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I'm 23 years old and have been struggling with my weight for most of my life. I've tried diets in the past but they were never successful as I had no structure to them.

I joined Spark over 2 years ago. I stopped spark for over 5 months after getting derailed thanks to a vacation. Although I worked out a bit and kind of watched what I ate, I wasn't dedicated and I wasn't losing as much as I wanted to. Finally I got the motivation from my bf to come back and now I am more dedicated ...
I'm 23 years old and have been struggling with my weight for most of my life. I've tried diets in the past but they were never successful as I had no structure to them.

I joined Spark over 2 years ago. I stopped spark for over 5 months after getting derailed thanks to a vacation. Although I worked out a bit and kind of watched what I ate, I wasn't dedicated and I wasn't losing as much as I wanted to. Finally I got the motivation from my bf to come back and now I am more dedicated than ever! I had to update my ticker to my new start and move it up 10lbs. It hurt, but it's not the end of the world.

Already I have lost weight since I rejoined. I have joined more spark teams and am hoping to make more friends. I know this time I need the support to keep me going. I need encouragement and someone to say "You can do this!". It's 30lbs. It's my life, my journey. It will be my success!

My new goal is to complete a 5k run either in June or if I'm not ready, in September. I'm really excited about this. I know I can do this if I stay dedicated and I think the run will help me to stay dedicated too. If I complete this I know I will be in extremely good shape at that time. This combined with my goal to lose weight before my sister's wedding (I'm the Maid of Honor!) will keep me glued to my goals. No derailing this time!

~Julie




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Member Since: 1/15/2008

SparkPoints: 4,392

Fitness Minutes: 5,442

My Goals:
My primary goal is to lose weight and keep it off. I want to feel better about myself and at this weight my self-confidence is pretty low.
My hope is that I can do all of this by the summer so I can look and feel great in my bathing suits.
I also hope to run an entire 5k in June or Sept '09.

My Program:
My program is simple. I'm still eating foods I like but in moderation. I want to keep track every day of my calorie intake so that it is in the right range. I want to do cardio exercise 4-5 times a week and gradually increase my running time. I also want to maintain a strength training program. And lastly I am training for a 5k and am so excited!

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My Rewards

160lbs: Nail Polish & a necklace (met 2009-03-16)
155lbs: Twilight Books (or any other books max 2)
150lbs: Pair of shoes from Aldo
145lbs: A trip for Dave and I to Canada's Wonderland (tickets for both and lunch)
140lbs: A hot new wardrobe! Toss all those XLs (and Ls?!)!!!

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KLEE46
3/3/2009 11:55:59 AM

Glad to see you are making progress. Your EE teammate.



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THECANADIAN213
2/27/2009 9:27:49 AM

Thank you for the welcome comment! A few years ago, when I was in full swing of my previous weight-loss adventure, I did exactly what you're talking about. Eventhough I was no where near being ready, I signed up for a race and started training. The date of the race coming up on me made me work harder. Do you have someone you can train with? Does your boyfriend run? I found running with someone who was also training helped a TON! I did a 10K and finished in a little over an hour! It was so much fun and I did way better than I thought I was going to.

Keep up the good work! And where in Canada are you from? I grew up in London, ON but I moved to Connecticut when I was in 6th grade. Still Canadian at heart though emoticon



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HEALTHYBYTHIRTY
2/23/2009 1:58:25 PM

Saw your comment on the EE Huddle. You should definitely sign up for a 5K. I am working towards doing that too and I think it would be fun! So go for it!



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HARRINGTON5
2/23/2009 1:28:05 PM

I'm not a doctor, so I can only tell you to listen to your body. 15 minutes is really good. When I entered my first race, I couldn't even jog that long. The advice I was given was to take it slow and just move at your own pace. I was gasping for breath at the end of my run, but each time I got better. I also spend a lot of time just walking. I try to go for longer distances just to build up my endurance. Then, when I am ready to run, I feel stronger. I am very inexperienced myself and I just try to do a little better each time. Some days, I start out at a jog and just can't seem to get up the steam, so I just walk. I'm proud to say I am getting stronger and can run a lot longer without killing myself. I hope some of this is helpful!



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ASHLEY_BELLE
2/12/2009 11:14:10 AM

Thank you for the get well wishes! I'm happy to report I'm feeling much better today, though I'll still be taking it easy for the next day or two. emoticon



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