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I've accomplished plenty in my life and am proud to be where I'm at. Not too long ago I was also proud of the fact that I was fit and a key motivator for several people in my work place to change their lifestyles to become more healthy.

After pounding the pavement hard and fast (I even ran a race 2 days after having a hysterectomy); my body started breaking down. I have arthritis up and down my spine and spurs in my joints.

I stopped running and my weight went up. I was eating healthy, but my metabolism had changed now that I wasn't running and menopause had kicked in full force after the surgery. I was frustrated.

In April, I signed up for Defined Fitness, hired a trainer who is helping me build my strength with specific focus on my core, as well as full body. I also swim with her, focusing on my techniques one day a week and I practice the other days, doing as many laps I can for 30 minutes and then work on technique for an hour - mainly trying to flip and turn without swallowing half the pool. I think I'm becoming addicted to chlorinated water, because now I'm snorting it instead of swallowing.

I hope by sharing my journey in a positive way, others will benefit by finding ways to overcome their own struggles.


Member Since: 10/21/2012

Fitness Minutes: 65,099

My Goals:
My goals are to tone up, weight down and build endurance. I also need to focus on getting more sleep, drinking more water, getting more protein in my diet and stretching.

My Program:
I'm currently working with a trainer; Building core strength and swimming and hiking

Personal Information:
I love the outdoors!

I live with 2 four-leggeds, a cat and dog.

I'm an avid photographer, musician and singer.

Always looking for ways to improve myself

Other Information:
Go Forward With Courage

"When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.

So long as mists envelop you, be still;
be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
-- as it surely will.

Then act with courage."

- Ponca Chief White Eagle (1800's to 1914)

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  • v 1EVE4ME

    You are challenging me!!!! I'm going to have to wear the black dress!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

    LOL LOL LOL !!

    Yes, I will do it!!! It will take a bit but I can do this!!!

    Thanks for making me smile & grow!! No one has held me to things like that in a long time!!

    Thanks for being my special SP friend!!

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    1872 days ago
  • v 1EVE4ME
    So PROUD of you for losing another pound!! THAT is AWESOME!! Yes please do hold me accountable. I really need that!!

    Thank you for your support! It's been a crazy week!!

    How are you doing??

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    1877 days ago
  • v 1EVE4ME
    raChelle !!!

    I LOVED the photos! You were rocking the outdoors & your BIKE is AWESOME!! You look GREAT!!! I feel so proud of you!!

    Thank you for the note about my thought process with respect to work!!! I can do that & I'll keep you updated. By my birthday, 8/23 I will have a plan in place & begin looking :) I feel really PROUD of you also for not settling! For believing in yourself & moving forward and UPWARD !! I'm really introspective also so can relate very much to your self improvement ideas!!

    OK Let's do this thing!! More soon!!!

    1884 days ago
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    You are so awesome! Thank you so much for the goodie - that was so awesome! You rock!!

    Have the best day ever!!!

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    1887 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

    1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

    2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

    The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
    *~ Paula *~
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    1894 days ago
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