Hiking in Valle de Cocora, Colombia

I was down to 135 here in July, gained 15 pounds since, approaching my all time high. Time to get off my ass!


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I've never been thin and fit. The lowest adult weight was 127 lb, but I wasn't in shape. I've also never really been fat. My heaviest was 159 lb, after gaining 15 in Europe after high school. I've consistently been chubby, around 145 lb, and I haven't ever had to work to maintain that. Until now. My metabolism must be slowing because in the last year I've gained 10 lbs, approaching my all time high.

I've always been insecure about my body. This past year I trained for and ran a half marathon, hoping the pounds would melt off. They didn't. This time I'm keeping it simple. Be active. Eat well. Get stronger.

I love to travel and am planning a trip to Cuba in February. I would love to be able to look at the pictures and not be focused on my muffin top or jowls.

"I get pretty impatient with people
who are able-bodied but are somehow
paralyzed for other reasons. All
the reasons people don't become what
they could become or don't fulfill
their potential, and they're walking
around, able-bodied. I'm going, 'Come
on, come on, go for it".

---Christopher Reeve

"Change doesn't happen in the comfort zone"
"Hope is not a plan" Oprah

Member Since: 1/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,203

My Goals:

Pack lunches

Don't indulge EVERY craving...make them count!

Eat clean


Sweat every day

Gym on the way home from work

Increase flexibility

Lunch walks (or stairs when it's snowy)

My Program:
Mon - Run/Weights
Tues - Other cardio/Yoga or weights
Wed - Run/Volleyball
Thurs -Other cardio/Yoga or weights
Fri - Run
Sat - Outdoor fun!
Sun- Outdoor fun!

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    2846 days ago
    I'm a weight loss junkie OK here is what it did

    my program was healthy portion control meals 3 times day and 2 snacks day

    stop eating 2 hours before bed drink 8-10 water per day or more

    A nutritionist told me when you want to maintain weight eat the post run meal like everyone does. When you want to lose weight.
    Wait 1 Hour then eat.
    I make sure its my regular snack or meal at the 1 Hour AFTER I never add an extra meal because I was running.

    I just ran a 1/2 marathon in New orleans with spark friends and I ate 3 beignets fried donuts, alligator fried appetisers etc.. because You also need to enjoy life, but I've worked hard at it and dont want to go back to the old me.
    Also allow yourself that small treat once per week, but keep it portion control
    eat that small piece of cake slowly not the whole cake quickly- LOL

    2964 days ago
    Saw in the Rookie Runners race report that you're running the 10k on Sunday... so am I. Good luck!! Here's hoping we get great run weather.
    3247 days ago
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    congratulations on a great 5k. Being able to run it all without training...I think that's a sign of a pretty good runners. Good luck with the 10k. gail
    3289 days ago
  • v RHYNIC
    did you run a 5k on April 5th? If so, how was it. gail
    3295 days ago
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