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I'm in it for the long haul. Less worried about the number on the scale than I am with the way my clothes fit....and the number of miles I can run. Less worried about body inches than body image....because if I don't love ME right here, right now, then losing 5 pounds won't be fixing what's really wrong in my life!

Fitness is important. A healthy diet is important. But most important to me is equilibrium. I need a sustainable lifestyle that doesn't leave me feeling deprived! ...
I'm in it for the long haul. Less worried about the number on the scale than I am with the way my clothes fit....and the number of miles I can run. Less worried about body inches than body image....because if I don't love ME right here, right now, then losing 5 pounds won't be fixing what's really wrong in my life!

Fitness is important. A healthy diet is important. But most important to me is equilibrium. I need a sustainable lifestyle that doesn't leave me feeling deprived! While I really enjoy active outdoorswomaning - running, biking, hiking, kayaking, climbing, etc. - I also enjoy a glass of wine in the evenings, dining out with friends without feeling guilty over the calories...and let's face it, at certain times of the month, chocolate is necessary.

In September 2013, I quit smoking. Which was a HUGE personal achievement, and great for my overall health...but I gained weight that I'm still struggling to lose. First there were the crazy impulses to eat, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving and Christmas...and before I knew it, I was up over 180 lbs! New Year's Day 2014, when I stepped on the scale, I knew I needed to make some more changes for my health.

My quit project was running. I had been trying for a year to become a regular runner. So I registered for my first half marathon - which was almost exactly 9 months after my official quit date. I ran my first half on May 3rd - in 02:33:40! It was so much fun, I decided to do another. I ran my second half marathon on November 9, and this time finished in 02:15:27!! Despite an ankle injury early in 2015, I'm still running (just more slowly), and will be running my third half marathon - the Cell Com in Green Bay - in May!!

A little more about me: I spent about six years working for an environmental non-profit in Indiana before beginning my masters degree at the University of Wisconsin. I'm an amateur chef and a total foodie; I commute by bike as much as possible; I joined an outdoor club where I'm learning to rock climb and whitewater/sea/lake kayak; and I'm a little bit obsessed with taking pictures of my cat, Miss Kitty. It's not my fault. She's adorable :P
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Member Since: 1/30/2010

SparkPoints: 105,573

Fitness Minutes: 82,133

My Goals:
My long-term goals are pretty simple: be fit and strong, live a healthy and happy life, and maintain a healthy weight range. I don't know yet what my goal weight will be...but for right now, I'm aiming for 145!

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Quit Project Races:
2013 Fall 5K: 39:34
2013 Christmas 5K: 35:02
2014 New Year 10K: 66:42
2014 Valentine 10K: 66:17
2014 Indy Mini: 2:33:40
2014 Water Drop 5K: 31:04
2014 Madison Half: 2:15:27
2014 Santa Run 5K: 28:03
2015 New Years Dash: 53:06
2015 Shamrock Shuffle: 35:43

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INSPIREMEFITT
3/29/2015 2:27:58 AM

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin emoticon

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3/17/2015 7:24:16 AM

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Every positive change in life begins with a decision that we are going to
either do something or stop doing something, but it can't hurt to have a
little luck of the irish to help us along, so this one's for you... cheers!!
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SHARJOPAUL
3/16/2015 9:31:10 AM

We have had a wonderful week weatherwise, so I have been spending a lot of time out in my gardens, esp the vegie bed , getting it ready for spring planting. In the process I thought of you and how much you seemed to love all the great stuff you got from your garden in the past.

Are you going to be able to have a garden this year? Aside from all the great food, its good exercise, all that bending, reaching, pulling, lifting etc.



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3/15/2015 2:44:07 PM

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May you always have...
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.
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3/9/2015 12:30:18 PM

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“We don’t always have to know why. Spending too much time on the ‘why’ takes away from figuring out what to do next.” Sandra Beck
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