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I am a wife, a mother of two children ages 13 and 10, a former elementary school teacher, and a group fitness instructor. I'm coming up on my 10th anniversary of teaching group fitness classes. I currently teach Body Step, Body Pump, and Body Jam.

I started back into running February 2011 and since then have run 2 half marathons, 2 full marathons, and several 5 and 10k races. My last marathon in February 2912, Myrtle Beach Marathon, qualified me for Boston which was my long term goal. I ran Boston in 1995 as my first and only marathon, and did so as a charity fundraiser. It was one of my favorite memories, but I've always had a secret dream to qualify for it and run it that way. My Myrtle Beach Marathon time was 3:39:37 which qualified me with 5:23 to spare! I won't find out until September whether or not I get in, since Boston fills up according to fastest times first, but I can say I was a "Boston Qualifier" at least!

I yo-yo with my weight, usually having an extra 10 pounds on me in the winter. This winter was the first one in several that I did not gain anything due to marathon training. Unfortunately that gain came late this spring following a running injury and a 3 week trip to Europe. I'm currently working on getting the weight back off, but it's harder each year.

Upcoming races:
Area 13.1 Roswell, GA 8/18/12
Chicago Marathon 10/7/12
Savannah Rock N' Roll Marathon OR Half Marathon 11/3/12 (Depending on how Chicago goes)
Boston April 2013???????? ( I find out in September!)

Member Since: 2/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 24,202

My Goals:
1. Get more sleep!!!
2. Drink more water.
3. Eat the right amounts of carbs, proteins, etc. for my lifestyle.
4. Stop eating late at night!
5. Lose the belly fat!!!
6. Plan out my meals AHEAD of time.
7. Lose 10 pounds and define my abs.

My Program:
1. Weight lifting class 3x a week, with changeable plated barbell, cardio dance class 2x a week, step class 1x a week, boot camp training class 1x a week, cardio machines an additional 4 hours a week

2. Eating 1200-1500 calories a day.

3. Getting 7 hrs of sleep a night minimum

4. Drinking 9-16 cups of water a day, depending on workouts

5. Cut all sodas, and limit wine to a small glass a few times a week

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    CONGRATS for running on October 7th as well!!! That's awesome - and thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog.

    The pretty part of town we ran through was the ZOO! So you saw it...or, just west of it. The area is called Lincoln Park. Very expensive part of town, but definitely beautiful!
    2651 days ago
    2653 days ago
    Me, too!

    I don't know why the pic is sideway - I fixed it 3 times but it keeps publishing sideways so I guess it's meant to be!

    I wish you guys could have been with us, too. It was the best meal of 2012 for me by far, and I've added it to my Top 10 meals of my life.

    Yes, I love food so much that I have a Top 10 List of meals.

    How are your legs today? I think I could dance after the marathon bc of all the beer. Truly. I couldn't run anymore, but I sure could boogie!
    2657 days ago
    Have fun in Chicago! Love that marathon. I am heading north this year to Twin Cities Marathon same weekend hoping to beat the heat.
    2723 days ago
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    Hey! The natural anti-inflammatory I use is called "Traumeel" by a company called Heel. They have some research on their website:


    But there are also published studies that it works as well and is better tolerated than normal NSAIDS, here's just one in PubMed, the database of the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health :


    I take the tablets, haven't tried the cream.

    My Dad has tried it and prefers ibuprofen though. I don't know that it works as fast at ibuprofen. I used to seriously weight train and kept a bottle of Ibuprofen by my bed for first thing in the morning use. Now, I keep a bottle of Traumeel there, just in case. LOL!

    The downside is it's more expensive and not as easy to get. I buy it online from places like Vitacost, but you can get it at natural food/health stores, too.

    And for me the scale says I've gained 5 lbs of lean mass and lost 3 lbs of fat. OK, but my goal is actual WEIGHT loss, as you know for running, I don't need to gain lean mass. That sounds bad but it's true!
    2731 days ago
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