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12/13/13 8:36 P

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I have never tried running because I get out of breath so easily. I need tips....

Final weight goal of 140 pounds & maintain my fitness with excellent blood sugar management.


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11/27/13 3:18 P

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I just joined Sparks and was wondering if it was too late to join the competition. I am 38 yrs old, I exercise 3 days a week and my goal is to lose 20 pounds by the end of February 2014.

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11/6/13 1:32 P

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LURunning...it seems like we are twins...i weigh 163, am 31 and would at least like to get to 150. I actually started gaining weight when I trained for and ran my half marathon, then i quit running and had a baby...I am done with half marathons though and am just starting up running again but for 5k or 10k distances. A half marathon is awesome and a lot of work and time. Competition is what works best for me to lose weight. Especially if money is involved. A couple years ago I joined a weight loss competition and won $50 with most percentage weight lost, and then i get lazy and give up. Here is to being committed.

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11/5/13 3:48 P

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Would u like to be friends? I'm new here. I am also on My Fitness Pal...

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11/3/13 7:33 P

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I've read in quite a few different fitness articles that running sprint intervals is a lot more effective for weight loss, even if you still do the same amount of time/distance. When I'm on the treadmill, that's what I do, it makes it less boring. Same for the stepper or elliptical. I just do one minute of hard, one minute of easy back and forth. Some of the machines have that program on them. If you're running outdoors, you just pick a marker (the end of the street, 2 blocks, that tree up there) and sprint to it then jog slow to recover. I'm not a natural born runner, so the variety helps me not hate every minute of it. :)

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10/28/13 2:05 P

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Hello everyone! I am new to SparkPeople site and this room! I am 33 and I've been exercising consitent since Augutst 2013 (between 5-7 days a week). I do a lot of cardio: Running, Elliptical, Spinning, weights and hiking. I am getting ready to hike Mt. Baldy (over 10,000 feet). I am joining this group for support and tips.

I went from 145-130 within the last 3 mths. My goal is 115-110(BMI) by 12/31/13! Any suggestions, tips and support would be great!

HEALTH is a RELATIONSHIP between YOU and your BODY. If you want a HEALTHY relationship, don't CHEAT on it!


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10/22/13 1:04 P

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I ran a half and then a full with Hal- loved him!

You HAVE to do situps if you're running that much, though. Otherwise you'll screw up your back (like me) and if you continue to eat like a runner (like me) you'll end up with more to lose (like me). I've had three kids since 2009, too! And my 17% body fat is far behind me. Or buried, I guess. I still have 20 pounds from this last baby. But even if I still weighed 162, I wouldn't have anywhere near that muscle. Sigh.

Anyway, I was writing about competition. My coworker and I are paying each other 10 dollars a pound for 10 weeks, for a max of 15 pounds. It works really well for me, and we're marching down the scale.

I'm nursing, so no extreme calorie restrictions. It's hard to be sensible!

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10/20/13 9:54 A

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Running is a great way to start, but I've been running for 18 mos, and am still struggling at 142-143 as a regular weight. (I suck at staying on track with my eating) I'd like to be 129, and I really would like to join anyone on a challenge!

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10/15/13 8:39 A

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Hal Higdon is a great training program! I actually used to run about 50 miles/week (pre-baby) for about 8 years (sad, I know since I can't even finish a whole mile now). But, with 3 kids in 4 years and NO running during that time, I am literally starting from scratch! Right now I'm just focusing on getting out the door and feeling good (otherwise I can't swallow my pride, go too fast & far in the beginning, and just quit running after a week or two). So, for the next couple of weeks, it is just getting myself out the door to run...that's my plan. :) I'm hoping it comes back faster than a first time runner, but I am definitely as out of shape as a person can possibly be right now. The good thing is that my weight isn't too bad (about 10 lbs. off of where I was my senior year of high school) so that at least helps. I'm not nearly as muscular as I was in h.s. but at least my body isn't carrying too much extra weight. So, here we go! When is your 1/2? Where are you at in your training? (Let me know if you need any tips!).

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10/15/13 7:19 A

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Good for you on running. What plan are you following? I am doing Hal Higdon.

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10/14/13 7:54 P

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Well, I ran today...only .67 miles, but it felt good to get that first one out of the way. I didn't eat the greatest (chai tea for breakfast, no lunch, 2 turkey/cheese sandwiches for dinner and 3 pumpkin/caramel cookies). But, it still hit right at my calorie point, so hopefully I can just make better choices tomorrow. One thing at a time. :)

I want to do sit-ups, but have a lot of separation in my stomach muscles from having my 3 girls (c-section) in 4 years. (I can fit 4 fingers horizontally across inbetween those muscles!!). I think I'll add in a few push-ups for now (and try to convince my husband of a tummy tuck down the road if it doesn't get better). :)

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10/14/13 5:44 P

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Hello and welcome. Congrats on the half marathon. I am doing the same. I am also doing the 1200-1500 range.

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10/13/13 10:49 P

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Hey Ladies!
Well, I signed up for 1/2 marathon in April (exactly 6 months from now). So, at least that is a start (motivator). What are you all doing in terms of eating? Do you follow a low-cal diet (12-1500 cals/day?).

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10/13/13 11:05 A

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I need to lose 15 lbs by Dec too. I'm new to this site and would love someone to keep me motivated !!! Any suggestions?

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10/6/13 4:46 A

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Hello, I am looking to do the same. I want to lose 15-18 lbs by Dec. 1.

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10/5/13 1:43 A

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I'm working on losing about 10-14lbs. A a little competition is always helpful. What do you propose? I've been looking to find someone to help me stick to my goals. This could be a good start.

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10/4/13 8:31 P

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Does anyone else have the same goal? I'm a competitive person and would love to "challenge" someone to a healthy/active weight loss competition! :) I'm 163 lbs. and would love to be around 145 lbs.

~Dana

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