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    Thanks for the encouragement! I actually have started running like I said I would and I'm a week into it. So far so good, but I'm kind of worried about running 2 minutes and walking 3 for the coming week. I think it's going to be a little hard for me, but I will definitely try it!
    2500 days ago
    Thanks for your encouragement on the rookie running page! I really appreciate it. It's true - we've come far enough to say that we've been running for 5 weeks!!

    Best of luck on reaching your goals - which you've already been successful at it seems! :) See you at the top!!


    - Irene
    2530 days ago
    Re: Rookie Running Week 2 - yes, it was tough!! You did better than me. The first day I made it three times (15 min). The second workout we modified the intervals and started with a minute and a half gradually working up to 2 minutes, only going for 20 min. Then yesterday I went for 22 minutes (my last run was 3.5 min!) but still not following the "plan."

    What I am struggling with the most is pain in my calves, I am able to keep moving and am not really having pain anywhere except my calves...despite lots of gentle stretching.

    Sounds like you are doing great, keep it up! We will get there eventually. :)
    2552 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    2553 days ago
    OMG! Thanks so much. That means alot to me. But let me tell you, its totally an on again off again process for me to. I'm learning that you can't let those needed times away keep you from kicking butt on those righteous times when you are ON. Let's be ON for a while and see how it goes, yeah? Happy New Year. I'm glad you're back! emoticon
    2599 days ago
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