ERICAVZ

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At my heaviest. September 2008



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Just after finihing my first 15K! May 15, 2011



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Climbed the highest peak in Maine for my 30th birthday- September 2010!


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I started my weight loss journey in June 2009. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in late 2008, and by the following summer I was ready to get my life back on track. It was time to get healthy and make my body the strongest Crohn's-fighting machine it could possibly be! It hasn't been a fast pocess, but I've learned a lot and have made great progress. I found SparkPeople in September 2010, and it's become an important part of my journey. Now my Crohns is under conrol and I'm feeling healthier, stronger, and happier than have been in years!

In the summer of 2010 I completed a Couch to 5K program with a friend. We spent the summer running through our local city forest. It wasn't easy, but I found that I actually enjoy running! Who woulda thunk it? Certainly not me 2 years ago! My friend and I completed our first 5K race in September 2010. After that I took a break from running for a few months, but started up again in January of this year. I started slowly increasing my distances, and was beginning to feel like a "real" runner! Then a friend convinced me to join him for a 15K race in May. At first I said "no way!". I really thought I couldn't possibly do 15K. But her persisted, I did some research and devised a training plan, and now.... I'm training for my first 15K!

I reached a healthy BMI in March. That was one of my major goals. I've still got weight to lose, but I'm currently more focused on my training plan and getting ready for this race. That's not to say I'm not trying to lose more (I am still trying very hard!), I've just shifted my attitude toward becoming a better athlete, and accepting that it may take me longer to get to 130 lbs than I originally thought. That's okay, because my real goal here is to be happy and healthy, no matter what a number on the scale may say. To that end, I feel like I am well on my way!


Member Since: 8/25/2010

Fitness Minutes: 60,704

My Goals:
1. To be healthy, happy, and active!

2. Reach 130 lbs

3. Become an athlete!

Mini goals:

1. Reach a healthy BMI (no longer overweight). Done 3/21/11!

2. Complete the Sugarloaf 15K race.
Done 5/15/11!

3. Get out of the 140s! I've been here too long!


My Program:
1. Track everything I eat. This keeps me accountable, prevents mindless eating, and helps me to make sure I'm getting all the nutrients I need to power me up and keep me healthy.

2. Move, move move!
Right now I'm doing 60 minutes of cardio 6 days a week, and strength training 2 days a week. This is in preperation for my 15K race in mid-May.

I love my step aerobics class at the YMCA! Such a fun class, great instructors, and awsome classmates!

My running plan is 2 shorter runs during the work week, and the one long weekend run. I'm working my way up to 9.3 miles (15K!) in preparation for the Sugarloaf 15K.



Personal Information:
I'm a 30 year old legal aid attorney. I live in the downeast area of Maine, near all the best stuff- ocean, coast line, rivers, lakes, forests, and mountains. It's a nature lovers paradise around here!


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  • v TITANNH27
    I think it is so great that you have taken up running. I recently began running as well. I never would have though in a million years that I would like it. I spent most of high school trying to avoid running and haven't done much of it in 18 years. But I am training now for a half marathon that I will be participating in at Disneyland Resort in September. Maybe you can give me some tips! Congrats on your 15K! That is awesome!
    3620 days ago
  • v SNOWKAT2
    Feeling pretty good for race day... little sore behind my knee after the long runs but I think its minor.
    I'm starting to get both excited and a bit nervous. I hope the weather is good and a bit on the cool side. Don't want to be too hot. How about you?
    3626 days ago
  • v KVSFOOD
    You look amazing! Keep it up! emoticon
    3631 days ago
  • v SUZWARNR
    Thanks for the comment on my page! It's nice to find other people from Maine on here. Where do you run? I live in Leeds, near Lewiston. Are you doing the Sugarloaf 15K? I had plans to do that this yearm, then I found out I needed to have foot surgery last month. So I canceled those plans. I plan on doing a few 5Ks, two 10Ks and my first half-marathon in the fall.
    3642 days ago
  • v SNOWKAT2
    Thanks for the umbrella! Looks like we'll need it today!

    3645 days ago
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