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Hawaii! June, 2010. Vacation w/boyfriend. 230ish lbs. Days before getting a kidney infection

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friend's birthday party, mid Nov. 175lbs.

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I'll be honest- I'm fed up with caring about my weight.
I think we've all felt this way, sometimes even while the scale is heading down. We think about a future where we count every grain of rice and head directly for that tub of ice cream to scare those thoughts out of our heads.

I'm learning to focus on bigger goals that will improve my health.
On March 25, 2012 I competed my first half marathon. I managed to gain between 10-15lbs during the training, and lost 2 inches at my waist. I took the training to heart, and learned how to run and *enjoy* myself. I took the core workout and made it a nightly practice. I took the concepts of cross-training, LSR, speed work and hill work and made them my reality. I went from jogging barely 2 miles to finishing a half marathon in just about 5 months, and all with a positive attitude while raising money for an amazing charity.

My next big goal is a continuation of the first. I want to complete at least 3 more races in 2012.
This includes the Kuai'i Half Marathon (9/2) and two other 10k/12k foot races.
Since I want to get FASTER (And get under 3 hours for the next half marathon!)- I'll be focusing on that as a goal, so dropping a bit of the extra flub will be helpful in that. It all works together, but this is more digestible for me.

Member Since: 8/6/2010

Fitness Minutes: 8,926

My Goals:
Droppin' it like it's hot. Having never been thin, I have no idea where my finish line will be- but for right now, I'm aiming for 140.

My Program:
training with Team in Training for a half marathon!

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My dad always liked to say "Even the gray days can amaze." Life is about ups and downs, and I'm here to live every second of it.

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  • v GHK1962
    Likley this will be the last challenge posting on our Spark pages? We will start a team this week. More info to come I am sure.

    Anyway... I believe I have the final numbers in for this past weekend’s challenge.... so here they are...and by the way, the Kimster has won her 3rd Cal Burn title in as many weeks...though we also now have a newly minted winner in Challenge #1 ~ Chris!

    Argymargy (Margy)
    Abs: na
    Cal Burn: na

    Ashupe1 (Manda)
    Abs: na
    Cal Burn: na

    Coolcuke (Pam)
    Abs: 1,000 (7:48 pm)
    Cal Burn: 580

    Ghk1962 (Greg)
    Abs: 420 (9:00 pm)
    Cal Burn: 1,243

    Kimpossible (Kim)
    Abs: 75 (Midnight)
    Cal Burn: 1,497

    Abs: 401 (Midnight)
    Cal Burn: 615

    Veachxcl (Chris)
    Abs: 1000 (10:30 am)
    Cal Burn: 0

    Sooo...the winners and their titles for this weekends challenge are:

    Abs Challenge: First time on the leader board...and likely to say, “you ain’t taking it from me next weekend”...Veachxcl ...yeahhh Chris!!! Aka ~ Diva Justified, Level 1

    Cal Burn Challenge: The Kimster! Or...Your Hotness – Snap, Crackle, & Pop

    Way to go everyone!
    3587 days ago
    Thank your for the nice comments on the blog and glad to keep you smiling. emoticon
    3588 days ago
  • v GHK1962
    Ok all, this weekend’s challenge is going out a bit late (especially for Kim as she’s already off of work as she gets this)....but here it is...

    What #1 - Abs. 1st one to 1,000. (based on your time zone) The exercise can by any of your just has to involve your abs somehow (i.e., crunches, twisty thingys, having someone constantly punch you I the gut, we don’t long as it is abdominal related!)

    What #2 - Calories burned (same as previous weeks...using Spark tracker, HRM, intuition, however you want to count it).

    When - Friday after work until Sunday midnight.

    Prize - Your aka name of choice. For me, it will be "King of the World". By the way, we still do not have aka names for Ashupe1, or for Veachxcl.

    PS ~ Likely we will set up a team for these challenges...more to come on this by next Monday I hope.

    PPS ~ Good luck all....gooooo challenge!

    PPPS ~ Really, should you really try? You know I will win right? Me. Moi. Heh.
    3590 days ago
  • v GHK1962
    Ok, I think I have the final numbers in for this past weekend’s challenge....though have not heard from the Margolicious One yet. But before letting you all know the winner, I will say that I do INDEED have a spreadsheet going. A spiffy self-calculating one...with colors. I have been meaning to post it in a blog at some point, just for entertainment value hahaha...but it has all your names, so I have not done so yet.

    What I did want to let you all know is that I took it upon myself to account for multiple titles that can be won in each weekend challenge category. (Oh this is getting downright freakin confusing...good thing nerdy Greg has a spreadsheet going...)

    For the challenge that normally involves doing the most of an exercise (or a 1,000 if we chose that route), the prize is bragging rights and the title of your choice. For instance, Kim’s would be “Her Excellency” (I have taken away “Your Hotness” as you will see it is the winning title of our other weekend challenge hahahaha.) If someone wins the weekend challenge in this category more than once, levels will be assigned. Sooo...say the Paminator wins a couple times. Then her title would be, “Empress, Level I”....then “Empress, Level II”...and so on.

    For the other challenge, the Calorie Burn one...this is where the “Hotness” title comes into play. The 5 levels are:
    Your Hotness
    Your Hotness - Sizzling Hot
    Your Hotness – Snap, Crackle, and Pop Bayyybeee
    Your Hotness – Spontaneous Combustion
    Your Hotness – Extra Crispy

    Have I put wayyyyyy too much thought into this? You betcha! I figure I can put my energies into finding a more efficient and environmentally friendly travel mode...or this. And I chose the latter!

    Anyway, so here are this weekend’s #’s....and by the way, the Kimster has won her 2nd Cal Burn title in as many weeks....

    Argymargy (Margy)
    Lats/Shoulder: na
    Cal Burn: na

    Ashupe1 (Manda)
    Lats/Shoulder: na
    Cal Burn: na

    Coolcuke (Pam)
    Lats/Shoulder: 1,000 (11:57 pm)
    Cal Burn: 643

    Ghk1962 (Greg)
    Lats/Shoulder: 130
    Cal Burn: 1,379

    Kimpossible (Kim)
    Lats/Shoulder: 0
    Cal Burn: 1,733

    Lats/Shoulder: 600
    Cal Burn: 1,400

    Veachxcl (Chris)
    Lats/Shoulder: 600
    Cal Burn: 725

    Sooo...the winners and their titles for this weekends challenge are:

    Lat/Shouder Challenge: the Pamminator! Or....Empress, Level II.

    Cal Burn Challenge: The Kimster! Or...Your Hotness – Sizzling Hot.

    Way to go everyone!

    3594 days ago
  • v GHK1962
    Ok...just an far today I have not done any lats or cal burn...but that's because wifey and I are going to the gym tonight.

    So far for the weekend though, I have a measly 80 on the lats/shoulders...but over 800 on cal burn.

    I have #'s for the Pamminator...partial #'s from Kimster and from are your faring?

    And...don't recall seeing #'s from the Gypsy Queen. And...Margy, I thought you sent me some cal burn #s...?

    By the way, Pammeister...keep going on the cal burn...don't let the extra days stop you!

    Good going all.

    And yes...I am using my freakin spreadsheet to track all this hahahaha.
    3595 days ago
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