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I am a 30-something Academic Advisor in Illinois. I want to be healthy and work on me for awhile. I have recently relocated to a new town and am finding life to be very lonely, which has aided in my adding to the weight I need to lose. I just want to be healthier in the long run.
I am a 30-something Academic Advisor in Illinois. I want to be healthy and work on me for awhile. I have recently relocated to a new town and am finding life to be very lonely, which has aided in my adding to the weight I need to lose. I just want to be healthier in the long run.

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UWPALUM has recommitted to half marathon training, not to run, but to walk it.
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 current weight: 230.0 

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Member Since: 10/31/2012

SparkPoints: 24,456

Fitness Minutes: 12,237

My Goals:
1. Drink water, not soda or caffeine

2. Exercise 5-6 times a week

3. Be positive with my self-thoughts

4. Maintain a regular sleep schedule

5. Be mindful when making healthy and wise choices

Other Information:
Race (walking) History:

First 5K ever: Spring Chicken Run, Freeport IL YMCA May 4, 2013 - 55:33

Fort Half and 5K, Fort Atkinson, WI June 15, 2013 - 48:47

Dennis Krzykowski Memorial 2K Walk, Cedarburg, WI July 4, 2013 - untimed

Family Fair 5K Run, Fort Atkinson, WI August 10, 2013 - 47:57

Lena Fall Festival 5K, Lena, IL September 7, 2013 - 47:22

Fort Fall Crawl, Fort Atkinson, WI September 14, 2013 - 47:30

Orangeville 5k, Orangeville, IL October 5, 2013 - 45:33 (OMG!)

Sycamore Pumpkin Run (10K), Sycamore, IL October 27, 2013 - 1:41:38

Run Turkey Run 5k, Watertown, WI November 28, 2013 - 42:21

Jingle Bell 5k, Freeport, IL December 7, 2013

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Member Comments:
1/31/2014 8:56:53 PM

Thanks so much for the kind words on my mirror blog! emoticon

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1/16/2014 7:43:29 PM


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1/9/2014 10:01:02 AM

Thanks for adding me as friend! Looking forward to celebrating achievements and encouraging each other! :)

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1/6/2014 8:43:42 PM

Thank you so much for the comment on my "pressure blog". First of all I wanted to congratulate you on all of your success. We are very alike, because I got to 85 pounds down, started getting super excited that I was almost to 90 pounds down which would be followed by 100 pounds down, and I immediately started to self sabotage. I was "off track" like a week after that, got on track, then got off track again on Halloween and was off track ever since. It blows me away, because I so look forward to saying I lost 90 and 100 pounds and eventually get to my goal. It is something I want so badly, yet I am somehow still afraid deep deep down and that is why I sabotage. I don't know exactly what it is, I think part of it is fear of the unknown. I don't know how to be a nice normal size, just a plus size or overweight girl. It's all I've ever known. I think change is scary. I have had people tell me that it can take up to 2 years (or maybe my time frame is long, whatever it is it was a long time) for the mind to catch up to the changes with the body. So maybe getting to close to such a huge milestone freaked us out because our mind hasn't caught up with our new healthy changes yet? I am not sure.

My tips for getting back on track... I am starting day 4 back on track today. I definitely think small steps is the way to go. I am easing back into this. I am not expecting that I will be perfectly on track right away. I have 2 months of eating everything to put behind me, so I am going to have slip ups... and that's okay. Now with that said, I have had some spark friends tell me they have to jump back in with both feet, they can't ease into it or it won't happen. You know you the best, so figure out what is going to help you. I am also big on having an accountability partner. Checking in with them daily (for me it's at the end of the day) and telling them the good and bad of my day and letting them know my calories. When I know I have to report to someone I think twice before I eat certain things. It doesn't always work of course but it helps. :) The other thing I forgot about was that I have only seen the scale go up fo the last 2 months (for the most part)... so I tried to remember a time when the scale was going down and how great I was feeling, and I want to get to that point again and start feeling good about my weight loss. The last thing that I think is important us for us to forgive ourselves for our slip up and the regained weight. We still have lost a lot of weight, even with our regain, so now is the time to take control before we back slide any further! emoticon emoticon

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1/6/2014 4:37:20 PM

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Thank you very much for commenting on my "Purpose" blog!!!!

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