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To start off with, I'm single (not married, I have no kids, and I'm not trying to lose 'baby weight.' I am not doing this for my kids, or a man, or even my family. I am doing this for me, because I WANT to live a healthy life, and look just as great as I want to feel. I am trying to reverse and correct the results of a lifetime (so far) of making poor health choices. I am creating a new me.

I am a 42 year old who has been overweight for some time. I grew up super skinny, but in my 30's went from 110 to about 225 and have struggled with the weight ever since. I managed to lose down to 190 but stayed stuck there for YEARS. (too many to count.)

Add to this the struggle of Fibromyalgia, and you get a picture of my struggles. However, after rediscovering Joyce L. Vedrals workout books and videos, and places like Sparkpeople, I've lost alot of weight, and even more fat than I realized I had, and I'm STILL going strong! I'm looking for support but also willing to support others too. :)

I've done Couch to 5K program and I'm really thrilled with knowing I CAN do anything I set my mind to, including running on a regular basis, making it happen wasn't easy, but was definitely worth it. The biggest struggle so far though (by a mile) has been my self image, how I see myself, the guilt associated with my issues about my size and weight.

I must look completely different to others, because each time someone tells me I'm tiny, or calls me skinny I have to stop myself from openly questioning their sanity. Each time I see my reflection in the mirror I have to stop myself from focusing on that little bit of fat that's left (mostly in the abdomen area). But with each mile, each completed workout, each drop of sweat all that is changing. I am finding my sense of self worth, I'm finding that I look forward to working out, I am looking forward to the future even as I learn to enjoy today.

Member Since: 9/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 7,651

My Goals:

Short Term:

Complete the Couch to 5K program (Completed, yay!)

Continue to run 3 times a week. (working on it)

Develop healthy eating habits (Eating Clean) so that it becomes second nature (and preferred over junk or processed foods) (currently working on this, too!)

Finish college, become a Registered Nurse

Long Term:

Get down to 22 percent body fat

Run in a 5K and finish

Be able to run 30 minutes without stopping and feel great afterwards

Be able to go for a long bike ride without feeling exhausted/out of breath afterwards

Be able to do full body strength training workout on a regular basis with 10, 15 and 20 pound weights


My goals are many, I want to get down to about 140, yes, but I also want to be a healthy size, regardless of weight. I want to be in shape. I want to see my reflect

My Program:
I finished the Couch to 5K and was able to run for 30 minutes 3 times a week without stopping or walking, then I had a gallstone attack, had to stop running for a few weeks to recover (it was a bad one) and never started back up again. I'm going to change that.

I have been strength training with dumbbells since January 2011, starting with 1, 2 and 3 pound weights and currently using 5, 10 and 15 pound weights. I do full body workouts 3 times weekly.

I also walk, and swim on a regular basis when I can. I am learning how to eat clean and build healthy eating habits. I am currently on a juice fast, and will continue to incorporate juicing into my lifestyle when the fast is complete. I am also currently switching over to a vegan lifestyle.

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