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Yikes....Who is that woman? The picture that changed my life.

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Maui -Oct 2008

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After seeing the pictures of me at my brother's wedding, I was appalled. I know I'm overweight, but the woman in those pictures is F-A-T! I've got to do something now to fix this problem, and I'm starting here.


February 2009 update: TWO months of success!
Still wearing 14 jeans, but can fit into the 4 new capris I ordered in size 12!
Went from 200 to 195.
Exercised for 886 minutes (End Feb. goal was 2000 year total, and I'm at 2062, including a full week on the couch with the flu, and another week of recovery after that)
Earned my 5% star at WW!
Have been consistent about working out since Dec. (flu exception) and have motivated 2 friends to start working out with me. Even my MIL is walking 2-3 miles a day now!

January 2009 update: One month of success
Switched from size 16 jeans to size 14, and they're loose!
Went from 206 to 200.
Exercised for 1176 minutes (January goal was 1,000 min.)
Have been consistent with working out for 5 full weeks!

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.”
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired...You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going."
- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian

The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed."
- Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ

"Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach."
- George Sheehan

"Man imposes his own limitations, don't set any" -Anthony Bailey

"I have met my hero, and he is me." - George Sheehan

"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Have you ever felt worse after a run?" - George Sheehan

Member Since: 11/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 15,656

My Goals:
Run 9 Races in '09
12,009 Fit Minutes in '09

I'm looking to get to a healthy weight, become a consistent runner, and live a healthier overall lifestyle.

173 (healthy BMI) by summer 6/4/09
150 Final Goal weight

Intermediate goals/rewards:
195 haircut/manicure
190 shopping at Soma
180 massage
170 girls weekend
160 shopping/spa day
150 weekend trip with hubby

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain.

“You will never find time for anything. You must make it.”

My Program:
I'm using sparkpeople and doing the couch potato to 5K running program.

I'm starting the NEW YOU bootcamp on 1/4/09.
Starting weight: 202

Personal Information:
I'm a work at home mom of 2 boys. In addition to mommy duties, I do bookkeeping, drive carpool for 5 kids, and I'm a Creative Memories Scrapbooking consultant.

Other Information:
I love to scrapbook, read, and be outside!

"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit." ~George Sheehan

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