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So I first joined SparkPeople back in August of 2010, through the fall I was on track and things were going well, then! Well we all know what happens then-life- I developed Plantars Fascitis in y foot which limited my running and I stopped working out.

In addition, the past year has been crazy, hectic. My husband went into business with a friend, my daughter graduated high school, we moved to Illinois, I began a PhD program, and we have been living in a RV. With all those changes I was in survival mode. Between the business, school, moving, etc.- I stopped putting myself first. Well I have now survived my first semester of my PhD program and realize that I spent way too much time sitting at a desk reading and writing.

So, I decided to take advantage of the University recreation facilities. I am back in a workout routine, off soda, and trying to plan healthy meals and snacks. ( Eating right will be easier when I move into a house in a few weeks).

I am at this again, I want it, and know I can do it! Heck if I am smart enough to be working on a PhD, then I am smart enough to figure out how to get myself in shape.

Member Since: 8/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 1,071

My Goals:
Pack healthy lunches and eat right sized portions.

Exercise 30 minutes a day.

Drink 8, 8 oz. glasses of water.

Give up COKE (the soda)!

My Program:
To begin I am packing my lunch. I teach and eating school lunches, or munching in the work room are not helping.

Trying to add a variety of exercise- treadmill, circuit training, zumba, etc.

Personal Information:
I've lived little biit of everywhere as a military child and wife. Currently we reside in central Missouri.

Currently I am applying to doctoral programs. I want to lose the weight so I am healthy and prepared to be successful as a student.

Other Information:
I'm a teacher which takes a lot of my time. When I have free time I prefer to spend it reading and scrapbooking.

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  • v IVY56044
    Just checking in to see how things are going. Havent 'seen' you in awhile.
    2155 days ago
    thanks for the comment! i went through a handful of names before this one--DH only went in 8 months ago so we're still getting used to everything, i'd like him to go career, but that's more of his decision than it is mine. anyway--that's where the name came from.
    i used to be really good about getting in "me" time, but sense he's been gone/come home, it's a lot harder to ask for it. i'm still trying, but it's all about readjusting to life together and stuff-i bet you understand! lol!
    welcome to spark and congrats on the retirement! that's excellent!
    2175 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Wow, you've made amazing progress - what an inspiration for me!!

    SparkPeople is a little bit 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 - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    There are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site.


    If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them 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!


    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 do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

    2176 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for your comments on my blog! Congratulations on running your 5K!
    I am using a Polar RS200sd Heart Rate Monitor/Computer for checking both my heart rate and pace. It has a wrist computer/watch, a chest strap and a footpod that attaches to my shoelaces. I really like it although I do not use hardly any of the many functions it can do. I like that I can set it to monitor pace though because I know if I am running at about a 10 minute mile pace that is about 30 minutes for 3 miles so a 5K would be somewhere around 31 minutes. And I have had a time keeping my heart rate down. Mine is higher than maybe it should be for my age. I actually got it at a clearance at 75% off so got a really good deal on it.

    If you have a phone with a GPS function, some people use them with an app for tracking their distance and pace. If you could do that, you could use something like the Polar FS2C Heart Rate Monitor. It would only measure time and Heart Rate but is a good HR monitor. I used one of those before I got the RS200 and liked it too. It also has a chest strap. From what I have heard, most of the ones without chest straps will only give you an instant Heart Rate when you press two fingers against two contacts on the watch so will not give you an average or peak Heart Rate which help you know how you are improving your fitness over time.

    Several of my SparkFriends and teammates have Garmin Forerunner 305 running GPS computers and they all really like those. Amazon has it for $139.72 which is a great deal since the list price is $299. That has the heart rate monitor and will give you pace along with anything else you would need.

    Good luck and welcome to running. It is great, isn't it!

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    2177 days ago
  • v MFOLAND1
    Go put on your shoes! You can do it! 1 mile :-)
    2178 days ago
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