"If you want to be a champion, you have to train like one." ~ GSP

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When I first started my journey here on Spark, my main focus was to lose weight. I found that with weight loss being my focus that when I was stagnant or gained, I became discouraged. I decided to change my focus.

Now my goal is to be healthy, to be strong, to do good things for my body. I started running in May 2010 and have completed 4 organized 5K's and ran my first half marathon on May 1, 2011.

I'm eating healthier than I was, not perfect but a definite improvement. I still have trouble with portion sizes especially when the food is so yummy! I want to make sure I start eating less of what doesn't make my tummy happy and more of what does make my tummy happy!

Focusing on being healthy keeps the motivation going, because I can always find something I did that day that was good for my body. If I slipped up nutritionally, then I just have to focus on eating better the rest of the day or squeeze in a quick work out. It's harder to fail being focused on my health than being focused on weight loss. Weight loss is a result of living a healthy lifestyle.

Member Since: 4/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 4,507

My Goals:
To be healthy, be strong, be confident, be the woman I know I was meant to be.

My Program:
I want to make it fun and enjoyable! Motivation is difficult for me. I give up real easily. So I'm going to eat healthy and organic and make sure my meals are balanced. I'm a runner and enjoy strength training/circuit training which will be forever in my exercise routines (altering it here and there so it doesn't get stale).

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs... As much as I love it here I wouldn't mind moving to some place warmer... Like Texas or some place beautiful like Colorado...

I've been married for 9 years to a wonderful man named Tony. We have 2 fur babies; a 6 year old Pit Bull/Border Collie mix, named Duke and a 3 year old Pit Bull/Labrador mix, named Roscoe. Both of my boys are rescues. We've had Duke since 3/28/09 & Roscoe since 8/10/10. They are our babies!

I have a lot of dreams and aspirations... Some are very tangible and others are crazy, but still possible. I definitely have a bucket list and am trying to chip away at it as time and sometimes money allows. The hubs and I are concentrating VERY hard and have systems in place to get out of debt (except for the mortgage) and that should happen in a few years. Once that's accomplished, that should open more doors to accomplish more on my bucket list since I won't be so restricted financially.

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"You can't talk yourself out of a problem you behave your way into." ~Stephen Covey

"We can't become what we need by remaining what we are." ~ Max Dupree

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
~ Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Elliot

"The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life." ~ Cyril Connolly

"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." ~ David Viscott

"Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality." ~ Ralph Marston

"Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more."
~ Louis L'Amour

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  • v REEKU731
    Hey there honey! Thanks so much for the blog support! I really appreciate it!!! I am really looking forward to seeing what the next few weeks bring! I LOVE all the amazing feelings of accomplishment that come with training for distance races and I can't wait to experience them all!! Its going to be so awesome!

    Hope you had a fabulous weekend!!

    2555 days ago
    That would be a coincidence!! I Googled it and it's about an hour away. Michigan is beautiful!
    2595 days ago
    Hi Mel, thanks for your comment on my blog! Our cottage in MI is near South Haven, MI, in a town called Grand Junction...I think it's on Silver Saddle lake.
    2595 days ago
  • v CLS413
    I noticed you "liked" the latest group I joined. Not sure if you saw my blog entry from this morning, but I actually went out for some run/walk intervals this morning (before it got TOO hot). If I decide to stick with it I'll probably be hitting you up for advice.
    2595 days ago
  • v CLS413
    Thanks for the comment. I'm thrilled at how smoothly everything's been going so far. I think maybe it helps that I've never yo-yo'd in the past. I've heard a lot of people reach plateaus when they hit a weight they'd been at previously, and the body just doesn't want to go any farther.

    It would be great if I never plateau (though I'm not really counting on that), but if nothing else I know I'll at least slow down as I get closer to a healthy weight.
    2603 days ago
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