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This is me at my heaviest, 160 pounds, in December 2001

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This is me in February 2003 after losing 30 pounds

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My second 5K race on 11/26/06


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I've been sorta chubby my whole life, around 145 pounds and a size 12. I never dieted before, and I used to laugh at people who drank Diet Coke and counted calories, not thinking it made THAT much difference anyway. I got up to 160 pounds and a size 14 during an unhealthy relationship after I graduated college and began working a full time desk job. I thought I hated exercise since I didn't like all the sports they made us play during P.E. in school.

In 2002, I decided to get healthy. I joined my company's gym and started attending daily Jazzercise classes at lunch. The key was finding something fun and noncompetitive where I could go at my own pace and not compare myself with others. Working out to great music is the way to get me to enjoy exercising. I was pretty uncoordinated and self conscious at first, but that improved over time. I broke up with my boyfriend, who was sabbotaging my efforts by cooking large portions of fattening food, not letting me try to cook healthier options, and insisting that we eat out a lot. Living on my own, I started making better food choices and reading everything I could get my hands on about nutrition and fitness. I lost 30 pounds, but never quite made it to my goal weight of 125. It was frustrating to be so close but not quite there. Plus, my problem areas had shrunk but not quite disappeared.

I ended up gaining half of the weight back last year when I went on a cruise with my current boyfriend, who supports my healthy lifestyle. I had also lost my job and went back to school so was stress eating quite a bit. When we got back from our trip, I stepped on the scale and was shocked to see 146. Especially since I had made an effort to wake up early and exercise every morning in the ship's gym and scheduled healthy excursions like hiking and canoeing. I guess it was the mango cheesecake...

Since then I've recommitted myself to my healthy lifestyle. I had joined 24 Hour Fitness a couple months after losing my job (no more company gym!) but every time my work/school schedule changed I had a hard time adjusting my workout schedule to accommodate. It really is hard, since every location has a different class schedule for every day of the week and they're always changing things.

Update: 24HourFitness recently decided to add Sunday classes back to the schedule, including my favorite Step Aerobics and Yoga classes! So my workout schedule will be Tuesday night = 2.5 hours of Pilates+Step+Yoga, Sunday morning = 2 hours of Step+Yoga, and Thursday or Friday nights I'll try to run either on the treadmill or outside.

Member Since: 10/12/2006

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My Goals:
My new goal is 124 pounds, which should put me at 22% body fat.

I donate blood regularly, and you have to be at least 110 pounds to be eligible, so I definitely have to stay above that. I think I would like to maintain somewhere between 120 and 125.

Mainly I want to lose inches and add muscle definition to my stomach, thighs/hips (saddlebags), and arms. I'm currently a size 4 in the waist and a size 6 in the hips, so it's hard to find clothes that fit. I'd be totally happy to be a comfortable size 4. Honestly I never thought in a million years that I'd ever be a size 8 and now those are my fat pants!

I also have goals to drink more water, get enough sleep, and eat 5 servings of fruits/veggies per day. Overall healthy lifestyle is the goal here, not a temporary diet.

My Program:
I eat at least 5 small meals per day to increase my matabolism and decrease my cravings. Breakfast is low calorie cereal with light soy milk, then a banana midmorning with some green tea. Lunch is usually a lean cuisine. My mid afternoon snack is usually an apple and low fat cheese. Dinner varies, which is where I sometimes get off track :-(

For cardio, I currently do a combination of step aerobics on Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings and running when I can.

I need to get back to strength training consistently 2-3 days per week. I haven't figured out how to manage the muscle soreness and still be able to do my cardio though.

I do yoga at least once per week. My current favorite pose is swan, since I finally figured out how to do it :-) I'm still working on upward bow though :-( Probably I need to strengthen my shoulders more.

Personal Information:
I'm in northern california, live in Sunnyvale & work in San Jose as a Software QA Engineer.

Other Information:
Past Races:
10/29/06 - Silicon Valley 5K in 33:33 in San Jose
11/26/06 - Run Wild 5K in 31:49 in San Francisco
5/12/07 - Human Race 5K in 38:07 in Mountain View (run/walk after being sick for a week prior)
6/17/07 - Run for the Future 5K in Palo Alto in 34:52 (with hip pain)
7/22/07 - Wharf to Wharf 6miles in Santa Cruz in 70 minutes!
9/23/07 - Komen Race for the Cure in SF in 31 minutes
11/4/07 Silicon Valley 5K in SJ in 31 minutes

Future Races:

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    hey chicky... guess who's back! ;)
    4845 days ago
    Good luck with your upcoming races. It looks like this program has really worked for you. That's good inspiration for the rest of us.

    This weekend is the San Francisco Half Marathon. I'll be up there cheering people along and handing out fliers for a marathon training program that starts in April down in Los Gatos.

    I notice that you've left off the Bay to Breakers from your list of upcoming races. It's a really slow 12k, especially for the first few miles, but it's certainly got some atmosphere.

    All the best,

    5047 days ago
    Happy New Year, Kristen!
    5080 days ago
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    i'm so impressed by what you're accomplishing every day by living the way you do. i used to be a runner, so i can appreciate just how difficult - and how incredibly thrilling - it can be.

    so basically.. you're quite an inspiration : )
    5081 days ago
    Tommy and I are doing the 5K in San Jose this weekend. If you are up for it, it would be great if you joined us.
    5111 days ago
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