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2016! A new year...new goals...new achievements!

2015 was a great year for me on achievements. I ran my fastest half marathon time getting below 2:00:00. Just squeezed it in at 1:58:26 but I did it! Then I ran my first FULL marathon! What a great year it was. The scale however stopped moving for me in March 2015. I have been on a plateau since then jumping between the same 5 pounds. I have been here before and it probably was because of my intense training all year with my ...
2016! A new year...new goals...new achievements!

2015 was a great year for me on achievements. I ran my fastest half marathon time getting below 2:00:00. Just squeezed it in at 1:58:26 but I did it! Then I ran my first FULL marathon! What a great year it was. The scale however stopped moving for me in March 2015. I have been on a plateau since then jumping between the same 5 pounds. I have been here before and it probably was because of my intense training all year with my running. So this year I want to get back in focus on the scale. I want to start seeing that number drop again. I only have about 25 pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. That is a doable amount to lose for the year so that is what I am aiming for. I also will blog monthly and have monthly goals to hit.

Along with some monthly goals, this year I also started a fitness bucket list. I started trying new things last year and had a blast! I found a new love of the water and now love to paddle board. There is so many other things I want to try! So this is the year!!!! Each month I will post a new fitness adventure to try. My hope is that by January 2017 I will have tried 12 new things. Wish me luck! (Or join me in starting your own fitness bucket list!)

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2015 is going to be my year to finish my weight loss goal and start maintaining. It feels good to say that!

It seems like I have been on this road for a long time but things are finally clicking and starting to go into place. I only have about 20 more pounds I would like to lose. This would bring me to a normal range on the BMI calculators. Along with losing my last 20 pounds I would also like to see my fat percentage go down and continue with my strength.

I can't wait to see what I accomplish this year!

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2014: This is going to be my year! I am finally wanting to see the end and truly want to be in maintenance. At the end of 2013, I started seeing what works for my body. I found a way to shake things up and it helped the scale start going in the right direction. But it is much more than the scale. I want bigger and better things for myself besides getting down to my goal weight. I want to feel good in my skin and feel strong. I want to see muscle tone and definition. I want to be faster when I run. 2014 is going to be the year that I improve all of that.

This is going to be a great year... I can feel it!

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Background Story on my beginning:

I started this journey back in January 2008 when I finally said, "enough is enough". I was at a high weight and not feeling good about myself. I would get winded while running around with my kids. I didn't want to be that mom.

When I started my journey it was tough. I hated going to the gym and it took my friend to join that helped get me there. But when she didn't go.... guess what, either did I. It wasn't until I started my running program fall of 2008 when I really started doing this for myself. If I didn't have anyone to workout with, I still went.

Fast forward to now and I LOVE to workout. This is what has been keeping me going and I love the way it makes me feel. I still struggle with my nutrition and balancing it all out but I am getting there. I am more confident with myself and know that I have made the life change.

I always tell my kids to never say "I can't", there is a little negativeness with that statement. Always believe in yourself.... you never know unless you try!



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Race Progress:

November 23, 2008 - 5k Turkey Run - Time: 36:04
May 31, 2009 - 5k Run - Time: 31:28
November 22, 2009 - 5k Turkey Run - Time: 30:39
June 26, 2010 - Time to Fly 10k Run - Time: 1:02
September 17, 2010 - Run at Work 5k - Time: 29:31
November 13, 2010 - Diva Dash 5 mile - Time: 50:44
May 21, 2011 - Armed Forces Half Marathon - This race was canceled due to flooding on the race course. But I did run 13.1 on my own and finished in - 2:22
September 17, 2011 - Park Tool �Fall Classic� Duathlon
April 27, 2013 - Get In Gear Half Marathon - Time: 2:26:16
April 19, 2014 - Hair to There 5k - Time: 27:52
September 6, 2014 - Linwood Family Fun Day 5k - Time: 27:20
September 27, 2014 - Log Run 5k - Time: 26:15
May 23, 2015 - Stillwater Half Marathon - Time: 1:58:26
October 4, 2015 - Twin Cities Marathon - Time:

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Bucket List
1. Run a 5k race ~ COMPLETED
2. Run a 10k race ~ COMPLETED
3. Run a half marathon ~ COMPLETED
4. Run a full marathon ~ COMPLETED
5. Be able to swim long distances (at least 1 mile without stopping - then work up to 2 miles!)
6. Rock climb
7. Hike up a mountain
8. Try skiing (either cross country or down hill)
9. Go white water rafting
10. Complete a triathlon
11. Bike 50 miles in one day
12. Bike 100 miles in one day
13. Join a softball league
14. Take up a dance class
15. TRAVEL and see the many sights our country has to offer!
16. Backpacking.... I have always wanted to do this in the North woods of MN. Maybe even travel somewhere else too!
17. Learn how to water ski... I have tried this before. I want to get good at it!
18. Try snowshoeing ~ COMPLETED
19. Hike the Grand Canyon
20. Be able to do a full chin up
21. Complete the 100 perfect push ups program
22. Complete a duathon
23. Complete a Trail Run Race
24. Paddle Board ~ COMPLETED
25. Kayak

"Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there!"
- Bo Jackson

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Member Since: 1/30/2008

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My Goals:
To continue to live a healthy lifestyle.


My Program:
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MY EXERCISING PLAN:
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My plan consists of a mix of cardio and strength training. I usually plan for 4-5 days of running during the week, cycling class, boot camp, and then a few days in the weight room. In the evenings and on weekends you can find me biking, running, swimming, and walking / hiking.



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MY NUTRITION PLAN:
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- Track everyday (I use MyFitnessPal for my tracking method)
- Change it up!
- Get in enough protein
- 5 veggies/fruits
- Stay hydrated with plenty of H2O!

Personal Information:
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My name is Elaine and I am a 36 year old from Minnesota. I live with my hubby and three (very outgoing) kids. I have been married for 16 wonderful years and my kids ages are 15,14, and 11.

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Things we love to do as a family.......

We are a huge sports family, all three of our kids are heavily involved with sports so it keeps us pretty busy. We also love getting outdoors which include; going hiking, bike riding, spending time at the beach or playground, camping, and geocaching! We just love the outdoors and all the changing seasons!

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On a personal level, I love to take pictures, if you can't tell from my Spark page! I also love to travel (when we have the money), read, sing, and dance.
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AMY_1217
2/3/2016 11:26:02 AM

emoticon Weigh-in day!!! Show me your numbers! emoticon



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1/26/2016 7:54:55 PM

Weigh-in day tomorrow! Don't forget to stop by the team and post your numbers!



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GLMOM2
1/17/2016 7:45:08 AM

How's week 2 wrapping up for you? Mine wasn't too bad. I didn't get in nearly the water but I made sure to get to 8 most days. I think I was short a cup or two yesterday ... Fruit/veggie counts went ok too. This week I will add breakfast to my tracking.

It should be a normal work week, last week with testing all-day, every day killed my step count ... water consumption (limited bathroom breaks LOL) !

Here's to a great week 3! emoticon



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AMY_1217
1/16/2016 10:50:24 AM

Great weigh-in Elaine!!!



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BOILHAM
1/12/2016 9:16:12 AM

Thanks for the nice comments on my blog! Feel pretty good today, most soreness is gone.



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