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I'm pretty much working on being a stud muffin...

IMPORTANT: eating responsibly and exercising regularly are all it takes to drop the weight so just do it! Apply fresh motivation and effort everyday- always keep your goal on mind- forgive your failures and try again.

I turned into a chunky monkey in college, with too much eating and drinking and not enough exercise. I took up running and pushed through the initial discomfort to learn to love it. I mixed in various other workouts but only lost 13 lbs in a year. I discovered SparkPeople, learned how to eat properly and gained plenty of motivation, leading to a 25 lb loss.

I joined the Marine Corps, lost even more weight and got in awesome physical condition on my own by training for a marathon and physical fitness tests. But, since coming to my permanent duty station 5 months ago, I've had a less than stellar diet and unstable workout regimen. I'm on my feet 12+hrs a night as a light attack helicopter mechanic. My job is physically demanding and quite stressful so, when I do have time for myself, finding the motivation and energy to work out or live healthily is a struggle. I'm also surrounded by a bunch of guys with significantly faster metabolisms (grr...unfair barely describes this) who order junk food constantly so I'm fighting those temptations too (we don't leave work to eat or have scheduled breaks so it'll be burger in one hand, turning a wrench with the other.)

I'm a stress eater, emotional eater, boredom eater and I just plain love good food. Eradicating these troublesome habits is a huge focus of mine. Except the loving good food part, that will probably never change cause it's friggin delicious! But moderation is the watchword. I will eat deliberately and when I want to, not to channel some other feeling or activity. Go me!

I'm also trying to reacquire my pastime as a runner. I love doing it and I always feel like a bajillion bucks after a good run. However, I'm on a tiny, ugly air station that doesn't provide many decent routes so the warm fuzzies are harder to come by. Also, at the end of the night, my utterly fatigued legs also conspire against my good intentions.

In short, I've been set back quite a bit and I'm working against tougher circumstances than I've ever had to deal with before (I never appreciated how easy I had it in school, sheesh.) But I don't care. I'm tired of feeling flubby again, not being proud of my body, not having the energy and zest I worked so hard to attain. I'm peeved that I let my situation get the best of me and used it as an excuse to let myself go. Those self-pitying, indulgent days are gone. No more crappy, unsatisfying binges or zombie-like inactive weekends for me. I've got the Spark in me again and I'm on a mission.

Member Since: 8/19/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,501

My Goals:
* To attain a trim, athletic physique aka rockin' bod
* Fit into my boot camp tailored Dress Blues by the Marine Corps Ball (they're sized after 3 months of near starvation and intense physical training so those puppies are small!)
* Run my second marathon on Oct. 31 with my big sister
* Get down to 15% body fat at least for a little bit just to prove that I can do it
* Be able to strut again (I'm at that point where I'm so embarrassed of the shape I'm in I try to draw on nonexistent superpowers to make myself invisible in public)
* Have a pony of my very own

My Program:
I like to run and bike a lot, lift a little, and smatter in some yoga/other cross training when I find the will power. I'm going to make a concerted effort to incorporate much more HIIT because I know that, though draining, it's incredibly effective.

Eating responsibly is a constant challenge, often with mixed results. But I'm up for it because I love the respect that goes with being fit and shapely; it's far more satisfying than some crummy, greasy cheesburger. I'll take turning heads over a turning stomach any day.

Personal Information:
I'm a 23 year old Marine light attack helicopter mechanic living in North Carolina, too far away from my awesome family. I love to read, cook, garden, go exploring, be generally active outdoors, and am taking up what I term crocheting but my friends refer to as wadding together unidentifiable scraps of yarn.

Other Information:
Reese's are my weakness.

145- Pull-up bar
140- Sushi fixings
135- New running shoes
130- Night out
125- Weekend trip

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  • v DDSMITH66
    Beautifully written page. I see it's been a while since your last update and comment. Hope all is going well. Good luck on your journey.
    2606 days ago
  • v NAGLA929
    You have a great personality. I can tell just from reading your sparkpage. emoticon
    2747 days ago
    "Pretty much working on being a stud muffin" LOL! Love it...you and me both. Never thought I would actually feel like one!

    Be Blessed,
    2897 days ago
    I love your motto "run like you stole something". It made
    me smile and gave me a good laugh. Just what I needed
    2922 days ago
    I hope you don't mind, but I'm stealing your motto....Run like you stole something! HAHAHA Absolutely LOVE it. Made me laugh out loud and the rest of your story motivated me. Thanks for ending my day on a good note....I really needed that! emoticon I'm running!!!!!!!!!!! teehee
    2922 days ago
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