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The Journey Begins Again

Thursday, January 02, 2014

My fitness journey till now:

At the beginning of 2010, I weighed 356. My doctor put me on Metformin because my A1C was high, then I had to have surgery to remove my gallbladder. I actually lost 26 lbs without even trying - I think because of the new medication and changes in my digestive process after the gallbladder removal.

At that point, I decided to capitalize on the unexpected weight loss and see if a little effort could help me lose even more. On June 11, 2010, I joined SparkPeople to help me track my food and my exercise.

At the end of 2012, I was at my lowest weight - exercising regularly and eating right most of the time. At that point, a major work project started taking over my life and I started my online dating journey. Diet and exercise kinda fell by the wayside for many months - well into 2013.

In August, 2013, I got married AND began training for a marathon! Can we say setting myself up for failure?! As the days got shorter, the harder it was to fit in the hours of walking/running, plus I begrudged that time with my new hubby. I started falling off the exercise habit and the eating habits began to go downhill as well. Before I knew it, it was November and the holidays were looming.

Then another life event blindsided me - my dad went into the hospital with a heart attack and died just over a week later. My world kinda settled into survival mode. Taking time to worry about what I ate or to get some exercise completely fell off the priority list. Helping take care of my mom and trying to make some sort of holiday celebration happen for the rest of my family (including my new hubby) - those were the only focus.

So, here I am - starting all over again, but I am hopeful. Some lessons have been learned, I think, that will make me stronger. emoticon

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MARLENAMAE 6/23/2014 1:13PM

    You are such a beautiful person, I know you will be able to get back on track!!! Good Luck honey

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MADMANSMAMA87 1/23/2014 5:01PM

    2014 will be your year!
I have faith in you!!!
Stay Positive,


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MNABOY 1/4/2014 12:57AM

    2014 will be a great year!

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PELESJEWEL 1/2/2014 1:32PM

    emoticon Lots of major LIFE events unfolded for you. Congratulations on your nuptials and all the best in 2014!

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I'm baaaccckkk...and fatter than ever! ;-)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Well, not quite, but the lbs have experienced a resurgence over the last few months. I gotta get back on track, so SP to the rescue again.

There have been many changes lately, the most notable of which is that I found my forever guy!!! Serious woohoo time now emoticon emoticon I have the ring

and the emoticon day is fast approaching.

Work is beginning to settle down to a dull roar and I am slowly working my way back to healthier eating emoticon emoticon and drinking emoticon habits. Exercise is next on the agenda. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Wish me luck, my wonderful SparkBuddies - life is pretty exciting right now! emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 6/19/2013 2:43PM


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A quick thank you to my wonderful Sparkfriends

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I have been unable to Spark consistently for some time, due to the demands of work. I have maintained my exercise habits (some days better than others), but my eating has not been the best. As a consequence, I gained back almost 30 of the pounds that I had lost. On the plus side, I completed my second half-marathon in March and have almost completed my duties as a group leader in the same women's running clinic that I attended as a participant last year - the clinic that got me started as a runner. I got interviewed by a reporter for our state-wide newspaper about my experiences with the running clinic and, just last week, I actually placed 5th in my age group in a 5K. (In the interest of full disclosure, it was a very small group of people in the race and there was approximately 15 minutes between my time and the time of the lady who placed first in my age group. That is not a normal spread between 1st and 5th place, but it felt really good to hear my name called and to go get that award, even though it will probably never happen again in my lifetime.)

So, just like life, my fitness journey has had its ups and downs lately. The really cool thing is, no matter how absent I have been from SP, y'all have still been there supporting me and checking in to see if I'm ok. That means so much to me and I just want to say "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" You ROCK!!

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BRIDGIEEE 5/4/2012 10:30AM

    Way to go with all of your accomplishments! I know how life gets in the way sometimes and it is so frustrating but it sounds like your heart is still in the right place.

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Some pics from my run this evening

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I just want to share some beautiful views of sky and water that I saw while finishing up my run this evening along the River Trail. Unfortunately, I am not a skilled photographer, so I couldn't begin to do justice to the beauty that God provided.

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MARLINDA5 2/5/2012 12:15PM

    I think you did a great job - I love your pictures thank you for sharing. emoticon

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PIGGSY1 2/1/2012 8:07PM

    Wow! What a beautiful place to be. emoticon

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CIVIAV 2/1/2012 1:36PM

    This could almost get me outside to run in the winter! But instead I look at your pics and bike inside. I'm a winter weenie...

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GSDMIKE 1/31/2012 10:16PM

    Gorgeous shots. Thanks for sharing them, and congrats on the run.

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JUDYAMK 1/31/2012 10:14PM

    Thank you for posting beautiful scenery of God's handiwork.

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Completed January Jumpstart Workout Challenge - WOOHOO!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lost 1.6 lbs total despite the scale going the wrong way on the last two weigh-ins. I have decided not to focus so much on the scale for a while. I will focus instead on steadily building my fitness level by running as often and as strongly as I can and by making sure that exercise is a part of every day, even if it's only 10 minutes. I will also get back into the ST habit that I have gotten out of while getting started as a runner.

Lately, I have been hearing the voice of Dorie (from "Finding Nemo") in my head while running. Instead of saying, "Just keep swimming!", she's saying "Just keep running!" I am starting to learn that a lot of the struggle with running is a mental struggle. Yes, my body does get tired and I get out of breath, but I just have to keep my head in the game. I CAN keep running if I can get past the idea that I can't. It's a slow run and I'll never win any races, but I CAN do it. There may be people walking faster than I can run, but I CAN keep running even if they leave me in the dust.

Whatever challenges you are facing in your journey to health and fitness, there is a way to meet your goals. You CAN do this thing and you CAN be the better, stronger person you are trying to be.


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