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Update 10/29/15 - Am digging out of the sugar trap! Yeah! Have lost over 10 lbs since I started back with Sparkpeople a month ago. Am determined to meet my goal. Doing the Beck Solution again to see if my brain will finally be trained once and for all time. I'm especially thankful for my fellow Beckers who have succeeded and are great at support. I'm psyched and very determined. Am planning to do my 1st run since March. 4 miles on Thanksgiving. Will run more races in the spring. Hopefully return to at least 1 per month. Update 11/12/14 - Have fallen into the sugar trap again. Was doing well for a few years. Not sure how I got back here but would desparately like to get back out of this situation. Hoping sparkfamily will be a big help. Seems like a few years is my limit. Trying to make it stick longer. Here we go! Update 1/28/13 - did my first half-marathon in September but still haven't achieved my goal weight. Gained 12 pounds between 10/20/12 and now. Yikes. Sugar addiction strikes again. Am finally getting it back under control. Am playing tennis at least 3x a week ususally between 6 and 12 hours a week. Love it. Am still running but not as many miles. am getting back to it slowly. Still average at least 9 (usually 11-14) miles a week. Have been terrible about tracking my food. Really must get back to doing that. New Year's goal (late) is to track at least 3 days per week. This is the year I reach my goal weight! Update 6/14/12 - Started half-marathon training on May 27th. Signed up for the half on September 16th! I'm sure I'm crazy but lovin' it. Update 4/4/12 - Still working on weight goal. Am playing tennis 3 days a week and running 3 days. I do the elliptical on my day off. I do strength training on running days, upper on Tuesday, lower on Thursday, abs on both andfull body on Sunday. I used to do more strength but think this is working well for now. I try to build speed by running a few fast minutes on Tuesdays, my long run is on the weekend. I do the Jeff Galloway run/walk method and it's been good to me. It's been a bit over a year and I haven't gotten burned out or injured. I love running and I love tennis more. I would play more but I think it's good to use other muscles on alternate days. I am planning to run a race every month until Nov. or Dec. I may try a half-marathon in the fall. ( I've signed up for it on June 1st!) I really love having such wonderful sparkfriends. You keep me motivated. What a great site! From 2010: Hi, I'm from Illinois and working on getting fit. I just recently got back to playing tennis and have been exercising a lot. I'm trying to track my food as much as possible. I put this weight on in the last 2 years(mostly) and would like to get rid of it now that I can move around better and am no longer on drugs for my lupus. (especially prednisone - it's wicked) I want to lose weight before I get "bad" again. (Hopefully, I'll keep getting better!!) My first timed 5K in 8 years in the spring. I will start to get in "running shape". (walk/jog more like) Update: I have done a 5k every month since March and a 4 miler in July. Working for a 10k in September and getting my race times a bit faster. Maybe a sprint tri next summer or fall! Did a 10k in September and a 5k in October. Love to run and play tennis. 5k - 3/26/11 - 41:38 5k - 4/9/11 - 39:36 PR 5k - 5/15/11 - 38:57 PR 5k - 6/4/11 - 42:06 (super hot) 4m - 7/4/11 - 51:25 PR 5k - 8/6/11 - 38:33 PR 10k - 9/17/11 - 1:13:59 PR 5k - 10/15/11 - 36:44.0 PR 5k - ll/6/11 - 39:05 4m - 11/24/11 49:31 PR 5k 4/29/12 34:54 PR 3.5+ 5/12/12 40:12 PR? 5k 6/2/12 34:58 New rewards: 168 - 1 tennis lesson

Member Since: 7/14/2010

Fitness Minutes: 215,805

My Goals:
Exercise consistently.(am doing this) Run some 5K and 10ks in the spring 2016 goals are to do a 5k in under 37 min. Run another 10k in the summer and a half marathon in the fall. Play tennis regularly(am playing at least three, usually 4x a week).Take more hikes and bike rides(have done a few and spinning class). Thank God every day and Enjoy having so much less pain. Track food at least 4 days a week.

Goal weights start - 196
190 - 10/12 Done 10/8
185 - 10/31 Done 10/25
179 - 11/28 Done 11/8
175 - 12/25 Done 11/29
171 - 01/25 Done. 12/11
169 - 02/13
166 - 03/15
163 - 04/18
161.7 - 05/20
157 - 06/25

Will try to run a 5k by Thanksgiving. Ran a 4 miler on Thankgiving.

My Program:
Eat 7-9 fruits and veggies a day. Track my food on Spark. Do Beck and Use Spark tracking. Exercise at least 5 days a week. Play tennis 4 days a week.

Personal Information:
I have a wonderful husband, 3 daughters and a spoiled dog.
I feel so good, I thank God every day!
My lupus has calmed down for now and right now I'm doing better than I have been for at least 10 years. Was on wicked drugs (especially high doses of prednisone) on and off for many years. Gained so much weight. Am finally getting back into some of those old clothes!! Woohoo!

Other Information:
I love tennis (playing and watching).I love running more every day. I enjoy playing the piano and the guitar. I like to read books and travel.
Quotes - All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
St. Francis of Assisi

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    Thanks! Good to hear from you. I'm still here, still at it. I'm spending this week at a retreat house, and I have not eaten one dessert. Sugar is tough. Good luck!
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