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Wow. I've been Sparking a long time now. I joined when Spark had only a few thousand members and they charged a fee!! Seems like ages--and sometime just the blink of an eye.

And heading into my 7th year on Spark (with some long hiatuses I'll admit), many things are the same--in a good way. I continue my vigilance to maintain an healthy weight (with the ups and downs that come with the territory)--and continue to rely on Spark when I find myself floundering.

The last year has brought big changes. A year ago I celebrated my 40th birthday with a 400-mile cycling trek through the desert in Utah. (Sometimes you've just got to prove you've still got it!) Perhaps that venture proved to me I have the strength to do hard things-- and with my divorce finalized in June of this year, I jump back into a new life and have lots of positive reasons to stay healthy and balanced and on-track. I've put marathons and epic cycling events on the back burner for short runs and Hot Yoga for a while. I'm sure I'll get the urge for some feat of strength again soon, but for now I'm seeking only balance.

And I head into my 41st birthday I'm back here to my loyal friend, Spark, to help me make sure I'm at my 122-lb weight as I blow out the candles. This year will mark 16 years running that I've not logged a higher weight than the year before on my birthday--my personal goal and way of keeping myself honest so the one-pound-here-one-pound-there never catches up to me. This year, I'll focus on maintaining that weight and building my strength and muscle mass--and flexibility and mental peace.

I've just moved my long string of start-to-now Spark history to a blog for all who are interested--but will leave this general intro as a testament to the staying power of a Sparked lifestyle!!

Spark on friends!!!


Member Since: 7/18/2005

Fitness Minutes: 8,638

My Goals:
Maintain a healthy weight and increase cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength and mass.

Specifics, updated December 2008 for 2009!!:

**Back to 10K running distance: February 14th

**Start Half Marathon training program February 21st

**Complete New Rules of Lifting for Women program

Spring Running:
Valentines Day 5K; February 15th

Running of the Green 7K; March 15th

Adventure 10K Trail Run; April 11th

Colorado Half Marathon;May3

Bolder Boulder 10K; May 25th

**??Distance Mountain-Pass Bike Race in summer???

My Program:
Tracking food intake have a plan and a structured running schedule and goal.

Stick with my wonderful Spark Group friends for motivation and encouragement

Personal Information:
Age 40
One daughter (9)
VP of a Medical Education company

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    Thanks for stopping by my blog...You are so right about being able to look back on it and see how silly it was to be so upset. This morning was another fantastic start to the husband woke me up with cuddling and kisses and I'm ready to have a great run tonight! I'm still bummed w/ my friends but I really know that I have good friends on here and it helps me feel the love! Hope you have a fantastic Friday!
    4005 days ago
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    Hi there! Just stopping by to say congrats on all your success! I see your encouragement on lots of buds pages! I am running the Bolder Boulder this year also. And the Denver Marathon 1/2 as long as my foot holds up. I trained for the Marathon last year but developed tendonitis in my foot 3 weeks out - ugh!! It's still recovering... slowly.
    Keep up the great work!!
    4013 days ago
    Becky - Thanks for the well wishes! I did pretty good, I was very pleased with my 4:35 marathon. I felt pretty good through the whole marathon - well most of it, the last 3 miles always hurts! I'm going to post a race report, I just need to find some time. Again thanks for thinking of me! Your support is greatly appreciated! ~ Sue
    4014 days ago
    Thanks for the most awesome comments and encouragement on the boards! You are so right, I know I shouldn't hide :) Just wanted to come visit your page - I am really impressed that you've been here for so long!!!
    I ♥ SPARK ;)
    4021 days ago
    Hey there, I just wanted to stop by and invite you to join my brand new SparkTeam. It is called No Topic Off Limits and I plan for it to be a very active and diverse group to not only talk about weight loss but ANYTHING else under the sun. It would be great to have you there! Just copy and paste the link if you are interested. If not at least check it out before you turn me down ;)
    4023 days ago
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