Chase Vincent, born 5 weeks early weighing 6lb 4oz. Nine days in the NICU to get his lungs ready.
2011 US Air Force Half: 2:19:24! Feeling good at the PEAK of my fitness. I want to get back to that!
MGJARVI is a SparkPeople Motivator!
It's not all fireworks, but it's worth it...... Because I am worth it! My re-dedication to getting healthy started September of 2009. That's when I got back into walking, counting calories and a little strength training. Then I got introduced into a little wonderful thing called the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge). Since then I have lost over 60 pounds! I ran a 5K! I not only ran the whole thing, I finished in 30:59! I found I needed more motivation to keep running, so I ran a second 5k! Then I started training for my first HALF MARATHON! Me? Really? YES, REALLY! I did it! I ran the Flying Pig in Cincinnati, ran the entire distance of 13.1 miles (in the rain...) and finished UNDER my goal time of 2:30! (2:27:58 to be exact!)
A few more half marathons and a setback with my knee. What now?? "Do a triathlon" says a spark friend. Really? A tri? I don't know anything about that! I'm not a swimmer. I don't have a fancy road bike. Well... why the heck not?! The swimming and biking helped my knee recoup and more importantly, I learned a VERY valuable lesson during my tri. The quote "Dead Last Finish Beats Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start" now has a genuine meaning to me. I finished DEAD LAST with a huge smile on my face. I'm not afraid of it any more!
I'm finally seeing the changes reflected in the mirror AND my attitude, and I couldn't be prouder!! If *I* can do it, YOU can do it!
To make healthy a lifestyle and not a fad. To eliminate the mindless eating. To make better choices about my health. To be a good example for my children.
Cutting portion sizes, eating in more often, MUCH fewer trips to eat out, exercising on my lunch breaks (walk/jog, stairs) and taking the kids outside when weather permits.
A Louisville native, I live in Morehead, KY. I'm 34, happily married and we have two beautiful children.
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." unk
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