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Busy day!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I was so excited to get out and enjoy this beautiful day on my new bike.
I rode 8.5 miles and I feel great! If I wouldn't have had other responsibilities today I could have spent the whole day riding. I also went to whole foods for the first time. It was nice having so many healthy choices in one place. So far I am enjoying this new lifestyle!

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PEZMOM1 3/10/2013 9:53PM


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New toy

Saturday, March 09, 2013

My commitment to being healthy! Loving my new toy!!

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ANARN12 3/10/2013 9:33PM

    Thanks everyone!
I figured if I spent the money on a new toy I KNEW I would use it!

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SANDYBREIT 3/9/2013 8:26PM

    way to go! I'm planning to get one by the beginning of May (when hopefully the snow will be gone where I live...). I haven't been on a bike in years but I can't wait to get "back in the saddle" !



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GETSTRONGRRR 3/9/2013 6:01PM

    Sweet ride....enjoy!

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LKWILKINS1 3/9/2013 5:17PM

  How exciting. I hope to get a new toy like that sometime, it might be a couple of years though. It's hard to justify spending the money on a new bike when I have one that still works. My current bike is a mountain bike, I'd like a road bike soon.

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My Struggle

Thursday, March 07, 2013

So throughout the day I have been thinking about all of the times that things in life got tough and I gave up. Fitness, Nutrition, and weight loss are no exception to this. I can remember at one point in my late teens early 20's I had lost 50 pounds over the course of 3 months and looked great. However what my friends and family didn't know was that I was secretly eating 8 diet fuel pills a day and not much else. It was easy and best of all I DIDN'T HAVE To EXERCISE!!!! I was in my mid twenties and yet again I was at a weight I was unhappy with and again I went for my trusty diet fuel pills. Little did I know that all formulas had been changed and no longer had ephedra in them. To my surprise I was still hungry and wasn't dropping the weight. I did the next thing I could think of. I didn't eat. No food= eventual weight loss!!

Now this is the point that I have to say each time I did these foolish acts not only did I regain the weight, but extra pounds on top of it. I was a tall thin teenager. I was always 5'10-11ish and 110-118 pounds. With the first weight gain I reached 150. That was devastating to me. By my mid twenties I was pushing 200. Each time I would lose copious amounts of weight I would then gain it all back plus some. At 30 years old I weighed in at 258 pounds. Yet again I went for my old faithful. No food for me! I decided to throw a little twist into it though. I started to exercise. I walked. Not just 15 minutes here and there but SEVERAL miles a week. I got myself below 200 again and I felt like a million bucks!

Here I am almost 3 years later....
I am again approaching my all time high. I am scared. I know the pattern. I have spent the better part of the last 15 years living this crazy unhealthy lifestyle.
I am now a Registered Nurse. I know that all of the things I was doing in the past was detrimental to my health. This time is different. I was able to quit smoking over 5 years ago and never looked back. I was also able to graduate from one of the toughest nursing schools in the state. If that is possible ANYTHING is possible!

My issues:
I love to snack! I have tried substituting healthier choices but I am still eating more than one serving per setting. I am still eating entirely too much sodium.
I seriously lack motivation. I have a million and one excuses why I can't hit the gym or walk or well... do any physical activity at all. Luckily I work on my feet at least 8 hours a day so I am getting some activity but not nearly enough.
I have limited support.

The Positives:
I am DETERMINED to make any and all changes needed to succeed.
I LOVE to Bike. (I'm getting a new to me bike soon!!)
Hiking, softball, and volleyball are all activities I enjoy. (Although I am not very good)
I have an adorable 2 year old nephew that I want to be around to watch grow up. (Serious motivation!!)

I am hoping to finally see the woman I know is hiding under the hoodies and yoga pants.

Oh and a fitness/motivation buddy would be nice too!


Air Force 5k

Thursday, March 07, 2013

My little sister (who is a regular marathon runner) texted me yesterday and said she was signing us BOTH up for the Air Force 5k in September. I "run", more like a fast walk about 14 min miles. I consider this just another motivator to lose weight and get in shape. I am competitive and she knows that. Thanks lil sis for giving me an added push! emoticon

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ANARN12 3/7/2013 7:43PM

    I am excited for my first 5k. My sister runs full marathons so keeping up with her will be interesting. She said she would be running an 11 minute mile (I am assuming this is for my benefit). I will definitely go the day before to get all of the goodies. She ran this last year so I am sure she knows the ins and outs. Thanks for the heads up about that though! How exciting was it to run your first 5k?

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/7/2013 6:50PM

    you will get it done !! That is some awesome race .... be sure and come to the expo the day before the race .... that is when you pick up your gadgets and info .... it is so much fun .... I did my first 5K last year on St. Patrick's Day in Xenia .... what fun !! Rocie
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ANARN12 3/7/2013 4:58PM

    Thank you very much!!

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TCANNO 3/7/2013 1:40PM

    Now this sounds like me 9 months ago.

Good luck I am sure you will win in the end


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Failure is NOT an option!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

I don't know why today was the day but something told me when I woke up this morning that today was the day I made a change. For years I have struggled with my weight. I have been on a constant rollercoaster of ups and downs. Growing up I was always extremely active. I was an athlete. I was so thin that the other kids actually teased me about it. Since about the age of 15 I began to struggle with my weight. At 5'11 I panicked to see 150 on the scales. Now at 5'9 and almost 18 years later I would kill to see 150. In 2011 I topped out at 258lbs. I began walking. I tried to watch my diet but I was a single college student. Fast food became part of my regular meal plan. I spent 5 months walking, choosing healthier fast food choices and was able to get myself down to 196lbs. I felt and thought I looked great. Unfortunately it didn't take long for me to fall back into my old ways. Snacking... I am a lover of potato chips. Its nothing for me to sit in front of the television at night and kill a bag of flaming hot cheetos.
I have known for some time that I had a problem. At 21 I was diagnosed with having PCOS. At 28 I was told I am Pre diabetic. I am terrified that if I don't make a change now that I will die. I am currently close to my all time top weight and feeling horrible. I cannot breathe, my clothes don't fit, my blood sugar and blood pressure are out of control. I am truly miserable.
Today is the day. Today my life changes forever. It's now do or die time.

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ANARN12 3/7/2013 7:46PM

    I am thinking this site will be very helpful in my journey. I have found everyone to be very friendly and inviting. I am excited to see my new life unfold! =)

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/7/2013 6:47PM

    So glad you found Spark .... I have a lot to lose and have lost weight ... I have yet to get down where I need to be but by golly this place has made me keep what weight I lose off ... I don't yoyo like I did before ... use the info available and join the boards on your teams every day .... good luck ... Roc

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ANARN12 3/7/2013 2:25PM

    Thank you!

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BARBANNA 3/7/2013 1:42PM

    You are at the right place, at the right time! This web site has all the tools to change you back to where you want and need to be. You just need to use every possible tracking method and read, take quizes, accept the challenges and don't look back. It truly works if you use it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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