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My friend DeAnna and I decided to run a 5K at the end of July. Being I haven't ran since high school, I decided to do a little research and see what the best way to train for this would be. That's how I came across SP. What a great discovery!! Definitely going to spread the spark!
My friend DeAnna and I decided to run a 5K at the end of July. Being I haven't ran since high school, I decided to do a little research and see what the best way to train for this would be. That's how I came across SP. What a great discovery!! Definitely going to spread the spark!



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Member Since: 6/13/2011

SparkPoints: 4,564

Fitness Minutes: 3,107

My Goals:
Run a 5K the last weekend in July.

Lose these last 13 pounds!

Long term goal...I turn 40 next year and want to look good in a bikini! Tone that stomach.

7/31 Delhi Lions Club 5K 38:11

9/24 Galena's 5K

10/1 Ely's 5K

My Program:
I am doing interval training 4 days a week and strength training 2 days a week. Currently I am jogging 6 minutes and walking 2 minutes. Hope to increase to 8 and 2 on Monday.
Work on eating more freggies!
Cut back on my emotional eating!

Personal Information:
I live in NE Iowa. I have been married to a wonderful man for nearly 12 years. Our daughter will be 9 years old this year and keeps us on our toes. I am very fortunate to have a very loving and supportive family.

Other Information:
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.

- Maya Angelou

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7/14/2011 10:56:19 PM

Thanks for the add! I added you back! Let's do this!!! emoticon

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7/13/2011 11:20:39 AM

Thanks for the friend add, I've added you too. emoticon
Good luck on your 5K, I know the nerves leading up to your first one, but once you're there and you run, you'll be so ecstatic that you did it! emoticon
Nice looking Chevy truck, what year? I'm guessing 53 or 54? I love older vehicles, my daily ride is a 67 Firebird.

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7/9/2011 3:36:40 PM

Thanks for adding me as a SparkFriend - I've added you as well and look forward to following your progress on SparkPeople and I can't wait to hear how you do on your 5k!


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6/26/2011 9:34:24 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here!


Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!


In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!


If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


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6/26/2011 2:19:12 AM

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You've made a great choice for yourself in joining Sparkpeople. Enjoy the journey!

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