It's nearly four years now since I first logged onto SparkPeople. (Holy cow, is that right?!) It's been a tumultous journey for me, with prioritizing my own health and happiness turning out to be a huge catalyst for change in every aspect of my ... Read more
Just realized that I've been maintaining my weight within 2 lbs on either side of my goal (135) for the last 6 months!! I reached this weight on May 18, and here I am Nov 18 still holding. :) I'm almost more proud of that accomplishment than I... Read more
One year anniversary
Today marks one year since I first logged onto SparkPeople and decided to change my life. I can't believe, looking back, how much it has changed. In the past year, I've lost 80 pounds, walked and run almost 1000 miles, including 13.1 in a half m... Read more
Ran my third 5K this weekend
I ran the Race for the Cure yesterday, and was thrilled to have shaved 4 and a half minutes off my previous time (from February, 33:42), finishing in 29:05!! A pretty respectable time. :) It was a hot and crowded course, too, so I feel really ... Read more
Just wanted to write a quick blog so all my spark friends would know that I haven't dropped off the planet or quit my program! I've moved, and don't have regular computer access, but I'm still watching my nutrition and running, and I've continu... Read more
I met Trent from the Biggest Loser!!!
This was just so exciting, I had to share. :) I was staying in a hotel in NY this past weekend, and went down to breakfast in the morning and noticed a man wearing a tee-shirt that said "Pride on Three!". Being a Biggest Loser junkie, I smiled... Read more
Seriously, a six?!!?
Okay, just had to share this, because I was sure I was seriously hallucinating. Went shopping today to get some new warm weather clothes, as I was down to literally one pair of shorts that fit. I went to Old Navy, where I figured I could get a g... Read more
Wonderful run today
I just had the best run this morning. I feel like I've really turned the corner between struggling to LEARN to run, and being able to get out there and really run. I got up at 6 am to have a light breakfast and then set out to run a 6.37 mile h... Read more
Running with the kids! :)
Now that I've got my own fitness and nutrition well in hand, I've been trying to make sure that I'm also putting the same care into my kids' health and what they're eating and their fitness. My five-year-old son is a chunky kid (just like his mo... Read more
How do you know when you're done?
So, I reached my original goal weight of 150 last week, and then dropped just slightly under, which is great. :) But now I really don't know if I'm *there* -- wherever there is -- or if I still should lose a bit more weight. I am in the healthy... Read more
Six-month anniversary of SparkPeople! Goals met!
Today is April 6th, and it's been exactly six months since I logged on to SparkPeople the first time and decided I was "ready to do this," ready to take control of my life. It's been an amazing six months of change, of facing and challenging my... Read more
I DID IT!!! I ran my 5K loop with NO WALKING!
I am so excited!!! This is the first time I have ever made it through my usual 5k running loop without taking any walk breaks at all! (I walk the first quarter mile to warm up, which takes 4 minutes every time, up a big hill.) I've been buildi... Read more
Registered for a half-marathon!
My husband ran his first half-marathon this past weekend (yay John!!). It was very inspiring to see him reach this goal -- and kick butt. We started running at basically the same time several months ago -- although he was starting with a much s... Read more
From size 18 to size 8!
Today I bought size 8 jeans. This picture shows me AND MY 7-year-old DAUGHTER wearing my size 18 jeans, which I was actually wearing when I started this massive transformative journey. Now my daughter can fit into the jeans with me, and we even... Read more
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Revisiting old ground, a changed woman.
I'm traveling this weekend, taking care of my grandfather. I was last here in October, just two weeks after beginning my SP journey, when I was not used to this lifestyle. That weekend, it felt very difficult to resist habitual snacking. In my b... Read more