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I am officially 30 years old. I am in the best shape now than I have ever been, which was my first goal when I joined spark people. I have to say I am amazed I did it. I am also very proud of myself.
I have recently had to take some time off from exercise due to Achilles tendinitis...very painful and virtually impossible to even walk.
Due to the fact my exercise was down I notice I am a little jiggly in some areas where I don't really want to be. I would like to lose a few pounds but more importantly I want to tone and firm those areas that have been the hardest hit from my time off. The good news is, I haven't gained any weight back:)

1/5/10: My time off had worse consequences than I thought:

Upper Arm: 10.5 in.
Bust: 36 in. (around the fullest part)
Waist: 30 in. (up from 28)
Hips: 35 in.
Thigh: 20 in.

This is really disheartening. I will be working hard over the next couple of weeks to get my waist size down.

5/10/09: Ran my first 5k. Sea Dog Mother's Day 5k.

5/11/09: I have lost 12 pounds on Spark People since February 2009.

5/16/09: Hot Pursuit 5K: 28:31 PR (my second 5k)

5/16/09: I am down to 122.4 and holding. I am going to stay here for a while (I think) and reevaluate my wants and needs concerning my body. Might stay here, might lose some more weight. Still going to work on strength and toning.

5/20/09: Bought a pair of racing flats. Can't wait to try them out!! They are totally obnoxious and bright red, they are great.

5/22/09: So much for my plan of staying at 122.4, I am now at 120.6 and I wasn't trying to do it. I have officially hit my goal. Might have something to do with the stress I am having at work. When stressed, I tend to have gastrointestinal issues, (to put it nicely). We'll see!

5/2309: When I weighed myself yesterday it was in the afternoon. I weighed naked this morn before food and the magic number is, 119.2!


5/26/09: I am officially in what I am calling phase 2 of my new life/body. I have met my goal weight plus an extra pound taking me to 119 lb (phase 1). I am 5'2" so this is a good weight for me.
I will now begin to ramp up the strength training. I have been doing it all along but probably not as often as I should have.
Here are my goals starting today:
1. Do 30 day shred again, this time with 5 and 8 lb weights.
2. Write up a strength training plan and stick to it.
3. Utilize the weight bench in the basement.
4. Build muscle and burn some of the extra fat I still have.

I would like to be able to trim down my waist some more. I lost quite a few inches, however, there is still some baby fat there. I don't know how much is extra skin and how much is fat, but we will see!

Next Race: July 11, 2009 Moxie Day 5k: didn't make it to the race.

Member Since: 2/16/2009

Fitness Minutes: 5,076

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My goal was to lose 14 pounds by June 2009 and I have done that. My new goal is more strength training and toning. I would like to see a marked difference in the way I look now by August.

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I live on an island (yes there is a bridge) on the beautiful, rocky coast of Maine with my 3 kiddos and wonderful husband.
I find 4 leaf clovers EVERYWHERE. I even had one tattooed on my foot so if my luck runs out, I will always see one when I look down.

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Four-leaf Clover

I know a place where the sun is like gold
and the cherries bloom forth in the snow;
And down underneath is the loveliest place,
Where the four-leaf clovers grow.
One leaf is for FAITH,
And one is for HOPE,
And one is for LOVE you know;
And GOD put another in for LUCK:
If you search you will find where they grow.
But you must have FAITH,
And you must have HOPE,
You must LOVE and be strong and so...
If you work and you wait,
You will find the place
Where the FOUR-LEAF CLOVERS grow

-Ella Higginson

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    Hi! thanks for the add and nice comments on my page. I know what you mean! I get that comment a lot too "you look great for having 4 kids". I just want to look great...period.

    I'm determined to get to 115 in September and then work back up to 120 (of muscle). I think 120 is a good weight but not in the composition it is right now.

    Good luck on your goal! You'll get there!

    Have a great day!!
    3151 days ago
    Hello there Gina~
    Gotta say you're doing fantastic maintaining....I'm envious! YAY! We're surviving the continuing blah weather doesn't keep me from running but I'd really love to get out and do some yardwork...I'm on vaca this week and intend to enjoy it whether there's sun out or not.
    We JUST got up to Sebec for the first time this year over the last weekend. Weather wasn't GREAT, but it was SO nice to be up there. Absolutely love it. Hubby's family has a camp on Shore Road North, just before the entrance to Peaks-Kenney...I've never been to the State Park tho. As far as fun stuff to do goes...we haven't ever done anything out and about in that area....mostly fish, sunbathe, and I read a LOT...course I've done my share of running while there as well... Kayaking and biking would be great! Make sure you go to Butterfield's in Dover for ice cream...just a little one...while you're there. Homemade yummy stuff...
    We usually go up around our anniversary (13 Aug) but don't know that camp is available then this year so may or may not be up. If we are, maybe we could touch base for lunch or a run or something.
    Take care, keep up the great work~

    3152 days ago
  • v NANCW1
    Thanks for the spark goodie. I'm just getting ready to jump back on the wagon. I couldn't do it before but I'm about up to my old weight if not worse and I'm afraid to go look. Belly tells me to be afraid! Ha ha. So I will start coming on again. Kind of just got into a funk. Talk to you again soon and catch up! emoticon Nanc
    3152 days ago
  • v KELLEHER27
    I will be happy to be your spark buddy. Great photos. Not much of a summer is it? I'm a little stuck at my weight and fitness level. Need to push on :) How about you?
    3153 days ago
  • v NANCW1
    Ha Ha Ha....did you know I collect fairies and Gnomes for my garden? I am totally into that so you gave me an awesome goodie! thank you so much! I am in Hell week this week. Mandi my neice and partner at work is on vacation and it is a really long week. today I was alone and it was a 6 hour job. I trained a new girl Monday and that is hard. She will be with me again tomorrow for what will be a 6 to 7 hour day with 2 of us. Then thursday will be 5 hours and friday the same both assuming my helper shows up.
    Well, I gotta go crash. I laid down for a nap at 5 and they woke me at 7:30 for dinner and I still am exhausted. Talk to you after Hell week is over! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3167 days ago
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