERGIRL502
6/27/2011 4:44:45 PM

Thank you for your kind words, and your thoughts & prayers. :)



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WYNTYR1
5/18/2011 7:36:06 PM

everyone needs to hear or see those words every now & then.. glad i could be there to give you the motivation/encouragement you needed when you needed it.. good luck on your run..



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BAILEYS7OF9
5/15/2011 12:28:21 PM

Thanks for the comments on my blog. Glad we are not alone!



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ABSOLUTZER0
4/25/2011 10:09:35 AM

Thanks for dropping by my page. It is great that we are both still here! Woohoo! I primarily run and do Insanity. I think I was born with a muscular build, but never knew. LOL! Trust me, I was just as surprised!

Awesome April is winding down and Magnificent May is on the way! Any big plans?



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