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I dyed my hair purple for the marathon in honor of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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In early 2005, after spending most of my 24 years overweight, I decided to finally do something - and I stuck to it. Eight months and nearly 60 lbs later, I was happy, healthy, and in control. Since then, I have completed law school, moved to my third state (so far!), settled down with a partner, and started my career. I have also developed asthma, symptoms of celiac, and sore tendons from running with very flat feet. The hardest thing that I have had to confront is that success does not mean you are done learning and growing - or that age and your body won't continue to change everything you thought you knew. And then there's the fact that "success" itself is a moving target.

I got hooked on long-distance running with Team in Training in 2008 and have completed one full and 6 half marathons. However, my bad health history and my flat feet caught up with me a year and a half ago. I am also adjusting to an intense job and home ownership. My current goals involve finding new (and convenient) cardio activities to love and bringing my work and home life back into balance.

After 3 years I still consider myself a "newbie" in the Twin Cities since so many people stay here their whole lives. I always welcome new health buddies!

Member Since: 4/26/2009

Fitness Minutes: 161,342

My Goals:
*Develop a stronger sense of mindfulness to carry me through the ups and downs of life.
*Get to 150-160 lbs and see if I can maintain that without expending too much energy.

*Bike to work at least 3 days a week (til it snows, anyway)
*Join a gym or find some other indoor workout to ease into cold weather (crossfit?)
*Stay present and focused to avoid mindless binges and stress eating.

My Program:
Focus, live, enjoy

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Native of Buffalo, NY
Onetime resident of Ann Arbor, MI
Newish resident of Minneapolis, MN

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"Coming out of my cage and I've been doing just fine"
~The Killers

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    hey gal - read your blog...glad to hear you're getting back into the swing of things with regards to running. meeee tooooooo! everything kinda went downhill for me after i ran my 10K in october...but i'm getting back into it, and focusing on slowly upping my mileage again in training for another 10K. i'm excited! hope all else is well with you!
    2982 days ago
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    Hey thanks for the comment! I'm really try to find a healthy balance between "weight loss" and "working out". i love working out but it doesnt seem to move the scale as much as eating a low cal/low carb diet so im torn between the two. i love reading all of your blogs about running though...it really motivates me!
    2982 days ago
    Thanks, hon! I was psyched to see that you're back too (or maybe you never stalled like I did). I decided that my law school baby wasn't just going to go away by dint of wishing, and not being able to work out much is making the lard busting particularly challenging.

    Miss you lots and hope things are continuing to look up!
    3046 days ago
    What's up, you remind me of me.... I also set my sights on 10 pounds by November, so lets be friends, ok?

    PS loving the Prince and hope you're workin up a black sweat lol
    3116 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/10/2009 8:56:43 AM
    Love the purple hair pic!! Thanks for posting your intro on the SparkMpls/St. Paul team page. I'm glad you are enjoying getting to know the various park systems. Welcome to the team!

    3121 days ago
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