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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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August 2014 Will Be Here Before I Know It~Or 2015?!

I have been overweight most of my adult life. I am almost 40 and it's time to get healthy. Heart disease, diabetes run in my family but not for me! No thank you. I'm learning to like good food and crave working out. My favorite activity is walking and running and workout videos and cycling. I bravely broke out the rollerblades after 10 years and it was fun.
2014 will be my year. . .
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This journey is not as simple as I thought it would be. It ...
I have been overweight most of my adult life. I am almost 40 and it's time to get healthy. Heart disease, diabetes run in my family but not for me! No thank you. I'm learning to like good food and crave working out. My favorite activity is walking and running and workout videos and cycling. I bravely broke out the rollerblades after 10 years and it was fun.
2014 will be my year. . .
* * Time to update my page:
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.

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
8/30/2014 10:42:21 AM

I love the vacation goodie - but now I'm sad & want to go back on vacation!!! Actually, I'm getting back into the swing of things at home. Had a great walk this morning and am ready to get back to healthy eating :)

Have a beautiful Saturday, my friend!



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MISSM66
8/22/2014 3:54:16 PM

Today is your day to dance lightly with life, emoticon
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soar your spirit, and unfurl your joy. emoticon

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Today is your day to laugh at life, emoticon
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Today is your day to honor your being, emoticon
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Today is your day to see in yourself the face of God. emoticon
Your mind sparks, your soul sparkles. emoticon
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You are a magnificent gift to the world. emoticon
Thank you so much for reading my blog,and have a bless day and a wonderful weekend.



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HERFRANK
8/21/2014 3:16:43 PM

Thank you so much for my goodie on my birthday!
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HAPPYGIRL1000
8/19/2014 7:26:54 PM

Thanks so much for the sparkgoodie you left on my page back at the end of July! I just saw it now.
Hope your fitness journey is going well!
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TWESTEN1
8/16/2014 8:45:33 AM

Thanks for the blog support, April! I've enjoyed watching you & now you're getting ready for another long run.... so awesome! Hope you enjoy it (and PLEASE stay away from those crazy dogs!!!!) Have a fabulous weekend!



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