August 12th, 2008...




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I'm 23 years old, living in Baltimore with my boyfriend, and fighting once again with my weight! My first year out of college, I lived at home which was GREAT for my weight. Lots of fresh, healthy foods to eat.

Then I moved to the city in May 2010 and things went downhill. Eating out for lunch too many days a week, too many snack runs at work, too many nights where it was easier to grab dinner out, too many happy hours... the weight piled back on until my jeans didn't fit anymore!

So I'm back (AGAIN) with a vengence! Need to learn to get this under control and maintain it... forever!

I've recently gotten into running. I completed the Couch to 5k, which really works! If I can do it, anyone can. This is from the girl who would claim she had cramps in gym class to avoid the mile run. How pathetic! Once I signed up for my first 5k, it was like a fire was lit inside me. And now I actually love it! Even after I completed the Couch to 5K, I didn't love running. It was still hard and exhausting, and I realized I HATE the treadmill. I LOVE running outside. I love the accomplishment of carry my body miles and miles through the city. I love the feeling I get when I come inside and realize I completed my course even faster than last week. There really IS a such thing as the runner's high.

Upcoming races:
-Baltimore Running Festival (5K) - October 16th (FIRST RACE!)
-Turkey Trot 5k - Thanksgiving Day
-Jingle Bell Run 5K - December 12th

Don't be fooled by my Weight Ticker... It says 100 is my goal, but I will never really get there (I don't think). But I have found that I have no idea what I really want to weigh. My lowest has been 116lbs, but I wasn't 100% happy there. So I moved my goal to 100 because to me, there's always room to improve!

Member Since: 5/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 15,235

My Goals:
My biggest goal is to be comfortable in my own skin! I don't want to feel self conscious about my body anymore (mostly my stomach and legs). I'm not sure what weight that means I want to be, but I know I still have a good amount to lose!

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The hardest part for me is going to be changing my eating! I love to eat, and my favorite foods are no longer allowed according to Sparkpeople!

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    Hi new friend, thanx for adding me. I hope your eating is going well? Doing any exercise as well? Have a lovely weekend!
    2660 days ago
    Added you as a friend - it is tough to realize it takes time to get speed into your running - I have lots of FAST friends - and I am always the slowest.
    2684 days ago
  • v SHANN1530
    hey!! thanks for the comment on my page. sorry it took me so long to get back to you -- the week before the holidays here is craziness!

    you're right - the hardest part of training for a marathon sometimes is making the time for your runs. to give you an idea of how i do it, i have 3 week day runs that i run in the morning. the longest of these runs in the entire 18 wk training program is 10 miles, which i had to schedule 2 hrs for. i do all of my runs in the morning before work so that nothing that pops up in the middle of the day can interfere with getting my run in.

    as far as the loooong runs, i typically set aside one weekend morning to complete it. the only thing i really have to sacrifice sometimes is going out the night before a big run. spending the night at the bar is not a good way to prep for a long run!

    i would definitely recommend training for a half, if not a full. the training really is fun (if you find working out fun, which i do!) and it gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. :)

    happy holidays girl!!! :o)
    2711 days ago
    Thanks for posting on my page. I ran the Baltimore half and it was hilly. I have done the Shamrock the last 2 years but I don't plan on doing it next year. I may do the Shamrock DC instead because its an 8K vs the Baltimore 5K.
    Great job on your races. i started with couch to 5k as well a little over 2 years ago.
    2715 days ago
    Oh thank you!!! HAHA Yeah I liked it at first but once I tried to put it together the next night to wear out, didn't like it as much..probably because it kept riding up and I didn't want to deal with that all night!
    2725 days ago
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