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Back in 2006 before I gained all my weight, I'm about 130 here (skinny-fat)

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I have been a member of SP since Nov. 2008. I love the program. I feel it gives me focus and it's a stable place I can go when I feel overwhelmed or struggling internally. I have seen a lot of people come and go and it saddens me to see some people rise to the top as motivators, and then disappear because they feel they failed and can no longer motivate others. I think this is a flaw in the program. I don't blog a lot or try to motivate others very much, because I'm not a role model, a humorous writer, or an introspective philosopher. I do give advice on the forums sometimes because I have learned some things over my several years of reading spark articles, or I might give advice about what has helped me or has been successful during my journey. I can only hope that some of the things I say will help another person with their journey, even though I am not all that great at following my own advice!

Anyway, I started running in early 2010. It was very much a trial-and-error experience for me. 2.5 years later, I finally feel like I kind of know what I'm doing. I am still run-walking mainly. I did couch to 5k twice. I have had stress fractures. I have had hip and IT band problems. I have had motivation wane and set my running stamina back to nearly the beginning. I have struggled with alcohol abuse and been too sick to exercise sometimes. So I would definitely still consider myself a "beginning" runner. I have determination to see this through and continue improving, getting healthier, and I will never give up. I may progress a lot slower than most people, but I am the turtle who will win my race in the end.

I was never overweight until I hit the age of 30. I did all sorts of sports in high school, and after high school was an avid backpacker and hiker. I stayed thin without really trying until I was almost 30. Then I gained 40 lbs after taking antidepressants, becoming separated from my husband, drinking alcohol heavily for several years, and unhealthy eating.

I have struggled with drug use and depression my entire adult life. I am clean off drugs now, but there are some lingering health problems as a result that I take medication for.

For my own record keeping:
Race for the Roses 5K 4/11/10 -- 33:26
Earth Day 5K 4/24/10 -- 31:53
Fremont 5K 6/11/10 -- 33:40
Hagg Lake Triathlon 7/9/11
Run Like Hell 5k 10/23/11 32:05
Winter Wonderland 4 miler 11/26/11 43:43
RiverFest 10K 5/26/12 1:15:00
Run Like Hell 10K 10/21/12 1:08:34
Las Vegas Half Marathon 12/2/12: 3:03:30 (ouch)

Member Since: 11/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 39,981

My Goals:
I would like to reach a healthy weight of 140.

Stay injury-free

Eat Clean, local and organic

My Program:
counting calories

weights 2x a week

Elliptical, stair stepper, walking, hiking, and classes for cross training

Personal Information:
5' 6"
39 yrs old
SW 170

Other Information:
I love to knit, read, go camping, go to the beach, just get away, RELAX and not have to get up for hours if I don't want to, eat excellent food, especially curries, seafood, rare steak, sweet potatoes, zucchini, sauteed mushrooms....

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  • v JOYNEW
    I get shin splints too -- from walking fast, not from running though. I have to make a point to warm up really well before I walk very fast. They're soooooo painful!

    I wish you all the success in the world with your running and your half marathon! I felt like my running was going so well, so I started thinking of longer distances. But it'll be a while until I'm ready for that. I'm sticking with 4 mile maximum for now.

    Thanks for your note!
    3240 days ago
  • v no profile image MORTICIAADDAMS
    I love your sparkpage. Very nice!!
    3254 days ago
    Thanks for your comments on my blog about my son going to college. It's funny how many kids who have parents who love them think it's a pain. I read in the Steve Jobs biography that when he was 17 he pretended to not even have parents, and his were loving, devoted people. He said he didn't regret much in life but how he treated them was one thing he did. Me, maybe I can relate more to you: my parents forgot my 13th birthday (not THAT one!) and yes, true story - they moved once without telling me (and I did the wrong things, ended up dropping out of college and going on to worse behavior).

    It's a shame your parents missed out on you, as well as you having to go through that alone. If I knew the answer to "what were they thinking?" I'd probably have had a better relationship with MY parents.

    And even though it was a fiasco with my son, the bright side is that now we write each other every day. We communicate more and better when we're apart.

    Again, thank you for your thoughtfulness in sharing your experience. When it's your turn to be "college mom," I'll keep an eye out for your story. emoticon
    3255 days ago
  • v B-FLAT
    Thanks for the encouragement on my blog. Doc wants to try this for a few months...I can tell you it's been long enough for me to say, IT AIN'T WORKING! Hope to get an appointment soon to talk it thru again. I know there are lots of women out there who have these issues, but sometimes it feels like your the only one. Thanks again, I needed the pick-me-up!
    3256 days ago
    Wow, I'm so happy to return to Spark and find that you're training for a half! Very cool. I'm working my way back to running by walking a bit every day. You're inspiring me!
    3266 days ago
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