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Posts: 383 12/22/13 1:27 P
Hi I am Cynthia and live in the northern burbs of Chicago
I have always been into fitness and just recently completed my first half marathon
It was fabulous and I saw so many BGR tees in the mix but never got a chance to talk talk with them
As we passed each other during the race we spoke and motivated each other and that was nice as there were so few African Americans out there doing it
My goal is to stay fit but to also trim down -while my weight is not an issue right (meaning my BP n cholesterol n A1C n fasting glucose are normal and good) now I dont want it to ever become one as I get older so the sooner I get the extra weight off the better
Running Code Name - Pokey like in slow poking along Running Level-Beginner Fav After Run Food-veggie n almond milk n fruit n protein powder smoothie
I run -walk-jog-wog because it is freeing I can do it and put all things into perspective I can do it with a group or alone or one on one and it still be a great time for me
There is no BGR group in my local area and that is a bummer as getting to chicago during the week to run would be a major nightmare
So i am hoping to maybe start something in my area - right now there are so many women who are looking for something like BGR to get them going
For the past 18 weeks I have been a presence in the hood walking jogging away so my friendly hellos and come join me will give someone just the motivation they need to get going
In the mean time I am going to try to hookup with some BGR either north of me Wisconsin or south of me Chicago
To all keep on keeping on
A failure is only a failure if you don't get up and try again...author unknown
Total SparkPoints: 11,391
SparkPoints Level 11
Posts: 73 10/1/13 7:54 P
I'm Kinyorda. I'm a member of BGR Western/Central NY. I've been a runner since I was 11 but I've always been the "thick girl" who was fit. I'd like to just be fit. Done with diets. Going for a lifestyle change. I'm sick of people assuming I'm a walker because I'm not a size 2. I know, I shouldn't care what other people think, but it's hard to ignore them. I run because it is my meditation time. I day dream, I clear my head and I feel fantastic when I'm done. I have 2 dogs and a husband who could also use a kick in the butt, but one step at a time.
Hello! My name is Samaria and I am a member of BGR-Warner Robins, Georgia. Although I am not yet a runner, I do actively particpate (when I can) in Virtual Runs and actual physical 5Ks. I joined SP because I needed something to help get me active as well as a way to help get me healthier.
Running Code Name: Cousin SloPoke Running Level: Beginner Favorite post workout food: Right now, water.
Why do you like to run? As of now, I am not a runner but I like to walk/run because it gives me time to think and reflect. It also gives me the opportunity to have time to myself -- my "me time". Not to mention, I've always had the reoccuring dream about me and my Rottewieler jogging....Nope, I dont jog nor do I own a pet lol!!
My inspiration: All runners!!
Most difficult: Trying to learn how to breathe and run at the same time lol!
The journey of a thousand miles begins with that first step.....make that first step count!!! New choices, new beginnings!!
current weight: 192.4
Posts: 93 7/29/13 10:13 A
Hey y'all, I'm Shari from Morrisville NC and...
My Running code name: I don't have one
Running level: Beginner... I used to run (just for fun), before becoming married with children, but have never tried any races or anything.
Favorite post workout food: banana
Why you like to run: I love the spiritual and mental freedom I have during morning runs, and really like the physical effects of running on my body.
Your inspiration: I'm being watched and copied. My oldest daughter (15 years old) doesn't exercise at all and I'm not setting a good example for her. Generational curses get their initial footholds somewhere...but it won't be with me. I have to improve my health so I can have some credibility encouraging her to do so.
Most difficult run: Any run after a period of not running. Just beginning again is difficult...but incredibly gratifying once the feet have pounded awhile.
Pounds lost: 3.8
Posts: 553 7/24/13 2:29 P
Hi, I'm Renee from Atlanta!
Running Code Name: Not started yet! Running Level: (1 Month in!) Currently on "Walk Before You Can Run"...3 miles per day. End with 5min run around merry-go-round in park. Favorite post workout food: Two-Egg Spinach & Cheese Omelette Why do you like to run? My inspiration: I love the BGR updates on FB! It's truly about getting healthy (diminishing insulin resistance)and getting my sexy 5 foot frame back!!! Most difficult: Currently walking 2.8 miles in 45min; having trouble shaving off more minutes.
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Pounds lost: 17.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,227) Posts: 41 5/15/13 1:41 P
Hi I am new to the group. My name is Denise. I am from The Bahamas so I don't think there is a BGR group there (I checked the official page and didn't see any).
Running code name: I will need to create one.
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: banana.
Why you like to run: I like walking but wanted to try something with a higher intensity and I loved the outdoors so I tried the Couch 25K program. Never finished the program but learnt that I like the freedom (of mind) that running gives me so I continued.
Your inspiration: To be a healthier, smaller version of myself ( in that order.)
Most difficult run: Hill runs. It kills me to go over the Paradise Island bridge.
current weight: 403.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,103) Posts: 92 4/1/13 6:18 P
Hello my name is Franchesca, i been with BGR Hampton roads for a few months now and love the help and teamwork the give to keep me on track. I been a memeber of sparkspeople for a while so its really cool to see BGR up here.
Running code name: Fran Running level: intermediate Favorite post workout food: smoothie Why you like to run: I been running for as long as i can remember track and cross country, it keeps ,e stress free Your inspiration: staying healthy for my daughter Most difficult run: hill runs, also working towards a half marathon
Pounds lost: 8.8
Posts: 2 2/21/13 10:03 P
Running code name: I will need to create one.
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: Smoothie. Green Juice.
Why you like to run: I want to start running because it is a really organic form of exercise. Ingredients needed: You; Shoes (or not); and wide open spaces (or a machine).
Your inspiration: To be a stronger person.
Most difficult run: Running from the person that I am meant to become. Seriously.
Fitness Minutes: (34,874) Posts: 4,193 1/18/13 11:57 A
Hello my name is Daphne (Doral33178). I live in Miami and was introduced to the BGR group by M3NOMOFAT (Marshelle). She is truly a wonderful person to know. I finally got the opportunity to meet her in December 2012 running the Weston half. We will run together again next Sunday for the ING Miami half!!!!!
Running code name: I don't have one, but I will resurrect my old running name (Ducky) from my high school days. I ran cross country and track in Chicago.....my kind of town.
Running level: Intermediate runner
Favorite post workout food: a cup of chocolate milk, Gatorade (depending on the length or humidity of the run), or a snack size bag of chips to replace salt lost from sweating a lot. And of course I always drink between 2 to 4 cups of water after each run.
Why you like to run: It clears my head. I used to run in high school and quit when "life happened...bills, rent, 40+ hours management positions". I have the free time, for the moment and I love how I feel after I finish a run. It is also my "me" time.
Your inspiration: I did not think it was possible to pick up running after being away for 18 years, but the runners, here on Spark, are showing me that it is possible to start running in your 40's, 50's, and even your 60's. Thank you Spark!!
Most difficult run: My most difficult run was my first half, the Miami Beach 13.1 in March 2012. I was so prepared for it mentally and physically. I left out one element....weather. The race started at 6:13 am and it was already 70ish and plenty humid even before the sun rose. I did not give up and ended up finishing in 2:28. It has been plenty hot and humid here lately, so I am ready for the next hot and humid race. Bring it!!!!!
I look forward to reading about all the BGR ladies journey, here on Spark, and in your BGR community.
You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set. -Robert E. Lee
I am Marshelle Run-Things with BGR South Florida. I joined BGR in Dec 2012 at age 50 and have never been athletic. I have battled life-long weight problems and had never run over a mile. I lost 84 lbs with sp in 2007 and gained all of it back by 2009. In July 2011, I asked GOD to help me again. I began praying in the morning a prayer of victory over the day's eating and exercise. I thank GOD before eating anything for helping me to lose weight, watch my intake and become more healthy. I pray over everything I consume including water. I thank GOD when I make it to the scheduled runs, during the runs, every time I run. I thank HIM for the strength and cross training. I know that I would not be with BGR running for the first time in my life if it had not been for the LORD who was on my side!
I am a RUNNER!!!
I have completed 7-5Ks and 1 half marathon in my first year of running. I lost 40 lbs from July 2011- Dec 2011. I joined BGR SoFL in Dec 2011 and ran my first 5K in Jan and my first half in April. I lost another 24 lbs from Dec-2011-March 2011. I maintained that weight until Dec 2012 and have been inspired to go to my goal weight by losing 17 lbs. I lost 4 lbs since Dec 2012!!
I am registered for 2 halfs this year and hope to add 2 more. I finished one in Nov (my second) and one in Dec 2012.
I am the self-appointed cheerleader for BGR SoFL and I am at the events wearing my whistle on my ROAD ID blowing it to encourage runners during the race. I have my cow bell to go out and cheer others in after I finish! My bondi band says "shut up and run" because I was told that during my first half marathon after cheering the people running behind me when we got to mile marker 10. "Come on! We got this! There is only a 5K left! We can run a 5K!! Let's go!" A non-BGR behind me said it, and I hooted!!! It has become my signature. When I am out running and wanting to quit, making excuses about why I should, I say, "Marshelle, SHUT UP AND RUN!!" I love BGR and thank GOD for using it to restore my life and give me health and strength.
Edited by: M3NOMOFAT at: 2/21/2014 (02:16)
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Romans 10: 9,10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LORD JESUS and shalt believe in thine heart that GOD hast raised HIM from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
First Watch Sarasota Half--3/17/13 2:41:18
13.1 Miami Beach --3/9/13 2:49:53
ING Miami 1/27/13 2:38:45
Weston Run For Tomorrow Half--12/9/
current weight: 158.0
Fitness Minutes: (26,688) Posts: 264 1/11/13 3:59 P
Running code name: Easy-does-It
Running level: Novice
Favorite post workout food: Greek Yogurt
Why you like to run: I never liked running, but I had a dream that inspired me to try it. In my dream I was running and I wasn't fatigued or gasping for air I was just running and running on a long path lined with trees and they were so beautiful. I woke up a bit teary eyed because it was such a cool experience. I've learned to like running because I can turn off my thoughts and not think. It's easy to just start jogging and know that no matter what you do your going to get a good exercise.
Your inspiration: To be healthy, strong, and happy with myself.
Most difficult run: My first 5k. I was very intimidated by the whole thing, everyone seemed like fit, seasoned veterans. When the race started it took me maybe 5 minutes to relax myself and after that I just found my own rhythm and pace. I didn't worry about anyone else, and eventually I noticed some of those fit, seasoned vets were already walking and it wasn't even 15 minutes in yet. Even though I don't have the speed, I found out that I have the patience and endurance to go the long distance. I'm not the race horse who can cover short distances fast, but the slow, sturdy mule who can go the long distance lol. I set a goal to finish that race in 45 minutes, and I blew myself away by doing it in 39 minutes and some change.
I wish to work myself back to that high point, and do other 5ks. The experience left me electrified, and I need to find that again.
Fitness Minutes: (15,206) Posts: 78 1/6/13 3:59 P
I'm back ladies!!!! Happy New Year!
current weight: 210.0
Fitness Minutes: (16,725) Posts: 386 1/4/13 2:57 P
Hey ladies! Running code name:Naina
Running level: beginner/intermediate. I started attempting C25k in Jan 2012 and it was too difficult then I switched to the Jeff Galloway method. Until I can comfortably run a 13minute mile (I can do it, just not comfortably) I wil lconsider myself a beginner
Favorite post workout food: egg whites, bacon and toast. I like to have a meal after a run
Why you like to run: I actually don't "like" it but it is a way for me to stay active Your inspiration: I saw a few videos of women ocmpleting the Disney Princess run in 2011 and in 2012 I decided i wasn't going to just try a 5k I was gonna run the half marathon in 2013. I'm a slow runner(about a 15:30 mile), I've finished a 10k as the very last person and my inspiration is to beat my last race time. I've learned that on this weight loss journey I need ways to motivate me for me and not for anyone else so even though I love my husband, my kids, and my family I'm doing this for me :)
Most difficult run: For some reason Thursday runs are terrible for me, I get tired alot sooner than i do on my Tuesday runs, it has to be a mental thing.
I'm excited to be a part of this group!
current weight: 255.2
Posts: 8,267 12/31/12 2:59 P
Running code name: Determined Running level: None- I have only walked 5K Favorite post workout food: Protein Bar Why you like to run: TBD Your inspiration: Regain my health Most difficult run: TBD
I'm looking for running buddy in St. Louis, MO. Any Takers?
Why you like to run:I like to run because it gives me a source of strength that comes from within. The inner fighter in me comes out once I begin running..
Your inspiration: My inspiration is my mother
Most difficult run: At this moment I will say beginning the c25k workout. I'm sure this will change once I really begin running
Pounds lost: 59.4
Fitness Minutes: (103,394) Posts: 4,974 12/12/12 10:08 A
Hi, I'm Tia and Jan. 3rd will be my 4th Spark Anniversary! I used to run a little in the mid 90's (mainly 5k's, did one 15k in 1996), then stopped altogether and let life get in the way. By the end of 2008 I was at my heaviest and I made a decision to change my lifestyle, so I signed up for a 15k since it was the last race I had run. From there, it started. I got to my goal size in 9 months and kept going. I ran my first Half Marathon 11/09, then my first Full 3 months later, and have now run 21 Half's and 2 Fulls, and will do my 3rd full this Sunday in Jacksonville. I unofficially coach others to their first 5k and Half Marathon and will be getting certified as a Running Coach early 2013. I enjoy racing and getting the Bling and really enjoy seeing other Running Friends at Races. I'm also the Grassroots Ambassador for Rock n Roll St. Pete Half and Women's Half Marathon St. Pete, and want to make sure everyone knows for 12-12-12, you can save $20 on almost all the Rock n Roll and Women's Half Marathon races!
Online Nutrition Coach: Ruben (Sparkname FLEXCHEF) @ Fit To Be In Your Kitchen. Yummy food, eat to lose, learn for life!!!
Fitness Minutes: (40,456) Posts: 1,682 12/12/12 1:22 A
Running code name: Isitinme?!?! Running level: non existent Favorite post workout food: luna protein bar/protein shake Why you like to run: I would like to become a runner to be able to go for a run and decompress and clear my mind...To feel ALL EMPOWERING Your inspiration: I have tons of Sparkfriends who are runners and just want to bond that way but the BIG inspiration is to able to declare:I AM A RUNNING and it would be such a great accomplishment along the way of my lifestyle change. Most difficult run: TBD :)
Hi I'm Mary...I'm about to come upon my 2yr Sparkversary in 3months...I have lost a total of 60lbs...I'm in the home stretch now as I have 20/25lbs to get to where I feel will be my fit,healthy,happy place...textbook says I should be 132-145...dont see it happening...I'm a curvysister and I am to be FINE not be defined as skinny..that was never my goal are objective...so now I concentrate on these last few lbs lol lol :) and tighten and toning up...This time next year I plan to be in maintenance stage and just be focusing on tighten up. Look forward to getting to know you ladies
Real name: Mary aka Divalicious Locale: Houston, Texas
Proud Co Cappie BLC21....CAMO CREW ******************* Remember take it one second, one minute,one hour, one day, one inch, one lb at a time ******************* Whoever said you can't be all things to everybody definitely wasn't a mother ******************* You only fail if you don't try ****************** GO CAMO OR GO HOME
current weight: 163.6
Posts: 13,805 12/12/12 1:02 A
Hello everyone! I'm a young 53 yr. old walker. " Not everyone is a runner, so walk. Change your life, get acted, it just may save your life. Do you and watch you change. " ~J~ I'm in Alabama
"Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population." Albert Einstein PLEASE JOIN ME: msj-365dayofsavingnana.blogspot.com
current weight: 200.0
Posts: 22 11/29/12 12:01 P
Yay!! BGR on SparkPeople! I'm so excited!
I'm Dana and have been training to do the C25K as a part of one of the BGR NY groups. I've tried and failed a few times before - just completed W7D1!
I've struggled with food and moderation. I'm determined to lose weight the "right" way - by changing how I live (eating better and moving more). Just lost my mom this fall (always worked out ate right) and that has scared me into taking healthy seriously.
I'm doing this for ME and for my daughter who is my mini me.
Look forward to moving closer to healthy with you ladies.
One step in the right direction is better than no movement at all.
current weight: 190.0
Fitness Minutes: (66,051) Posts: 2,765 11/27/12 9:19 A
Hi everyone! I'm a 26 year old law student living in New York. I've been on Spark since New Years Day 2009 and I'm hoping to get back down to my lowest weight through running and tracking my food. Being a student, bad eating habits, and late nights are the hardest part of eating healthy but I do enjoy exercise! I've run a few half marathons and many 10Ks and 5Ks.
I joined the BGR! group here in NYC a few weeks ago and ran a 5 mile Turkey Trot with them on Thanksgiving Day. I also ran w/ them in Central Park last weekend and in Prospect Park earlier this week. I'm hoping being a part of the group will motivate me to lose some weight before the New Year.
Running code name: I definitely don't have one but I'll think about it :) Running level: Intermediate Favorite post workout food: glass of soymilk and protein powder Why you like to run: I think it's the best exercise for total body fitness and I get to think and enjoy the weather. Your inspiration: Seeing other people running in the park of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Most difficult run: The San Francisco Half Marathon last summer. The hills were really tough!
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass."
current weight: 162.6
Fitness Minutes: (4,156) Posts: 1,914 10/3/12 6:44 P
My name is Diane and I'm married and have a teenage son!! I've always loved the outdoors but as I get older I find myself not having enough time to enjoy it! I stay busy running my son around and when I'm not I'm working 24/7!! Have struggled with my weight for 15 years now and I'm not happy with it!!! The weight has to go...so I decided to start putting "me" first, take the time to get back to what I know best!! So, on this journey I'm going to start running! I'm a newcomer to this so it may take me a minute but I'll get there! So happy to be in the group to cheer you on as we take this journey together!!
Running Code Name: Don't have one Running level: Beginner
Taking it one day at a time.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 1,109 9/29/12 6:21 P
Hi team, I am so happy to be a part of this team. I had previously signed up on the BGR website. There isn't a team in my area so I was happy to find this team. I am Veronica, a wife and mommy of six children. We live in the beautiful state of NC (near Goldsboro),although I grew up in VA.
I began running again recently and plan to run my first 5K in November. Mostly my running has been on the treadmill but I hope to go for long runs in the park on the weekends. I have already been encouraged by reading some of the member's spark pages. I look forward to getting to know you all better and cheering you on as you reach your goals. .
Running code name: Fit by Faith Running level: Beginner Favorite post workout food: Banana & 1/2 Pb sandwich Why you like to run: Running makes me feel empowered and I like to compare it to my walk with God Your inspiration: Being an example to others and being the healthiest me that I can be because I have a wonderful family that I am called to serve each day Most difficult run: Lately I accomplished a 2 mile run on the treadmill. That was epic for me. I hope to accomplish much more in October.
Veronica in NC A.K.A. Emerging Butterfly BLC 21:Crimson Butterflies Running 1st 5K April 13, 2013
I can do all things through Christ that Gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13
Pounds lost: 45.2
Posts: 24 9/26/12 6:32 A
Hi! I'm so happy to see BGR on Sparkpeople! I am a member of BGR-Raleigh in N.C.
Running code name: Hmm, don't have one yet; I'll have to think about it
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: peanut butter on wheat bread
Why you like to run: I like to run because I love a challenge, and running is definitely a challenge at times!
Your inspiration: My family. I want to be an example for them.
Most difficult run: The Race for the Cure in 2010. I could not get it together that day! My breathing was off; I just couldn't get my flow right!
My body is God's temple.
Pounds lost: 9.8
Fitness Minutes: (174,816) Posts: 19,212 9/12/12 12:14 P
Running Code Name: Fitwithin
Running Level: Beginner
Favorites post workout food: Water, fresh fruit, and protein
Why you like to run: I run because I want to experience the runners high again. I run in honor of others that can't and I'm capable of doing so. I run because it's relaxing and show me that I'm strong enough finish what I started. I run because I want to bring that inner athlete trap inside of me out. I run, because I want to be free.
Your inspiration: To inspire others along the way during my journey.
Most difficult run: Running across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge non-stop. I accomplished this goal twice as of today. I'm working on being faster at it. The next will be training for a triathlon and a .
Edited by: FITWITHIN at: 9/29/2012 (19:25)
Progress may be slow, but it happens!
March Minutes: 922
Fitness Minutes: (15,027) Posts: 2,574 9/11/12 4:18 P
New to the team but not to Spark. I have been with Spark for over 3 years now. I started running 2 year ago and lost over 35lbs since. For the pass year things have gotten slow for me but I am ready to pick myself back up and do it again with a little motivation from this team and anywhere else I can get it. I have been a member of Black girls run through emails, facebook but have not been to any conventions or runs as yet. I live in the Rockland county area. I am so looking to go to one ASAP. Have a sparkling week my friends.
STRENGTH,POWER, ENCOURAGEMENT, WISDOM, IT IS GOD WHO GUIDES ME THROUGH ALL THESE THINGS!!!
Favorite post workout food: Salad or peanut butter/protein/banana smoothie
Why you like to run: Challenge myself to be my best. Used to run a lot when I was younger. Want to get back that feeling of accomplishment. And to look GREAT in all my clothes - LOL
Your inspiration: My younger self.
Most difficult run: My first 5K since I didn't know what to expect. Will probably feel the same way on my first 10K.
Psalms 34:7 - Delight your self in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Before you ask God for Anything, remember to first thank him for Everything
current weight: 186.5
Fitness Minutes: (15,206) Posts: 78 9/2/12 10:16 P
Running code name: I'll choose Island runner
Running level: beginner
Favorite post workout food: banana or grapefruit
Why you like to run: I feel like running would be a great way for me to let off some steam after a hard day! Becoming a runner is one of my goals on this fitness journey
Your inspiration: My grandmother Norma and my siblings
Most difficult run: Haven't done one yet but I will soon
current weight: 210.0
Posts: 1,274 8/29/12 5:56 P
Hello Fellow Sparkers and BGR!
My name is Kelly and I recently joined BGR here in Kansas City. We have two groups and I meet with the ladies here in Johnson County-which is closer to home.
Running Code Name: I guess it is Work in Progress-I really do not have one. Running Level: Beginner. I am run/walk training using Jeff Galloway method Favorite post work out food: This is something I forget! Probably a piece of fruit or protein shake with scoop of peanut butter Why I run: Strengthen my core, lose weight, feel the wind on my face Your inspiration: God, to be healthy and run for those who can't , eventually work my way up to a marathon. Most difficult run: Charity All Star Game 5k on July 8th-lots of hills and high, high humidity for my first 5k. But I completed it in 59 minutes!
It's not about me, it is about the kingdom for God!
current weight: 251.0
Posts: 2,716 8/25/12 7:56 P
Hi everyone Running code name: Running for life Running level: Beginner Favorite post workout food: Protein Shake Why you like to run: It gives me an energy boost. Your inspiration: To run a 5k. Most difficult run: Don't have one yet..
l Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep balance you must keep moving. -Albert Einstein
current weight: 176.0
Fitness Minutes: (41,851) Posts: 685 8/24/12 9:21 P
Running code name: Hmmm, I don't have one...I'll have to ask my kids to give me one, lol Running level: Beginner-Intermediate(Been running since Dec 2011-started at 220 pounds) Favorite post workout food: Banana/Blueberry/Yogurt/Spinach Smoothie in my Vitamix Why you like to run: It makes me feel GOOD and STRONG and ACCOMPLISHED(still can't believe I can do it.) Your inspiration: Old pictures of myself unfit Most difficult run: That 20 minute run back when I was training with the C25K program!!
Edited by: CRISSA1669 at: 7/31/2013 (19:06)
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (42,460) Posts: 4,067 8/23/12 11:38 P
Running code name: I don't have a code name
Running level: beginner/intermediate
Favorite post workout food: protein shake with banana
Why you like to run: I can't say that I necessarily enjoy running, but I like the results and the feeling of accomplishing something.
Your inspiration: My children; I want them to see their mom as a active, physically fit, vibrant woman.
Most difficult run: in June I completed my first Rock N Roll half marathon in Seattle, Washington. WOW! I felt so exhilirated to know that I had accomplished something so monumental! Oh, and did I forget to mention that there were hills, hills, and more hills on this course?
~ Charice ~
Leader ~ Phenomenal Women of AKA
"Temptation may break me; procrastination may blind me; but motivation will push me and devotion will save me (Unknown)."
March Minutes: 0
Fitness Minutes: (71,995) Posts: 4,368 8/21/12 9:37 P
I'm so glad to see BGR on SparkPeople. I'm a run coordinator with the Orlando BGR group which I joined last October.
Running code name: Passionflower Running level: Beginner/intermediate Favorite post workout food: Homemade protein/spinach/fruit smoothie Why you like to run: Love the time to myself. I prefer solo running when serious training but love meeting with a group on my light run days. Your inspiration: Being fit and doing something different from the rest of my family/friend circle. Most difficult run: A 5K in a local town where the course was mostly sand. It hadn't rained in a while and the sand was very soft. I just wasn't prepared for it since I always run on pavement. The post-race food was great though!
Finished: Walt Disney World Marathon, January 13, 2013. Finished: Disney Princess Half, February 2013 Finished: Orange Blossom Half and 5K, March 3, 2013 Finished: Divas Half, N Myrtle Beach, April 2013
Fitness Minutes: (21,605) Posts: 8,171 8/21/12 12:16 P
Running code name: 2 juicy
Running level: beginner
Favorite post workout food: apple slices and peanut butter
Why you like to run: Not able to yet, but being able to is one of my goals.
Your inspiration: Better health
Most difficult run: Haven't ran yet.
Never undermine your worth, by comparing yourself to others. ~Tonya J.
Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing being wrong. ~Peter T. Mcintyre
Posts: 13,181 8/19/12 5:30 P
Hello, I am also a "Dee" and I have been on Sparkpeople for a while...I am not a runner because my doctor barred me from high impact exercises...I plan to walk and possibly job(short intervals) at this point and then I will see how my body responds and go from there..
Running code name: Running in reverse(RnR) Running level: Beginner Favorite post workout food: Chocolate Milk Why you like to run: I don't at this point...trying to build up to it Your inspiration: Increase calorie burn Most difficult run: haven't had it yet
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -Margaret Thatcher
"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there." -Unknown
"If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?"-Shantideva
current weight: 197.0
Posts: 55,857 8/10/12 10:23 P
Hi I'm Dee & I've been on Sparkpeople for 5years now. I have been looking for someone to trot/run/jog/run with.
Running code name: Knoc knees Running level: 4 Favorite post workout food: banana blueberry yogurt Why you like to run: burn more calories Your inspiration: Lowering my blood pressure & also looking good Most difficult run: I don't know, I haven't run outside since I was little or for a bus....lol
If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.
Another good reducing exercise consists in placing both hands against the table edge and pushing back. Robert Quillen
The MOST you can EVER do is the BEST that you CAN!
Pounds lost: 12.0
Posts: 189 8/4/12 3:46 P
Hey all. New to the group and so glad I found it. I look forward to meeting you all
Running code name: RunninUndercover
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: fruit
Why you like to run: anywhere away from the dreadmill! love the outdoor runs
Your inspiration: I'm doing this for me. I want to be healthy and I want to be happy. and the women of BGR! that I have met so far have been a real big support.
Most difficult run: so far its been "the loop" here in bmore county. its 4.6 miles of hills. BIG hills.
If you figured it all out today, what would be the point of tomorrow? ENJOY the process of being a work in progress
Wicked Sassy Ninja DONE Girls Challenge Start 10/31 ~ 211.5 Loosen Up 11/14 ~ goal: 209 International Ninja Day 12/5 ~ goal: 206 Winter Solstice 12/21 ~ goal: 204 New Year's Eve (final) 12/31 ~ goal: 203
I'm going for 1lb a week but wouldn't it be nice to make it to onderland by the end of the year!
Pounds lost: 73.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,805) Posts: 436 7/31/12 1:16 P
Running code name: I don't know yet...I'll get back to you all on this one - LMBO! "WonderWoman"--for now! Running level: Preemie (lol)...no beginner Favorite post workout food: apples, watermelon &/or protein bar Why you like to run: I like to run because there's a voice that says I can't or I shouldn't and I love to prove those voices wrong. I can, I should, I will...eventually! Your inspiration: Myself Most difficult run: This local park with the hills that go up and down...going for the 5k with full jog, but right now walk/jog off and on with heal time in between tries!
Edited by: CANDIGIRL4K at: 7/31/2012 (14:12)
Candice MORE than a Conqueror Blueberry (-10lbs) Pink Carnation(-10lbs) Beach Bunny(-11 lbs)
Pounds lost: 27.0
Posts: 7,489 7/27/12 8:37 A
Running code name: I have to think about this.
Running level: I do not run, but walk as much as my body allows. I consider myself an Inter/Advnd walker. Last year I did the 5k breast cancer walk in my area.
Favorite post workout food: a tsp of peanut butter, or a protein shake
Why you like to run: I walk because it’s the free, easy and something I can do in-house on bad weather days.
Your inspiration: a healthier me. I walk for the feeling I get after I’ve completed a walk
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current weight: 210.6
Posts: 21 7/27/12 8:28 A
Hello to all.....
Running code name: Fitness Diva Running level: 1 (beginner) Favorite post workout food: Banana/Strawberry Smoothie & Cascadian Farms Granola Cereal Why you like to run: It's necessary to obtain my goals Your inspiration: Olympic Runners Most difficult run: Pretty much every run where I'm running with someone who is more experienced than I am.
Edited by: HOLLIROCON at: 7/27/2012 (08:29)
current weight: 225.0
Posts: 2,961 7/26/12 10:43 P
OK .. It's my turn!
Running code name: "Determined Diva"
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: Water/smoothie/fruit
Why you like to run: I want to build my endurance. It's a goal I'd harbored for a long time.
Your inspiration: Making it through my first 10-K in October.
Most difficult run: Haven't had it yet!
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Co-Leader: -- Love Yourself/Love Your Body -- SP Class of July 14- 20, 2013
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current weight: 191.0
Posts: 1,075 7/26/12 11:12 A
Welcome to Black Girls RUN! Please introduce yourself to the team using the format below. (Just copy and paste this into your reply.) Be brief or reflective, but always be yourself.
Running code name: Get There Running level: Beginning Favorite post workout food: fruit smoothie or water Why you like to run: makes me feel like I can do anything Your inspiration: losing weight, feeling good, and looking great Most difficult run: so far, I can't seem to redo my run on the treadmill. I ran 30m straight @ 4.5 I felt invincible.... just want to do that again, so far only been able to start/stop 3.5-4.1 max speed.
Pounds lost: 2.8
Posts: 142 7/10/12 1:13 P
Running code name: NeedForSpeed
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: Protein shake
Why you like to run: I love being outdoors and feeling the early morning breeze on my face and watching the sun rise over the horizon. Running is my time to reflect and plan for the day ahead.
Your inspiration: I always think back to not so long ago when I was a great athlete. I want to feel strong, lean and fit again. My inner super stardom is ready to shine.
Most difficult run: The virtual 5K I ran in June was tough. It was the first in almost a year. I have been putting in the work with walk/run intervals a few times a week so the 5K at the end of this month shouldn't be that difficult.
current weight: 226.0
Fitness Minutes: (13,907) Posts: 2,817 7/9/12 11:33 P
OMG...glad the group finally made it to Spark. I've been on Spark since February 2012 and have been searching at least once a month for a BGR Spark group...
Hello Ladies, I'm Lily and run with the DC BGR group. I am in between a beginner and intermediate. I've ran in the past but stopped and am now starting back up again. My favorite post workout food is a protein shake. I love to run because it frees my mind. I love the challenge in going the extra distance when my body wants to give up. I love the sweat and feeling of victory after completing that extra mile or so when I thought I just couldn't do it! My inspiration comes from being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and after reversing it, I am 100% committed to keeping it away! My most difficult run is also the treadmill because it has no real view of all the things the great outdoors provide. I prefer the outdoors as well!
I can simplify my life and lighten my burdens by deciding realistically what I want to do and what I have time to do. (~_^)
Pounds lost: 49.0
Posts: 994 7/6/12 8:01 A
Running code name: ?
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: My favorite post workout food is usually fruit or a nutrigrain bar.
Why you like to run: I like the way my body is transforming from jogging.
Your inspiration: My inspiration is last year I walk the Dash for Dad (my father passed away from prostate cancer April 2010). I want to jog the whole race this year. I also have seen so many youtube videos where people started jogging and running and lost alot of weight. I want to be one of those people.
Most difficult run: Running a the treadmill is difficult for me, because it's so boring. I like road running more.
Pounds lost: 2.6
Posts: 980 6/29/12 9:38 A
Running code name: RunningLashesRose
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: A protein shake/bar, fruit, salad, or a salmon cesar salad. Why you like to run: I haven't officially started running yet, but it has been something I have wanted to do for a very long time. I always thouht that I was too fat to run. I have lost about 50 lbs and now I am ready to stop making excuses and get running so another 50 lbs can fall off.
Your inspiration: I have a couple inspirations. . .the first is my mom. She will be 69 this year and she has been working out and most importantly running for the past 2 years. If she can run, clearly I can too. My other inspiration is a pair of Donna Karan slacks that I bought in high school that I have never had on. When I bout them they fit like a glove but I never had anywhere to wear them to. Over the years they got snug, then tight, then didn't fit and now there is no way on earth I can pull them all the way up much less button them. I have held on to them because I am determined to get into them. I think running will help me get there.
Most difficult run: Right now my most difficult run is any run. I mean I can run for about 45 seconds and then I feel like my legs are just going to fall off! I want to change that.
Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run. - Jenny Craig
A little lipgloss goes a long way. And with my lipgloss and a bottle of water, I am going to beat this overweight thing.
current weight: 215.2
Posts: 7,062 6/28/12 9:14 A
Running code name: ? Gotta think of one Running level: Beginner to Intermediate Favorite post workout food: Any protein bar Why you like to run: I love running because it makes me feel power and relaxed at the same time! Your inspiration: This group. When I first hear about black girls run I knew it was a group that I would love to be a part of. And I hope to one day be an advanced marathon runner. Most difficult run: My first 10k in May was pretty hard. It was soooo humid that day. So I had to walk several times but it was still a great feeling to cross the finish line. And I still had a pretty good finishing time for my first time.
Again, i am so excited to see Black Girls Run as a part of Sparkpeople. I hope this team really takes off.
EXCUSES ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT IT BAD ENOUGH!
Pounds lost: 2.4
Fitness Minutes: (13,779) Posts: 862 6/27/12 9:46 A
Running code name: Perseverant One
Running level: Beginner
Favorite post workout food: I love eating fresh fruit after a good run.
Why you like to run: I secretly believe that there is a runner trapped on the inside of me. Trapped under layers of years of bad eating and poor sleeping habits are muscles that are itching to run the distance. Despited being under-challenged and neglected by years of sporadic exercise routines, my muscles believe that I can run if I commit to consistently training for the task.... I agree with my muscles.
Your inspiration: When I see other people jogging or running, I often think "I wish I could run like that". Wishing won't make it happen, but I believe that I can do it if I try. I draw my inspiration from God and my family. Two of my relatives, as well as several of my girlfriends and acquaintences, have had weight loss surgeries due to morbid obesity and other potentially fatal health issues. I want to live a full, vibrant life and this desire should not be limited due to my weight. My husband, my son, my family, and I deserve to experience my best self.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." For me, being obese/overweight simply is not a way to honor God with my body as it indicates a lack of discipline and balance. The desire to be
Most difficult run: My most difficult run was the Ridge Run 5k... this was the first time I did engaged run/walk intervals to complete a 5k. Previously, I always power walked... I am looking forward to updating this in the future and, by this time next year (June 2013) I will list my 1st 10K as my most difficult run.
My "13 in 2013" Completed Race Categories 5k/7k/8k/10k/1/2 marathon
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