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I am 31 years old and looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. I am a first time mother and wanting to finally get back into a routine with eating better and consistently working out. Sparkpeople is where I first learned how to lose weight and eat better, so I am back to where I started.

UPDATE: I currently can run 10 minute miles which means I can run 6 miles in 60 minutes- Goal Achieved! I also have lost my 15 lbs as of the beginning of April - Goal Achieved! (2011)

My newest current goal is to sign up and train for a mini marathon. I would also like to lose another 5-10 lbs.

UPDATE: I ran my first mini marathon. I was 5948 overall, 2647 for females, and 431 for my age category out of a total of 11822 runners. I ran 10 minute miles and completed it in 2 hrs 12 minutes- Goal Achieved! (2011)
UPDATE: Latest goal is to complete a full marathon. I am working on increasing my healthy habits and to strive to always hold on to those habits. I am back in it after two years of avoidance. Time for a fresh start! (2014)

Member Since: 2/13/2011

Fitness Minutes: 12,675

My Goals:
- Eat Healthier
- Exercise Regularly
-Inspire Others

My Program:
I track everything I eat and all of my fitness minutes. This helps to keep me accountable.

I am currently doing the Piyo workout DVD from Beachbody. It's a program I have had sitting around and never implemented. I really like it so far, but I need to work on the nutrition portion now.

Personal Information:
I am married to a wonderful man and I am a stay at home mom to our daughter. I have been enjoying the time I get to spend with her. We also have two dogs, one greyhound and one chihuahua.

Other Information:
"To live by another's opinion of you is to make the absurd assumption that only in
someone else's mind are you real."

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    You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~Margaret Thatcher
    2451 days ago
    I have been doing great, except for my holiday eating - have put on a few pounds. Glad to hear that you are going to do a marathon in October. I completed a half in November and AM ECSTATIC! Glad to hear that your first semester of graduate school is over. We are toying around with doing a relay marathon in April. There are 4 legs of varying lengths. I would do it with my son in law and daughter. I really don't see myself doing a marathon by myself. You are probably enjoying the break before the next semester starts.
    3127 days ago
    Thanx for the massage. Have a good holiday weekend. Unfortunately, I work all three days. 2 down, 1 to go.
    3350 days ago
    Really? If you weigh 117, you must be doing something right unless you chain smoke, eat a whole pizza, and purge. :) Have a good week.

    I'm in a competitive team and have been challenged to lose 2 pounds this week, which is a lot for me in one week. Hence all the exercise.
    3455 days ago
    My main reason for switching from vegan to vegetarian was that it was just easier. When I was vegan, I got a bit obsessed and, although I was very fit, the lifestyle was a bit isolating.
    The only thing I remember from the switch to vegetarian was a bit of bloating and gas (also a bit isolating!)

    btw-not sure if I should have responded on my page or yours-I'm a bit oafy on this whole page/blog stuff!
    3465 days ago
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