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"Count it a blessing that you're such a failure,
your second chance might never have come."
-David Bazan

This is my second chance, and I am not going to waste it.

I decided to turn my life around on 9/30/08. It started as almost a joke - I agreed to lose 10 pounds with a co-worker on the premise that we'd celebrate our weight loss with pizza. We started working out together, and she pushed me to hit the gym 3 times a week. At first I was skeptical. I've tried to lose weight before, but with a lack of serious motivation and commitment, I didn't see results. This time around it has been completely different. The first time I weighed myself and saw the 3 pound loss, I was hooked.

Over the past year I've become a gym junkie. My regular workout is 65 minutes on the elliptical machine and 22 minutes of power walking on a steep incline. I've steadily increased the intensity of my workouts to get to this point and have seen great results thus far. I am trying to incorporate more strength training into my routine, but I have struggled with it so far.

I've had a couple plateaus, one very long one, and certainly have had plenty of weak moments, but I keep pushing. There is no choice for me - this is who I want to be.

Member Since: 3/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 17,755

My Goals:
My goal right now is to lose 100 pounds. I have lost 75 pounds so far, so right now I am working on the next 36. After I reach 100 pounds lost, I think I would ideally like to lose another 50, but for right now, I am focused on losing 100.

I also want to add more strength training to my workouts. I just started doing it regularly, but eventually I'd like to incorporate more into my regular routine.

I have tried my hardest to be realistic with my progress and I am taking one day at a time. I have wasted so much time making bad decisions with my body. I am trying not to base my progress on the number on the scale. I am trying to focus on being healthy, feeling healthy, and knowing I am doing good for myself.

My Program:
I am typically in the gym 3-5 days per week. I love the elliptical machine and the treadmill. I also love biking and rowing, but I don't do them as much as I'd like. One day I decided I wanted to be a runner and I just finished a C25K program. I'm not sure if that makes me a "runner" per se, but I enjoy the way that running makes me push myself. I also love to swim, but I keep crazy hours during the week, and don't have as much time as I'd like to get in the pool on a regular basis.

As far as eating, I'm not really on a program. I eat a relatively balanced diet. I only drink water and milk for the most part. No soda. I don't eat fast food, and I rarely eat out anymore. I find it's too hard to control my portions (and my willpower!) when I am at a restaurant.

Personal Information:
I am from Minnesota and am 28. I'm crazy about music and baseball. I love Minnesota Public Radio, specifically The Current (hence the screenname).

Currently my vices are running, sleep, gummy bears, Chai tea and Wilco. :)

Other Information:
I've found Sparkpeople to be an amazing tool. I love meeting new people here - so shoot me a line if you'd like to chat sometime!

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