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I want to Learn run and love more and more everyday!!!

Well I have been a part of SparkPeople for almost 8 months now and I have never written a really intro. So here it goes:

I have never been a skinny girl. I have always, for as long as I was able to understand it, been over weight. That was around 12 years old when I hit 5'10 and 200+ pounds. Since then I never got under 200 pounds and topped out at a little over 6' tall and 230.

In high school, I was told that I carried my weight well and still had "baby weight" to lose. I also found it fun going to the amusement park and have them guess my weight way under what I actually was. I was okay with what I weighed because everyone else had no problem with it.

In college I fluctuated between 200 and 230+ My Freshman year I didn't gain much because of basketball but I didn't lose because of my new fond liking of beer. I spent most of college years drinking a lot of beer and eating a lot of crappy cafeteria food or late night runs to McDs or pizza delivery. I could eat a whole large pizza almost on my own. I could eat two big macs a large fry and a large milkshake at midnight after having a full day of food. I still do not know how I wasn't 400lbs at the end of college but I think we pretended to exercise every once in awhile.

After College my dad got very sick. I spent a year and a half taking care of him before he passed. Then about a year trying to take care of my mom but then realized I just couldn't. It was time to take care of me!

In March of 2009 I met an awesome man. That fall I moved out of my mothers house. That is when things finally started to sink in. I realized by just taking a lot of negative things out of my life I was going to be making my life more positive.

I weighed in around 220 at the beginning of 2010. Joined SparkPeople in April at 205 and haven't looked back since. I am currently 185 and have never in my adult life been under 200 or in a single digit size pant!

How did I do it? At my mom's house there was always snacks when I moved out I did not keep snacks that were unhealthy. If they are not in sight I will not eat them. I do a little bit of everything for exercise. I love running, my boyfriend loves biking, and I am currently training for a Triathlon. I have not reached my goal weight yet but will get there. My ultimate goal is to be an athlete and believe that there is nothing holding me back.

I recently took a step that I think will help me become even more fit. Both financially and physically. I now a Team Beachbody coach.

2011 will be the best year yet!! Keep Smiling and Never Stop Dreaming!!!

Member Since: 4/22/2010

Fitness Minutes: 2,790

My Goals:
Be healthier, fitter, faster, and happier.
Aiming to be 155 by the end of January 2011.
This means losing 2 lbs a week until then.

My Program:
I will be doing a little bit of everything. I love running outdoors in the summer. My wonderful boyfriend is getting me into biking. I recently started master swim classes. For my strength training I have been working out of the Women's health big Book of exercises. I get bored very very easy so I need a constant change all of the time.

Personal Information:
I live in east Cleveland, Ohio. Grew up here. Went to school in Marietta, Ohio and have some downer days here but overall love cleveland.

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GO CAVS!!!!!!!

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    Hi back from a fellow Clevelander!! So are you up and running? I see we have a mutual friend in Dimitra (Anepanalipti). I keep starting this running thing and stopping. My goal is to attempt running outside (my thinking is I get bored on a treadmill)....but since the Great Flood is occurring I have yet to lace up. I see we are pretty similar in weight!! Except you are about 5" taller than me!! LOL!!
    2593 days ago
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    So, less than a month to St. Anthony's - ready?
    2638 days ago
    hi! thanks for adding me - you're going to be a good motivator for me, i can see! :) keep up the great work - it's very inspiring!!
    2675 days ago
    Thanks for posting on my blog, good luck to you to. I admire people who run, so, keep on going for those of us who don't, lol. My 'exercise' passion would have to be dancing.

    Your story is inspiring, you are inspiring!

    2724 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/7/2011 1:21:42 PM
  • v ACTIVE_AT_60
    Have a great holiday season. Have you started your formal training yet? I know some of the people on the team - and the coach. It will be a great team.
    2740 days ago
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