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Welcome to my story. It's now been 5 years since I started on this path to achieve health and wellness. On January 22, 2007, I got out of bed and worked out for the first time in a long time. This was day one of putting an end to being "sick and tired of being sick and tired." I weighed 278.5 lbs that morning. I can't recall a 'lightbulb' moment that prompted me to get started, I guess the good thing is that I got started regardless of the reason why. It certainly was about time!! Now, over 5 years later, I work out regularly and have lost 115 lbs (I lost 100 lbs in the first 10 months, losing the rest is taking longer because I find myelf getting complacent with my food choices more often now). I want to lose another 35 lbs or so (it's been so long since I was in that weight range, so I'll have to see what looks good for me and what I can maintain).

Member Since: 8/13/2007

Fitness Minutes: 32,306

My Goals:
To lose another 20-25 lbs which would mean I'd lost more than 1/2 my body weight.

To run a marathon (10/10/10)

To hike in the Adirondacks.

To take a tandem skydive.

My Program:
I call my diet and fitness lifestyle program 'Mary's Self Care Plan'. Because taking care of myself is what this is about. It's not 'rocket science'. The concept is simple (eat less & eat healthy and exercise regularly), it's the commitment and follow through that can be challenging. Basically, I'm making better and healthier food choices (most of the time!) and I work out at least 5 times per week for about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours depending on what I'm doing. I run about 30 miles per week and joined a running group in March 2009. I love running, but I also walk on my treadmill to give myself a break. I also do strength training with a video 1-2 x per week.

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My name is Mary and I'm 40 years old. I am a clinical social worker and live in Upstate New York.

I ran my first 5k in 10/2008, now I've completed multiple 5ks, 4 and 5 mile races, 4 10ks, 2 15ks, a 10 mile race, a marathon relay, 2 half marathons, and now I'm training for my first marathon on 10/10/10. Couldn't have imagined any of this 3 years and over 100 lbs ago!

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"Sometimes you're the shadow, sometimes you're the light." ~ my friend

"When you know better, you do better." ~Maya Angelou

Dance whenever you can. Sing boldly. Embrace your spirit. Be your authentic self. Listen. Forgive. Laugh a lot. Cultivate lasting friendships. Live compassionately. And by all means...have fun. ~ 'Eat Your Peas' Collection

"You wouldn't worry so much about what people thought of you if you only knew how seldom they did."

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    I hope that all is well with you.
    I try to get on SparkPeople daily I do not always have the time with exercising. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2041 days ago
    It's great to hear from you, Mary! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one being perfect about keeping up with logging on SP. You're right: what's important is that we're out there making healthy choices every day! You rock! :D

    2419 days ago
    What great news that you will officially be running the Disney Marathon and that you, Melissa and I can all meet! I love that you're doing the unofficial "Dopey Challenge", you warrior woman, you! I listen to a podcast called "This Running Life" and the host, Gordon, did the Dopey in January '11 - I loved listening to his race report(s). How inspiring you both are! :D

    Take care, fabulous Spark Friend!

    2532 days ago
    Mary, I wanted to let you know that I'm 99% sure that I will be running the DIsney Marathon in January (with my fabulous bestie, LEONALIONESS)!

    Still planning on rocking that event in 2012, I hope? It would be amazing to meet you in person! :D

    2533 days ago
    Love that we're "sharing a brain" today, LOL! Jacksonville is stormy this week, but at least that means rain and not snow - come on down for a visit! :D

    2581 days ago
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