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I saw this on other Sparkpages and I had to add it to mine. That's how I feel EVERYDAY!!!




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When I first started my journey here on Spark, my main focus was to lose weight. I found that with weight loss being my focus that when I was stagnant or gained, I became discouraged. I decided to change my focus.

Now my goal is to be healthy, to be strong, to do good things for my body. I started running in May 2010 and have completed 4 organized 5K's and ran my first half marathon on May 1, 2011.

I'm eating healthier than I was, not perfect but a definite improvement. I still have trouble with portion sizes especially when the food is so yummy! I want to make sure I start eating less of what doesn't make my tummy happy and more of what does make my tummy happy!

Focusing on being healthy keeps the motivation going, because I can always find something I did that day that was good for my body. If I slipped up nutritionally, then I just have to focus on eating better the rest of the day or squeeze in a quick work out. It's harder to fail being focused on my health than being focused on weight loss. Weight loss is a result of living a healthy lifestyle.


Member Since: 4/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 4,507

My Goals:
To be healthy, be strong, be confident, be the woman I know I was meant to be.



My Program:
I want to make it fun and enjoyable! Motivation is difficult for me. I give up real easily. So I'm going to eat healthy and organic and make sure my meals are balanced. I'm a runner and enjoy strength training/circuit training which will be forever in my exercise routines (altering it here and there so it doesn't get stale).




Personal Information:
I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs... As much as I love it here I wouldn't mind moving to some place warmer... Like Texas or some place beautiful like Colorado...

I've been married for 9 years to a wonderful man named Tony. We have 2 fur babies; a 6 year old Pit Bull/Border Collie mix, named Duke and a 3 year old Pit Bull/Labrador mix, named Roscoe. Both of my boys are rescues. We've had Duke since 3/28/09 & Roscoe since 8/10/10. They are our babies!

I have a lot of dreams and aspirations... Some are very tangible and others are crazy, but still possible. I definitely have a bucket list and am trying to chip away at it as time and sometimes money allows. The hubs and I are concentrating VERY hard and have systems in place to get out of debt (except for the mortgage) and that should happen in a few years. Once that's accomplished, that should open more doors to accomplish more on my bucket list since I won't be so restricted financially.


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"You can't talk yourself out of a problem you behave your way into." ~Stephen Covey

"We can't become what we need by remaining what we are." ~ Max Dupree

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
~ Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Elliot

"The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life." ~ Cyril Connolly

"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." ~ David Viscott

"Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality." ~ Ralph Marston

"Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more."
~ Louis L'Amour




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  • v REEKU731
    Hey there honey! Thanks so much for the blog support! I really appreciate it!!! I am really looking forward to seeing what the next few weeks bring! I LOVE all the amazing feelings of accomplishment that come with training for distance races and I can't wait to experience them all!! Its going to be so awesome!

    Hope you had a fabulous weekend!!

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  • v LOTUSFLOWER
    That would be a coincidence!! I Googled it and it's about an hour away. Michigan is beautiful!
    1970 days ago
  • v LOTUSFLOWER
    Hi Mel, thanks for your comment on my blog! Our cottage in MI is near South Haven, MI, in a town called Grand Junction...I think it's on Silver Saddle lake.
    1970 days ago
  • v CLS413
    I noticed you "liked" the latest group I joined. Not sure if you saw my blog entry from this morning, but I actually went out for some run/walk intervals this morning (before it got TOO hot). If I decide to stick with it I'll probably be hitting you up for advice.
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    1970 days ago
  • v CLS413
    Thanks for the comment. I'm thrilled at how smoothly everything's been going so far. I think maybe it helps that I've never yo-yo'd in the past. I've heard a lot of people reach plateaus when they hit a weight they'd been at previously, and the body just doesn't want to go any farther.

    It would be great if I never plateau (though I'm not really counting on that), but if nothing else I know I'll at least slow down as I get closer to a healthy weight.
    1978 days ago
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