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December 1999: ~135-140 pounds | May 2007: 125 pounds | It's all about body composition!

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My mantra was once, "Life is too short to eat diet food!" So I ate McDonalds every day in high school along with everything fatty, greasy and unhealthy. Due to great genes or dumb luck or a fast metabolism, I weighed under 100 pounds despite eating all that junk and NEVER exercising but wore a size 10. During university, I would often eat a entire large bag of Doritos for dinner and drink several cans of Coke a day. Double portions in the dining hall followed by late night pizza and candy. Don't you dare call me skinny, I'm FIT! Those awful habits led to a 40 pound weight gain. I would get sweaty walking from my bed to the fridge in my one bedroom apartment! In September 2000, I joined a gym and have never looked back. Thank goodness I look nowhere near my age. Favourite quotes: "Color coordination is the key. It doesn't matter how fast you run. More important is how good you look doing it." - Hal Higdon "I think I'll try defying gravity, and you can't pull me down." "Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can. First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery "Until you become fit and healthy, you really have NO IDEA what you're really missing in life." - random SP board post (not by me) "OBSESSED is just a word the LAZY use to describe the DEDICATED." - Russell Warren "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." - Stephan Dolley Jr. "Once you cross that finish line, no matter how slow, no matter how fast, it will change your life FOREVER." - Dick Beardsley, Spirit of the Marathon "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." - 2 Timothy 4:7 "...let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." - Hebrews 12:1 "Whether you believe you can, or you can't, you are right." - Henry Ford "...and when I run I feel His pleasure." - Eric Liddell "The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory. It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one's own person, utterly and completely." -George Sheehan "It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse." - Ann Trason "The faster you run, the sooner it stops hurting." - seen on a kilometer marker sign during ATB 2009 �You only ever grow as a human being if you�re outside your comfort zone.� - Percy Cerutty Cheat meals are usually on Saturday nights and may include up to 3 courses: an appetizer, main course and dessert. They don't have to be eaten all at the same meal; for example I'll have a healthy dinner on Saturday but have an ice cream sundae for dessert. And then if I'm in the mood, I'll eat a greasy spoon diner breakfast on Sunday. I also allow myself to eat out for lunch once a week. Featured Motivator on December 21, 2008.

Member Since: 10/18/2006

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My Goals:
General, ongoing goals:
- eat foods that are minimally processed. Produce is from local sources whenever possible.
- maintain workout frequency at 6-7 days a week.

Strength training goals:
- regain strength & lower body fat% to pre-pregnancy levels

Running goals:
- have fun!

Bucket list running goals:
- NYC Marathon
- run a marathon in every city that I've lived (to do: Edmonton, Santa Barbara, Silver Spring/Washington DC, London)

My Program:
kettlebell training, TRX, running, yoga, cycling

strength training 1-2x/week
running 4-5x/week
bike whenever possible

Personal Information:
ultrarunning trail adventurer, newbie cyclist, mom, kettlebell wrangler, pianist, fastinista, nail polish enthusiast.

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    Yeah. That Woodway Curve isn't mine. Belongs to the gym!
    366 days ago
    You are just too cute! LOL! May I add you as a friend? Oh, I already did! LOL! You inspire me. I am working out with a Certified Russian Kettlebell instructor at my chiropractor's office.
    Long story short, had back issues. PCP didn't think I had anything wrong after x-rays but was "stable" so her nurse tells me. I was working out then with a personal trainer, not with kettlebells but the general. Finally went to the chiropractor with x-rays in hand: spinal stenosis and spondyliothesis. My core was already strong but we tried everything before having to have surgery; that included using the straps and doing some swings. Well, here it is, ten years since back surgery, (no metal, only bone graft), and I am starting over again with straps and strength training. Hopefully to get back to swinging. emoticon
    372 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/13/2017 10:17:49 AM
  • v ROCKLAND2010
    WOW, logging in for 1830 days, I'm adding you as a Friend for the motivation. emoticon
    380 days ago
    Hi. If you're interested in participating in a Biggest Loser challenge, please go to my page and click the BL Spring Challenge ALL Teams icon. You can join the All Teams page and put your name on the Waiting List for a Summer Challenge Team thread!

    We'll officially begin the challenge around June. 7th (dates differ by a day or two depending on your team) and we've still got a few spots left! If you'd like to join us, hurry over and get your name on the waiting list, or just let me know you want to join us!

    We have 10 teams with 24 members each who work on healthy lifestyle habits by competition between teams in challenges and exercise.

    Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!

    Hugs, Linn
    395 days ago
  • v ALLIE4993
    Love your story!! I see that you have mastered the art of running! I just started running and I'm proud of my progress. I've only been running between 1-1.5 miles each time I run. I started at 12:00/mile and have gotten it down to 10:19/mile. I struggle with breathing though! When I get to that 1.25 miles I feel like my throat is going to close up. I've read about breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth and to take deeper/longer breaths instead of short breaths. I can't seem to figure it out. I thought it was because my throat would get sooooo dry, but I started chewing gum when I run which has helped but still hasn't helped my breathing. Do you have any suggestions or advice for this newbie runner?
    456 days ago
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