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Hi, my name is Katie - thanks for stopping by my page.

When I started this journey March 2011, I was stuck - stuck at 250 lbs, stuck in old patterns of thinking, stuck with ideas of who I was, what I could do, and what I wanted from life.

I had these notions that if I could just get down to what my driver's license has said for years (175) or just get down to those "goal" jeans I've held onto since high school (16s) everything would be okay, my life would be perfect etc, etc.

But I realized in a very short time that my goals were out of whack - 175 isn't even normal BMI - for my height, 173 is the very top of that range - I'd actually rather shoot for the middle of healthy - and those dream goal jeans? they were all wrong for my body - I'm wearing 12s and 14s now - and I still have a long way to go.

What has changed since I started this journey is my ultimate goals: to be fit and strong - that's it. I don't want to define my long term goals by arbitrary numbers on a scale or a tag - there is so much that can influence these things in the short term.

Numbers are great for short term goals because they can give you something to shoot for - it makes it easier to keep that finish line in mind - and monthly goals do have a finish line.

But my long term goals - my life goals - there is no finish line for those - fit and strong is a shifting sand on which I run - the journey is why I am here.

*~* Update 1.6.13: In May of 2012, we started the process of buying a local book store, and by June of 2012, I went from a relatively calm life, to a rather stressful one, and my way of dealing with the stress was not ideal, I mainly turned to soda and sugar - and my health has paid the toll. The worst thing I did in that period was I stopped tracking. Tracking as at the core of what worked for me on with SP - and so tracking is what I am back to, along with eating higher quality foods, and learning to manage my stress in a way that does not involve sugar, because the sugar is making me sick - Spark On! *~*


Member Since: 3/2/2011

Fitness Minutes: 17,110

My Goals:
※ Long Term:

~ to be fit, to be strong

※ Mid Term:

~ 2011: run 1st 5k - DONE! 10.15.11 42:24
~ 2013: run 1st 10k
~ 2014: mid-healthy BMI (150)
~ 2014: run 1st half
~ 2015: run 1st marathon

※ Short Term:

~ Jan 2012: recommit to SP, because it works!

My Program:
※ Simple calories in/calories out


~ track EVERYTHING in the nutrition tracker

~ aim for 1200-1550 calories a day

~ eat 6 meals a day of roughly 250 calories each


~ cardio: 20 mins daily (walking)

~ strength: 15 mins daily (rotating upper, core, lower)

~ stretching: after cardio & strength, but also trying to add some yoga once a week for flexibility

Personal Information:
I am 5'10"
I turned 40 in Jan 2012
I am married
I have two adorable kids under 4
I want to run a marathon by 45

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HW: 280+
SW: 250 (started SP)
LW: 209 (with SP)
CW: 238
GW: 150

BMIs w/Weights

Overweight: 29.9 (208)
Healthy: 24.9 (173)
Mid-Healthy: 21.6 (150)

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Other Information:

Jan 2013:

* track
* update my goals
* follow some basic food rules
* remove sugar as a means to dealing with stress

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  • v KIKA07DK
    2889 days ago
    Confession: I've had Pepsi twice in the last week. Sigh. Too bad I don't like the Crystal Light drinks and stuff... Water. Water. Water.

    Hope your week has started out well. Take care!
    2919 days ago
    LOL! Yep! I love me my Pepsi. But because I love ME more, I am giving it up. Sniff.

    I'm drowning my sadness in water! haha! emoticon emoticon
    2928 days ago
    Yep, doing the exact same thing here. I was hitting the Pepsi just a bit too often, feeling like a blob and seeing the numbers climb (both pants size and scale--eek!) So Sunday (Yeah, just one week) I decided I needed to get back to it. Gave myself a challenge to stay in range and drink my water all week. Re- signed up at SnapFitness, and have to get 12 visits in a month to get reimbursement from our health insurance, so hit the gym 3 times this week. I'm easing back into distance running... I was up to 5 miles and now feel like 3 will kill me. Today was a run I wanted to be in (a year since my first 5K race), but I chickened out. Took the excuse of "it's raining and it's a trail run so it would be awful." Truthfully, I'm just not ready. Have one hubby and I are both doing on Oct. 27, though. So that's the goal--be ready for it!

    So, hang in there! Get back to basics. Drink your water and plan to get to the Y a couple times this week. I know about stress and busyness--whew, it's tough! But you'll be so glad you get back on the train!
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    2929 days ago
    Hey there! I took a "break" (read: gave up for a short bit) from SP, but I'm back. Saw you have been tracking those fitness minutes. Keep on going, girl. I hope all is going well with your business and family. emoticon emoticon
    2929 days ago
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