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I've been on Spark for almost 2 years, so I figured it was time to update my page. Last year I used Spark to help me train for my first ever 5K. I did the Couch to 5K program (loved it!), and successfully completed my first 5K with a time of 28:26. I was so proud of myself and I know I couldn't have done it without all the inspiration I found here. The problem was that I trained for the race on a shock absorbing treadmill, and then I ran the race on the road. BAD idea!! I couldn't walk for 3 days afterward! I have really bad osteoarthritis in my knees, and truly I shouldn't have been running at all....but I'm only 31 and I wanted to run just one race. I did, and I am proud of that. But I also realized something while running that race. While I was happy that I was able to do it....running is just not my thing. I know everyone talks about the "runners high" they get after finishing a good run and I know that its great for cardio....but I just don't enjoy it! I don't get the runners high....I get really sore knees and exhaustion! For a while I felt guilty, like there was something wrong with me. I felt lazy for not enjoying running as much as others do. And I felt like in order to be at optimal health, I had to do what everyone else was doing and RUN. But I've decided this year to get healthy my own way. And that means no long runs for me. They bore me to death and I hurt. So this year I am focusing on using the NordicTrack my father gave me (it is the reeeallllly old one with the wooden skis) and I'm using my treadmill at different inclines wearing my walkvest with weights in it (which I LOVE). I also do some light weight training a couple of times a week. I don't want bulk, just tone, so the heaviest dumbbell I use is 8 pounds and I do lots of reps. I've been doing this since the beginning of the year and I can already see a difference in my muscles. I'm not trying to lose any weight. I'm 5'11" and I weigh anywhere between 143-148. For me this is a good number. I feel comfortable in my own skin. I just want a little more tone, and I want to be healthy! Healthy on the inside. That is my main goal. I don't need my jean size to go down to feel better. I want to be able to run around outside with my children and not be out of breath. I want to be able to park my car in the far parking lot at school and not be out of breath by the time I get to class. But mostly I suppose I don't want to end up like one of my patients in the hospital who've made a lifetime of unhealthy habits and now have to spend their day hooked up to machines having their heart monitored to catch any impending heart attacks.
So this journey I'm on has no real end in sight. It is a lifetime journey to live the healthiest that I can. I know that I will make some bad choices along the way, but I refuse to beat myself up over them anymore. I'm not perfect, I don't expect all my choices to be perfect. I just expect myself to realize when I've gotten off the healthy path and kick myself back on it.
I wish everyone here the best of luck with all of their goals, whether they be weight loss or just healthier lifestyles. This is such an awesome sight and we are so lucky to have these resources. Good luck!

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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkenss that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -- Marianne Williamson

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    Hi Jacci, I was hoping to do my 5K on June 21st, but it's not looking good. I'm covering vacations at work and the schedule change has really messed up my running schedule. So I'm probably looking at July....hopefully it won't be a steamer summer!
    3051 days ago
  • v MOMIN09
    Thanks for the congrats. Right now I'm feeling fine. I think that I'm going to take a back seat with the running right now. I'll probably start it over after I've had the baby. I am signed up for a 5K in Sept, but I will probably just walk it and maybe try to better my walking time from the last 5K I walked.
    Thanks again for the congrats and congrats to you on your 5K. You are doing a great job!
    3055 days ago
  • v WENCH13
    Thanks for sharing about your first 5k experience and CONGRATS on finishing and your great time!! It's really an inspiration to newbies like me to read. Great job!!
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    3055 days ago
  • v LIZZABETH1986
    something tells me you have a 5k coming up this weekend!! WOO HOO!!! good luck!!! let me know how you do. im sure you will be awesome!!!!!! i hope its not too hot there either for your run, its supposed to be 102 degrees here tommorow in VA! good luck jacci!!!! have fun!

    3057 days ago
  • v SWEETZ95
    hey Jacci!! That's so funny, I totally LOL when I read your posts! We're both just CRAZY! Soooo.....Are you excited? Experiencing a little IBS. Girl, I already know you will do great! Is your audience going with you to cheer you on?!
    I am stuck on w4. I can hang with it, I just don't have (make) the time. It's even worse since school is out, but oh well!
    Again, good luck, take lots of pix, and tell us all about it!!!
    3058 days ago
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