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I was on a road to success for so long...but I have gotten lost! I started my initial journey in 2005 and up until September of 2014 the direction was full steam ahead.

I was born with heart defect and had open heart surgery at 11 years of age. Until September of 2014, I was as active as I could be...I finished 9 half marathons and countless 5k and 10k races. Ie was down around 20% body fat and was working out 6 days a week!

One Friday in September, I received a phone call from my cardiologist...I was having unexplained irregular heartbeats...I had to stop running! I am now limited to only light to moderate exercise...and am on beta blockers...

Additionally, I moved home and now am close to friends and family...and we like to eat and drink. My self control is gone...my weight has gone up up up...I have gained a total of 15 pounds, lost my muscle tone and strength and my cardio/pulmonary stamina is gone.

I am trying to climb back up that mountain...I am looking for the trail back to success!!

Member Since: 7/30/2006

Fitness Minutes: 83,362

My Goals:
See more muscle definition

Drop body fat % to below 30%

Become stronger; to notice an increas in my strength by using heavier weights

Look in the mirror and feel good about who I am and the way I look!

My Program:
Weigh and Measure food when I feel like I am getting out of control

Increasing whole/clean foods; decreasing the processed foods that are convenient

Exercise at maximum exersion at least 5 days a week

Continue to use Spark as a support tool

Wear clothes that fit and make me feel good about myself

Personal Information:
I am from Pennsyivania (suburbs of Philly).

Single and HAPPY

Employeed Full Time

Have Great Friends and Family

Other Information:
I love Penn State Football

I love to read

I love the summer months

I love the beach and boating

I LOVE TO EXERCISE and cook healthy

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    Forge on!! You can do this. There are tons of alternative exercises that aren't too strenuous to accomplish. You can do this. You did it before, and you can still focus on your journey! Your SparkFriends are here to help and cheer you on!!


    4 days ago
    Good for you. Stopping to make an assessment of where you were, where you are, and where you plan to go is the necessary first step. Don't leave that step too quickly, though. It sounds that you think you have lost everything in this setback and are starting out at zero again. I did this once myself, but got some good advice from a physician friend. In terms of muscle development, it typically takes about 7 years to lose it all from a setback. Could you have lost strength and stamina but not all of it? If so, the recovery will be quicker that the first time you gained these assets. And how about will power. If you had this ability before, it is probably still an asset of your character. Could you have ignored this asset but now that you are motivated, find that it is actually still there, powerful as ever, and waiting for you to set it in motion? Sure, you found that you weren't perfect but you did and still do have strengths and character and you are now ready to make these work to meet your goals. If you decide to reach your goals, you will. And all your Spark friends will cheer you on.
    5 days ago
    Hope you're still climbing! I know it's a tough one, especially with the heart issue, but you CAN do this!
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    5 days ago
    Congratulations on your 7 years of emoticon maintenance achievement!!!

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