MARIE625

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Growing up, I was always too thin, but when I was 19, I suffered a severe back injury. The resulting surgery worked and gave me back the ability to walk, but the whole experience scared me. I used that fear as an excuse to stop getting any exercise. I gave up sking, windsurfing and many other activities that I enjoyed because I was so afraid of re-injuring myself. Then I got married, quit smoking, got divorced and gained a few pounds. Got married again, gained a few more, had a few kids and gained A LOT more. For the past few years, I've been so inactive, I've practically been comatose. But in early January, 2009, something snapped in me. I lost the "I should" attitude and suddenly actually wanted to loose weight and eat healthier. I bought a half broken down, used exercise bike and started pedaling. Next, I bought myself an ipod and began listening to my teen's "angry" music while I pedaled. I tried to keep up with the beat of that angry music and lost 10 lbs and an inch from my trunk in 1 month. That really motivated me, so last week I joined a gym. Not only will I get exercise at the gym, I also won't be able to afford to buy groceries for the next few months. That ought to help with the weight loss. LOL Then last night, I discovered SP while searching for a calorie calculator and here I am going public. I guess I really have to do it now. :) So, that's my story. So far.

Today's quote - The difficult we can do at once, the impossible may take a little longer.


Member Since: 2/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 8,320

My Goals:
Long term, I want to reach 150 lbs.

Weekly, I plan to exercise at least 6 days a week.

Daily, eat more veggies and learn to like fruit.

Run and swim long distances


My Program:
I'm looking at this as a lifestyle change, not a diet. I'm eating healthier foods and am getting up off the couch. I joined a gym in Feb. 09 and it was the best decision I've ever made. I can not believe how quickly and totally I have fallen in love with exercising. I've started wearing a pedometer and keep track of the the number of steps I take each day. I'm also keeping a running tally of the distance I travel through all forms of exercise.

While exercising, continuously repeat "You can do it. Nothing to it."



Personal Information:
I'm a 46 year old homeschooling mom with 2 kids. I enjoy reading, knitting, scrapbooking & other forms of paper crafts. I also love anything to do with the water - swiming, sailing, sking.... I'm looking forward to being able to do those things again - perhaps even this summer.


Other Information:
Things to Brag about:
2/25/09 walked a 15 minute mile
2/27/09 swam a 6 minute quarter mile
3/3/09 rowed 1 mile and biked 8 miles in 30 minutes
3/4/09 Swam a mile in 43 minutes
4/23/09 Swam 2 miles in 62 minutes
4/27/09 Ran my 1st mile, non-stop
4/25/09 Walked a 5K MS Walk
4/29/09 Ran 2 miles in 26.12 minutes

Distance traveled as of 4/26/09 - 454.3 miles

"Today is the day."
Mel Fisher

If its to be, it's up to me.




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