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April, 2015. My first half marathon where I finished in less than 2 1/2 hours.

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Finishing the 2014 Nike Women's Half Marathon

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Inspired by a DailySpark blog in 2011

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140/90. That was my blood pressure late March 2014. You know how you wait for the "click" to kick you into changing your habits? 140/90 was mine. I know that if I'm eating well, exercising and at a lower weight, then my pressure will be fine. So I let that be my click to choose again to nourish my body and to move it in ways that makes it say thank you.

I've Sparked enough since 2008 that I know what I need to lose weight in a happy way. Foodwise, that means eating lots of veggies and fruit, getting at least 30g fiber daily, drinking lots of water (especially because I exercise) and eating a pretty balanced mix of carbs, proteins, and fats per the Spark recommendations. Exercise includes distance running, Pilates and strength training. My blood pressure late April 2015 was 94/67.

2015 Weight at end of the month
July 161
June 162
May 165
April 166
March 168.5
February 171
January 176
2014 TOTAL 29.5 pounds (172.5)

Member Since: 7/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 68,223

My Goals:
Long term: 30% body fat

2015 goals:
2 spring halfs, 2 fall halfs
Run a sub 30 minute 5k. Build running skills, focusing on 10k's over the summer.

My Program:
Eat mainly fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins & unrefined foods. Drink 10+ cups a day.
Running and Pilates are my exercise of choice.

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Other Information:
7/15 2mile time trial 18:29 (5% faster than Feb)
4/15 first half marathon under 2 1/2 hours!
2/15 two mile running time trial 19:48. PR.
4/26/12, 100 m swim 2:10 min
9/11 200 m swim 4:55 minutes
7/11 Swam 1500 meters in open water, 50 minutes
5/11 8:40 timed mile outside
3/2/11 5k 9:50 min mile treadmill
7/10 200M sprints: 50 seconds
7/10 Black Mountain (2900')
6/09, 6/10 CBS to Avalon (1785')
7/10 Bike across town

Participating in a food recovery group for two years was key for the emotional and spiritual healing I needed to succeed in losing weight.

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    Thanks for asking how I'm doing. Actually, I'm doing really great! Nutrition couldn't be going any better and I am starting to become more active. Feeling great as well. How is being back to Spark going for you?
    2606 days ago
    Wow! Way to keep me accountable! Well, today I did have my necessary high protein breakfast (diabetes) instead of the garbage I've been eating and then I wanted to be lazy like the day felt - cloudy and ugly from a night of rain. It just felt right to curl up with my book I need to finish by Book Club on Sunday. AND THEN you remarked on my status. Thanks! It got me off my butt and I went to the park and walked for 40 minutes followed by a stop at the store for some healthy sprouted grain bread I needed to pick up. I was rewarded with the sun coming out by the time I left the store and a new attitude on the day for me! I give you credit. Let me know how your run goes tonight!!!! emoticon
    2613 days ago
    Thanks for asking about my needed direction. First I have to get my nutrition in order. It has been disastrous lately. As I am working on that I want to start thinking about the fitness end. I truly just started on the nutrition today. First step is the hardest!!! I think above anything motivation is going to be the hardest. I am having such a hard time finding it for so many reasons. I am working out in my head how to put the words into writing and maybe a blog. We'll see. What got you back here?
    2614 days ago
    Soooooo, I didn't miss your comment on my status the other day. How wonderful that you have found your way back on here! I guess our great minds (and bodies???? ok, mine) were taking the same break. I don't know about you but as I try to get back on here and get on track I am going to need lots of support and butt kicking............
    2616 days ago
    Welcome back! emoticon Here's to both of us finding our groove again. Hope you've been well Karen.
    2629 days ago
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