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I DID IT!!! I'm a Triathlete now!! WOOO WWHHOOO!!!! At the finish line of my 1st Triathlon

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Wow... it's been awhile! Like more than 850 days! ;) I had gotten off the Spark Train for some time and even off the health & fitness train for a bit as well. Dealt with some health issues & was getting ready to celebrate a milestone birthday this year! It was in October 2014 after my surgery that I decide it was time to make changes & get fit again. So I, once again, registered for the NJ State Triathlon & started making changes.

In March of 2015 I celebrated that milestone birthday, the Big 4 OH! I had wanted to look at the pictures and NOT think, wow I look fat. I was happier with my shoes than how I looked in my dress but I was confident that change would keep coming.

In April my boyfriend & I went on a cruise & I could see more minor changes, I even wore a 2 piece bathing suit!

In June I celebrated 4 years as a non-smoker & it was at this time I had a follow up at my gym. I had officially lost 16 pounds of fat! I had replaced it with 10 pounds of muscle & I felt really confident about the upcoming event. Training was in full swing, I felt strong & was looking forward to race day.

In July I had my big day, I was SO excited to be there, to have Joe with me, cheering me on as I took off for my swim... & to hug me & tell me I did great after I got out of the water & was told the race was canceled due to storms overhead. I even went thru a short period of depression; so much time, effort and money into getting ready & having to stop in the middle.... no closure... it was rough for a bit. But I'm looking to do one in Sept :)

I have been accepted into Rutgers Off-Campus program at my local community college & start this fall; I decided almost 2 years ago to go back to college & was taking online classes at an out of state college. I enjoyed that & did VERY well (3.97 GPA) but wanted the face-to-face interaction of CLASS.

All that to say, Life is Good :) God has Blessed me with many great things in my life and He gives me the strength to keep pushing forward. I have my next follow up at the gym in the next 2 weeks & I am looking forward to seeing more progress.

I have lost inches and pounds, my spinal issues are causing less pain & come end of Sept. I will be 1 year cancer free! God is Good!!

I quit smoking July 21st 2011 & like most people who quit smoking, I gained weight... inches. Now it's time for them to go! So I decided that if I am SERIOUS about losing these pounds & inches... I need to be accountable. I am making all of you my 'nag squad' by posting my weekly weigh in's. Every Friday I will get on that dreaded scale & post here for all of you to see. Sigh... how embarrassing! Lol!

5/4/12 - 148 lbs.2 pounds down, 28 to go!
5/20/12 - 145 lns hit this 5/11 & holding steady!

I feel like if I keep uping the ante, things can only get better :)
So, I have been a member of SP for some time now & have found that when I stick w/ it, tracking my food & my fitness, I do much better b/c I get excited about my minutes & catious of my food intake. After recently discovering a spinal condition, I gained some weight while staying out of the gym (for fear of 'over doing it') 20 pounds found their way to my midsection & theighs and I am none too pleased. It's time to start over. It's time to get serious about losting this weight & KEEPING it off. I got down to 122lbs for my 1st Triathlon & I think that was a good weight, so here I am 2 years later with 20 pounds to lose.
I love to play sports, volleyball is my fav! But also enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, walking & camping. In the winter I love to snowboard & I learned when I have pounds around the midsection, I dont' have the control over my board I want & need. These pounds need to find a new home & not anywhere near me!
It's not about being thin for me, it's about being healthy, being active & being strong. I want to be spiking into my 60's if not later!

Despite having 6 years experience I like to think of myself as being new to my 30's. For the most part, life has been really good to me. I have always been thin, some women might hate me for never TRUELY knowing the pain of being 'fat' or 'obese' or even 'over weight' but like so many others, I amnot satisfiedwith just being thin. Being thin does not mean fit. Being thin does not mean healthy. I want to be fit! I want to be healthy!

Most of my life I was 98 pounds soaking wet. Then, when I turned 25 I put on a few pounds & it was good b/c I no longer looked sickly (eewww!) Then I turned 30 & that's when gravity started to have fun w/ my body! I put on weight, even got as high as 145 & for this tiny frame, it was too much! So I made some changes.

I came across Spark People a few years ago & at the time, used the wealth of information just as guidelines, but now, here it is a few years later & I still do not have the body I thought I would have! If I had to guess it is because I changed my standards, err, raised my standards. Being thin is not enough, I want to be strong, I want to be flexible & I want Jillian Michaels body!

I have completed 2 Triathlons in the last 2 years & I have to tell you, the feeling of crossing that finish line is compareable to nothing! I try to inspire people in my life to give 'competing' a tri. (get it, triathlon, tri? oh it's funny!)

So now here I am, with new goals in mind from when I first started my journey & I know I need to make a change for the better. I want to FEEL healthy, look great & be that fit woman I know I can be!

Member Since: 7/25/2007

My Goals:
I want to lose the inner tube that grew around my tummy! It is not as big as it use to be so I know I can do it, it is just going to take some hard work.

I have a target weight of 115 but I am not sure this is a good goal, I think this weight might be too low. However, my goal is not to reach a certain weight but to reach a certain fitness level. When I reach 65 years old I still want to be living the lifestyle I live now. Kayaking, snowboarding, volleyball, cycling... just maybe not so much on the partying!

My Program:
I hate running, I have no desire to ever run a marathon (!) but I see the benefits of it so I am trying to get into it. For now, I cycle, kayak, snowboard & play volleyball.

I go to the gym 5 days a week, I picked a gym that is walking distance from my job so most days I walk to the gym on my lunch break. (Yeay 1 hour lunches!)

I play volleyball at least 1 night a week all year round in a variety of leagues. I also cycle when time & weather permits. I also like to kayak but due to a back injury I was not able to do so in 2010 :( Looking forward to it next year though!

I also have an eliptical trainer at home that I use when I just can not make it to the gym. I am somewhat addicted to working out so if I miss the gym I work out at home.

My weakness is food, so I'm thinking all those healthy cook books might have more use than keeping the cats OUT of the kitchen!

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I live in central NJ, I LOVE to cook & even more, love to eat. I quit smoking & put on a several pounds but this is the lesser of 2 evils! I know I can lose the inches that have been haunting me for so long!

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I now live with my b'friend & despite being awesome, he is a picky eater (booo!!!)
so any suggestions on how to please a meat & potatoes guy w/ less fat & calories.... I'm all ears!

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  • v SHYROB
    Thanks for the friend add.
    1920 days ago
  • v JOAN_HEO
    Thanks for the friend add and the photo comments! Those blue birds were amazing. I think I took a 100 photos of them! My car? drive it year round and that means in snow. I can't tell you how much fun it is to drive. I love driving "topless"! =) If you have to go to work, going topless makes it all worth while!
    1921 days ago
    thanks for reading and commenting on my comment! In fact, that was me playing Farmville and letting my own garden go to weeds! I don't play those fb games anymore, but I sure can waste time on the computer! Much success to you on your getting healthy journey!
    1925 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2011 5:52:06 PM
  • v MIRAGE727
    Hey Jersey Girl! Thanks for the add. I returned the action. Stay in touch. Be well!

    1925 days ago
  • v COUCHDIVA333
    woohoo!! keep up the good work. i had a friend use chantix to quit and she has bee smoke free for 3 years. it's hard and some days are worse than others, but you can do it because you are AWESOME!!
    1927 days ago
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