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Albany Marathon, 3/1/14 "ALMOST THERE......!!!!!" Mile 25.8-ish

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My scary "before" photo... 175 whopping pounds.

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A little about myself:
I've been a long-time runner, but always struggled with my weight. It took me a long time to realize that absolute importance of nutrition. After having my twins in 2008, I found myself at my highest weight ever.... 175 lbs. It was time for an overhaul. I started following the Maker's Diet (which is not really a diet at all, but a clean, healthy way of life), & slowly started running again. It was a long haul, but the weight DID come off. I still struggle with not letting bad habits creep back in, but I KEEP WORKING AT IT!

Since then, I also have started doing long distance races. I ran my first HM in 2009, & my first marathon in 2011. I love running events, & love the motivation it gives me to challenge myself to new distances & improving my times.

Member Since: 7/24/2009

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Planned Races:
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My PRs:
5K (non-race) - 22:55
10K - 46:16
HM - 1:43:12
30K - 2:44
Marathon - 3:47:44

My Program:
Running (and lots of it!):
4-5 days weekly (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat)
Saturday: Long run

Strength Training:
2-3x a week

I've tried about every diet out there - Low-carb (whole foods low-carb), Paleo, portion sizes, calorie counting, Trim Healthy Mama. I have now come full circle, and do not believe a low carb or keto diet is the way to go. I eat a balanced diet with healthy fats and carbs, try to eat lots of veggies and always keeping a good source of protein a part of every snack and meal.

Personal Information:
Darcy Brinkmann
38, Wife and Mother
4 children - 2 sons (17 & 12), twin daughters, (9 y/o), living in FL.

Other Information:
"Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there." - Josh Billings, 1818-1885

"In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all time; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. "
- Psalm 62:7-8

"Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A. Edison

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  • v no profile image LYNNHARDING
    Thanks for the encouraging words. I am figuring out how to use this site and how to add my own foods/meal plans. I grow a lot of my own food and have my own chickens for eggs and meat and I milk two goats each day. So, I am trying to enter in my own foods because the suggested plans won't work for me. I also buy grains and beans in bulk and store them and most of my carbs come from these sources. I notice that there are a lot of brand name foods here. I seldom visit a supermarket or buy anything that has been processed.
    I wonder whether there are any people who are into local food or who are farmers and who are also trying to loose weight.
    3941 days ago
    wow! i stumbled across your page, what an amazing transformation! congrats!
    3942 days ago

    Good Luck on your Weight Loss Journey emoticon

    Looks like you've been doing very well!

    -MaryAnn emoticon

    3988 days ago
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