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Christmas 2002 in Sarajevo with the family


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Looks like I should update this:

I joined SparkPeople to lose the 20ish lbs I've put on since college. Other than American Kenpo (a street fighting martial art), I'd never been very active. I tried running, and other sports growing up, but the competitive spirit was never really in me, and I always found some reason to quit.

After college, I got a job, and soon started traveling every week. This wreaked havoc on my eating habits since I was stuck eating out 3 meals a day, 5 days a week. And if I was on a project with multiple co-workers, it was doubly bad, because dinners would always involve some sort of beer or wine. Every time I was on the bench (at home for any period of time) I would lose 5-10 lbs, only to quickly put it on again as soon as I got a gig.

Two years ago, I started a new job that didn't require any travel. Since then, I've been trying to wean myself off of eating out. Although I haven't been fully successful, I have gotten to where I eat at home for the majority of my meals. It definitely helps that my husband is a wonderful cook.

In November, I decided to get serious about training. I had taken up running a few years back, but was never very serious or regular about training. Up until then, I had managed to get to where I could run for 3 miles in 40 minutes. I started walking with a few friends, as they were gearing up their training for a 100k hike in the area. After realizing how great I felt after long workouts on weekends, I decided I wanted more.

I signed up for the Army 10 miler and the Nike Women's Half marathon to motivate me to train more regularly. Then a friend of mine (Hi Connie!!) found out about a local Triathlon training group. And the rest, I guess is history.

I'm now part of Team Z (, and am training for my first Sprint Triathlon on August 5th.
So far, I've competed in my first 5k, a mini-tri (250m swim, 4mi bike, 1.4mi swim) and an Olympic AquaVelo (1000m swim, 40k bike).
My long term goal is to finish an IronMan some day (hopefully in 2009, but I'll have to see how I am after my first few races), and in the mean time, train for a few Sprint, Olympic and Half Iron Man distance races.

Since starting with TeamZ, I've actually put on weight. I've been reassured that it's muscle, but I'm not too positive. Either way, I'm pretty happy where I am, now. I'd still love to lose the weight, but I'm more concerned with having enough energy and endurance to finish my races.

Member Since: 12/11/2006

Fitness Minutes: 767

My Goals:
Run my first 5k (done May 5, 2007)
Finish Culpeper Sprint Tri Aug 5th
Finish General Smallwood Olympic Tri Sep 22nd
Ride a metric Century
Run the Army 10 miler in October
Run the Nike Women's Half Marathon in October
Run a marathon in 2008

My Program:
Monday easy running
Tuesday and Thursday AM swim, PM bike
Wednesday run & strenth training
Friday rest day
Weekends long run ahd long bike.
Once a month, weekend open water swim.
Recording everything I eat on SparkPeople and on my Palm (trying not to cheat)

Personal Information:
I'm 30 years old, married with no kids.
I have lived in many different countries, mostly in Southeast Asia, because my father was in the Foreign Service.
I went to college and worked in Texas (San Antonio and Austin respectively) and now live in Northern VA.

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I have a training/personal blog at

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    How was the marathon???? Tracy
    4866 days ago
    Just noticed that your first marathon is on Sunday..good will be an amazing experience...savor every moment!
    4870 days ago
    Hey NOVA girl! I did run the ATM last year and they DID run out of water. It was crazy. However, I've run this race and known others who have run this race for years and I believe it was just an anomoly. I've never run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler due to allergy season. However, when my allergies all of a sudden cleared up during the spring I decided to register for the race...then I got pregnant! :) So, I've never run it and the registration is already closed for this year (I believe). Tracy
    4902 days ago
    Hey! Good luck on all your planned runs, looks like you have your focus in place. And congrats on the 18 miler, I believe I have mine in 2 weeks - yikes. By any chance are you half Filipino? I saw your family pic and it looks like it! I am full Filipino. =) See you on the boards! *Diane*
    4903 days ago
    WOW - I just read you live in Northern VA - me too! I'm adding you to my friends page so we can keep in touch.
    4903 days ago
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