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Some How I got Addicted. (Pictures included)

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Friday, June 08, 2012

I was a fairly active kid. I played tag, kickball and did the sledding thing. But, I was never considered an athlete. I was an athletic supporter (I love that phrase from Grease) but I wasnít the girl in high school that ran, played basketball or had any inclination to do any of those things.

I was also the kid that went on her first diet in 1st grade. Iíve had body issue my entire life and I am not at all sure I will ever get over them. I have been thin and I have been fat. I have been healthy and I have been a binger.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because you need to know that you donít have to let anyone thing define who you are and what you become. You can be anything you want and you can do anything that you allow yourself to do.

I started these journey 130 lbs ago. Yes you read that right; 130lbs or 17 months ago. I started by walking a 21 minute mile for 30 minutes. Some people cheered me on that I was even doing that. However, for me it was embarrassing because I had let myself go. But guess what? I didnít give up. I kept on going. Guess what? I got stronger, faster and I became a new person.

I have done a 5k, a half marathon and 2 mud obstacle courses. I never envisioned that I would be ďthatĒ girl. I am registered for 3 half marathons this fall and winter. I am entered in 4 more mud races. I am that girl. I donít look like an athlete but I am an athlete. I can run a mile in 8 minutes. I can run 3 miles in less than 35 minutes. I can do all of this because I never gave up or gave in and I believed in myself. You know you should try it as well.
I recently did my 2nd mud run. It was 3.1 miles and 28 obstacles. I did it and I did it alone. It was hard. I am battered and bruised, but I would do it a thousand more times because it proves to me that if I believe in myself I can accomplish anything.

I am worth getting to goal and making my dreams come true and so are you.

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RASMUSSEN5 9/25/2012 9:30AM

    Amazing! You are so inspring and I hope to someday be like you! emoticon

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PLAAH2011 9/11/2012 4:50PM

    emoticon This was inspiring to me!

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MICYWALTON 9/11/2012 5:40AM

    Thank you for posting this! You truly are an inspiration, Chelle! emoticon

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LETHANIA 8/13/2012 2:19PM

    I absolutely love your post mud run pictures!!! I'm doing that next saturday!!! first mud run ever! and my second 1/2 marathon in 7 weeks! yes, never give up! and you are worth it! you should be so proud of you because I am!!!

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KKKAREN 8/10/2012 8:44AM

    Fantastic! You look great! Job well done!

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EMELEE82 8/9/2012 8:00PM

    You are my hero. half-marathons!? wha-? I haven't tried THAT yet.

Thanks for sharing. I absolutely loved your blog.

You look like you FEEL fantastic. LOVE LOVE LOVE

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BRENDAGAIL9 8/9/2012 11:49AM

    I forgot to subscribe to your blog so I came back to do it.

Have a great day!

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BRENDAGAIL9 8/9/2012 11:46AM

    Your story is truly inspiring. It goes along with my thinking that it is 'mind over matter, but if you don't mind, it doesn't matter'. First a person has to make up their minds to do something and then just do it and you will succeed.

I quit drinking and smoking that way. When I finally made up my mind, it was easy to just walk away from the habit and get on with my life, no looking back.

I am not a binge eater or anything like that but I have a lot of will power and it keeps me on a level that I can live with. What really turns me off when I go to a potluck is the people heaping their plates and stuffing their fat faces and then hitting the dessert table and then another plate to take home for later. Mostly I don't go to these events because who knows what is in the foods that these senior citizens make. Just recently there have been salads but they are the things that are leftover. Sometimes I will go just to be social. People are used to me bringing an apple to eat. At first they just thought I was weird.

Keep on keepin' on. emoticon

Brenda in Chehalis, WA

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HANDYV 6/29/2012 3:19AM

    emoticon emoticon You have done an AWESOME job.

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NATARSHAD 6/28/2012 10:55AM

    emoticon Just Fantastic!!!

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DEZZIEJAMES 6/28/2012 9:14AM

    Such an amazing journey you have had. I am so happy for you I could burst. Thank you for spreading the spark!

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SOCKKNITTER 6/25/2012 10:50AM

    You ARE that girl!!!

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IBSFOSTER 6/21/2012 3:32PM

  Thanks for the pictures and for reminding me to never give up!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/21/2012 5:58AM

    Yes, I agree with you! I also know that most people are trying to treat the symptoms and don't ever get to the stage of finding out why they got so obese in the first place.

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LUCYLU22 6/20/2012 11:59PM

    I love the pictures Chelle!! You are such a strong, amazing woman! I am so glad we are Spies together! Congrats on all you have accomplished! You look fabulous!

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THEMRSH 6/20/2012 5:28PM

  Darn right Chelle! You are one of the most emoticon people that I know.

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ROSET491 6/18/2012 3:04PM

    Sometimes we need that teminder that we are worth it!!

Thanks for the blog and keep up the great work!! Love the people here on SparkPeople just amazing!!

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MANILUS 6/17/2012 3:40PM

    Amazing will power, love the black and white dress of you and your warrior pics after the events! Keep up the great work!!!

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LABRATIAM 6/16/2012 9:47AM


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1GODGIRL 6/16/2012 8:50AM

    emoticon You look emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 6/15/2012 1:26AM

  Congratulations! You are amazing.

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TSOWELLS07 6/14/2012 10:19PM

    Thanks for the encouragement. You are "that girl". We all can be "that girl" if we believe in ourselves. You have proven that!!! emoticon

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RIET69 6/14/2012 1:23PM

  Thanks for sharing not only your story but but also for the pictures. I do believe a picture is worth a thousand words. Wonderful job!! Congratulations. You are an inspiration.

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EATVEGAN 6/13/2012 5:19PM

    This is very inspiring. I can almost feel how good it would be to move without pain and accomplish these races. You go girl! emoticon thanks for sharing. Janet

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CUDDLEY51 6/13/2012 3:11PM

    Wow, you look absolutely incredible! You really have turned things around in short order. I would be thrilled if I could walk I mile in 21 minutes. I am currently walking 1.2 mi in 27 minutes and that is down from the 34 minutes I was at a week ago, so I have hopes that it won't be too much longer.

You were smart to make these changes while you are still young.... it doesn't get any easier with age..... I know!

Congrats on a job well done! emoticon

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G_TWINS 6/13/2012 2:07PM

    Keep up the awesome work Chelle!

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SMILES650 6/13/2012 1:39PM

  You look fabulous, I bet you feel wonderful too. Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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DR8561 6/13/2012 12:28PM

    Thanks. I needed that today.

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TERRYT55 6/12/2012 8:38PM

    Terrific blog! You are my hero running 8 minute miles and doing mud runs! Congrats on your new lifestyle

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/12/2012 11:24AM

    Wow--what great encouragement you offer to all of those who struggle with their weight. It can be done, and even though it's tough, it's definitely worth the struggle! I love athletics too, but am not an athletic girl either. But if you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter, right?? Now I walk. That's about all I do, but it helped me drop 180 lbs. and is helping me keep it off. It's not very athletic, and it's not very strenuous, but it's something--and if you're sitting on the couch while I'm out doing my slow walk, I'm lapping you!

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RUBYROOTS4YOU 6/12/2012 1:11AM

    Good for you! Go, girl!!

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PCASEY7 6/11/2012 7:12PM

    Congrats on your incredible achievement! Keep up the great work!

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MRSJOCCO 6/11/2012 6:41PM

    A great addiction--exercise with perseverance! emoticon

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STACYR31 6/11/2012 5:05PM

    Fantastic job! You look wonderful!

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CHANGINGSAM 6/11/2012 2:56PM

    You are awesome! I am so proud of how far you've come! emoticon

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MAMAOWLS 6/11/2012 2:32PM

    What an accomplishment. I truely admire all of the Sparkers that have lost so much weight.

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TMOORE073 6/11/2012 2:20PM

    Congrats! You are true inspiration for so many other people who think that they can't do it. Never ever give up & keep going! It's all about how bad you want it isn't it? Road races are so fun! You always have somebody to run with. Ha ha The cheering crowd keeps you going when you don't think you are going to make it to the finish line. It is so exciting! Thank you for your inspiring story! emoticon

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DELWANDA1 6/11/2012 12:48PM

  I, too, am determined not to give up and not to give in. Being healthy is worth the effort. If others want to exercise with me, fine. If not, that's fine, too. But I'm going to stick with it.

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AMYBUTLER10 6/11/2012 10:46AM

    So encouraging! Thank you!

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DOODIE59 6/11/2012 10:44AM

    Beautiful and inspiring words. I started on SP a year and a half ago, and you were one of the people who commented on something I wrote. Because we are in a different age group, I never saw you again. I CANNOT tell you how impressed I am with your effort and your wonderful attitude. You don't just deserve all the good things coming your way -- you made them happen. You are the master of your universe! A huge congratulations to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIGRKITTN 6/11/2012 10:19AM

    Thank you for sharing this! Very inspirational to those of us just starting our journey! emoticon

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GRRARRGH 6/11/2012 9:04AM

    Congrats on all of your accomplishments!! I really want to try a mud run one of these days - they sound like so much fun. Or, maybe not fun, but at least a good challenge.

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    You are amazing! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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EJWUK2012 6/11/2012 8:48AM

    Well done! emoticon

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HEIDE69 6/11/2012 8:08AM

    emoticon emoticon Lookin' Good!!!!!!

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JLEMUS1 6/11/2012 7:51AM

    Wow that was proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 6/11/2012 7:23AM

    Great story and VERY inspirational! You should be so proud! I'm hoping to do a half marathon too. Looking at one in August. I run now but do walking with it too b/c of past knee problems I want to avoid. But I'd LOVE to be able to not get injured and be able to complete a half marathon like you! So I'm going to be careful with training and see how it goes. Thanks for your blog; photos really send the message home! :-)

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