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7/9/09 - Niece Rhiannon, Brother and myself before Storming the Bastille 5k race

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Nov 2012 with my Fiance and Jeremy Camp

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These pictures are encouraging. I was here once before I can do it again. How did I let myself get back to being over 300 lbs. Can't dwell on that. Time to make changes. I am looking forward to getting married and having a healthy life so I can be around a long time with my family.

With SP we can all learn more, encourage, and motivate each other to reach our goals.

I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used
to be.-- Joyce Myers

"Every single day and every single minute is a choice. What choices are you making?"

My story - I decided in late Feb 2008 that I needed to change my lifestyle. Everyday I try to learn a little more and take one more step toward a healthy lifestyle. At the beginning of 2008 I weighed 290 lbs. I joined the gym in Feb of 08 and got a personal trainer since I had no idea where to even begin. When I started I thought I had to keep telling myself I was not going to die and that I was strong enough to just walk on the treadmill. I have come a long way since then but walking on the treadmill is still my favorite although now I walk at an incline of 15 and speed of at least 4.0. I started at no incline and a speed of 2.8. I also started logging what I ate and tried to eat healthier. Taking it one step at a time gradually getting better each day. I joined SP in late Feb 09 when the website I was logging my nutrition shut down.

Although I joined SP to track my nutrition and exercise, I have since become addicted to SP and the teams I am involved in. I love to motivate and be motivated by all the people I meet here. I also love the articles and everything else SP has to offer. Thank you SP for making this site free. I think it is the best site I have seen so far.

I know that I can lose all the weight now. In the past I used my hypothyroidism as an excuse as to why I was so overweight. I was just lying to myself. I gained weight due to eating poorly which is much more calories than needed and no exercise.

Member Since: 2/28/2009

Fitness Minutes: 19,495

My Goals:
Long term goal to be down to 135 lbs.

My Program:
Calorie counting 1300 - 1500 calories per day eating mostly whole foods.
Exercise 4 to 6 days per week with at least 2 days per week of strength training.

Pushing myself with circuit training and interval running lately.

Personal Information:
Milwaukee, WI
Love spending time with my family.

Other Information:
I ran for the 1st time in 15 years in Feb 09. It felt great.

4/10/09 - 5k 1st time
5/20/09 - 10k 1st time
7/18/09 - 10 miles 1st time
1/23/10 - 1st half marathon 2:13:38
3/13/10 - 5k PR 29:15
3/27/10 - Half Marathon PR 2:07:08
4/10/10 - Half Marathon PR 2:06:18
5/1/10 Half Marathon PR 1:57:04
10/10/10 - 1st Marathon 6:36:38

I push myself to do a little better in everything each and every day.

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