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running on the beach, June 2009, goal weight rewrard trip, 175 pounds

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Owen's first birthday. July 27 2013, 198 pounds

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despite the obvious weight gain I love this photo. August 2012- 205lbs

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My journey, milestones and goals met:

May 11, 2008- decide I need to lose weight and get fit. Weight 250
June 2008- join Weight Watchers weight 248
Sept. 1, 2008- quit Weight Watchers weight 216
Sept. 5, 2008- find and join Spark People, do it for 1 day, then forget about it. weight 215
January 5, 2009- weight 225, remember Spark People and decide to get active
March 30, 2009- enter Onederland and say goodbye to the 200's forever! weight- 199
April 20, 2009- Goal Met! I walked Buster until he was tired, the walk was 4+ miles and 80 minutes long! WooHoo, I'm more fit then a three year old rottweiler, haha
May 30 2009- buy my first size 12 (have never been a 12 as an adult until now) weight 180
June 23 2009- reach first goal weight! WooHoo! 175!
June 29 2009- lost 75 pounds, wow that's a big number.
August 2 2009- lost 80 pounds! WooHoo! weight 168
September 15 2009- size 10!!! Weight 164...Okay the scale hasn't been moving down much lately, but those size 10s are telling me the inches are still coming off, only 4 pounds in the last 5 weeks, but a whole pants size down with those 4 little pounds )
September 18 2009- become a sparkpeople motivator :) Sweet!
September 21 2009- reach second goal weight! WooHoo! 160!
October 5 2009- size 8!!! Weight 160. Another pants size down with only a 4 pound loss... I don't get it, but I'll take it :)
October 27 2009- have lost 10" off waist, 9" off hips, and 2" off neck since February '09! Wow- makes me wish I had taken measurements in June 08' when I started this.
December 19 2009- Goal Met! Ran my first 5k!
January 5 2010- Goal Met! No more nicotine addiction. My first day off the quit smoking gum and nicotine free.

September 2010 update- have gained 19 pounds back to reach 172 and am smoking again, dang. I'm determined to put my health first again an tackle the weight and smoking... one thing at a time.

September 22 2010- back in the 160's!
October 16 2010- placed 2nd in my division in the Fall Fest 5k!!!
Novenber 3 2010- Goal met!!! 10 miles in 2 hours!
December 16 2010- first 10k! finishing time 1:10:38
2011- First half marathon! finishing time 2:27:12

September 2012 update- had a baby in July! I had a complicated pregnancy with no exercise allowed and delivered a healthy baby boy via c-section. Needless to say I've gained and lost tons of muscle... time to start again. weight 204

June 23 2013 update- I'm 11 months post-pregnancy and haven't lost a single pound. I'm determined to let my Spark shine and have set new goals. weight 205
July 19 2013- mini goal met! back in Onderland!! weight 197

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a reminder to myself of how far I've come- positive things I've done during this journey that I couldn't before it and negative things that are no longer happening. I'm just going to add these as I notice or accomplish them:

- walk my daughter to school and back (.5 mile each way)
- climb the stairs at home quickly without getting winded
- tie my shoes easily and comfortably (and straight on the top)
- walk to the river and back (1 mile each way)
- smile a real smile in photos (not a strained sucking it in smile)
- fit in any restaurant booth easily and not feel like everyone else in the place is looking at me or judging my plate
- pogo stick with Bryn (and not be over the weight limit)
- no longer bottom out the boat at the shallow launch at Big Flats!
- no longer breaking a sweat when doing a long hair blow out at work
- walk 5 miles
- jump rope (for 30 minutes!)
- do child's pose (yoga) with my knees together- woohoo, just when I was starting to feel like the belly was never going to shrink- never say never!
- swim a half mile nonstop
- wear a tank top in public (and shorts too!)
- wear an apron instead of a smock at work and not worry about how big my rear looks in it :P
- jog! no seriously- I can jog , and pain free at that
- see me in photos- not my chins, not my gut, not my thighs or my butt, just me :)
- hike in the forest and climb the jetty rocks at the coast for as long as my hubby and kiddo can (and sometimes longer, woohoo)
-jog 2 miles in 30 minutes. Not fast for most- but it's a big accomplishment for me!
-wear a skirt with no spanx (oh how I hate the spanx)
- play sports with my daughter. Not just half a** play for a few minutes... really play with her!
-ran a 5k (3.2 miles) in 30 minutes!
- I don't recognise the people working the McDonalds drive thru window anymore! Yay for that one!
-climb a tree (with ease and balance) and just hop out of it with no problem, never thought I'd do that in my adult life
-run 8 miles! (just as exciting as the first time I walked more then one!)
- Coach softball (and keep up with all those teenaged athletes!)
-run 12 miles!
-run half marathon

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Member Since: 9/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 40,393

My Goals:
Starting Over New Goals-

-199 pounds by July 19, 2013 (ocean trip)
goal reached! 7/19/13

-194 pounds by August 22 2013 (35th Birthday)
goal not reached-close though, 197 lbs. 8/22/13

-185 pounds by October 31 2013 (Halloween)

-175 pounds by January 1 2014 (New Year)

-170 pounds by February 14 2014 (Valentines)

-165 pounds by April 20 2014 (Easter)

-be a healthy example for my kids

-run at least 1 5k in 2013

-run at least 2 5ks and 1 10k in 2014

- run my second 1/2 marathon

-run a full marathon


Original Goals-

-eat healthy and be active
(goal being reached daily)

-be able to walk my dogs until they're tired, not vice versa
(goal reached! 4/20/09)

-never again use my size as an excuse for not doing or trying something

-175 pounds by July 2009
(goal reached! 6/24/09)

My Program:
-eat between 1300-1650 calories a day

-work out 20 minutes 3 times a week

-be active on sparkpeople.com (tracking, blogging, etc.)

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"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow...

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. ...

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision...

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

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    emoticon on being the Spark Motivator of the Day! I hope you are back Sparking soon and sharing your encouragement and support with others on the site.
    1273 days ago
    Congratulations on being Today's Featured Motivator. Way to go!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon The Motivator of the Day. What an honor.
    1273 days ago
    Enjoy the weekend! Wishing you great success on this journey! So glad to be sharing it with you. :-)
    1976 days ago
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    emoticon Happy BELATED Birthday, DONE GIRL

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