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"Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there!"

2014: This is going to be my year! I am finally wanting to see the end and truly want to be in maintenance. At the end of 2013, I started seeing what works for my body. I found a way to shake things up and it helped the scale start going in the right direction. But it is much more than the scale. I want bigger and better things for myself besides getting down to my goal weight. I want to feel good in my skin and feel strong. I want to see muscle tone and definition. I want to be faster ...
2014: This is going to be my year! I am finally wanting to see the end and truly want to be in maintenance. At the end of 2013, I started seeing what works for my body. I found a way to shake things up and it helped the scale start going in the right direction. But it is much more than the scale. I want bigger and better things for myself besides getting down to my goal weight. I want to feel good in my skin and feel strong. I want to see muscle tone and definition. I want to be faster when I run. 2014 is going to be the year that I improve all of that.

This is going to be a great year... I can feel it!

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Background Story on my beginning:

I started this journey back in January 2008 when I finally said, "enough is enough". I was at a high weight and not feeling good about myself. I would get winded while running around with my kids. I didn't want to be that mom.

When I started my journey it was tough. I hated going to the gym and it took my friend to join that helped get me there. But when she didn't go.... guess what, either did I. It wasn't until I started my running program fall of 2008 when I really started doing this for myself. If I didn't have anyone to workout with, I still went.

Fast forward to now and I LOVE to workout. This is what has been keeping me going and I love the way it makes me feel. I still struggle with my nutrition and balancing it all out but I am getting there. I am more confident with myself and know that I have made the life change.

I always tell my kids to never say "I can't", there is a little negativeness with that statement. Always believe in yourself.... you never know unless you try!




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Race Progress:

November 23, 2008 - 5k Turkey Run - Time: 36:04
May 31, 2009 - 5k Run - Time: 31:28
November 22, 2009 - 5k Turkey Run - Time: 30:39
June 26, 2010 - Time to Fly 10k Run - Time: 1:02
September 17, 2010 - Run at Work 5k - Time: 29:31
November 13, 2010 - Diva Dash 5 mile - Time: 50:44
May 21, 2011 - Armed Forces Half Marathon - This race was canceled due to flooding on the race course. But I did run 13.1 on my own and finished in - 2:22
September 17, 2011 - Park Tool “Fall Classic” Duathlon
April 27, 2013 - Get In Gear Half Marathon - Time: 2:26:16

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Bucket List
1. Run a 5k race ~ COMPLETED
2. Run a 10k race ~ COMPLETED
3. Run a half marathon - COMPLETED
4. Run a full marathon
5. Be able to swim long distances (at least 1 mile without stopping - then work up to 2 miles!)
6. Rock climb
7. Hike up a mountain
8. Try skiing (either cross country or down hill)
9. Go white water rafting
10. Complete a triathlon
11. Bike 50 miles in one day
12. Bike 100 miles in one day
13. Join a softball league
14. Take up a dance class
15. TRAVEL and see the many sights our country has to offer!
16. Backpacking.... I have always wanted to do this in the North woods of MN. Maybe even travel somewhere else too!
17. Learn how to water ski... I have tried this before. I want to get good at it!
18. Try snowshoeing ~ COMPLETED
19. Hike the Grand Canyon
20. Be able to do a full chin up
21. Complete the 100 perfect push ups program
22. Complete a duathon
23. Complete a Trail Run Race

"Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there!"
- Bo Jackson

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Member Since: 1/30/2008

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My Goals:
To continue to live a healthy lifestyle.


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MY EXERCISING PLAN:

My plan consists of a mix of cardio and strength training. I usually plan for 4-5 days of running during the week, cycling class, boot camp, and then a few days in the weight room. In the evenings and on weekends you can find me biking, running, swimming, and walking / hiking.




Personal Information:
My name is Elaine and I am a 34 year old from Minnesota. I live with my hubby and three (very outgoing) kids. I have been married for 15 wonderful years and my kids ages are 14,13, and 10.

Things we love to do as a family . .

We are a huge sports family, all three of our kids are heavily involved with sports so it keeps us pretty busy. We also love getting outdoors which include; going hiking, bike riding, spending time at the beach or playground, camping, and geocaching! We just love the outdoors and all the changing seasons!

On a personal level, I love to take pictures, if you can't tell from my Spark page! I also love to travel (when we have the money), read, sing, and dance.

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APRIL_V_2
8/28/2014 3:39:49 PM

Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog! emoticon emoticon I appreciate the support!



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2BEABETTERME
8/28/2014 8:05:36 AM

Thank you for the goodie! The note came through just fine. I will have to incorporate your suggestions so I can do a trail run! I, unfortunately, cannot come cheer you on at your September races. My son had brain training and scouts on the 6th and I am out of town for a girls' scrapbooking weekend. Bummer! If you ate doing any other races this fall, key me know. I am toying with a 10k on Thanksgiving and a few other options for October. We will meet up at some point!
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8/27/2014 8:51:34 AM

Thanks for the welcome goodie!



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8/26/2014 1:58:48 PM

Thank you for the comment on my blog. That is a bummer that the videos aren't working for you. I wonder if they need time to buffer? I don't know, I am no expert with technology, that's for sure! But I appreciate you trying anyway. Thank you for your support! emoticon emoticon




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PERSISTENTTIM
8/15/2014 10:08:08 AM

Thank you for the support! It does feel good especially after years inside, the fresh air, the sun on my face, amazing! You've been a great and appreciated supporter, thanks again! Have a great weekend!



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