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Before Pic: Sept 2011

Outrunning my fear that I'm not a runner - first 10K down!


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I started changing my life May 6, 2005 in preparation for my wedding in August of that year. I weighed 160 pounds at 5'3, so it was definitely time for a change. I lost 23 pounds and over 17 inches from my body through exercising, eating healthy and controlling my portions.

In the intervening years I have learned the hard way (several times :-)) that this is not a quick fix and that I am always going to have to remain vigilant when it comes to my health and fitness.

After a few rough years, filled to the brim with emotional eating, I made some massive changes in my life. 1. I started bike commuting. 2. I hired a personal trainer and 3. I moved to Tokyo. Between those three lifestyle shifts, I've lost 20 pounds and achieved a decent level of fitness. Now I'm ready (again!) to start hitting it harder and working my way back to my goal weight and fitness level.

Member Since: 3/29/2006

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My Goals:
Increase my running mileage.

Drop below 155.

Drink plenty of water.

Reduce my consumption of dairy, refined carbs and salt.

My Program:
Following my fitbit calorie recommendations, making healthy food choices, hitting 15,000 steps a day, drinking lots of water, running, weight lifting and ellipticizing my way to a great body.

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Lipstick librarian living in Tokyo. My career is on hold at the moment while I live the glamorous expat lifestyle. Instead I'm concentrating on: getting fit, creating art, writing, bike commuting and learning Japanese.

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Things I love include: Art, Literature, Coffee, GLTBQ Advocacy, Biking, Taking Pictures, Writing on Multiple Blogs and Reviewing Books.

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  • v ADRIANA555
    Hi! Read your story and your journey - at least as the numbers go - seems very similar to mine. I also topped out at 168 (I am 5'2) back in 2008 and my goal right now is 130 but would like to get back into the 120s at some point after I take off the 'excess' ...

    All the best to you!
    2974 days ago
    Hi! Thank you soooo much for the comment on my page! I'm still new to SparkPeople and I have to say that now I feel more like a part of the 'community' since I received my first comment :) I enjoyed looking at your profile and love the pic of you @ your first 5k! Congrats! I can't wait to run my first one!! Anyways, thank you so much for the words of encouragement and support. Hope all is well with you! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    3010 days ago
  • v BREW99
    Thank you so much for your comment. Yesterday I was extremely flustered but all the outpouring from everyone really adjusted my frame of mind. I love the idea that you put up photos of people that do motivating things such as a push-up! Such a wonderful idea! I have someone running in my photos because I want to remember how it clears my mind and that I am a runner. Sometimes its hard even today for me to look in the mirror and come the self realization that I am a healthier person and that I am a runner now because of it. The mind works in wonderful ways... emoticon
    3012 days ago
    Hi, thanks for you comments on my page. Good luck with your weight loss goal. You look hot in the red top and white skirt. Use that as your motivation for losing weight. You will be such a knock out when you get there. You are a very pretty girl. Nice to be young.
    3949 days ago
  • v XANDRA2309
    Hey girl, how are things going??? Are you still training??? I miss talking with life is starting to straighten out again, the biggest positive factor in my life is I passed my state board exam...I am a licensed x ray tech...YAY!!!!!!!! Now my hubby wants to train for the disney marathon next January, so I'm trying to train for the half marathon...let me know how your doing!!!
    4110 days ago
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