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My first 5K - after I completed the C25K challenge three years ago.

My before/ after collage to keep me inspired!

Me at 54kg - the skirt doesn't fit anymore!


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Between September 2011 and April 2012 I lost 35 pounds!

My original goal weight was 130lbs which I achieved in December 2011. It took me a while to adjust to the idea of maintenance and my body eventually settled at 119lbs a few months later. I've been maintaining ever since.

I fell pregnant in February 2015 and so I am now navigating the weight gain of pregnancy, motherhood and, then needing to lose the baby weight.

The post-pregnancy plan:
Short term goals: First 3 months
-Go walking at least 10 minutes a day for first 4-6 weeks
-Slowly build in jogging using couch to 5km techniques when my body feels ready (I imagine after a month or two)
-Keep up with post-natel yoga and exercises to help with abdominal separation
-Focus on my choices - choose healthier foods.
- Aim to track food 3 times a week
- Keep my food portions small
Mental health:
- Aim to get dressed every day
- Aim to get out of the house once a day

Long term goals:
- Half Marathon in September
- Back in maintenance range by September (53-55kg)

The maintenance plan:

Sign up for races to run every second or third month.
Aim to go jogging three times a week.
Keep tracking my fitness minutes.
Keep tracking my food at least twice a week.
Only ever have one helping of a sweet treat.
Keep blogging and commenting on Sparkpeople
Join challenges on sparkpeople - keep accountable to someone.
Always make sure that I'm enjoying my food - if I feel guilty about what I'm eating I can't be eating it for a good reason.

My original goals were:
First goal - to fit into my wedding dress again! (achieved 6 October 2011 - exactly on month after joining)

By my birthday
1 - be down one dress size or have reached 61kg (reached 61kg 14 Nov.)

2 - be able to do yoga on alternate days (yes, twenty minutes, nearly every other day)

3 - be jogging again (knee and doctor willing) (Started jogging again in the second week of November)

4 - have discovered something active to do on Saturday afternoons. (I make sure I'm busy but haven't found anything regular yet)

5 - start monitoring my fibre intake

Member Since: 9/8/2011

Fitness Minutes: 56,882

My Goals:
Short term: (30 days)
-Reach 57kg
-Walk 5ooo steps every day

Medium term: (3 months)
-Build up to a 15km jog
-Have lost 3/4 of my pregnancy weight (9kg)

Run another 1/2 marathon in August/September 2016

Long term (1 Year)
-Run 1 half-marathons in 2016
-Run 1 10km (achieved)
-Run 3 Parkruns

Maintain weight range of 52.5 - 55kg (116-121 pounds)

Reduce sugar cravings

My Program:
Healthy eating
- to become a better nutritious cook
Healthy home
- to create an environment at home that is clean, organized and well decorated
Healthy mind
- Develop a better understanding of what I need to feel more fulfilled and happy

Personal Information:
What I'm learning:
- it's always possibly to find and choose the healthy option.
- You don't have to eat the whole plate of food. You can only eat some of it if you think the portion is too much.
- pack lunch for work. A home made sandwich is half the calories of a store bought one.
- becoming more disciplined in one area of my life is helping me become more disciplined in others.

Other Information:
Race times:
Adidas 5km 2009: 36 mins
Bupa 10km 2011: 59.44
Stroke 10km 2011: 56.34
Nun Run 2011 (4 miles): 41 minutes
Race for life 5km 2012: 25 mins
British 10km 2012: 49.16
Zoo Stampede 2012: 48.27
Bupa 10km 2013: 47.44
Belfast Half Marathon 2013: 2.01.36
Santa 5k 2013: 23.41
Tollymore 10k 2013 (off-road): 51.04
Castleward Half Marathon: 2.03
Ards Half Marathon: 1.58.46
Groomsport Half Marathon: 1.49.51
Larne Half Marathon 1.55.52
Castlewellan Challenge (1okm) 53.07

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    HI hon !! It's been awhile !! I want to CONGRATs you on being on the Spark Motivator page !!! YEAH !! This is an AWESOME Achievement !

    Here's the link so you can see it !
    sp (OH I HOPE that works , but it MAY NOT cause the link looks like it wants to go to MY page. You can find it by starting off on ur start page,,,, than to My Page,,,,, instead of hitting "view/edit my page" just look further down the page on ur right hand side ! YEAH !!!!

    Hope your having a GRAND TIME with the Stars !! Schnootie is an AWESOME Leadah !
    106 days ago
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    Congratulations, my friend!!! You are awarded the GLOWING STAR title for reporting your minutes/LTGL points at least 4 out of 7 days on our walk to Thailand/Week 7 of the Shooting Star Challenge.

    Keep up the good work!

    Hugs and cheer,
    Ute (ML)
    163 days ago
    Good Morning, emoticon shine!

    Wishing you a wonderful Monday and a great week ahead! Snuggle that precious baby!

    172 days ago
    emoticon Hello fellow Shooting Star!

    We are well on our way to Paris, let's collect those miles and get us there early. Every little bit counts! Only a few more weeks to go. We can do this together!

    Hugs and cheer!
    Ute (ML)
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    P.S. I think we will have a great time in Paris. Thanks for launching us :)
    178 days ago
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    Thanks for getting our plane in the air this morning, we need time in Paris!

    181 days ago
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