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"It's never too late to be what you might have been."

Since joining SparkPeople in 2006 I have lost over 45 pounds and kept it off for three years and counting. A former couch potato who hated exercise and ate fast food once or twice a day, I have now totally reformed my life.

I was thin/average weight for my entire childhood and most of my teenage years. It wasn't until I went to university that I experienced issues with food and weight. I had never had to watch what I ate before which is why the weight just kind of crept up on me. I ...
Since joining SparkPeople in 2006 I have lost over 45 pounds and kept it off for three years and counting. A former couch potato who hated exercise and ate fast food once or twice a day, I have now totally reformed my life.

I was thin/average weight for my entire childhood and most of my teenage years. It wasn't until I went to university that I experienced issues with food and weight. I had never had to watch what I ate before which is why the weight just kind of crept up on me. I remember one horrible day of shopping when the realization finally set in. I was shopping for shorts to go on a Spring Break trip to Florida and was horrified to discover that I now needed a size 14! I had ate my way up to almost 160 pounds. I wasn't happy with my size, but I seemed to be unable/unwilling to do anything about it. I made a few futile attempts at weight loss, but nothing serious. I would start using a workout dvd, go all hardcore in the first week and then quit in the second. I would eat nothing but soda crackers and Slim Fast, lose a few pounds and then gain it all back once I started eating real food again. This went on for years until finally I decided no more, I was going to stop feeling bad about myself and lose the weight for good.

I soon discovered that there was nothing magic about weight loss. Eating less combined with good old fashioned exercise was all there was to it. I bought myself an elliptical trainer and started counting calories and before I knew it I had lost 20 pounds. Eventually my weight loss stalled and I got bored of the elliptical. I decided to give running a shot. I remember my first run very vividly, gasping for air with a metallic blood taste in the back of my throat for thirty minutes. I felt like I was dying the entire time, but when I was done I was in love. Nothing had ever made me feel so horrible, but yet so good at the same time. From there on I ran my way to my goal weight all the while counting calories. Don't get me wrong, it was hard work and there were many plateaus along the way, but eventually I got there. I now weigh less than I did in high school and am by far in the best shape of my life. I'm sure my family still thinks I'm crazy. The kid with asthma and a hatred of gym class now spends hours every week running for fun. Call me crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

What started out as a means to lose weight turned into a hobby and I now enjoy running for all kinds of reasons. I run for alone time, to train for races, to stay fit, and to feel good about myself. I enjoy the personal satisfaction that comes with achieving my running based goals whether it be a new distance, a new PR or just a new route. It makes me sad to think about how many years I wasted being overweight, inactive and unhappy with myself. Still I am thankful because if it wasn't for being overweight there is no way in the world I would ever have found SparkPeople, developed a passion for nutrition and exercise or started running. All roads have led to here and now.
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Member Since: 8/6/2006

SparkPoints: 61,512

Fitness Minutes: 53,871

My Goals:
2011 GOALS

Break 1:50 in a half marathon -DONE
New marathon PR
Run 1000 miles
Continue to maintain goal weight

2011 RACES

BMO Vancouver 1/2 Marathon May 1/11 1:48:53
Canada Day 10K July 1/11 49:14
Labour Day Classic 8.5 Miles Sept./11
Niagara Falls Marathon Oct. 23/11


My Program:
When I am not training for a race I usually run 4 days a week and try and cross train a couple days as well.

I am currently using Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 for strength training. I love circuit training and find it's a great way to strength train, burn calories all the while not becoming bored.

Personal Information:
I'm from Ontario, but am currently living in Northern B.C. and love it here!

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SUPERMOMMYK8E
10/1/2013 9:41:09 AM

Hope October is a great month for you!!! Keep pushing and never give up!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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HEALTHY4ME
2/7/2013 7:50:00 PM

Love your Terry Fox background! and where about in N BC? We lived on the Charlottes for 6 years and enjoyed it. We are now in NS and our kids have married and will be staying here. us well we hope in the next year or two to take our 5th wheel across Canada and then snowbird south for my aches and pains.
YOu have done awesome. Congrats



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SUNSHINEYOURWAY
1/7/2013 9:24:01 AM

Thank you for the Spark Goodie! Have a Happy Sparking Monday. Now on with the Spark Jump Challenge..
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CAROLYNINJOY1
1/2/2012 3:18:42 AM

I just joined the January challenge & added you as a emoticon

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”-Mary Anne Radmacher

Happy New Year 2012!

You are such an inspiration! Wow!



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MIIMA-ME-MY
8/16/2011 12:30:13 PM

Hello, Sarah. I am back on SP and I thought I would stop by to say "hi" and see how you were doing... emoticon



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