NEWSTART127
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May 2011 on the 100 year old carousel at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk




March 2nd - 302 pounds




11/06/09 - 155 pounds, down 157 pounds


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Welcome to my SparkPage. I moved my original introduction to a blog, so that my story would be saved. Now I have a clean slate to start the next part of my journey. I hope you enjoy reading my story and that you always remember that YOU CAN DO IT no matter how impossible it may sometimes seem.

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01/13/13 - In 2008 and 2009, I was on a roll... I lost half my body weight, was active and feeling good (see blog posted 1/13/13) - and then it was 2010 and I hurt my back, my yellow lab, Cameron, died suddenly at age 8, I hurt my knee, I lost my mojo, started struggling. Then it was 2011, my knee still hurt and my gallbladder blew up and I was 40 pounds heavier... my mojo was still missing, I kept gaining weight and losing my confidence and self-worth. Then it was 2012 and I decided I was going to do a triathlon. That was a great experience (see blog posted 09/09/12) and I started to get my mojo back. After the triathlon, I joined a relay team and did 5.7 miles in the California International Marathon relay in December. Fast forward to the New Year and I was "lucky number 13" in the New Year's Dualathlon, which I did with my friend Ralene on two official days of training, because we were determined to set our intention for the New Year - ACTIVE and a little CRAZY. It's a good mix, right? 2013 is the year I WILL get back on track with my weight loss and will rediscover my self-worth. Onederland, here I come again!

09/01/14 - 2013 was a year of biking, swimming, walking, running, strength training... and continued weight gain. Despite best efforts and hours of activities logged, my metabolism still didn't cooperate. But that didn't mean I didn't keep going... another triathlon, 5ks, 32 miles in a Fondo bike event, 5.9 miles at a record pace for that distance in CIM... but it was very frustrating. And if I thought 2013 was frustrating, I had no idea what 2014 had in store for me... I hurt my knee the day after I signed up for my first 10k. Then I irritated my shoulder. Went to PT and was getting better when I had an allergic reaction to antibiotics - one that left me with neuropathy in my head. And in all the follow-ups from that, we found a node on my thyroid that's requiring some additional testing. And while all of that is going on, I have somehow refound the desire to move forward, despite all these medical challenges. So that's where all this starts again. Pulling up my bootstraps, putting on my big girl panties, and finding all the determination I once had.

01/04/15 - 2014 was a year of survival... visits to 4 different "ologists", 4 allergic reactions, nearly dying, living in constant fear... it was overwhelming, and I couldn't wait to turn the page to 2015. Ready to find all the ways I can to MOVE FORWARD and THRIVE. 2015 is my year to return to SparkPeople and be part of this amazing community in a bigger way than I have been in years. And 2015 is my year to return to living life, not just barely getting by. I've picked THRIVE as my word to live by... I still have many challenges ahead of me, but I can still find ways to live a rich and full life. Happy New Year to my Spark Family!

11/01/15 - 2015 has not been without its challenges... most recently, bad anxiety, mostly brought on by severe work stress. Anxiety this bad has been eye opening in so many ways... and I'm so grateful for the people who stuck by me, even as I did my best to shut myself off from the world. I have gotten up today filled with peace and promise. Maybe it's the rain falling outside, the extra hour of sleep, the turning of another calendar page... but it seems like getting back to my "old self, but better" is possible.


Member Since: 2/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 79,053

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to get back down to around 150 pounds... which would be something I weighed back in grade school - and lower than the weight on my drivers license!

However, I know that's going to be a long, long road... and I'm willing to go on this journey... detours and all!


My Program:
I do best when I track my food - weigh and measure everything - and log every bite. Knowing the calories in helps keep my in check, and it helps me make sure that I'm getting enough protein, fiber, freggies, and water.

I love being active - swimming, biking, Zumba, yoga, strength training, walking and running. I am part of a triathlon club and love that crazy community, too!



Personal Information:
I love my boys!
My labs are my 4-legged children!

Kyler is 9, Finnegan is 4, Fletcher is 3, and Phantom is 7 months.

I don't post blogs here much, but when I do, they REALLY mean something to me.

Proud member of EPIC Tri.

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I'm a huge fan of Auto Racing - particularly Sprint Cars and F1.

I love to read. Some of my favorite authors are: Diana Gabaldon, Jean Auel, Elizabeth George, Steve Berry, Stuart Woods, and Patricia Cornwell.

I love all types of music. A day without music is a day without the sun. And I'm fairly in love with Google Music and being plugged in wherever I go!




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  • v SYNDEA2
    Thanks for the goodie beautiful lady! Have a great end to week 4!
    3 days ago
  • v -SUGAR_KISSES-
    Strength doesn't come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you thought that you couldn't! emoticon
    The struggle you experience today, is the strength you are developing for tomorrow. emoticon
    A person can become stronger, even more than their strongest excuses. emoticon
    Strength shows not only in the ability to keep up, but in the ability to start over emoticon
    6 days ago
  • v THINK2BFIT
    Audra, Woo Hoo for your planned a trip to Puerto Vallarta. We went 2 years ago and just loved it! The ocean is so warm, with no scary things like jelly fish. We went to a resort and all the drinks and food were included. We ate well the whole week, swam in the ocean, swam with the dolphins, went on a city tour, toured a place where they showed us how tequila was made - had lots of samples - was little buzzed, but there were seriously some yummy flavors (and I really don't drink) - wished I would have purchased a couple of flavored bottles of tequila to bring home - oh well. It's really a beautiful vacation. I lost 7 pounds that week by eating great 5 star meals and swimming in the ocean. It was so much fun! I'd go back in a heart beat. I'm so excited for you!! Hope you are still doing well on no late night snacking AND step ups. Have a great weekend.
    6 days ago
  • v -SUGAR_KISSES-
    Thanks for the goodies and support! emoticon
    7 days ago
  • v MKATE99
    Hey emoticon on getting your water in!! Way to go! I still struggle like every other day with this, sheesh. This is what I get for taking a few weeks off. emoticon Hope you have a great weigh in tomorrow!!!
    9 days ago
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