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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 a 36 year old stay-at-home mom who needs some motivation to set a postive life style example for my kids. 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. Currently seeing a massage therapist/Holistic Health practitioner as I'm done spending endless money on physical therapy that treats the injury, and not the reasons behind it. The massage is helping and I feel like I'm finally getting some answers as to why my knee gives me the trouble it does. The best part is I'm running again (30 minutes twice a week) and it feels amazing!

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 spent 2014 kidding myself that I'd get back on board with my healthy lifestyle and ended up gaining more than 10lbs in the process. Finally, I've found a program that works for me (fitness and food-wise) that is quick, helps with my running issues and provides the strength training I need to feel fit. I started another 90 day challenge January 5th and can't wait to see where it takes me!

Member Since: 5/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 29,967

My Goals:
1. Set a 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. (Getting there, day by day)

3. Hold myself accountable for everything I do right (and wrong!) by tracking my progress in a journal. I now have an accountability partner (and good friend!) for the 90 day challenge I'm doing. (work-in-progress)

4. Focus on inches lost, and body fat % rather than "weight" as a whole. (Trying to! Currently focused on all of it, but happy to see all numbers going down.)

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 (Does housework count?! Seriously, looking forward to better weather so I can be outside more for this. I'm definitely NOT a gym rat!)

7. Run my first 10k race, April 29 2012! - DONE

My Program:
Fitness: Currently I'm running 1-2 days a week for 30-40 minutes with other cardio on non-run days, and doing body-weight and free-weight ST 20min 3x per week.
I use SP fitness tracker, my Fitbit Flex and Endomondo run program to track my fitness.

Food: 8-10 cups of water daily, I'm working my way up to 5+ servings of freggies. I have a high emphasis on higher protein, lower (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.

Personal Information:
I'm a stay-at-home mom of two young children, living with them and my husband in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

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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

'Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.' - Unknown

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