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I've been dealing with a weight problem my entire life. I've hit a high of 310 pounds back in 1999 and flictuated wildly between then and 2005 when I ran my first triathlon at 240 pounds. I have worked my way down to as low as 188 pounds but have mostly fluctuated between 195 and 205 for the past thee years. I am pretty comfortable with the idea that my ideal weight is probably somewhere between 197 and 203 and so now I'm working on building a lifestyle that will sustain that.

I have done most of my weight loss and maintanance through running and last year will probably mark my performance pinicle. Last year I ran the Boston Marathon and the Grand slam of Ultra Running, which consists of the four oldest 100-mile trail runs in the U.S.; Western States, Vermont, Leadville and Wasatch Front.

I am very proud of those running acomplishments but I discovered that the required intensity is bad for my weight. At least at this point it just triggers too many of my emotional eating signals and so by the end of the year instead of being super fit and trim I had gone from my low of 188, which I hit in my training for these events, to a 4 year high of 210.

This year I'm trying to get back in control and continue to pursue my passion for running. This year I will stabalize my weight again and run a rewarding but lower key series of my own creation, the Military Marathon Slam. A year dedicated to running all 5 of the current military marathons, the Navy Marathon, Army Marathon, National Guard Marathon, Air Force Marathon and to cap it off the Marine Corps Marathon.

Member Since: 12/20/2011

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    LOL, I'm pretty bad too as I'm mainly on Facebook. Have an awesome day! - Tia

    2449 days ago
    Thanks for reading my Blog! I am a HF and a MM but don't think I'm on the Spark Teams. But I think I'll join that Ultra Runner Team you're on, as my goal for 2014 is to complete my first 50k!
    2450 days ago
  • v NVRDWN88
    keep up the great work
    2835 days ago
  • v RG_DFW
    emoticon We're glad you're here!

    Use the site daily and be consistent with your food tracking and exercise. Read the articles for information. Read member blogs for motivation and encouragement.

    This is a fabulous site and if you rely on it daily and remain consistent with your program, you will achieve your goals.

    Good luck!
    2978 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

    1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

    2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

    The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
    *~ Paula *~
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    2978 days ago