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My brother Jamie!

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Running my first half marathon! Love it!

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Update November 19, 2011:

WHY I WONT GIVE UP: The picture to your left is my brother Jamie. We lost him last October (2010) in a boating accident. While I was in FL for his funeral (before flying him home to be laid to rest here in MN) I threw my back out from a massive cold. I pinched a nerve in my foot from wearing wedge sandals all week. I came back to work with the discovery I was losing my job at the end of the year and in February my Grandpa passed away. I gained 26 pounds. My foot still hurts. But when those planes went down on 9/11 my brother didn't give up.He rejoined the army because our freedom and our country meant that much to him. So when you feel like quitting, just remember where you have been. I didn't waste this last year. I needed this time to heal and learn how to slow down. And I am still strong!


My sisters had a motto when I started out on this journey on February 12th 2007: Baby Steps. Take one thing and change it. First it was eliminating soda from my life, then it was adding exercise to my daily routine. After that I started to watch what I ate and developed new eating habits. All combined has led me to a current weight loss of 73 pounds! I had always been overweight, so I just figured that was the way I would always be. Boy was I wrong! You can achieve anything you set your mind to. But you have to make the choice, and you have to know what your motivation is. This is about a healthy lifestyle, being there for our children and families; looking good in a swimsuit or pair of jeans is just an added bonus!
I know for a fact that I could not have done this alone. I have had the help of two wonderful women in my life, and they are my two beautiful sisters. If they hadn't supported me through this, I would NOT be where I am today. Thank you so much for all your help and encouragement this past year. Let's keep at it! I love you guys!
I also need to thank God. I would not have been able to do this without His strength, and His will for me to live a healthy lifestyle. Never stop thanking Him and giving Him the glory.

P.S. How could I forget to thank my husband! He has supported me every step of the way! Thank you babe!


Get yourself a buddy to help you along the way. My sisters and I email daily to encourage each other and build each other up. Good workout-good job! Not so good eating-just keep at it! You need positive motivators in your life to help you along your journey!


I am currently training for a half marathon (April 20, 2012!!), so I have long runs mixed with shorter runs. Runs can be 3 to 5 to 11 miles in length! I know I'm going to rock my first half!


5'6"- BMI healthy weight range 120-150
Goal weight- 140 pounds
Start date:February 12, 2007
Starting weight- 213 pounds size 18-22
02/28=208=5# gone
03/31=200=13# gone
04/30=195=18# gone
05/22=190.5- size 16=22.5# gone
05/25=188.5=24.5# gone
06/01=186.5=26.5# gone!
06/08=184.5= 28.5 # gone!
06/15=186.5= Minor setback. Get back on track!
06/23=183= 30# gone! Back on track!
07/06=179= 34# gone. Hooah!
07/20=177=36# gone!!
08/03=176= Halfway there!!!
08/23=173-size 12
09/14=168=45 pounds gone!!
09/28=164=49 # gone!
10/19=160=53 pounds gone-size 10 jeans
10/31=157#-had surgery to remove Gallbladder
11/09=156#-recovering from surgery
11/15=152#-I got the fluids (stomach flu) and lost 4 pounds
11/22=154#-gained 2 pounds of fluids back, but that's okay! Size 8
11/29=153#-still trying to get back into exercise after surgery. Need to get motivated!
12/14=150#-10 pounds from goal weight!
12/21=150#-Just trying to get through Christmas w/o gaining!
12/28=155#- naughty Christmas goodies!!
1/4/08= 155#- and leftover goodies!!!
1/11= 149.5#-Now that's what I'm talkin' about!!
1/18= 149#- slow and steady wins the race!
1/25= 147.5#-Hooah!
2/1= 150#- I think I am learning what a plateau is!
2/8=149#-just keep swimming... size 6!
2/29= 150.5 Uggh!
3/7= 147# yeah!
3/21= 146# -67 pounds gone!!!
3/31= 148.5
4/7= 146# I made it through the weekend- yeah me!
4/14= 145
4/21= 148 ouch
4/28= 145.5 let's finish this race!
8/1= 146.5 maintaining-but still trying to get to goal!!
12/11=146.5 it's been a roller coaster, but I'm still going strong!
3/4/09=144#- I may have four pounds to go, but I am taking it slow and learning to maintain.
3/21/09=142#-I'm getting there! 2 more pounds to goal!
3/22/09=140.5-Bout fell off the scale!
4/24/09= GOAL!!!!!!***140 pounds***GOAL!!!!!!!
6/10/09= ****139#****passed my goal!!!

Member Since: 3/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 13,339

My Goals:
Lose 73 pounds (CHECK!!)

To have energy to play with my children. (check!!) Overflowing with energy!!!!

To fit into a nice pair of jeans (currently a size 4-6!!)

To do a 5k for charity (Done! Old Glory Run- Cold Spring- May 2008- 34:10)
*UPDATE* May 2009 PR 29:53!!!
May 2010:::

To run a mile-straight.
1/30/08- 10:57
5/1/08- 10:51
11/17/08-9:54 HOOAH!

Ran 6 miles straight-1:15:00!!!!!!!

Tun a half marathon (April 17, 2010-2:22!)

To make my time here on this earth productive and glorifying to God. (Daily!)

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Personal Information:
My name is Beth. I am 5' 5" tall.
I live in Central MN w/ my husband Carl and 2 children; Nathan-10

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

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