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There's nothing in life more rewarding then losing weight--except helping others to lose weight and create a healthier lifestyle for themselves. That's were I find myself now. I just recently 'retired' (if you can retire at 29) from a ten year career as a hairstylist. It was an unfullfilling, low paying, high stress job that was starting to take it's toll on me physically, mentally and emotionally. My husband had had a similar issue with his teaching job and last year got his personal training certification. I've never seen him happier than he was working in the fitness field. It got me thinking about how I always said I'd be in shape if I got paid to workout.

Well, now I do!

This past March, I got my AEA certification. I teach water aerobics, I'm the swimming lesson supervisor and will be working towards getting a nutritionist certification in the next year! It's only been four weeks since I quit my salon job, but I haven't ever been happier. Last week I convinced both of the girls I run with to do the Marquette Marathon with me this September. I got my sister running for the first time about a month ago with the promise that I would do a mud race with her in August. My kids get more exercise riding their bikes while I run and in my attempt to save money on gas, I'm riding my bike more too!

I've been stubbornly stuck at my current weight since December, but with the tweaky running injuries I've had, I'm just glad I didn't gain anything. Now, with the stress virtually out of my life and my running pains all but gone, I'm hoping the scale will finally start going down again. :)

Member Since: 4/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 47,380

My Goals:
1)Lose 3 pounds a month. This will put me at my goal weight by the time I'm 30.

2) Run the Cellcom Half marathon May 15, 2011 *finished in 2:50:47*

3) Run the Midland Half in Midland, MI in November '11 with a goal time of 2:45--circumstances kept me home, but I ran the distance with a rollerblade buddy and finished in 2:37:26!!!!!!!!

4) First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon in Palos Heights, IL, May 6, 2012 finishing time 2:43:48

5) Get my HM time down below 2:00

6) Run 50 different half marathon or Marathons by the time I'm 50! Next on the list is the Marquette Marathon in Marquette, MI September 1, 2012

My Program:
I downloaded the Podrunner intervals Couch to 5K in 9 weeks MP3 files. It was great! I love the pre-recorded interval workouts. It makes it very simple to become a runner even if you have never run before in you life. I swtiched to Podrunner regular steady BPMs for the time between and then stepped it up to the Gateway to 8K 9 week program. After that, I followed the Cellcom training schedule for my race in May. I've done race schedules out of Women's Running magazine. I've gotten a few off Runner's World and I have several with different milage, run days and length to help me train for every race depending on the time I have between the races.

I went through the P90X system to help with my strength training and to develop better muscle tone once and plan on doing P90X-2 this winter during the six month break between my early fall race and the next spring race.

Personal Information:
As a mother of two diabetic children, I need to lead by example. Exercise needs to be part of your life and heathy choices aren't just important--THEY'RE VITAL!

I just recently got my Aquatic Exercise Association Certification. I have my own water aerobics class at the pool where I lifeguard and teach swimming lessons. I'll be getting certified in a very specific type of water class this September and will be getting my nutrition certification as well. :)

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    I just wanted to say congrats! :) What are your goals, and how did you get to where you are today! Just curious to know how you are successful! Thanks and go Packers :)
    3239 days ago
    Linda - I wish you lived close to me! I think swimming would be great for cross training - but I can't swim!! I did water aerobics a couple of years ago and it was fun, I just haven't talked myself into getting back in the water!
    3306 days ago
    That's so cool that you'll be helping your friend through the race. You've gone from newbie to medal collector to coach!

    As for Nashville, we'll just have to wait and see. The thing is... I hate country music. A lot. And nothing would make running for 2.5 hours a more miserable experience than listening to country music as I do it. But if it's just about making sure you get to run 13.1 in Tennessee, I should mention that the Seven Bridges Marathon/Half Marathon is a gorgeous course in the best city in all of TN, so, you know.... October 2013..... emoticon
    3492 days ago
    I now fully understand why you have a goal of running an HM in every state. WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!

    I'm so happy for you that you met your time goal -- way to go! I think we'll have the same goal for our next races (2:30?), ha. Any idea which one is next for you?

    Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the encouragement as I trained! It really helped make my goal a reality!
    3493 days ago
    Good Luck w/ your run today!
    3502 days ago
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