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August 2004 at 150 or so pounds

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Labor Day, 2004~ after my first half marathon! I am in orange and was about 5 weeks pregnant

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My friends and fellow Sparkers on Superbowl Sunday- Shani, Leanne and Kris!


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I started my journey in January 2006 before I learned about Sparkpeople. I gave up drinking soda in January, and joined SP in February. Then we joined the YMCA in February also and I reached my goal weight on 22 May 2006. I am mom to 3 and have been pretty active but just couldn't break the plateau of 150 until this year. My goal was 135, and my body decided to be 130~ Finally, I made it.

I have new goals to be a better runner. I want to improve my 5k race time. I am running a 10k in July 2007 for the first time ever. I am using the Jeff Galloway method to run more miles. Next year I will probably run a half marathon. I will not quit running just because I am pregnant, whenever that happens!
And I am on the track to improvement! And becoming a long distance runner!
5k results- Race for the Cure May 19, 2007 (29:40)
5k-Genoa Trails June 2, 2007 (29:01) new PR that I hope to beat soon!
5k- June 22, 2007 (28:10)
10k- July 14, 2007 (first time! 60:30)
5k- Violet Festival July 28, 2007 28:06

****I took a hiatus from Spark and rejoined the Babyfit sister site because in September 2007 I became pregnant with baby #4! I kept my exercise routine, did strength training and Zumba through my whole pregnancy! In fact, I worked out 3 days before I had the baby! And I started working out again seriously at the Y about 11 days after she was born. Unfortunately even with working out I gained 50 pounds, which was more than I gained with my other 3 pregnancies. So I am starting over again and I have lost about 20lbs and have about 30 to go to get back to my goal of 130.****

Member Since: 2/21/2006

Fitness Minutes: 1,789

My Goals:
To have more energy, be fit and healthy and strong! I hope to be that "hot mom"...being fit and healthy is important. (Hubby calls me his hot wife...but he always thought I was anyway!) To run a 5k in 28 minutes or become a "long distance runner"

My Program:
Working out 3-4 times a week...cardio and strength training and drinking lots of water. I gave up drinking Coke in January 2006 and lost 10 pounds. We joined the YMCA in February and I started using the elliptical machines, my new best friend for cardio! I am now working towards running a 5k again, using the treadmill. My ultimate goal is to run a Half marathon again..and beat my last time by a longshot!!!

5k- Race for the Cure May 19, 2007 (29:40)
5k-Genoa Trails (29:01) new PR that I hope to beat soon!
5k- June 22, 2007 (28:10)

First 10k- July 14, 2007 (60:30)

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I enjoy rollerblading, running, knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking, gardening- getting better at it, reading anything and everything, Favorite football team-PITTSBURGH STEELERS, and I love my kids. My kids that drive me crazy but are really very sweet boys . Now we have a sweet princess too.

And I LOVE my friends!

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    Hello I'm Esther and pleased to meet you and your family. Welcome to +Bellydancers+
    3158 days ago
    ......oooO............ Welcome to the 10K Steps a Day Spark Team!
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    .................\_)....... Love, Linda
    3765 days ago
  • v ELLCEE13
    Welcome to Gym Chicks! i had just responded to your commen in the thread and popped by to say hello! hope all is well with you and i look forward to getting to know you! Bestest.... LC
    4720 days ago
  • v KELFGG
    hello there!

    welcome to the sparkpeople team "Burn 3500 calories a week". This is a great challenge bu i encourage you to think of it as "bonus". This is because losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. some people find that when they exercise more they also eat better. there are countless beenfits of exercise (much beyond just burning calories) and i iinvite you to discover them as you amp up your exercise.

    can't wait to see you on the boards!

    Your team leader,
    Kelly emoticon
    4726 days ago
  • v G.I.JANE
    Congrats! What did you name your little one? Thats fantastic! Are you havinga hard time losing weight? Well, you remember you did it before & you can do it again. My Dad is a die hard Steelers fan. We used to get the heck out when a Game was on. Lol! Are you running again. Boy, this Summer is going too quick.
    4732 days ago
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