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2016! A new achievements!

*Spring 2016 Update*
I started a new program called Isagenix. If you want more information regarding this program check out my blogs or send me a personal message. I FEEL AWESOME since starting! I have way more energy, sleeping better, feeling better, etc... I just can't rave enough! I am hoping to keep up with using this super food and hoping it will get me to my goal weight. I am so close!!!

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!)

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!

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!

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!

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: 5:01:17
July 19 - July 23: Completed the MS Tram (260 biking miles)

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) ~ COMPLETED
9. Go white water rafting
10. Complete a triathlon
11. Bike 50 miles in one day ~ COMPLETED
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 ~ COMPLETED

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


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Member Since: 1/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 153,342

My Goals:
To continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

My Program:
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.


- 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:

My name is Elaine and I am a 38 year old from Minnesota. I live with my hubby and three (very outgoing) kids. I have been married for 18 wonderful years and my kids ages are 17,16, and 13.


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!


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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    I just can't believe it's fall,
    the most colorful season of all.
    The leaves they will fall.
    and the weather turns cool
    There's so many reasons
    To enjoy this season.
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      emoticon   emoticon ""Enjoy this season they call "Fall" emoticon   emoticon

    Have a Wonderful Weekend Elaine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    57 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - emoticon emoticon
    ~~Erma Bombeck~~~(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

    I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth
    would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
    I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
    I would have talked less and listened more.
    I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
    I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less
    about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
    I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
    I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
    I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day
    because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
    I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
    I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
    I would never have bought anything just because it was practical,
    wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
    Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy,
    I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing
    inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
    When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said,
    "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more
    "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."
    But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...
    look at it and really see it,live it .and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.
    Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
    Instead, I would cherish the relationships I have with those who do love me.
    I would think about what God HAS blessed me with, and what I am doing each day
    to promote myself mentally, physically, emotionally.

    After reading this, I realized how many more "I would" add to this list.
    "I would" share this with my friends, because my life is pretty wonderful with them in it.
    emoticon emoticon Wishing you a Blessed Day emoticon emoticon

    (I know I've posted this before, but I believe it's worth posting it again)
    59 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    ~~~~~ emoticon ~~~~~~~LISTENING~~~~~~~ emoticon ~~~~~
    Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.
    Frank Tyger
    Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
    Frank Tyger
    If animals could talk, the world would lose its best listeners.
    ~Robert Brault
    "Silent" and "listen" are spelled with the same letters.
    ~Author Unknown
    We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
    Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway.
    ~Author Unknown
    emoticon emoticon ~~~Are You A Good Listener?~~~ emoticon emoticon
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ~Barb~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    59 days ago
    emoticon A friendly reminder, please post your weigh in, cardio and strength training time prior to midnight on Wednesday. The Wolf Spirits would appreciate it very much!
    59 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    Sometimes you fall before you fly.
    In my case...
    I had to stumble through the dark,
    fall on my face, and get up again,
    .....Only to walk into the wall...

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    65 days ago
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