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I joined SparkPeople about 3 months ago. I had already begun my journey to a healthier life style a few years back. I have always tended to be on the thin side. Because I am tall (5'11" and small framed people usually think I am thinner than I really am. I have always been a walker - walking 3-4 miles almost daily, but did not eat has healthy as I should have. About 20 months ago I decided I wanted to begin running (at the age of almost 55!) My boss was preparing to do her first triathlon. I figured if she could do that, I could at least learn to run a mile! It was hard for me. I had never run a mile in my life - not even in school. I got an app called Couch to 5K and started working on it. After about 3 months, I was finally able to do it and then ran my first 5k in May 2010. In October of 2010 I did my first 1/2 marathon.

In May of 2011 I ran in my second 5K - beating the first time by 3 minutues! I also got my daughter in law to run with me. This was her 1st 5k. She felt wonderful after and plans on doing it again. Over the past 18 months I have begun making better choices and eating better - not all of the time, but at least 80% of the time. I have dropped 18 pounds and dropped 1 size - almost ready to drop one more size, but need to tone up the belly area before I will be able to do that.

These days I hike with friends, go biking and walk or run every day. I have been debating participating in a duathlon - run - bike - run, but haven't yet felt like I was ready for that. I am working on preparing for my next 1/2 marathon and need to work on doing more strength training and not just walking and running. I get support from co-workers and try to get others to lead more healthy life styles, but find that difficult. So many have too many excuses, so I will just keep on trying....

Member Since: 5/12/2011

Fitness Minutes: 156,102

My Goals:
To work on improving the healthy life style I have been working on and to try to help others do the same.

My Program:
I make better choices regarding my eating habits. Try to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day, but strive to do 60 or more whenever possible

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My name is Nikki

I am from San Jose, CA

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The quote I try to live by these days:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
— Mark Twain

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