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

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 ...
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

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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
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

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

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RUNNER4LIFE08 New month to make more things happen! Leaving September with losing 11.8 pounds. Can't wait to see what October brings!
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Member Since: 1/30/2008

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My Goals:
To continue to live a healthy lifestyle.


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MY EXERCISING PLAN:

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.




Personal Information:
My name is Elaine and I am a 34 year old from Minnesota. I live with my hubby and three (very outgoing) kids. I have been married for 15 wonderful years and my kids ages are 14,13, and 10.

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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JENNBECK831
10/1/2014 4:22:51 PM

What an inspirational page you have here! I love the way you have set goals for yourself and are busy working toward them and have several checked off your "bucket list" already.
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Good luck on this weeks BL challenge!




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NANBENT1963
10/1/2014 3:59:41 PM

Hi Elaine,

Though I know what geocaching is I haven't tried it yet...how do I get started? Is there a link or a group to join? I am an avid outdoors woman and would LOVE to try it! Thanks so much for stopping by my page and introducing yourself! Good luck on the Oz challenge I think it's going to be a smash emoticon
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NANBENT1963
10/1/2014 12:01:38 PM

Greetings,
As we start The Wizard of Oz challenge remember we are all on the golden brick road together. My goal is to click my ruby sneakers together and find as many new friends as possible along the way. emoticon
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LIZSPRINGSTEEN
10/1/2014 11:15:04 AM

Hi, I'm Liz from the Black Panthers team! I just wanted to say hi and hope you have a great week! Let's rock this challenge!!! I don't know your name, so when you stop by my page, please be sure to let me know what it is!



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9/29/2014 2:07:17 PM

Thank you for the comment on my photo blog. It was a beautiful day for a hike! The sign on the door said "door locks behind you!" I thought, how scary would that be?!




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