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I have been overweight since grade school, but really got big when I moved out on my own at 18. I never ate 3 meals a day (especially breakfast) and chose really crappy foods over the healthy, all of this maintained my weight. While I am glad that I don't go up and down all the time, maintaining such a large form isn't okay either. The good thing is, I drop the weight fairly quickly when I do eat right and workout- of course I tend to do everything "hardcore" so I usually end up hurting myself. ...
I have been overweight since grade school, but really got big when I moved out on my own at 18. I never ate 3 meals a day (especially breakfast) and chose really crappy foods over the healthy, all of this maintained my weight. While I am glad that I don't go up and down all the time, maintaining such a large form isn't okay either. The good thing is, I drop the weight fairly quickly when I do eat right and workout- of course I tend to do everything "hardcore" so I usually end up hurting myself. Case and point: Fall of 08 I worked out everyday for several hours a day, dropped 11 lbs in 2 weeks... Got tendonitis in my knee and put all the weight back on, plus some. Last April I started a new healthy lifestyle, eating 3 meals, counting calories, working out and I lost 50 lbs by July- sadly depression kicked in once Fall started and my summer job was over so I gained most of it back. But now, my best friend and I are embarking on a 1 Year Challenge to lose the weight and keep it off! Follow along as we hit the ground running (literally!). I have between 104.2 and 128.2 to lose.

UPDATE 07/11: I am currently training for my first 5K (running, not walking)- I have never been a runner, but I am doing well so far. I chose a 6 week training program from FITNESS Magazine and at the end of my 6 weeks I will run the Foster Kids 5K in Redmond, WA.

I am planning on training for a Marathon next year, I plan on running a 5K in August, 10K in September, a half in Novemeber and then the full next June! The year after that I plan on riding the STP and getting into Triathalons as my newest goal is to be an Ironman by 2015!

UPDATE 08/11: I ran my first 5K and am currently in training for my first 10K, it has a 90 minute course limit so I am training on the specific course to get it down.

"GO BIG, OR GO HOME!"

UPDATE 09/11: I ran my first 10K on the 10 year anniversary of 9-11, it was an amazing day and such a great celebration of life!

"FINISH WHAT YOU START!"

UPDATE 11/11: I ran my first 1/2 Marathon in the pouring rain! I ran the Seattle Half Marathon on 11/27/11. It is one of the most amazing things I have ever been involved in! I PR'd at both the 5 and 10K marks and came in under 3:15 which was my race goal (03:08:52). I am currently in training for the Seattle Rock-N-Roll Marathon in June!

"IT'S NOT A MIRACLE THAT I FINISHED, IT'S A MIRACLE THAT I STARTED!"

UPDATE 4/12: Due to some MAJOR health issues I have decided to pause my 1 Year Challenge and focus on getting everything more balanced, I will continue to workout and eat right, but will not continue my 1 Year Challenge and train for my June Marathon at this point. I hope to resume where I left off as soon as I can.

UPDATE 5/12: I had a nagging pain in my left knee for a few weeks and got in checked out, an MRI showed that I have a cartilagious defect and a cyst that will require surgery to repair so it looks like I will be on hold a bit longer than excpected. I have gone back to crossfit and am doing upper body and core work and have taken off nearly all of the added weight, I have also gone Paleo which really helps with muscle tone. The plan after surgery and rehab is to train and run 1 marathon, 1 of each type of triathlon (sprint to Ironman) and then switch over to ultras and trail running to take the pressure off of my knees. Surgery is 6/29/12.

UPDATE 10/12: Knee surgery recovery has left me 40lbs heavier and with a lot less muscle, but I am finally cleared to workout- not the way I would prefer, by running and at Crossfit, but working out at all is better than nothing. I have a training program in place and am ready to take action!

UPDATE: 1/13: After 6 months of recovering from knee surgery I have finally been cleared and have returned to running and Crossfit. So far my knees are holding up, but I am taking it very slow and only running a few miles and at a slow pace and only doing 3 WODs a week this month so that probably helps.

UPDATE: 5/13: I am now doing 4-10 WODs per week as I am training people at my own non-affiliate Crossfit box in a friend's garage, as well as, still working out at my regular box. I competed in my first competition and killed it! I am not running yet as I am having some IT Band issues, but other than that I am back on track.
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My Goals:
Fastbreak:

-Multi vitamin & fish oil every day

-Warrior Diet


Medium term:

-30lbs by Christmas 2014

-Pre-Surgery Weight (233) by 2/13/15

-Onederland (199) by 4/3/15

Long term:

-Be an Ironman by 2017 (70.3 mile)

-Find a partner, start a family by 35 (2018)

-Ride the STP with Tomi

-Do an Ultra

-Open Legendary Crossfit

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-Warrior Diet

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-UFC Fit

-SWOD 2x per week

-Crossfit


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I'm a 31 year old seattle native (who moved out of the big city to the Christmas town of Leavenworth, WA last year. I had knee surgery last year and getting back on track has been a constant struggle, I gained nearly all of the weight back after knee surgery recovery.

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I ran my first 5K, I was not the last runner in and no walkers passed me!!! Foster Kids 5K Redmond, WA 08/13/11.

I ran my first 10K and helped another runner get to the finish when she felt she couldn't go on! Iron Girl 10K Seattle, WA 09/11/11.

I ran my first 1/2 Marthon in the pouring rain in under 3:15 and PR'd on my 5 and 10K times! I had a bladder infection and was only 1 week out of my boot from my stress fracture! Seattle Marathon 11/27/11.

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7/29/2013 9:12:10 PM

I've been away for awhile but coming back is made even better by seeing you are still here! Hope your summer is delightful.

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5/4/2013 4:34:51 PM

What is a chair press? I have not heard of that. Congrats on your competition win!



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REBECCA431
6/10/2012 12:38:16 PM

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I feel for you with the knee problem since I have a spur on my right knee that is going to have to come off soon.
thanks for the choc milk /sweet potatoe suggestion...hadn't heard of that but I will try it. Keep it up and you will get to your goal emoticon



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