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Brad and I in Colorado in 2001, before Leukemia and Peripartum Cardiomyopathy changed our lives.

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Brad and I, July 2010

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Brad and I finishing the 2007 Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon with a new PR of 2:07:19.


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I''m Teresa and I turned 50 this year. I''ve been married to Brad, my high school sweetheart, for 20 years, though we actually started dating back in 1982. We have 4 children: Zach, 25 yo; Jake, 20yo; Katie, 117 yo; and Lily, 13 yo. In 2001, things were great. I had just quit smoking. I''d rediscovered a love of running and was training to run a 5K race with my son. On Thanksgiving Day we found out we were pregnant. I was a size 4. ;-) All was right with the world. In December, Brad was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia and started a brutal round of chemotherapy and hospital stays to try beat the cancer. In July, Lily was born. Shortly after her birth, I went into congestive heart failure and was diagnosed with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. My heart had enlarged and it wasn''t able to pump blood properly. Both conditions are often fatal, but Brad and I beat the odds. He''s been in remission for more than nine years and after four years of impaired heart function, my heart is healing and slowly returning to normal. To celebrate, Brad and I trained to run a mini-marathon in May 2006 on our 11th anniversary. (We did it!) Unfortunately due to injury and real-world stuff getting in the way, we''ve let our running program slide. We didn''t run the Mini the last couple of years and neither of us has been running or working out consistently at all for the past two and a half years. We are trying to make changes that will lead to a healthier lifestyle for our family. Nutrition and exercise that can become a part of our lives and not something that seems like "work."

Member Since: 3/21/2006

Fitness Minutes: 8,210

My Goals:
My goal is to create a more healthy lifestyle for myself and for my family.

My Program:
I've started The Fast Metabolism Diet and so far am a huge fan. Planning to run another half marathon this fall after a couple of years with no steady running. Hoping to broaden my exercise routine by taking a few classes and meeting new people who share my healthy lifestyle. We are trying to eat clean and have cut out most processed foods and increased our intake of veggies and fruit. Very happy to report that I've also cut out all caffeine.

Personal Information:
My name is Teresa. I am a stay-at-home mom who has four children, ages 11 yo to 23 yo.) I'm married to my high school sweetheart and senior prom date. :-)

Other Information:
"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired...You''ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going."

- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian

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  • v ALS7391
    Congratulations on your weight loss! I am also going to try the "eating clean" diet. I've increased my water intake & am trying to avoid the caffeine *sigh*
    2575 days ago
    Hi T! Thanks for taking a minute to send me a msg. : )
    I haven't been running either. Last year I had a lot of trouble with my calves and just couldn't do it.
    I broke down and joined Weight Watchers last week and I really like it. I'm finding it really easy so far. I think I just need to try something new.

    Keep in touch! : )
    3729 days ago
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

    3739 days ago
    Thanks I'm trying to figure this all out. So far I'm just really using the nutritional tracker and it's helping. It really is true you need to make sure you jot down everything you put in your mouth. Thanks for posting this site on FB!!!
    3749 days ago
    Hey Teresa!!! What have you been up to hon? It has certainly been a while:) Like Judi said, 2011 HAS to be our year - we both have been through some tough health struggles.

    Can't wait to hear all the wonderful details:)

    3752 days ago
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