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12-10-11 Walnut Creek Half Marathon

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When I started Spark in 2011, I never thought I would get back into running but that's what I did. I ran a 5K, a 10K and a half marathon. I lost the 10 pounds I wanted to lose and I was feeling great about myself. Then, I lost my job. Looking for employment was not as easy as I hoped it would be. I started taking on temp assignments, financially I was declining rapidly. By 2012 I was eating more and more and exercising less and less. To make a long story short, I gained back 9 out of the 10 pounds I lost. I'm still looking for work, but I am determined to get back on my exercise regimen and stay connected to Spark.

I may give up temporarily to rethink options and rebuild my focus but I always return to what worked and Spark worked for me, so I know with determination and commitment, it will work for me again.

Member Since: 4/4/2011

Fitness Minutes: 25,267

My Goals:
Run the Lake Chabot 5K on June 5, 2011 - Done

Run the Summer Breeze 10K on Aug. 27, 2011 in Marina Park - Done

Run half-marathon on Dec. 10, 2011 in Walnut Creek - done

2012 goals:

Run several more 10Ks and half marathons

Run my first marathon in February 2013

My Program:
Run 3x a week

Strength train 3x a week.

Track food daily.

Personal Information:
I live in Oakland, CA. I enjoy running and will probably be doing it for a long time. I enjoy writing short stories. I'm an avid reader. I love to dance.

Other Information:
I run/walk 3 days a week. I also strength train 3 days a week. My goal is to get down to 130 by August 10, 2012.

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  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Hi and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning... guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time) or do any other exercise you enjoy. Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
    Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
    Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
    Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break…Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
    Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
    If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
    God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
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    3577 days ago
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