APRILRUSSELL3   45,142
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This was me at 245 lbs.





This was me at 130 lbs, back when I was in college.





My brother, Chris and I at the 2014 Drop your Drawers and Run Wild-Denver 5K



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A Year Goes By Fast But A Lot Can Happen In A Year!

A lot of progress can be made in a year. If you knew what you could accomplish in a year, would you wish you had started a year ago? And that you would be there now?! That was the thought I held on to when I started this weight loss journey: a year from now, I would wish I had done this. So I did! It's been a year now and I am very happy with the progress I have made. And I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. I am pushing toward my goals.
This journey is not as ...
A lot of progress can be made in a year. If you knew what you could accomplish in a year, would you wish you had started a year ago? And that you would be there now?! That was the thought I held on to when I started this weight loss journey: a year from now, I would wish I had done this. So I did! It's been a year now and I am very happy with the progress I have made. And I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. I am pushing toward my goals.
This journey is not as simple as I thought it would be. It hasn't been easy. But it has been totally worth it. I am learning so much about myself and how to tap into my inner strengths when I need it. I am learning that I have more self-control than I thought possible. I am learning how to stick with something because it is completely worthwhile. I am learning how to go the distance. I've come too far to quit now.
I am not superhuman. I have lots of slip-ups. But I get right back on track. To anyone reading this, you have what it takes and just have to stay with it.
I was so miserable when I was fat and I didn't have any hope or think I could lose that much weight. I was so sad. But now I don't think of myself as fat, just a little overweight, and I'm running! That's something that I never would have thought possible. But I love to run now! And I'm getting faster, but I had to start out very slow and make myself keep going. I started running by jogging laps in my living room around the sofa before I ever went out on the road or to the track. You always have to start somewhere. Give yourself tiny goals and take baby steps toward those goals.
I still have a long way to go on the weight loss but I know I will get there one day. It won't be August 2014 like I hoped but that is okay. When I started out, I had to believe it would be that quick because I didn't think I could go the distance. Now I know better: I know I will do this for the rest of my life. There is no finish line and there is no going back.
I believe in myself again! I am enjoying the journey!
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Member Since: 9/27/2013

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Fitness Minutes: 16,654

My Goals:
To lose 100 pounds.
To be healthier and more active.
To have greater self-mastery and self-confidence.
To get a finisher medal at a marathon.
To run a ten-minute mile.

My Program:
I eat daily 1200 calories of whole grains, eggs, fish and chicken, fruits, vegetables, limited dairy, limited oils. I work out five to seven times a week. This is a lifestyle change for the rest of my life. My favorite saying, "If not now, when?"

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I live in Texas, married and work in insurance. My email is april.russell2@yahoo.com
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My hobbies are cooking, gardening, crafts and reading. I obtained my BS at Sam Houston State University in 2010.


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TWESTEN1
1/30/2015 10:10:20 AM

Hey sweetie! It's the weekend :) Do you have any big runs planned? Hope you enjoy every minute of it!



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BEMUSED2
1/27/2015 9:49:57 AM

Thank you for leaving a goodie at my page - it will encourage me to get on the treadmill tonight! You have a lot going on in your life, and it's kind of you to take the time to encourage others. Good luck with your marathon!



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1/25/2015 8:20:59 PM

thanks for your encouragement! emoticon



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ARTSY_CANDICE
1/24/2015 6:10:43 PM

So glad to hear it!! I am having a nice day thanks! I worked out then took a nap!!! Bliss I tell you :)



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1/24/2015 12:04:04 PM

Good morning!!!! I hope you are having an awesome Saturday!



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