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I'm roughly half-way through my weight-loss journey. It's slow -- I've lost a little over 40 pounds in the last year -- but because I've established such a consistent commitment over that time, I know the weight will stay off and that I can do this forever.

I've never thought of myself as "fat" or anything less than normal. I truly believe that health is much more than weight. With that said, I love the feeling of "closet shopping" -- finding clothes in my closet that I had ...
I'm roughly half-way through my weight-loss journey. It's slow -- I've lost a little over 40 pounds in the last year -- but because I've established such a consistent commitment over that time, I know the weight will stay off and that I can do this forever.

I've never thought of myself as "fat" or anything less than normal. I truly believe that health is much more than weight. With that said, I love the feeling of "closet shopping" -- finding clothes in my closet that I had gotten too big for -- and I never want to be in a position of being in any way compromised because of my dietary choices. I'm 34 years old and do NOT want to be 40, 50, 60, or 70 and be told I've made myself sick by being overweight. I've been healthy this far and plan to keep myself that way!

I am goal-focused and know I feel my personal best when I'm reaching my food and fitness goals. We can do this!
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Member Since: 11/28/2006

SparkPoints: 37,051

Fitness Minutes: 41,074

My Goals:
I started off my current SparkPeople journey in fall of 2012 and was a size 14/16 then. I'm now a size 12 and would love to be an 8/10. More importantly than size or weight, though, I just want to keep feeling healthy.

My main goal is just to keep going with the lifestyle I've established, but I'd also love to be able to run 5K in under 30 minutes. After starting and restarting Couch to 5K many times over the years, I finally completed it in Spring of 2013.

I want to continue to challenge myself to be the best version of me that I can be.

My Program:
Moderation is key for me -- if I want this to truly be a forever lifestyle, I have to allow for flexibility in all areas. I also believe that small changes can really add up to make a huge difference.

I've been a vegetarian for more than half of my life and eat vegan at home. I respect everyone's right to their own dietary choice, but I know I feel at my best when I don't eat animal ingredients. I'm whole foods focused -- I don't typically eat much processed food.

I practice yoga several times a week, run 4 days a week, and do lighter cardio at least two out of the other days each week.

I make sure to track on SparkPeople EVERY DAY. When I stop tracking, I'm usually eating poorly.

Again, moderation. There are some weeks when I miss a workout or eat a little more than I'd like and *that's okay*. The key is picking back up where I left off and continuing to put one foot in front of the other.

Personal Information:
Official race times:

5K
4/21/13 - 40:16
4/27/13 - 39:29.363
12/14/13 - 36:14.2
1/4/14 - 35:35:3
2/22/14 -- 38:03**

4 mile
11/20/13 - 47:23/47:27**

**No official tag time available, only gun time. First number is my gun time, second number is my RunKeeper tracked time, which I usually start just before the start line

Other Information:
My blog posts are pretty exclusively titled with 80's lyrics. I'm a child of the 80's and do think 80's songs are totally fun, but with that said, it's not like I listen to them all the time.

When I first restarted Couch to 5K I was listening to 80s music and it really kept me going so I decided to use 80s lyrics for my blog titles. I mix it up a little now, but I still love finding the perfect lyrics for my blog entries =)


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ADF1981
2/24/2014 7:32:22 PM

Saw your comment on my most recent photo. Thank you so much for being such a sweet spark friend!

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GREGGWEISBROD
2/18/2014 4:44:22 PM

lol! :-D You're great. I like you. Yeah, it's a LONG time to be running. The amazing thing though, is that by only upping the distance by one kilometer each week (minus the weeks that I cutback to a shorter distance to let my body heal) it really makes it seem like the same length of time relatively speaking. I've got good music though, and it's really just the last couple of KM's that are brutal to force myself to keep going with - so all in all, the time just kind of passes. Still, I've thought a few times how some of my favorite movies are that long, and then it makes my head spin a little to realize it really IS a long time, lol! Hope you're doing well! I'm hoping to find more significant amounts of time in the month ahead to catch up with everyone, I'm just so mentally drained these days, and it makes it hard to sit down after a tough day and pour anything out of this brain of mine. Take care though, will reply to your sparkmail really soon too btw. *HUGS*



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ADF1981
2/14/2014 6:41:45 PM

I'm glad that you find my blog motivating! It definitely helps me to blog out my thoughts and feelings and the support I get in return is just awesome.

I've been considering replacing my scale. It's one of the old cheap square ones. You know like I have to make sure it's on zero and I have to weigh a few times to make sure I get the same number LOL. It works. At least the measuring tape doesn't give me a hard time!



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ADF1981
2/11/2014 5:14:02 PM

Loved your long comment on my blog! Yeah, I remind myself the girls in these workouts are probably fitness models and this workout is easier to them because they are already fit.

And yes, I'm loving the food scale. The control freak in me really likes knowing how much meat I am actually eating. I used it last night to measure out my ground turkey and if I had guessed like normal would have ate much less. I plan to use it a lot for nuts and other things too that are hard to measure. I like to prepare food in advance and it's so handy for that!



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ADF1981
2/9/2014 7:39:30 PM

Hi! Thanks for the suggestions for the water. Luckily I like water I just got to drink more of it.



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