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Brad and I at Mile High Music Festival in August 2010.

After the 2010 Garden 10 Mile

Anne and I before the 2010 BolderBoulder.


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I started teaching 5 years ago and have gained a TON of weight since beginning. When I worked in an office, I subsisted on coffee all day, so I didn't feel like eating. Once I got into the classroom, I figured I'd be so busy that I still wouldn't feel like eating. How wrong was I!? I was definitely busy! Breaks were few and far between and I found myself eating whatever I could, on the run because who knew when another opportunity would come? I also turned to eating to help me with all the stress I was top it off, I spent every waking second at school, and took no time out for me. So this year, I've decided that in order to be the teacher I want my students to have, I *have* to take time for me and get healthy.

Member Since: 1/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 10,630

My Goals:

** Jack Quinn's 5k - Tuesday nights--CONSISTENTLY!

** JQRC Superbowl Sunday 5k - February 3, 2012

** Colfax Half Marathon May 19, 2013

** Bolder Boulder - Memorial Day 2013

Weight Related:

Go from 190 to 130 by Christmas Break 2013.

Life Related:

Make better food choices

Make and take time for me

Leave school AT school as much as possible

Stop allowing others to volunteer me for things

Lose my doormat-ness

Go confidently in the direction of my dreams! Live the life I've imagined!

My Program:
I'm starting a HalfMarathon training program...not sure which yet, but something that will prepare me to at least finish!

Strength Train 3x a week at home using Spark People strength exercises and Bootcamp videos.

Take a tip from God, and rest on Sunday. Sunday shall be reserved for planning and/or fishing!

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I am a teacher in beautiful Colorado. I teach third and fourth grade at a charter school designed for gifted and other creative learners. I adore my profession, my school, and my students, but I tend to work too hard and not take or make enough time for me. I love to read, but that has fallen by the wayside as well. I enjoy the "runner's high" that comes with running a race and I'm learning to shush the voices in my head that tell me I can't do things. I'm finding that I *CAN* do anything I put my mind to!

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    Hi Again!
    I just wanted to tell you something that has helped me. I have been listening to Half Size Me podcasts on my way to work and when I walk. They are PHENOMENAL! There was an interview with a teacher who has a blog called It Sux to Be Fat. I loved it!
    The other thing I wanted to tell you is for the past few months, I have been planning my meals for the week on Sundays, and packing them all up MTWTHF (lunches and snacks) for work. Then I never question what I'm going to eat. It takes me a lot of time now but once I get into a swing, I'll pretty much have it down to about an hour. I just use little gift bags and chuck the stuff in there and that way it takes NO time during the week.
    Hope you are doing well!!!!
    936 days ago
    Just checking to see if you are alive over there!
    1006 days ago
    Hey lady - thanks I'm so excited!!!! What a different world it's going to be.... I"m not sure what I'm going to do with support and my own classroom!

    From your status I take it you aren't running the race this weekend either? I feel a little defeated that I'm not but I there's always next time :) Maybe I will shoot for the Rock n Roll half in the fall! You in?
    1261 days ago
  • v PATSYB7
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Being a caregiver is difficult when one works full time plus. I appreciate your insights as to that generation. Unfortunately my mom doesn't like to exercise, either.

    Keep Sparking and h emoticon ave a great day!
    1369 days ago
  • v BOOSMOM03
    Hello, my SparkFriend. Thank you for your Merry Christmas note and for not forgetting me in my absence. It's been a rough couple of months, but I'm trying to work my way back. :) Hope 2013 has started well for you!
    1381 days ago
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