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11/2/13 8:57 A

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Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.

Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!

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Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.

This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.

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You can not change yesterday - it's done.
You can only dream of tomorrow.
The only day you can change is today.
What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?

It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT

Go little Turtle Go!

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10/27/13 10:08 P

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Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013

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10/26/13 6:29 P

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Welcome to the team! I started running again just last yr. after not running for about 20 some years. I've struggled with health issues and many times I've taken 2 steps forward only to take 1 step back. I've never given up and I don't plan on it. We just need to take things slowly sometimes to let ourselves heal.

Good Luck to both of you!

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10/23/13 6:50 A

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I'm in a similar situation. I have been running competive road races for 20 years and now injured on/off last 2-3 years. I thnk I finally fixed the problem. Took 3 months completely off from running and I am now up to 15-20 minutes running (with walk breaks). I figure if I add about 10 minutes of running every 2 weeks or so I should be up to about 6 miles by mid December. Just take it slow, add a little each week or 2 and you will be there before you know it. Watch what you're eating for your running's sake. Our bodies need healthy foods to recover from running.

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RETREAD57 SparkPoints: (2,904)
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10/23/13 3:05 A

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I,ve ben running for thirty years. After some health challenges and life stresses I've gained 30 pounds. i can jog 15 minutes and walk a 10 K. Goal to run a 5.75 inFebruary.

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