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Effort and Consistency. That's what it's all about. :)

Celebrating a new 10k PR: 1:13:12 (2min faster than my goal time!) October 20, 2013

Me in "The Dress" - July 2 2011, 130lbs. THIS is where I want to get back to.


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I'm 37 years old and I've been on the roller coaster for far too long. I want to set a consistently healthy example for my kids and create life-long healthy habits I can stick to! And honestly, I'm tired of looking in the mirror and not liking what I see. It is time for a serious change!

I LOVE running, but suffer from a chronic knee issue that makes it difficult to maintain any sort of consistency with my runs. The past year or so has been better, but I still struggle with being consistent with my exercises and strength training. Currently trying to get my core fixed up so by body is better aligned for healthier runs - I have some serious goals for 2017!!

In the past six years, I've started my weight-loss journey, hit two major milestones (including goal weight in summer 2011) and have now bounced back halfway to where I started. I'm learning to focus less on what the scale says and more on how I feel, how active I am and how mentally in the game I am. When those three things align in a positive way, the rest just falls into place.

Member Since: 5/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 30,661

My Goals:
1. Set a consistently positive example of fitness and healthy eating for my children. (Doing it!!)

2. Have a more positive view of my body image - for my own self-esteem as well as my children's. (This is by far the hardest thing for me)

3. Hold myself accountable for everything I do right - and wrong! (work-in-progress - I have a trainer/friend helping me now! So excited!)

4. Focus on how I feel in my own skin - and clothes - instead of numbers on the scale (Trying to!)

5. Keep up with my strengthening exercises so my knee stays healty enough to continue my running program. (Ummmm, not so much)

6. Do a minimum of 500 fitness minutes every month (This isn't that hard when I'm consistent!)

7. Run my first Half Marathon, Spring 2017 (date to be determined - currently checking out races and determining with my trainer which one is best for a 'first')

My Program:
Fitness: Currently I'm running 1-2 days a week for 30-40 minutes and doing body-weight and free-weight ST 45min 1x-2x per week

I use SP fitness tracker, my Fitbit Flex and Endomondo run program to track my fitness.

Food: Working my way back to 8-10 cups of water daily and 5+ servings of freggies. I try to have a higher emphasis on lean protein, healthy fats and healthy carbs in the form of veggies and fruits. I try to limit dairy (doesn't agree with my system) and breads, pastas, etc. to once per week.

Personal Information:
Born and raised and still living on beautiful coastal British Columbia, Canada.
Mom, to two active pre-teens
Wife, for more than 16 years

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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals; adjust the action steps."

"Choose to chance the rapids; dare to dance the tide." - Garth Brooks 'The River'

"Who is ahead of you and who is behind you is less important than who is inside you" ~ John Stanton, RunningRoom founder

"The ability to run that extra mile lies between your ears. Keep Going." - Kris Wright

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    Thank you very much for your post on my blog, it made me feel much better! You're right, I should put the scale away and get out the tape measure and see what kind of progress I'm making there, too. I will have dh help me get my measurements on Sunday and start fresh with them on Monday. Thanks for the suggestions, they're some mighty fine ideas!

    1135 days ago
  • v MOSTMOM1
    Howdy! Thanks for the add; I added you too. Hope your weekend was Sparktacular!
    1273 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog today about my 2nd marathon and for the comments.
    1356 days ago
    Poop on foot injuries! Lets hope we both get better very soon!

    I wish I could do crunchy veggies. I just can't. Roasted butternut squash sounds delicious, though. I have recently discovered I love it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate the suggestions! Hope your week is starting off well!

    1363 days ago
  • v HEATHER1969
    Hey girl... don't forget about us BC Girls.... You loggin your fitness minutes? We need your minutes... You need your minutes emoticon come on you can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1370 days ago
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