TERRIANGEL
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Seeking these abs again in 2011 (pic taken 10/08)




SOOOOOO Excited!!!! 4 hours 1 minute 56 seconds to my first marathon finish. YIPPEEE~!!




This wicked tame but wild bird ate my breakfast off my plate outside, then landed on my shoulder.


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Hi there. I'm a Sparky. I joined this amazing site in February, 2007 - WOW! 6 years. I haven't always been active in that time, but I have always had it in my mind. I just love this place...

Anyway, I made a lot of great spark friends, but then disappeared for quite some time. I will check in once in a while, but here's the deal:

Last January (2012) I joined Weight Watchers. I tracked everything on line and didn't have the time to track both places, so spark took a back seat. It worked well, actually - I was able to finally lose the 17 pesky pounds that had plagued me for so long! I was able to wear a 2 piece last summer, and it was goooood! :)

HOWEVER, in July, 2012 we took a family vacation to see more family in Ireland for 2 weeks. The beer, chips and amazing Irish chocolate abound, and low and behold, I came back a full 7 lbs heavier than when I left. And that was the beginning. Sure, I tried to "get back on track" after vacation, but the habit was set and it was much easier than tracking and counting my intake. As a result, I continued to gain, and have been battling 8-10 lbs. for the months since.

*sigh*

So, here's my plan. I love Spark. I really do. Weight Watchers is clearly not working for me at this point. I've tracked points for a few days, then not tracked for a few...eaten great, then eaten waaay too much...it's been 8 months - time for a change. Time to get my SPARK back!

I've been tracking food and fitness (or lack thereof) for 4 days on Spark, and it feels like home. No more points. Real calories, protein, carbs and fiber. I want to KNOW what I'm eating. And it's a new venue (well, new AGAIN), which is inspiring.

I almost forgot (almost) how motivating the spark wheel is, reading friend's blogs and pages, and checking out before and after pics. Even checking out people's daily struggles - it's real and it's awesome.

I'm so excited to be on this journey again. So happy to be here. Let's DO this!!! Woohoo!!


Member Since: 2/10/2007

Fitness Minutes: 39,904

My Goals:
In 2009 I WILL:

*Run/bike/other cardio 5-6 times per week
*Drop 15 lbs.
*Become Marathon Finisher! -DONE!!!

2009 Races:

*Maynard Road Race, 9/20/09. DONE!~ 3.5 miles. Finished 3rd in my age group! (my first ribbon!! Woohoo!!)

*Tufts 10K for Women, 10/12/09. DONE!~ 6.1 miles. 54 minutes!

*Bay State Marathon, 10/18/09. DONE!~ 26.2 miles, 4 hours 1 minute 56 seconds. My first marathon finish!!!!!!!!

*Maine Coast 1/2 marathon, 11/8/09 (my first halfie!) DONE~ 13.1 miles, 1:58:14, 9.02 pace. came in 404 out of 1,100 women and one lucky guy, and 26/127 in my age group.


My Program:
*Try to have a calorie deficit daily using BMR calculations. Current BMR: 1397
*Continue implementing a total vegetarian (vegan when possible) diet as my lifestyle of choice. Hardly a "goal" but it's a huge part of my program, so it should be number 1. If only all pieces of the program were that easy, eh?

*Remain within my 1200-1600 calorie range. More will be needed as I run more mileage, but will determine that change when it comes.

*Focus on organic, fresh fruits and veggies as the staple in my diet. Incorporate vegetarian "meals" around that.

*Allow sweet thing(s) daily, however limit to one or 2 small portions throughout day. (yes, this is an actual GOAL!! My sweet tooth preceeds me)

*Do cardio 60 min/day (or 30 min when under severe time constraint) 5-6 times weekly when possible. Gym or home, just DO it!

*Weight/strengh training 3X weekly.

*Current BMR: 1371



Personal Information:
I live in Massachusetts with my awesome husband and 2 amazing kids. I am n the midst of a career change from CEO of a non-profit organization to a teacher, and am basically a single mom about a third of the time as my hubby travels for business so much.

I am an enthusiastic vegetarian, which started the day after Christmas 2005. Started looking for some low cal, healthy veggie recipes after pigging out at Christmas, came accross some of the pro-veg videos and articles on the treatment of animals, and voila...have been veggie ever since!


Other Information:
Check out my new Blog! http://myhealingveganjourney.blogspot.com

My list of positive accomplishments in the last year:
1. Took up skiing again and immediately became addicted.
2. Taught my husband to ski
3. Taught my children to ski
4. Became re-involved with Spark People
5. Learned and love tennis.
6. Provide opportunities for my kids to exercise as often as possible.
7. Be positive role model for my children.
8. Started Skinny Chix with my "homeys" - still meeting and going strong since 2.08!

2008 Races:

*Monster.com 3.5 mile road race 9/7/08: FINISHED 33.07 (9.20 pace)

*MWCOC 5K 10/4/08 : FINISHED 25.03 (8.05 minute pace!!! A new PR!!)

*Tufts 10K for women 10/13/08: DONE!! 49.53 minutes - an 8.02 minute mile pace! WO-HOO!!

*Paddy Run 5K 10/19/08: 30 min time, but jogged with friend. Not racing at all.

*Turkey trot 5K 11/22/08 another jog with friend, not racing. 30 min.

*5K G




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  • v BARBIEE52
    Just had to let you know I love the recipe 80 calorie choc. chip cookies. I love chocolate, and cookies, and this way I can have both without feeling guilty. I am fairly new to SP, but I already look forward to tracking food, exercise, and getting inspiration from reading others comments on different teams, etc. Have a great week. emoticon

    Barb
    1295 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2013 3:45:51 PM
  • v SEPPIESUSAN
    Hey! March 19 - this is getting silly! I heard it was in the 70s this time last year. Today I was supposed to have an IEP meeting that was rescheduled from the LAST snow day we had. School is going to be in session until almost July!! I hope you are enjoying yourself - I am still in my fleece PJs. :)
    1357 days ago
  • v MONA_MONA
    Thanks for checking in on me and I'm glad to see you on Spark again. Nothing new to report other than long work hours, but I am hoping to change that soon.

    How is teaching going? Is it everything you thought it would be?
    1359 days ago
  • v KENSINGTONC
    Hi, yes, 2nd trimester! Woohoo. The little one (Grant) will be 2 in May and this new baby is due in late August. We are excited. The first trimester was brutal though, and a huge surprise since I had a great, easy 1st tri with Grant. Anyway, fun and exciting that we'll be adding to our family but I'm a little nervous too. I'll make sure to write a blog post about it all soon!

    SO happy to see you back here! After all these years I still love SP and my fellow Sparkers... xoxo Liz
    1362 days ago
  • v SEPPIESUSAN
    Welcome back!!! What's new with you? I guess from your status that you're teaching - and enjoying the benefits of this late snowstorm - like me. :) I'm not going to be ready for Monday though unless I figure out a way to prep for an IEP meeting and plan all my lessons from home - eep. I haven't been too active on SP lately, been kind of dealing with non-SP related stuff... but I am still loving working out. Oh, and by the way, you said on your page that you don't have a record of when you joined SP? You joined 2/10/07 - it says so on the right-hand side of your page under the word "Profile" - happy 6yr Sparkiversary. ;)
    1368 days ago
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