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I've been a member on SparkPeople since 2008, and I've done well here. I've also done poorly, when I just get out of the habit of using all of these free resources. (That's self-defeating me - I don't know why I hang out with her so much, but I do).

What I would really like to do is get off of this weight roller coaster. When I manage to establish good exercise and eating habits, I can't let some odd incident end it for months until I become so sick with myself that I need to start over.

I am still a marathoner, and I've finally have a finish time that makes me proud. (It may be a slower pace for many, but for me, it feels right).
I would like to become less reliant on running as my main form of exercise. I need to lift weights with some consistency. I wouldn't mind going back on P90X. It's a tough workout, but I felt like i was making progress.
I would really like to stop using food as a stress reliever, source of comfort, best friend/worst enemy, favorite past time. Really, can't I just see it as a source of nutrition. Why does it so rule my life? (I'm looking at you, Food Network. Stop - Messing - With - My - Head!)

The only thing harder than the first step is the second, but after that, I know that it gets easier..... At least I think it does.
Oh well, here's hoping.

Member Since: 9/17/2007

Fitness Minutes: 64,170

My Goals: beginner marathon training program. (Run 5 days/week w/ long runs on Sun/Sat).

To run the 2012 NJ marathon in 4:20:00 or less.

To lose 15-20 lbs of fat and gain some muscle.

To get back to 20 *real* push-ups without breaking a sweat.

My Program: beginner marathon training program. (Run 5 days/week w/ long runs on Sun/Sat).


Strength training 2-3 days per week.

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    1972 days ago
    I just re-read your page and blogs. I appreciate your sense of humor. You just need to laugh in the face of your enemies (that would be the Food Network.) Aerobic and fit are what count. P90X, you can modify to your needs. I think there is a bit of "you is what you is" weight-wise when we are aerobically tuned and fit. There are a lot of wasp wasted women in the world, on our TV, selling.... One time my daughter, a very fit synchronized swimmer (captain of her Olympic gold medal team) and her team were invited to Kona to a Screen Actors Guild gathering. First class all the way. She was looking at all the beautiful models around the gathering and kind of going "Wow.." Lee Majors saw her and chatted with her saying, "Don't let them bother you, they are empty. You have substance, you are real"
    2065 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/26/2012 12:42:43 PM
    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! Your story sounds similar to mine. I did very well here in 2010 and have struggled to stay under 150 without driving myself nuts. Thanks for your encouragement...together we can stay strong!!

    2086 days ago
    Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
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