Me at work, June 2010
Me and my husband at the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, March 2010
Me and my friends, after a trail run at the US National Whitewater Center, July 2010
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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 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!
* 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.
* 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.
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
5/19/12 - Warrior Dash (Huntersville, NC)
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 :)
Running: 3-4X per week
Cycling: 1X per week
Yoga: 2X per week
Weight Training: 1X per week
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)!
| Pounds lost: 2.2
Thanks for your words of encouragement and well wishes for my 10K this weekend. I'm trying to stay calm and praying for good weather. Gonna do a yoga class tomorrow and try to "center" myself.
1873 days ago
How did you do in your 10K?
1878 days ago
Good luck with giving up sweets! You CAN do it!
1892 days ago
Thanks for your encouraging comments on my blogs - it tough getting myself to stay consistent in this fitness streak, especially on those rare morning that I am off (and would rather be sleeping in)! Hope you are feeling better soon!!!
1912 days ago
Thanks for stopping by my blog. The responses I got were so re-energizing... I really appreciate it!
Rock the day,
1948 days ago