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My name is Samira. I'm 24 and work at a small women's college.

I LOVE to run and walk, but I have an unhealthy relationship with food. In 2014 I finished 7 half marathons and 1 marathon, but I also gained back the 40+ I lost. I'm rejoining this site with the hope of working on my addiction to food and creating a healthier relationship. I'd like to see the 100s this year.

In addition to running I enjoy crocheting and volunteering in the community. In 2015, I will be a Girls on the Run Coach. I am also currently registered for 2 marathons (May and November), a half marathon series in June (seven half marathons, seven days, seven states), and a few scattered half marathons throughout the year.

I'm breaking my weight loss into these goals.
Starting Weight: 272
Obesity Class 2: 255
Weight at HS graduation: 247
Lowest weight in HS: 232
Obesity Class 1: 223
25th Birthday Goal: 212
Changing the hundreds digit: 199
Overweight: 191
20 below 200: 180
Goal Weight: 176

Fitness Goals
Finish a 5k in less than 40 minutes
Finish a Half Marathon in less than 3 hours
Finish a Marathon in less than 7 hours

Member Since: 10/20/2012

Fitness Minutes: 5,054

My Goals:
*Finish a 5k in less than 50 minutes Done! 5/12/13
*Finish a 5k in less than 45 minutes
*Run 1 mile
*Finish a 10k Done! 6/1/13
*Finish a Half Marathon
*Finish a Marathon

My Program:
I currently have a personal trainer but can't afford to keep it up after June. I'm doing weights every other day or two and I am working on C25k slowly. I aim to walk at least 2 miles per day and go to a couple exercise classes a week.

Personal Information:
I'm a Chicago native and current Illinois resident, but my heart belongs in Milwaukee, WI. Go Marquette! I don't remember the last time I weighed less than 200 pounds. I feel defined by being fat and I want that to change. I want to get to a healthy weight and to be fit.

Other Information:
I love yarn. It's just so delicious. If I crochet fast, does it count as exercise?

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  • v STR458
    august 10th.... knock knock
    who's there?

    .... emoticon hope you come back soon
    1811 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/10/2013 3:15:33 PM
    Thanks for the add. Good luck with your running goals!
    1824 days ago
  • v STR458
    emoticon once upon a little time ago a young woman boldly made her presence known on sparkpeople. She was busy, life and all didn't allow for her to pop back onsite. Well she had something to say about it all and one day- just as unexpected she blogged.

    I'm waiting for her to finish typing in the details so I can read what she wrote.
    1837 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/17/2013 11:51:26 AM
    I just read what you wrote on the Vlog you previously made. Love how you picked yourself up. You're really an inspiration in how you are able to quickly move in a positive direction. Isn't meet-up great? I belong to several hiking groups on meet-up. Keep Sparkin!
    1851 days ago
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    You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. All the best to you on reaching your goals.

    Welcome on board for some fun and challenges.

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    1853 days ago
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