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Finishing up the half marathon on May 10th with the bike marshal!

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Update time again! A lot has changed since I last updated my into. I got married, have made more steps to improve my nutrition, and won a marathon!

My story: I have always been athletic; I took part in numerous sports when I was younger. I was on the swim team and played soccer in high school. Like many high school girls I thought I was fat and wasn’t. I always watched what I ate because that is how I grew up. My mom’s dad died at a very young age of a heart attack. From the age of 2 years old I have been blessed (ha) with high cholesterol and was forced by my mother to watch what I ate. This of course was a good thing but in high school this started to fade a bit and in college it flew out the window. I played soccer in college so I didn’t gain much weight until my four years of eligibility were up. My senior year I gained about 20 pounds. On my small frame that is a lot! I decided to start working out on my own and became average yet again.
I moved home after graduation and joined weight watchers with my mom. I love their plan and still kind of follow it even though I no longer attend meetings. I am not familiar with their new plan though. I became obsessed with my weight and restricted my calories way beyond what I should have. I then began to binge and purge. This gradually got worse and I eventually even stopped exercising to make time for my unhealthy habit.
I met Alan, my now husband, in fall 2006. He didn’t know it but he helped me beat my bulimia. I later told him about it and he was shocked! We moved in together and we both gain what I like to call our “happy weight.” I became uncomfortable in my own skin but instead of turning to unhealthy habits I began running.

I AM A RUNNER!!!: I had run on and off over the years but never over 3 or 4 miles. I began running again a couple of years ago because it was the best calorie burner. Alan’s best friend talked me into running The Bix (a popular 7 mile run in the Quad Cities) in July 2008. That was it, I was hooked. I found a new love, running of course! I quickly signed up for my 1st ½ marathon and ended up getting 2nd in the women division. I surprised myself. I am currently on my Marathon mission. I am training for my 1st marathon on April, 11 2009. If I don’t run in the morning I am grumpy.

Update: It is now 4/10 and I have run three marathons. My PR is now 2:51:17, which I ran at the Washington D.C. marathon on March 20th 2011. I am excited to say that I also met a man willing to help me with my running. Well I didn't actually meet him. My parents did and told them about me. He was in shock that I didn't have a coach and when he saw me run he was excited! We are working together and thinking BIG! I am running the Grandma's Marathon on June 19th with the hopes of an Olympic trials qualifying time, which would be 2:46 or under.

I am a true believer that 26.2 miles is an accomplishment in itself. I congratulate everyone who has or is training for this. It isn't only about the physical it is mental as well. The marathon doesn't start at the starting line; it starts 4 months before when you begin the training! It takes dedication and commitment. Believe in yourself! I have learned that this will take you far in your training and in life.

Member Since: 1/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 25,061

My Goals:
Continue to improve both my nutrition and fitness.

What would you do if you knew you could not fail. This quote is up in the student lounge where I take night classes. When ever I look at it it makes me dream and I like that...

My Program:
RUNNING!!! I also strength train upper body 2 times a week and lower 1-2 times a week. I want to continue to work on my ABS. Right now I do AB work three times a week.

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    Yeah, whe I tried to sign up in the past it said I "wasn't eligible" because I didn;t have enough weight to lose. So I figured if I tried to follow it, I'd probably gain weight rather than lose it? So you go to the meetings free now because you've met your goal?

    wow, 5-7 miles! That's a bunch. I'm guessing it takes about an hour? Do you run outside or on a treadmill or something? I've been thinking of starting to run around campus. A lot of other college students do that.

    I hardly eat any meat too, but I'm not a vegetarian either. haha. Nah, I doubt you'd get "buff", just lean I'm sure!

    I'm 5'4. How tall are you?
    4410 days ago
    congrats on meeting your goals! So you did it by doing WW? (and exercise too of course)
    4411 days ago
    Hi there! Actually I have the original Tae Bo tapes...lol... I think they were made in the 90's, but I do want the Boot Camp ones... I like his videos because he is REAL energetic and motivating- It's a real work out- get's your heart beating... but I like it that way!!! Have a great day- congrats on the weightloss!

    4424 days ago
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    Hey thanx for your comment! Yeah it is a bit tough when there's only so little to loose.. but I'm doing it for real this time!
    How long did it take you to lose the weight that you have lost? Anyways, awesome job with what you have accomplished!
    4432 days ago
    Thank you so much for the comment! Welcome to You Don't Need To Lose Any Weight, too!

    I noticed that we share a love of running but that you don't lift weights. I can't recommend it enough - it really boosts the metabolism and shapes the body beautifully. Plus, as I've discovered in my very late forties, along with running, it is excellent for protecting against osteoporosis.

    Check out bodybuilding.com for lots of great tips and workout routines - there may be an iron maiden hidden in you, you never know! I was not a runner until forty-six!
    4466 days ago
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