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Weighing in at 200 pounds on a hot, sunny day in D.C.

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Weighing in at 198lbs. Yet, I didn't walk one mile! Ran all 13.1 miles!

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I decided to revise my intro. Due to my previous weight loss journey and how I have found myself (pretty much) back to SQUARE ONE! Last year, I started 2009 with a strong level of motivation and worked my weight down from 205 to 184 pounds. It may not seem as much, but my entire body was toned (stronger arms/legs and flatter tummy). I received so many compliments and I found myself walking with my head held higher (and comparing myself less and less to thinner women)!

But, as usual, my confidence got the better of me and when summer rolled in, I attended more BBQs and enjoyed way too many summer cocktails and a few pounds crept in. I rang in 2010, weighing in at a whopping 210 pds! I was back where I was a year ago and a few extra pounds (to really throw a wrench in my weight loss success)!!!!

I decided to change my focus. Instead of obsessing over the number on the scale, I decided to pick up a hobby that would challenge my body and my mind. So, I began to run/walk. Gradually, building my mileage and my endurance and this summer, I ran my first HALF MARATHON....13.1 miles! WOW!

Yet, I realized that it is much harder for me to run with these added pounds. I have found an active approach to help me burn calories and tone my muscles, but I know that in order for me to really succeed as a runner, I should lose a few pounds.

So, I wipe my slate clean. Remove the pics of myself weighing in at 184 pds from my SP page. Plaster it with my running pics to not only keep me motivated, but to celebrate my success. So, I may not resemble the body of an elite runner. But, I am a RUNNER...a full-figure one.

I plan to keep running forward:hoping to increase my stamina, build my mileage, tone my body and shed some pounds.

See, you at the finish line!

Member Since: 2/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 48,287

My Goals:
GOAL #1: RUN! RUN! RUN! Maintain my running regimen by running 3xs per week: Easy run; moderate run and long run

GOAL#2: MEASURE WHAT I EAT! Begin using measuring cups and spoons to control my portions

GOAL#3: WRITE EMOTIONS...NOT EAT THEM! When I begin to feel stressed out, sad or bored, instead of eating snack upon sugary, fatty snack, I will either write in my journal or call soneone on my support system

My Program:
Created an updated vision collage and hung it up on my bedroom wall.

A.M. & P.M. workouts-6am-Strength training workouts
6pm-Cardio workouts
4-5 times per week
30-45 minutes per sessions

Limit carbs; eat more fiber and whole grain/foods

Eat white carbs and sweets in moderation, special occasions only!

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"Energy is the essence of life. Everyday you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus."
-Oprah Winfrey

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” - Lucille Ball

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