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Here I go on my road to weight loss. Where did this weight come from?! Once I hit the big 4-0 I've noticed my body undergoing many changes and shifts. Now, at my all-time heaviest, I am embarking on a new groove to getting thinner and healthier. I am generally a very positive woman and can always see the good in things - even when it seems bad. Although I have a long road ahead of me I feel that I can succeed. I want to live a long healthy life and that starts today! Keeping things real and positive. Peace!


�Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. �


�A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn�t will find an excuse.�


�I don�t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.�

Member Since: 8/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 160,406

My Goals:
My goals are many but first and foremost I want to strive to be a positive influence on others - my children, family, and friends. I want to remain as healthy as possible and be a good role model to others. I strive to laugh a lot each day and make others laugh, too. The world is so serious that we can all use some cheeful chuckling to enhance our days. My weight loss goal is now to lose a total of 50 pounds...even if it's a slow will all be well worth it. I continue to chug the "high-quality H2O" as I've been doing - 8-10 glasses a day. And last, but not least, I will try to remember to do things to make me a happy person - things for me...I'm not being selfish but as the saying goes - "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!"

My Program:
At least 4 days of cardio (jogging/walking on treadmill) along with 3 days of strength training. I also strive to eat at least 5 fruits/vegetables each and every day! I also try to sneak in exercises throughout the day while at work. I recently joined Weight Watchers and I love their program. I am averaging 1.2 pound weight loss each week. It's coming off...slowly but surely.

Personal Information:
I live in Pittsburgh, PA - a wonderful place to live! I have two teenage children - a boy and a girl. I am married and also have a miniature schnauzer - Barnaby. I work full-time at a prominent Pittsburgh hospital as a fellowship coordinator for 12 hematology/oncology fellows. I am currently trying to deal with my son going off to college in the fall 2013 :( and my daughter will follow right behind him in fall 2014.

Other Information:
I love to spend time working outdoors in my yard. I am an avid birdwatcher and just love being outdoors. Camping and hiking are two of my favorite hobbies.

Past Races:

4/24/04 Pump House Run 1 mile - 12:54

4/30/05 Pump House Run 1 mile - 10:55

4/22/06 Pump House Run 1 mile - 11:10

4/21/07 Pump House Run 1 mile - 11:10

4/17/10 Pump House Run 5K - 44:08

3/31/12 Just a Short Race (JASR) 5K - 39:58

4/21/12 Pump House Run
5K - 40:09/12:57/M

6/8/12 Riverview Park 5K - 40:10

8/25/12 Color Me Rad 5K - not a timed race - just a good old fun time!!

3/30/13: Just A Short Race 5K (JASR) 2013 - 43:28

6/9/13: Color Me Rad 5K -

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    I am back on SP!! Long road ahead to get healthy but I will do it!!
    1985 days ago
  • v BAKER1009
    Hi MaryAnn!
    Sorry it's taken me a month to get back to you!
    Yes, I did run JASR, all by myself. I didn't see any SP people there. When I was starting the race I heard the announcer say "And holding up the back of the race is our friends from Spark People", so apparently everyone was behind me. Oh well. It was alright - the zero degree temps made it a little less fun than what it probably should have been, but so is life at times, right?
    I'm signed up for a 5k in July, in the North Shore, called Night Nation, other than that I'm adjusting to life being back to work after all these years.

    I hope all is well with you - and I hope your mom is doing well!
    2247 days ago
  • v BAKER1009
    You running JASR this year?!?
    2304 days ago
  • v BAKER1009
    Hey lady!! Hope you see this comment, as I haven't seen you around here for some time.
    Funny, my last comment was saying I wasn't going to make JASR in 2014. I wanted to come by to tell you I am going to make it this year! So I'm hoping you will be too?!?!

    Touch base!
    Super big hugs!
    2338 days ago
  • v BAKER1009
    Thanks Mary Ann! Have a great week too!!
    I have lots of running scheduled for the week. I am not going to make JASR this year like I had hoped. Best of luck to you and everyone running!!

    2649 days ago
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