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When I first started my journey here on Spark, my main focus was to lose weight. I found that with weight loss being my focus that when I was stagnant or gained, I became discouraged. I decided to change my focus.

Now my goal is to be healthy, to be strong, to do good things for my body. I started running in May 2010 and have completed 4 organized 5K's and ran my first half marathon on May 1, 2011.

I'm eating healthier than I was, not perfect but a definite improvement. I still have trouble with portion sizes especially when the food is so yummy! I want to make sure I start eating less of what doesn't make my tummy happy and more of what does make my tummy happy!

Focusing on being healthy keeps the motivation going, because I can always find something I did that day that was good for my body. If I slipped up nutritionally, then I just have to focus on eating better the rest of the day or squeeze in a quick work out. It's harder to fail being focused on my health than being focused on weight loss. Weight loss is a result of living a healthy lifestyle.

Member Since: 4/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 4,507

My Goals:
To be healthy, be strong, be confident, be the woman I know I was meant to be.

My Program:
I want to make it fun and enjoyable! Motivation is difficult for me. I give up real easily. So I'm going to eat healthy and organic and make sure my meals are balanced. I'm a runner and enjoy strength training/circuit training which will be forever in my exercise routines (altering it here and there so it doesn't get stale).

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs... As much as I love it here I wouldn't mind moving to some place warmer... Like Texas or some place beautiful like Colorado...

I've been married for 9 years to a wonderful man named Tony. We have 2 fur babies; a 6 year old Pit Bull/Border Collie mix, named Duke and a 3 year old Pit Bull/Labrador mix, named Roscoe. Both of my boys are rescues. We've had Duke since 3/28/09 & Roscoe since 8/10/10. They are our babies!

I have a lot of dreams and aspirations... Some are very tangible and others are crazy, but still possible. I definitely have a bucket list and am trying to chip away at it as time and sometimes money allows. The hubs and I are concentrating VERY hard and have systems in place to get out of debt (except for the mortgage) and that should happen in a few years. Once that's accomplished, that should open more doors to accomplish more on my bucket list since I won't be so restricted financially.

Other Information:
"You can't talk yourself out of a problem you behave your way into." ~Stephen Covey

"We can't become what we need by remaining what we are." ~ Max Dupree

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
~ Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Elliot

"The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life." ~ Cyril Connolly

"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." ~ David Viscott

"Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality." ~ Ralph Marston

"Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more."
~ Louis L'Amour

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    Hi MelMei!!

    It's me, Kelli. I was going thru my comments page and read an old post you but on mine. It's been a while, but I'm back.

    I just started Round 2 of INSANITY, so you will be seeing more of me on SPARK.

    How's your INSANITY journey going?

    Sending Love and Blessings your way,
    Kelli emoticon
    2878 days ago

    The biggest change to what I've been doing really is just upping my protein!!! That's about it! Not a whole lot either. Just about 20 grams/day higher than it had been.
    3457 days ago
  • v 40LBS2DROP
    Just wanted to stop by your page and see how you are doing. Hope you are doing well on your journey to weight loss.

    3459 days ago
    Hey there stranger! emoticon

    Finished early today and just boppin' around here so I don't sit & eat watching TV!:))

    I was looking through your photo and see SOMEBODY HAS A B-DAY coming soon! Roscoe!!! emoticon Just thought I'd acknowledge him! emoticon

    I'm still on the treadmill. Just not running a whole lot. I do 1 minute @ 6 mph followed by 1 min. walking @ 4 mph for 20-30 minutes about every other day. The other days I walk 4 MPH for 45-90 minutes, depending! Seems to be helping.

    Well, I just thought I'd stop by and say HI!
    3460 days ago
  • v BARCLE
    Hi and welcome to the Runner Girls United team emoticon Have a super day emoticon
    3465 days ago
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