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Wow. I've been Sparking a long time now. I joined when Spark had only a few thousand members and they charged a fee!! Seems like ages--and sometime just the blink of an eye.

And heading into my 7th year on Spark (with some long hiatuses I'll admit), many things are the same--in a good way. I continue my vigilance to maintain an healthy weight (with the ups and downs that come with the territory)--and continue to rely on Spark when I find myself floundering.

The last year has brought big changes. A year ago I celebrated my 40th birthday with a 400-mile cycling trek through the desert in Utah. (Sometimes you've just got to prove you've still got it!) Perhaps that venture proved to me I have the strength to do hard things-- and with my divorce finalized in June of this year, I jump back into a new life and have lots of positive reasons to stay healthy and balanced and on-track. I've put marathons and epic cycling events on the back burner for short runs and Hot Yoga for a while. I'm sure I'll get the urge for some feat of strength again soon, but for now I'm seeking only balance.

And I head into my 41st birthday I'm back here to my loyal friend, Spark, to help me make sure I'm at my 122-lb weight as I blow out the candles. This year will mark 16 years running that I've not logged a higher weight than the year before on my birthday--my personal goal and way of keeping myself honest so the one-pound-here-one-pound-there never catches up to me. This year, I'll focus on maintaining that weight and building my strength and muscle mass--and flexibility and mental peace.

I've just moved my long string of start-to-now Spark history to a blog for all who are interested--but will leave this general intro as a testament to the staying power of a Sparked lifestyle!!

Spark on friends!!!


Member Since: 7/18/2005

Fitness Minutes: 8,638

My Goals:
Maintain a healthy weight and increase cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength and mass.

Specifics, updated December 2008 for 2009!!:

**Back to 10K running distance: February 14th

**Start Half Marathon training program February 21st

**Complete New Rules of Lifting for Women program

Spring Running:
Valentines Day 5K; February 15th

Running of the Green 7K; March 15th

Adventure 10K Trail Run; April 11th

Colorado Half Marathon;May3

Bolder Boulder 10K; May 25th

**??Distance Mountain-Pass Bike Race in summer???

My Program:
Tracking food intake have a plan and a structured running schedule and goal.

Stick with my wonderful Spark Group friends for motivation and encouragement

Personal Information:
Age 40
One daughter (9)
VP of a Medical Education company

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