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It's my 3 Year Spark Anniversary and on my way to 3 Years Maintenance!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy Anniversary to me! Thanks to a friend telling me about this site, Sparkpeople has become such an incredible part of my life!

I was only 3 weeks into my healthy lifestyle journey when I started on Sparkpeople. I loved the site immediately and tracked my food and exercise every day for over a year without missing. Between doing that and setting fitness goals, in 9 months I was at my goal size by September 2009. Went from Size 14 to 4.

I never looked back! I just kept doing the things that got me there! Thanks to Sparkpeople, I stopped dieting and learned to live a lifestyle that worked for me and have continued that lifestyle.

It's allowed me to:
1) Run my first Half Marathon 11/09
2) Run my first Full Marathon 2/10
3) Run a total of 10 Half Marathons and 2 Full Marathons since then
4) Compete and place 3rd in a Figure Competition
5) Coach others to complete their first Half Marathon
6) Be a Pacer in Half Marathon races to help others reach their time goals
7) Be featured in 2 National magazines (First for Women July 2011, and Ebony Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 issue)
8) Meet so many incredible people via Sparkpeople, Facebook and many now in person at races
9) Start an awesome Facebook page called Running Friends From Around the World with now almost 450 people
10) Help my Mom with her nutrition and exercise and now, at almost 71, she is training for her first Half Marathon on 2/12/12.
11) Feel great about wearing a bikini
12) Enjoy shopping
13) Enjoy the empowerment of knowing I'm in control of the foods I eat and they're not in control of me
14) Love ME even more!

These are just a few of the benefits I've experienced. The ones that mean the most to me are those where I can help others.

It amazes me to think that just 3 years ago I was training for a 15k and scared to death. I finished it at an 11:37 minute per mile pace and that was 9.3 miles. Now I'm currently training to run the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon on March 4th to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I'll need a 8:23 pace for 26.2 miles! I love seeing progress!

Hubby's and my 21st wedding anniversary is on the 26th of this month. We've decided to make a trip to Miami Beach that weekend where we'll be participating in the ING Miami Full (him) and Half (me) Marathon. It's so awesome to do these things with my husband!

So I wish a Happy Anniversary to all my Spark Friends in the Class of 12/26 - 1/3, 2009! And Happy New Year to everyone! Let's make this a great year!

I feel so blessed and give ALL glory to my Heavenly Father YAHWEH!

Now if you've read any of my previous blogs, you know how much I love adding pictures! So here goes! Some "before" pics and some recent ones!

From New Year's Eve:


Some "Before Pics":




Some pics from the last few weeks of the year:


Me after completing 6 Half Marathons in 7 weeks! We left on a week cruise that afternoon!


This was my best Half Marathon of 2011, I hit a Personal Record and hubby did awesome too! Dec. 4th:

Mom and I on New Year's Eve:


Me and my best friend and husband:

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C4CHRISTINE 2/10/2012 7:20AM

    ah-mazing!

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CATHIMOMMY 2/6/2012 1:14PM

    Soooo inspiring....keeping with it, despite what the scale told me this AM...too much sodium and late night Super Bowl eating...it'll go away tomorrow!



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TOBESIZE4 1/12/2012 11:38PM

    You inspire me so much. I'm ready to pick up the weights (wish I could run again, but not until my foot heals - been 2 years)

Michelle

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JEM0622 1/12/2012 10:18AM

    Happy emoticon Sparkversary! I hit 3 years this month too! You have come along way, baby. Keep it up! emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/12/2012 9:58AM

    You are an amazing inspiration. I only wish I could say I have done as much. Congrats.

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FITBY40-2015 1/8/2012 6:50PM

    congrats with all your success , reaching your goals and encouraging others, i tired to find your site on facebook but I'm not having any luck. i tired running friends from all around the world but no luck . would really like to check it out emoticon

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LBDB001 1/4/2012 9:58PM

    Soooooooooooooo...INSPIRED!! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication :-) And congrats on all your accomplishments!
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ANDREA0301 1/4/2012 12:28PM

    You continue to amaze and inspire me!!

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NSG4729 1/4/2012 11:27AM

    Happy Sparkversary!! Continue to be such an awesome inspiration! You are helping more people than you know. emoticon

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KAYATLANTA2010 1/4/2012 7:33AM

    You make me want to keep moving forward with the knowledge it IS possible!

Happy 3rd Spark Anniversary, my dear!

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NEWME0519 1/3/2012 10:23PM

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration to many of us here on SparkPeople. Thank you for sharing your journey!
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LJR4HEALTH 1/3/2012 8:42PM

    emoticon emoticon 120 weeks emoticon

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DRB13_1 1/3/2012 7:54PM

    Go Tia!
I know you must hear it all the time, but you look like your Mom! Now that you tell me she's doing a HM, I really have to get off the couch. No excuses left. Wonder what MY Mom would say?
I love hearing your story, and like you said, when you help others, the benefits are simply magnified.
Also so happy to see such a wonderful couple stay together AND GET BETTER AND BETTER!

CONGRATS AWESOME WOMAN!!!

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DRB13_1 1/3/2012 7:52PM

    Go Tia!
I know you must hear it all the time, but you look like your Mom! Now that you tell me she's doing a HM, I really have to get off the couch. No excuses left. Wonder what MY Mom would say?
I love hearing your story, and like you said, when you help others, the benefits are simply magnified.
Also so happy to see such a wonderful couple stay together AND GET BETTER AND BETTER!

CONGRATS AWESOME WOMAN!!!

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CARAMEL79 1/3/2012 6:55PM

    You are incredible! Just want I needed to read to get even more motivated. Now, I'm really ready to get in some intense cardio!! Woo hoo! If you can do it, I can too!! Oh, and your mom looks fabulous!!! Keep it up. You have truly found your purpose for living, and you are a blessing to many. God Bless you for blessing others!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/3/2012 6:24PM

    Awesome!! I especially love that you have helped your mom become active! 71 and running 13 miles!?!? That's incredible!

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SUGAHUNNY76 1/3/2012 4:55PM

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TRIATHLONBABE 1/3/2012 2:58PM

    You are amazing Tia! Nuf said!!!
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APIRLRAIN888 1/3/2012 12:26PM

    Wow u are such an inspiration

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ANGELONE11 1/3/2012 10:47AM

    emoticon emoticon Truly you are an inspiration, motivation and encouragement for all of us on this healthy lifestyle journey!! emoticon for sharing your inspiring and motivating words!

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TESS504 1/3/2012 10:46AM

    I loved your BLOG and pictures. I will definitely get a copy of EBONY. You are a true inspiration. Keep it up. emoticon

Oh and Happy Anniversary!!!

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DARKCHILD 1/3/2012 10:43AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon !!! What else is there to say!!!

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LDY_ALI_79 1/3/2012 10:31AM

    emoticon I'll have to start following you on facebook, I didn't know you started Running Friends From Around the World. You look amazing & I can feel the energy from your blogs!

Take care~

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CORKYTHEMOM 1/3/2012 10:25AM

    emoticon Tia!! emoticon on your emoticon I am so proud of you for emoticon You are the emoticon in all that you do! emoticon You are an INSPIRATION to us all! emoticon


~ Monika ~ emoticon

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BRE7482 1/3/2012 10:19AM

    You're amazing! I always love coming by your page and blog because you are always so positive, but you are also very honest about your journey. You give me hope that I too can do this. Happy Anniversary!

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