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Feeling victorious after my very first outdoor run, and only my third off-treadmill run ever! (Gym class does not count.)

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Progress Pics - 183 lbs, late February 2010. I got brave enough to wear shorts instead of pants.

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Me (with my cousin) hating life at over 210lbs, my heaviest. Christmas 2004 I believe.

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I want the outer me to no longer prevent the inner me from sharing my awesomeness with the world.

I feel most powerful doing yoga and stretching in nothing but a sports bra and gym pants... in the privacy of my own home with no mirrors or people around. :)

I love me in all my perfect imperfectness. Do you love you?

I am a DONE girl:

I am DONE hiding behind my weight.
I am DONE believing I can't.
I am DONE waiting for someone else to take me by the hand and lead the way.
I am DONE being afraid of what MIGHT happen.
I am DONE letting life go by while I refuse to reach out and grab it.
I am DONE eating simply because "I deserve it."
I am DONE being ashamed of my honkytonk badonk-adonk and child-bearing hips!
I am DONE being the fat girl.

I love travelling - new adventures, new experiences, and new people.
I am an aspiring triathlete. Still a long way to go, but at least I am actually doing something about it.

Member Since: 12/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 6,370

My Goals:
I want to be able to run as far as I want for as long as I want.

I want to feel (and look) fit and strong and lean.

I want to wear a single digit size. (I've NEVER worn a single digit size.)

I want to complete marathons, triathlons, and maybe even ironmans.

I want my belly button to look "normal"!

I want to have an outside that no longer prevents me from showing off who I am inside because I am awesome!

My Program:
*Move my body more.
*Eat less.
*Focus on FUELING, not feeding.
*Listen to what my body wants. It's pretty smart. The important part is not ignoring it.
*Keep my knees and back strong. Previous injuries require this.

Personal Information:
~ I am Canadian and proud of it!
~ I love travelling and will take any trip that promises adventure. I am not too big on travelling just to sitesee.
~ I love dogs and am severely allergic to cats. Sorry cats.

Other Information:
- I could live off chocolate, cheese, and multigrain rolls if I had to.
- Ignore my start date. My REAL start date (this time) is approximately 10-10-09.

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