40,000-49,999 SparkPoints 47,157
See this image larger
The view from my deck.

See this image larger
Used to have a Prius...till the kid wrecked it! Best car in the world.

See this image larger
Global warming in action! When I was growing up here, the rock you see was completely covered in glacier.


Shared Food & Fitness Trackers
Interact with SANDPAPER7
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

In 2004, I weighed 150 pounds and finished the Danskin Triathlon. That fall, the day before I was supposed to compete in an adventure race, I severed my ACL playing soccer.

From there, everything went downhill...I started smoking again, couldn't exercise much, had surgery and a long bout of physical therapy. All the time, the weight was adding up. Then in August 2005 I finally quit smoking for the last time (knock on wood). Before I knew it, I had ballooned up to 222 pounds.

January 2007 I started SparkPeople, but mostly focused on exercise. I lost about 15 pounds over a year, and for 2008 my goal was to lose at least 10% more and keep it off, all the while getting in better shape.

March 2008 I joined a triathlon training group and did five sprint-distance triathlons that year. In 2009 I did a half Ironman and six others.

It's nice to have a goal besides weight loss that also helps get it done. But now my goal, to complete Ironman Cozumel in November 2010, makes weight loss a stepping stone rather than using triathlon to help my weight loss goals. I made it down to 150 last year, but the pounds have crept back. I would like to make 150 my racing weight, so I will be working toward reaching that goal in November.

Member Since: 1/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 71,874

My Goals:
June 23, 2009: Stay around 150 through the triathlon season, which ends 10/25/09 with the Longhorn Ironman 70.3.

March 19, 2008: Time for a new goal. So here it is: From 190 today to 171 (10%). Done!

My Program:
Tri training, "lift like a man" two days a week. Following the half Ironman training calendar is hard, but it keeps me focused. Races are about every two or three weeks this summer.

When I started, it was 20 minutes of treadmill (intervals gradually increasing the running vs. walking time) and 30 minutes on the elliptical at a high resistance in the morning, then two or three sets of six weight training exercises.

Nutrition is harder for me than exercise, but I find that if I stick to whole grains, fruits and vegetables I feel better. Oh, and was I ever glad to see that red wine is the best choice among alcoholic drinks! Also, following the program in Lou Schuler's book "New Rules of Lifting for Women," which suggests striving for 30% of calories from protein, seems to help.

Personal Information:
Livin la vida Lago!

Other Information:

Read More About SANDPAPER7 - Profile Information moved here. (Updated September 7)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 current weight: 190.0 
Login to Leave Comment
Member Comments (75):  123Next >Last >>