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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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My Goals:
To lose 100 pounds.
To be healthier and more active.
To have greater self-mastery and self-confidence.
To run a ten-minute mile.
To get a finisher medal at a marathon. --Goal Met 2-14-15


My Program:
I eat daily 1500 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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STORMY96
3/23/2015 7:43:42 PM

Id like to invite you to join in my challenge to lose 10 pound in April .The goal is 10 pounds but really u do what u can. The decision to how much is ultimately up to you. i know some of us might be saying 10 pounds? WOW, that is too much! cant do it! But i am here to tell u i did it for 7 months straight, (lost 75 pounds) b4 i got sick with cancer and had dropped out for 3 yrs. unfortunately due to lack of activity it took me 3 yrs to gain it all back, but im back to tell you that with your help I can do it again. if u stay within ur calories that are alotted and if u track everything that passes ur lips u can do it too. I was never one that stayed on a diet before, for more than 3 weeks at a time, and then I'd get discouraged and dropped off. i lost 75 pounds just doing calorie counting and tracking to make sure i never went over. i barely exercised ...i am handicapped and i cant do exercises in the conventional way but i flapped my arms while showering, and sitting did leg raises, went up and down my stairs whenever it struck me to do so. i did very minimal stuff. the idea was to keep moving and i did that. so i know with disipline, encouragement and motivation u can too.. so i invite u to come and join me on my 10 pound challenge! cut and paste link below...


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DAHARER
3/14/2015 10:46:34 PM

See! A good day, then another. I went over a bit this eve. I went to dinner with friends, then to a high school play. I got thru dinner with a taco salad and didn't eat the entire shell, I felt that was good, then way overdid at intermission. One day at a time, tomorrow is a new one!



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HMBROWN1
3/10/2015 8:34:20 PM

I hope that you got your training session in today and it went really well.



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LSIG14
3/10/2015 9:34:16 AM

emoticon Thanks for your cheers on my Spark Page - I really am thriving in the warmer weather! So sorry about your trainer being sick - hope she is back on track for you. I, too, am serious about sticking to my schedule so I know how you feel! Sending hugs - and prayers as always!



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BERGBA7
3/8/2015 12:25:48 PM

Ups... or I did misunderstand it - This or next Sunday, same difference!
Hope you had a great time with your personal trainer! My father and I did the 10km and we are both happy about our times.
There was sun, fun, run, and of course some good coffee and cake - what else do we need, right?
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