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So, I am restarting my journey. I joined Spark initially, because some folks in the local theatre scene were doing it, and had a group. At the time, it just wasn't working for me. I came back several months later, after googling couch to 5K. This site popped up with a beginning running group. I did the C25K, with the support of several sparkers, and starting joining other groups. One of the members was talking about the Inaugural DisneyWorld Princess Half Marathon. I thought that sounded like a superfun time, so I dedicated myself to training. I found the Disney Princess Group (since renamed, as many of the ladies are doing other Disney events now), and loads more support.

I got to nearly my goal weight, finished the half, and things seemed swell. Then, I woke up one morning and was in incredible pain from my neck. I went to a chirpractor for treatment, which helped some, but in addition to the neck pain, I was also suffering from pain, numbness and tingling down my arms. I've since had an MRI, and seen a neurologist. I am on a number of meds to stop the chronic headaches I suffer from, and to heal the muscle damage and ease the pain, until they can figure out why I am numb and tingly. The damage in my neck is all on the left side, so the numbness and pain in my right doesn't make sense.

2010 was a year full of ups and downs. I tried to keep working, and I set a goal for completing a marathon. A new treatment was tried for my neck, epidural steroid injections. The steroids did not provide the healing that was hoped for my neck. Instead, they caused me constant hot flashes and an insatiable appetite. I got back to nearly my heaviest weight. Bronchitis put the kibosh on my marathon. 2012 hit and with the weight gain and the pain, working out fell to the wayside. A lot of not great things happened.

So, here I am. My neck is healed (yay!) but due to my weight I am having lots of other aches and pains. I am working up my running again. My biggest hurdle is food. I need to buckle down, and I know what I need to eat...but I am so tired most of the time that I just go for what's easy over what's healthy. So, I am committing to get to my goal. Not close like before...but all the way there. I want to get back in all my fun clothes, and not have my back and joints angry with me. I know I can do it, and I don't have any excuses!

Member Since: 9/15/2007

Fitness Minutes: 13,856

My Goals:
I am changing my goal of weight loss...I was going to settle for 128....but 125 is what I really want, so I'm going to go for it!!!

I would also like to get my body fat down to 22% again, then look to go lower after that.

However, I will take fitting into all my pants comfortable, and not having my underarms continue waving after I stop.

My Program:
So, after getting running, and working out regularly...I was sidelined for a while. Now my back is really healed, so I need to get back in the swing of things.
Currently running 3x/week.

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    Thanks for the encouragement today! I did do my W5D1 run... it's going to get crazy from here on out... but I CAN'T quit now! You know what... one of my in-the-back-of-my-mind-goals is to get to a thinness/fittness level so I can wear a cute/sexy Halloween costume and feel cute/sexy in it. When I -was- fit I was too modest or maybe not confident enough to wear the kind of costumes I want to get into now... If you got it flaunt it, or something. :)

    The past couple days I've been scanning through SP for motivational blogs. Ran into a blog about 100 push-ups and see that you're doing that program too. I subscribed to your blog and I think I'll start that one... I should start it tonight, but I think I will tomorrow, but by the latest, Saturday. Maybe you could stop by and hold me accountable to that. :) Actually, I'll do the initial test tonight so that I can start the program full force.

    Ou, this is getting lengthy... Thanks again! emoticon
    4343 days ago
    Hey, welcome!!! Glad to have you on my buddy list. You look great, but proud of you for trying to improve your health.
    4349 days ago
  • v KLS731
    Welcome to 5k

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    4353 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/11/2008 10:57:52 PM
  • v MOMIN09
    Welcome to Sparkpeople and Beginning Running. I am here if you ever need anything.
    Good luck with your goals!

    4367 days ago
  • v MOMIN09
    Welcome to Sparkpeople and Beginning Running. I am here if you ever need anything.
    Good luck with your goals!

    4367 days ago
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