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    TIAGAYEPFA   77,063
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My 2 Year Spark Anniversary and week of my biggest Marathon!

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Monday, January 03, 2011

First of all, I hope everyone is starting off their New Year in a wonderful way!

SPARKPEOPLE 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!:
I can't believe I joined Sparkpeople 2 years ago today! I'm so happy that once I joined, I continued on my journey, reached my goal and have maintained for over a year now.

Me just prior to joining Spark:

Me just a couple weeks ago:


Prior to Jan. 2009, I had many starts and stops in trying to lose weight. I think the difference was that 1) I decided to lead a healthy lifestyle instead of dieting, 2) I set continuous fitness goals which kept me focused so I wasn't just thinking about losing weight, 3) I didn't worry about big results, I just wanted consistent ones, 4) I had an "Aha!" moment when someone told me how heavy I was after not seeing me for a couple years. It was the last straw. And 5) I barely missed one day over a year of tracking my food.

I averaged 1/2 lb of weight loss a week and many people would find that discouraging. My motto is "I didn't want to lose it fast, I wanted to lose it FOREVER."

So I'm happy to still be here. I don't look like I did when I did the Figure Competition. Please keep in mind I was practically dehydrated and virutally NO sodium at that point. Also, after the competition, I almost immediately went back to running and it's hard to maintain the muscularity running the mileage I was doing. With that said, I still fit my size 2, I just don't have the same definition. But I'm very happy with how I look and more importantly with how I feel. I continue to eat 90% clean with a little bit of cheats here and there, everything in moderation. I've learned to LIVE a healthy lifestyle and I enjoy it. Ruben (FLEXCHEF) still helps me as my Nutrition Coach and as I maintain he's my go to person when I need some nutritional help. He's been such a Godsend, and now he's helping my Mother (blog on that to come soon).

MARATHON WEEK:
Well this coming Sunday is the Disney Marathon. I will qualify for the Boston Marathon by finishing the 26.2 miles in less than 3 hours and 51 minutes. I have to cut 54 minutes off of my previous (and only) marathon time from Feb. 2009. So I realize this is a very lofty goal, but I'm up to the challenge. And nothing great happens without great goals right? I've trained properly and feel good that I can do it. Am I nervous or scared? Heck yeah!!! I get palpitations sometimes when I think about running that fast for that long. I'll be with a 3:50 Pacer which means there will be a runner who will be holding a sign that says 3:50 for anyone focused on finishing the race in that time. So I just tell myself "Just stay with the sign, follow the sign..." This is what my husband did to qualify at his race. So I'm going to do it too!

Fortunately, the weather looks PERFECT for the race, low of 49, high of 68. These are great conditions for the race. So it will start off chilly (race starts at 5:40am EST) but once we get running, it should be great! Won't need to have a bunch of layers on thankfully.

If you're interested in tracking the race to see how I'm doing, either at intervals or just at the finish line, feel free to track me at this site:
live.activeresult.com/ms
g/MSG-signup.tcl?event_id=3

My name is Tia Pettygrue. Would love to have as many cheerleaders as possible! This helps inspire so much!

So for my 2nd year Spark Anniversary, I'm resting today from running. I'll run 4 miles tomorrow, 3 on Wednesday, 2 on Thursday, and that's it until the race. I'm going to have my personal trainer give me a stretching session on Friday. I'll pick up my race packet on Friday at the Expo, and I'm sure it will really become real at that point. I hope to meet my Pacer there as well.

A friend of mine, Lisa who will be running Disney as well for her first marathon, invited me to watch The Spirit of the Marathon with her this week, so I look forward to it. I'm so happy Lisa and I met!
Pic of me and Lisa after our 20 mile run:


So thank you for reading this and I really appreciate all of your encouraging words, and I apologize in advance if I don't get to respond to you personally. My goal in 2011 is to be more encouraging and giving to others, as has been done for me.

Have an awesome day, and I'll check in after the race on Sunday!
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LIAJAMES 1/27/2012 10:19AM

  Hi Tia, I saw you in Ebnoy and you looked great. You inspired me to start my journey, I made it through the first week. You keep up the good work.

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MZSPB1 11/27/2011 2:26PM

    Hi Tia,

I saw you in Ebony today, and think you are motivating! Congratulations on the weight lost and life change.
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BROWNSUGAR713 1/23/2011 10:44PM

  you look very good. an inspiration to us all. its amazing the results you receive when you are consistent. keep up the good work. emoticon

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BYERSDK 1/15/2011 4:59PM

    u look amazing emoticon

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LOVELY_DAY 1/12/2011 12:11AM

    emoticon this is amazing. Your are definitely an inspiration to everyone.

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MAGNIFICANTMARY 1/11/2011 11:37PM

  you are emoticon . Keep up the Good work!!

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BECKYLYNNE77 1/11/2011 5:57PM

    that is amazing emoticon

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REMONIAT 1/11/2011 9:14AM

    With tears of joy and a huge smile on my face….I'm soooo PROUD of you!!!
What an awesome accomplishment. Another one down and many more to go!
Thanks for sharing your journey with us.
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LINDY2202 1/10/2011 9:31PM

    You are amazing and a movitation to us all. WAY TO GO!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 1/10/2011 7:55PM

    You look amazing! Congratulations on your success!

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WHITNEYMARIES 1/10/2011 5:39PM

  Holy hot Moma you LOOK AMAZING. I love reading blogs like this they give me HOPE and MOTIVATION!

I can do this and you showing me that it is possible is such a great gift so THANK YOU!

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CMDAFFY 1/10/2011 1:38PM

  What an inspiration you are to us in our 40's! Keep Rockin'!

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HEYPINK 1/10/2011 1:17PM

    its amazing how far you have come and how dedicated you are to being healthy - a true inspiration! My goal is to run a marathon one day and your story gives me some much needed hope. Thanks for sharing your story!

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LALA0123 1/10/2011 12:12PM

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TURTLERAE55 1/9/2011 11:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Keep up the good work.

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MIZPAM25 1/9/2011 6:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You look great! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation. I wish you continued success! emoticon emoticon

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ROBBIEK09 1/9/2011 11:58AM

    YOU LOOK MARVELOUS!!!!!!!!! I wish you continued success, and you are an inspiration to me! Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on your hard work and determination.

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JULIESDREAM 1/9/2011 11:38AM

    Wow! I'm impressed. You've done a great job and it looks like you have really had a transformation both inside and out. Congratulations!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 1/9/2011 11:23AM

    I wish you luck! You deserve Boston!!

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KIMAJOR 1/9/2011 5:54AM

    Tia, you're awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!! emoticon

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TEXASTEE1 1/8/2011 9:11PM

  Fabulous!!

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MASE72 1/8/2011 4:58PM

    Good Luck! emoticon

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NONNI-MOMMI 1/8/2011 11:57AM

  Wow! You're awesome, and my new role model! emoticon

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HEALTHYME47 1/8/2011 10:53AM

    Good luck with the marathon!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/8/2011 7:21AM

    Congratulations! When I read it at first, and I saw 3:50 pacer, I was thinking a 3:50 mile and thinking "What?!"... but it's also 6am emoticon

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WALKFIT 1/8/2011 12:21AM

    GOOD LUCK! emoticon

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CBARRETT10 1/7/2011 11:09PM

  MY SHERO!Thanks for sharing and GOOD LUCK! emoticon

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STORMIWEATHER 1/7/2011 10:19PM

    Very encouraging, this is why I am a sparkpeople member.
Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon

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NICA_LOSN_IT 1/7/2011 7:52PM

    You are such an inspiration!!! Keep it up...And thanks for posting this. Very encouraging.

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HONEYFLOWER43 1/7/2011 7:27PM

    WOW!!!

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LAROSEBAUGH 1/7/2011 3:08PM

    Good luck on reaching your time goal! I know you can do it!!! :D

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NACHOSMAMA 1/7/2011 2:51PM

    Go'head girl! You look fabulous. I hope to run a half-marathon in spring of 2012; my goal is to run a 10K this year. Good luck at Disney!
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MIRHLA 1/7/2011 12:50PM

    Good luck on your Disney marathon! Your story is very inspirational. I love the idea of losing very slowly, but permanently. This would probably be a more successful approach for me as well. Thanks!

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SWILLIAM621 1/7/2011 10:33AM

    Wow, great blog. Best of luck to you on your race and as you continue on your journey!

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LUVNY199 1/7/2011 10:28AM

    emoticon You are an inspiration and doing emoticon Good luck with the marathon.

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KTC0900 1/7/2011 9:41AM

  What an inspirational story. Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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GIRLFS 1/7/2011 7:31AM

    Well done,keep it up.

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2BEEFIT 1/7/2011 7:19AM

    WOW, you are so inspiring! Just fabulous!

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KALORIE-KILLAH 1/7/2011 6:41AM

    I have a few running friends who are doing the Disney Marathon on Sunday, too! Best of luck, and happy SparkVersary!

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JULIEANNCAN 1/7/2011 2:23AM

    Congratulations and I wish you all the best with the marathon! This is very inspiring! emoticon

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MOUNTAINKATIE 1/6/2011 11:38PM

    You are very inspiring. It is so easy to loose sight of the "big picture" of loosing the weight forever. Thank you for reminding us all that every success, no matter how small, is still a success! Congratulations on taking your life back. ~Katrina emoticon

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BLACKGOLD64 1/6/2011 11:25PM

    You're my hero! Congratulations on your victory and your 2YR Anniversary! emoticon

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 1/6/2011 11:17PM

    Happy emoticon

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LUBAML 1/6/2011 10:53PM

    Happy anniversary! Congratulations!!! You are doing great! You look wonderful! I'm happy for you. emoticon Luba

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DAVIDSWOMAN54 1/6/2011 9:52PM

    Wow, you are amazing!!! You look fantastic and so healthy!!

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SAX_88 1/6/2011 9:24PM

    We are so proud of you!

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J-HANSEN 1/6/2011 9:17PM

    You are amazing! I wish I had the ability to run a whole marathon!

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ALICIA12387 1/6/2011 8:49PM

  Happy anniversary! I just finished my first marathon this fall! It was a huge accomplishment for me in my weight loss journey. Congratulations!

Alicia
www.eivfbaby.org

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ALICIA12387 1/6/2011 8:49PM

  Happy anniversary! I just finished my first marathon this fall! It was a huge accomplishment for me in my weight loss journey. Congratulations!

Alicia
www.eivfbaby.org

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ALICIA12387 1/6/2011 8:49PM

  Happy anniversary! I just finished my first marathon this fall! It was a huge accomplishment for me in my weight loss journey. Congratulations!

Alicia

http://www.ei
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