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1992 - approx. 170 lbs, size 13 self-made wedding dress



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May 2010:
Life is complicated.

Last summer, I tested for my black belt in Isshinryu Karate. Less than a month later, I was a full time caretaker to my father-in-law as he dealt with liver cancer. Over the next seven months, I gained nearly thirty pounds, my blood pressure shot up, and my strength and fitness declined precipitously. My FIL died about a month ago, and now I'm starting to take a look at myself, and I'm not liking what I'm seeing. The woman of a year ago is gone, ...
May 2010:
Life is complicated.

Last summer, I tested for my black belt in Isshinryu Karate. Less than a month later, I was a full time caretaker to my father-in-law as he dealt with liver cancer. Over the next seven months, I gained nearly thirty pounds, my blood pressure shot up, and my strength and fitness declined precipitously. My FIL died about a month ago, and now I'm starting to take a look at myself, and I'm not liking what I'm seeing. The woman of a year ago is gone, and in her place is a marshmallow. The weight isn't so much the issue (though I wouldn't mind dropping it), but I can't keep up with my martial arts classes the way I could, and that's a big problem. So now it's time to focus on me for a while and see if I can drag that old buff me out of the closet.
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Update: March 2011

Well, the old buff me has successfully reappeared. But old, buff me can still be a good bit better. I can run three miles, pump out crunches by the hundred-lot, and do my fair share of full-body push-ups, but my fat percentage is still a good bit higher than I would like. Having successfully re-emerged as the person who earned my black belt in 2009, now I'd like to re-find the person who first went to the Isshinryu Hall of Fame in 1997. The fitness is there, now I need to find my competitive fire and work on trimming off the thirty pounds that two pregnancies and a wonky thyroid and pituitary stuck on my body. If I can't turn back the clock and refind my body of 28, at least I can find a body to be proud of on a 42-year-old, stretch marks and all.

12/12/10 - first weight goal met - 199.4 lbs
1/20/11 - 2nd weight goal met - 195 lbs
Next weight goal - 188.5 lbs - Halfway point!

PR (1 mile) - 9:27 (3/15/11)
PR (2 mile) - 20:33 (3/15/11)
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Member Since: 5/15/2010

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My Goals:
To bring home a trophy or two from the Isshinryu World Tournament - June 25, 2011!

Long term:
Hit my goal weight of a fighting 160.
Earn my 3rd dan black belt.
Do a proper chin-up.
Start sending out my writing to agents and publications!

My Program:
Karate - 2 classes/week, plus at home training
Weight-training - 3x/week
Running - C25K - 3x/week
Yoga - 1 class/week, plus at home practice

Personal Information:
My name is Cindy. I'm 5'8", and 44 years old. I'm a nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Isshinryu Karate. I'm also a pianist, organist, singer, knitter, sewer, writer, and inveterate reader. And busy for some mysterious reason. ;-)

I'm also the mother to two great boys. I may not mention them much, but that's at least partially because they're hitting that age where they find it embarrassing for their mother to brag on them.

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Trying desperately to get my life and house organized enough to do all the things I need to do.

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1CRAZYDOG
6/7/2014 10:40:34 AM

((((HUGS)))) Can never have too many. Know you're in my thoughts and prayers.



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23KAIYA
1/8/2014 11:52:47 PM

Thank you for stopping by my blog and your encouraging comments, much appreciated!



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LIS193
9/19/2013 5:51:55 PM

Thanks for the friend add!



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1CRAZYDOG
11/11/2011 10:56:01 AM

Hi there fellow Sparker! Hope today is a good Friday for you. Thanks for stopping by my page.

I just noticed that your wedding pic is of you in a dress YOU made! Gorgeous!!



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TRICOTINE
10/18/2011 12:47:23 PM

Thank you for reading my blog and for your nice comment on my new Karate belt! emoticon



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