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I've been on Spark for almost 2 years, so I figured it was time to update my page. Last year I used Spark to help me train for my first ever 5K. I did the Couch to 5K program (loved it!), and successfully completed my first 5K with a time of 28:26. I was so proud of myself and I know I couldn't have done it without all the inspiration I found here. The problem was that I trained for the race on a shock absorbing treadmill, and then I ran the race on the road. BAD idea!! I couldn't walk for 3 days afterward! I have really bad osteoarthritis in my knees, and truly I shouldn't have been running at all....but I'm only 31 and I wanted to run just one race. I did, and I am proud of that. But I also realized something while running that race. While I was happy that I was able to do it....running is just not my thing. I know everyone talks about the "runners high" they get after finishing a good run and I know that its great for cardio....but I just don't enjoy it! I don't get the runners high....I get really sore knees and exhaustion! For a while I felt guilty, like there was something wrong with me. I felt lazy for not enjoying running as much as others do. And I felt like in order to be at optimal health, I had to do what everyone else was doing and RUN. But I've decided this year to get healthy my own way. And that means no long runs for me. They bore me to death and I hurt. So this year I am focusing on using the NordicTrack my father gave me (it is the reeeallllly old one with the wooden skis) and I'm using my treadmill at different inclines wearing my walkvest with weights in it (which I LOVE). I also do some light weight training a couple of times a week. I don't want bulk, just tone, so the heaviest dumbbell I use is 8 pounds and I do lots of reps. I've been doing this since the beginning of the year and I can already see a difference in my muscles. I'm not trying to lose any weight. I'm 5'11" and I weigh anywhere between 143-148. For me this is a good number. I feel comfortable in my own skin. I just want a little more tone, and I want to be healthy! Healthy on the inside. That is my main goal. I don't need my jean size to go down to feel better. I want to be able to run around outside with my children and not be out of breath. I want to be able to park my car in the far parking lot at school and not be out of breath by the time I get to class. But mostly I suppose I don't want to end up like one of my patients in the hospital who've made a lifetime of unhealthy habits and now have to spend their day hooked up to machines having their heart monitored to catch any impending heart attacks.
So this journey I'm on has no real end in sight. It is a lifetime journey to live the healthiest that I can. I know that I will make some bad choices along the way, but I refuse to beat myself up over them anymore. I'm not perfect, I don't expect all my choices to be perfect. I just expect myself to realize when I've gotten off the healthy path and kick myself back on it.
I wish everyone here the best of luck with all of their goals, whether they be weight loss or just healthier lifestyles. This is such an awesome sight and we are so lucky to have these resources. Good luck!

Member Since: 2/5/2008

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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkenss that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -- Marianne Williamson

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    I've been on a hiatus. How are things going with your goals?

    3218 days ago
    Hi Jacci,

    I haven't seen you around in awhile. Are you still living a healthy and happy lifestyle? I haven't been running in over a month. I need to get back out there. How did it going when you did the C25K program all over?

    I hope all is well with you.

    3450 days ago
    Hi Jacci,

    Since you are now a seasoned runner, I have a question! I am in W2D2 of the Couch to 5K program, and I am not burning as many calories as I did in the first week. Am I not working as hard as I did before? Is this normal? Also, it's not as hot as it was on other days. Could this also effect my calorie burn.

    3580 days ago
    Hey! As you know I have been down and out for the past month, but I am back on track now. I started the Couch to 5K program today...thanks for the motivation.

    Wish me luck!

    3589 days ago
    Hey! I'm doing great, how are you?! Congrats on your first 5K, I bet it felt so great to complete it! Have you planned your next yet? hehe. I hope all is well with you too!
    3594 days ago
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