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I am a single mom who has battled weight issues all my life. I was overweight in high school and picked on terribly (high school years are not good memories for me, but I am sure I am not the only one). In my early 20s I got down to my smallest ever, (almost a size 4), but gained a lot of weight back trying to cope with life in general and its obstacles and blew back up to a size 16. In January of 2011, I discovered running, and was able to get myself back down to the size 10-12 range, but find myself gaining and losing the same 10 lbs over the last couple of years. I really want to get off the roller coaster of weight gains and weight losses, reach my goal weight (finally) and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain my weight. I am hoping this year will be my year, as I just turned 34 back in Sept 2015 and want to be at my goal weight by the time I reach 35.

Running has been one of the many things that has kept me sane in life and has taught me that I can over come any obstacle I put my mind to. I have been a Runner since January 2011 and kept a tally of my races under "My Goals" of my sparkpage, but as I went to enter a new race today, I found out I have run out of room. So while I will still post my "Future Races" under the goal area of my sparkpage, I do want to track my completed races, "my accomplishments" if you will, here.

Happy Sparking!!

Completed Races and Dates:

5K Races
*Bunny Run 5K (04/23/2011)
*Day of the Thread 5K (11/05/2011)
*Bunny Run 5K (04/07/2012)
*Rhythm and Run 5K (06/12/2012)
*The Color Run 5K (11/17/2012)
*Girls on the Run 5K (05/04/2013)
*The Electric Run 5K (07/26/2013)
*Eggnog Jog 5K (11/22/2013)
*Girls on the Run 5K (05/03/2014)
*Foamfest 5K (05/03/2014)
*Lozilu 5K and Obstacle Mud Run (05/10/2014)
*Egg Nog Jog 5K (11/21/2014)
*Santa Scramble 5K (11/22/2014)

8K Races

10K Races
*Hit the Brixx 10K on 09/12/2015 (1:12:54)

15K Races
*Lungstrong 15K on 09/27/2015 (1:57:27)

Half Marathons
*NC Half Marathon on 03/25/2012 (Time 2:41)
*Huntersville Half Marathon on 12/13/2014 (Was injured but finished in 2:44)
*Thunder Road Half Marathon on 11/14/2015 (PR'd 2:39)
*Huntersville Half Marathon on 12/12/2015 (2:43)

Member Since: 8/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 85,205

My Goals:


*Spartan Sprint (April 10, 2016) -- What am I thinking??? Peer pressure was definitely involved!

*Thunder Road Half Marathon (November 14, 2015) --Done PR'd with 2:39

*Huntersville Half Marathon (December 12, 2015) -- Done with 2:43

My Program:
My Exercise Program
Run 3x a week
Yoga 2x a week
Strength 2x a week

My Eating Program:
Eat within my allowed calorie range with a balance of lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. Eat minimal processed foods and as clean as possible with lots of fresh produce.

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It's hard to beat a person who never gives up!!!

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