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I have been a part of Spark for almost 5 years now, however I didn't get serious about my weight loss until about 7 months ago.

I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my oldest daughter (who will be 16 in just a few months). All my previous attempts at weight loss, were halfhearted. I would start a program and then something would happen in my life, that would disrupt my routine and I would just give up.

Then about 7 months ago I got angry, really angry. So many things in my life were passing me by, and honestly I didn't want to be remembered as the fat friend.

My best friend had gotten me the T25 workout for Christmas (but gave it to me in January lol) and another friend had gotten it as well. Me and a friend decided to do it together as a friendly competition. I committed myself to that program and completed it, that was by far one of the proudest moments of my journey.

I remembered that I do well when someone else close to me is counting on me in a sense to succeed. I would get a text at about 9 at night telling me they had finished their workout...which would prompt me to get off my butt and do mine.

After a few months I went to yet another birthday party and someone pulled me aside and asked if I was purposely losing weight, and then I was told I looked amazing. Yes a little stroking of the lioness is always nice, it made me smile because I knew I was becoming healthier even if nobody else noticed....I noticed.

Then in July I biffed it really bad when I was on a run, then a few days letter I injured my toe. I was banned from working out and I was quite upset. I could've done easy chair exercises or something else but I didn't have any idea what to do. I also had gotten used to doing high intensity workouts (Insanity, T25, running) that doing something low impact was just not appealing.

I regret not working out during my month of high intensity exercise ban, because I gained about 10lbs. I was unable to do a race I had signed up for back in April, and my endurance suffered big time.

In the past I would've given up and say enh whatever I am destined to be fat. Not this time, I had decided months ago things were going to change. I slowly got back into my routine, I stumbled across some old photos I had taken to show my progress and remembered that ab I was so proud of =o)

The difference between this time and all my other attempts in the past is one simple thing, I am doing this for me, not for anybody else. Although the compliments are wonderful, the feeling I have when I finish an intense workout is even better. Although fitting into a smaller blouse is superb, feeling that ache after a tough strength training session is even better.

This time I am in it for the long haul, and I will succeed. I have already proven to myself that I can.....and I will.

Member Since: 12/29/2009

Fitness Minutes: 100,045

My Goals:
Complete a Half Marathon =o)

ST at least 3x a week

Yoga 2x a week
200- 4/12/16

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Strength training at home

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