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Hi! Welcome to my page... my "home" for the past 7 years... my tool to track my progress and reaching my goals!

Fist I wanted to loose 10 lbs : Did it! Then I wanted to get healthier and reach new fitness goals: Done that! Spark was my tracking tool and Sparkfriends were my support !!!

Now: I have been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and co-infections (Summer of 2016). My health had declined substantially after completing the 2015 Boston marathon and I could not seem to get better. As a result, I am SLOWLY trying to recover. I celebrate small progress and I don't set big goals anymore (I want to keep it realistic). I am still tracking all my food (except when I am away or on "duty") and my fitness.

About me:
I am a certified yoga teacher (CYT 350)... I have fun finding and trying new recipes; I love to travel and discover new things. I am in the Army (officer) and I am committed to be a positive influence to the people around me - especially my 2 daughters - Emma and Maggie. I am a fan of essential oils.

My action PLAN...
Motivation: I am doing this for myself first... The reward is feeling good about myself nd a positive attitude. Tracking has helped me to stay focus and be accountable to myself.

Eating: this is not an issue! Really? The definition of healthy eating can vary depending on who you are talking to. For me, it is eating what my body needs to recover and saying NO to food I love (but are causing inflammation and an auto-immune response).

Stress: I keep a personal gratitude journal; when I feel down I look at it and I smile.

Sleep: Getting a good night of sleep is my challenge

10 years ago, I could not run 5km. A few changes later and committing to my goals with Spark, I fell much better, positive and proud of my successes. In 10 years, I don't want to have any regrets so I give my best everyday!

My PBs:

Feb 2013- 10km Winterlude - in the snow! (46min- New Record Female Master);
2013 Relay for Life (Raised 2225$ / 65K in 12 hours)
CF Running Championships 10K (May 13 - PB 44.54) ;

Army Run HM 13.1 (Sept 2012 1:38)

I conquered a MARATHON!!!
Niagara Falls (Oct 2013, 3h36)... I did it again for the Canadian Forces National Championship (May 2014) and Boston 2015!

May - Ottawa Marathon and Canadian Forces running Championship - 3h35m45s, 130/2605 Female, 29/130 F40-44

Member Since: 6/24/2010

Fitness Minutes: 134,731

My Goals:
Keep stress in check
Sleeping 7 hours/night
Eating within range and maintain WG

My Program:
Tracking Food DAILY!
Yoga Practice
Get the zzz!
Cultivating a Positive (Daily Gratitude Journal)

Personal Information:
Born in Quebec City.
I live in Kingston (Ontario Canada)
I am a Lt-Col (Army) - posted to the Royal Military College of Canada
5K= 21.55 (sept 2012)
10K=44.54 min (Ottawa CF Championship 2013)
13.1 HM=1:38.46 (Army Run 2012)
26.2= 3h35 (Ottawa '14)

Other Information:
I love to travel!
recently (2014/2015: Cancun, Monterey, San Fran, Pittsburg, Boston (background pic = White Desert Egypt)
I love to cook !!!
The kitchen is my favorite room in the house!

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    Thank you so much for stopping by! I have had little time to spend on here lately so I am very sorry that it has taken me so long to respond!!

    I hope you are having a great weekend!! Thank you again for sharing your journey! We all have different struggles and different strengths, but we are all here for our health. Keep sparking forward!!

    ~ Cheri
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    352 days ago
    Hey girl! You are awesome!! Your strength, discipline and determination really inspires me. Keep it up!! You are definitely a positive influence. Thank you for being one of the few who share your nutrition and fitness tracking. It silently helps many of us more than you could ever know! Thank you for your service!

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    Hello beautiful friend! Hope you are doing well! I have been thinking about you and just wanted to wish you well:)

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