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I'm a homeschool Mom, born and bred in Arkansas, married for 20 years, raising 2 boys. I do wear shoes, but only when I have to! I have spent all of my life taking care of other people, but ignoring myself. Well, you can only bump along with that for so many decades before it catches up with you.
In 2009, at age 37, I had to begin taking blood pressure medicine. By summer of 2010, the weight just kept coming on. I had neither the time nor the energy to do anything about it. My physical, mental, and emotional well-being were at an all-time low.
In the month of my 39th birthday, I felt like I had one last chance to get it together and take care of ME. If I didn't get a grip on my health, I would never be able to accomplish so many of the things I wanted in life. I was not going to be able to reap the benefits of getting older and seeing all I'd worked for come to fruition. I was heading for disaster, and I could see it coming.
I have never been one to exercise on purpose. I love gardening, yardwork, and hiking, but I can do those things at any pace. I knew I had to get drastic. SO I began to RUN! Then I started tracking everything that went into my mouth.
As I have run, tracked, and studied so much about nutrition; I have become a newer, better, never-would-have-believed-it ME.
Several factors played a role in my successful health turn around: a supportive family, a great training program provided by the LR Marathon (free), SP tools and trackers, and the SparkFriends I have made who have encouraged me and cheered me on every step of the way.
SP tools keep me motivated and running keeps me empowered!

Member Since: 8/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 26,366

My Goals:
Next 1/2 Marathon- St. Jude's in Memphis- December 2012

Wanting to take up Yoga- Doing it daily!

To get rid of high blood pressure medicine-ACCOMPLISHED 3/11/11

To lose 25 pounds- Accomplished 7/2011 Now I'm going for 5 more! Accomplished 2/17/2012

To run a half marathon -Accomplished 3/4/2012

To be able to enjoy "growing older" -not just surviving it- I'M DOING IT!!

My Program:
My Summer Program:

Cardio- I get to mix it up in the summer: bikes, kickboxing, gazelle, swimming, & mowing

Yoga- 5x/week

Drinking lots of water!

More Fruits/Veggies- Trying hard for 4/day

Personal Information:
I'm a homeschool Mom with 2 boys who are growing up fast. We've just finished 11th and 7th grades this year.
Happily married for 20 years-Adore my husband.
I come from a big, crazy Southern family, but try to stay sane!

Other Information:
I'd love for you to check out my blog site.

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  • v LEW0213
    Hey Roxanne. Hope you didn't lose power yesterday. Ours was out all morning. We still are ice covered here up on the mountain. I took some pretty pictures of the sun streaming through the trees this morning. I'll post them on the Arkansas team page when I get them downloaded. Stay warm, hon, and thanks for the beach vacation. I sure could use a couple of days just laying around in the sand. Hugs, Linda
    2648 days ago
  • v -RUBIES-
    Hey there SP friend! I'm glad to see you here on SP. How have you been doing?

    I just read your post below and can totally relate. I spend hours on SP and overall on the computer. I plan to make some changes to free up my time.

    I hope you are doing really good.
    2669 days ago
    I'm kind of back... Trying to get back in the groove of tracking my nutrition and fitness. I kind of dropped out of the on-line world this past year. I found myself tempted to spend more time than necessary in virtual land. So I'm going to see how tracking goes for me for a while. Hope all is well in your world.
    2673 days ago
  • v LEW0213
    Hey girl, are you back? I saw an update on your status this morning. Have missed you! emoticon
    2673 days ago
  • v -RUBIES-
    Oh no, where did my friend go? emoticon
    3019 days ago
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