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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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    2094 days ago
    Thanks so much for the bear! It's an 8 week, 5% weight loss team! And I'm not a full leader the exact title is "extra leader" which cracks me up! I'm just back up and each day I have to "spot light" one member of the team. I'm hoping since for the last 2 challenges I haven't hit my goal that the added responsibility will guilt me into it!
    2158 days ago
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    One of my mantras is, "anything is better than laying on the couch." So yes, walking is good! LOL!
    2158 days ago
    Now that you got me motivated, while i was putting in the new stuff i saw this and had to come back and give it to you!

    Optimists tend to share several other positive characteristics that increase overall happiness and promote health, while reducing depression and chronic stress:
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    2172 days ago
    Cheers for a super great week! Liked your negative thinking link - i have a note with things that motivate me (it synchs cross computers and iphones/ipads) so i can always read something to pump me up - think i'll past this in there too! The over coming stress group has some great motivators as well! Cheers and smooches!
    2172 days ago
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