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Coming out of the lake during Dilettante - only two more legs to go!

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UPDATE 5/9/16: We moved again! This time to the Chicago area, in January 2015. It's been a rough transition. We moved in with my in-laws for a few months, then got a place of our own in Grayslake, IL, June 2015. I started working part-time, and have only recently felt like I'm getting my feet under me again. Due to switching from a very walk- and bike-heavy lifestyle to one entirely car-based, my fitness level has declined, and my weight has crept up a bit, though fortunately I seem to have permanently lost 20lb from my lifetime high! I'm looking forward to another triathlon this summer after no real races last summer.

UPDATE: Mission accomplished! I completed the Dilettante sprint triathlon in June! I've been training with the Luna Chix - awesome group if you're looking for fellow women, beginners and advanced, to help you in your running, biking or swimming goals!

We now live in Seattle! We sold our house and our only car and headed west. Far west. In fact, you can't get much farther west in the Lower 48, and the grandparents aren't exactly thrilled that the only grandkids on both sides are now 2500 miles away!

On the plus side, I've lost weight and gained a LOT of muscle and endurance. No car = walking tons, even with the bus system. We're in the process of saving to buy a bike trailer to haul the kids in, so I'm hoping this summer we won't even need to use the bus except to go downtown.

I didn't make my initial goal of doing a triathlon before 30, so I'm now aiming to do one before 31. Having two children who both sleep through the night consistently plus living in a city where it pretty much never snows should dramatically increase my chances of success. :-)

Two major changes:

1. No car means I have to carry all of my groceries home. I sometimes bring a little collapsible grocery cart, but for the most part, everything we eat has been literally hauled home in my backpack. This has dramatically reduced impulse buys!

2. We have to walk. Everywhere. It's 1/4 mile just to the nearest bus stop, so at minimum, we all walk half a mile a day, and most days it's a lot more than that. When we first moved out here, it was killer. Now, I have a 4-year-old who routinely walks 2+ miles a day and it doesn't even slow him down. My 19-month-old can do up to 1 mile in a day. We are most definitely a more active family than we were in Cincinnati! The hills around here add to the challenge. :-)

Member Since: 9/15/2008

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My Goals:
1. Eat fresh fruit and/or vegetables with every meal.

2. Walk/run/bike 20 miles per week. Swim 1 day per week.

3. Track all my exercise.

4. Complete a sprint tri by age 31 (August 2013), either as part of an organized race or "virtual" (do everything in 1 day, but as an individual and posted to a site, rather than as part of an organized race).

My Program:
1. Live in a walking- and biking-friendly city without a car.

2. Set modest exercise goals - rather than committing to so many days of cardio, for example, I commit to the following per week: 1 day of yoga, 1 day of swimming during C's swim class, and at least 1 bike ride. Everything else is for fun.

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I've lived in 6 states, but currently call Seattle, WA, home, as of August, 2012!

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I'm a SAHM, a mechanical engineer, a swimmer, a weight-lifter, a would-be runner (working on this one!), a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a lover, a friend, but most of all...
I am myself.

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    Appreciated your logical comment on the article When Mom & Dad Diet: Talking to Kids About Weight Loss.

    Hope your journey is doing well.
    125 days ago
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    A Healthy and Happy New Year to you! Wishing you GREAT success in your 2014 goals.
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    1273 days ago
    I also loved your post on the Diet and Nutrition forum! I was happy to see someone on much the same page as myself.
    1293 days ago
  • v RUDITUDI2000
    I LOVE what you posted in the Diet and Nutrition Forum (What if I just love to eat?). Thanks for putting it out there that way, what an accomplishment on your part! Keep on pushing, you will meet you goal of being under 200 with that attitude! The distance cycling class sounds awesome! emoticon emoticon
    1294 days ago
  • v ARIZONA33
    Thanks for checking in with me on my page. August was extremely challenging with lots of changes. Looking forward to September where I hope to control some of the changes rather than just react to them...time will tell what the outcome will be!

    I hope you had a wonderful month of August (enjoy the remaining few days and make the most of them). And, it is my hope that September brings many positive relationships into your life as you meet the challenges that you have set for you and your family as you move towards a healthier lifestyle. Wishing you joy, peace and acceptance as you move towards your healthy lifestyle're doing a great job!

    Thanks for all the motivation and encouragement during the month of August!
    1402 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/26/2013 12:52:05 AM
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