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I borrowed this from another sparkmember's page... it's too good. Now you can give your weight loss some perspective.

WHAT WEIGHS.........
1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)

Let's change our lives together. If you're looking for support or a friend to check in with, I am, too. Friend me!

I started at my all time high. At only 5'1" I weighed 170+ lbs. The weight just kept creeping up on me. I wasn't watching what I was eating, and I honestly believed that if I went running about once or twice a week, I could eat whatever I wanted. This obviously wasn't working!

I got married in May 2011 to my boyfriend of 7 years. Together we moved to Japan. We've had a lot of changes in a very short time. Married, graduated, moved across the world, first professional job. We've had more time to reflect on ourselves and think about what our goals really are. That's when I thought about how I felt in my own body. I wasn't happy.

I'd been a member of Sparkpeople for some time (about two years) but had never really used all of the tools or advice it offered. It was time to get serious about my health and my future. I bought the Spark cookbook (love it!), made an exercise schedule, and have been slowly starting to think more positively about myself, my accomplishments and life. I love how I feel. Although my husband doesn't need to lose any weight (he weighs less than I do!!!), he eats the healthier food and exercises with me. In any journey, you need support from people around you.

Since starting my Sparkpeople journey (for real this time) a short 23 days ago, I have lost 9 lbs. It's just the beginning of my healthy lifestyle. This isn't a diet, or a temporary thing. I'm learning to live a new way of life, happier and healthier, with my husband by my side.

"Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed."
Charles M. Schultz

We have recently picked up a passion for running. We started with the C25K program and loved it. I've always wanted to become a runner, so it's a great help when you don't know what you're doing! It's started out really slow with only 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds walking. But by the end you can run for 30 minutes non-stop. I learned not to rush the program so I could really build endurance (no matter how tempted I was). I never thought that I could be a runner. Now we're doing Bridge to 10k. I'm loving this program as well. I look forward to my runs... how weird and fantastic is that?

Next year (by July 2013) I want to run a half marathon... training starts soon. Wish me luck!

Member Since: 6/10/2011

Fitness Minutes: 21,427

My Goals:
MINI-GOALS (weight loss)

*Get into the "Overweight" category of my BMI (158.3 lbs) Prize: New headphones
(Completed: 6/10/12)

*Weigh less than my husband (155.3 lbs) Prize: Shoes for my wedding.
(Completed: 7/7/12)

*Get out of the 150s
Prize: New pants cause I'm going to need them!
(Completed: )

*Get out of the 140s
Prize: New dress! Up to $75.
(Completed: )

*Get to a healthy BMI (132.5)
Prize: Do I really need one? New lingerie.
(Completed: )

* Get under 130 lbs
Prize: New wardrobe $500.
(Completed: )


*Compete a 10-k in under 1-hr by May 2014
(Completed: )

*Compete in a half-marathon by July 2013
(Completed: 12/2/12 )

*Compete in a marathon by July 2014
(Completed: )

My Program:
*Running 4 times/week

*Exercise at least 10 minutes everyday

*Track calories

*Measure portions

*More fruits and veggies

*No chips!

Personal Information:
I live in Japan with my husband. We will be here until July 2013. By the time we go home I want to have accomplished my fitness and weight loss goals so I can take these tools home with me and live a healthy life!

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  • v OLA155
    I read your last blog and was very inspired. I have added you as a friend. You are welcome to do the same. Keep up the good work.
    383 days ago
    I am glad I made you smile, its so important to get at least one smile going a day, its good for the soul. I have been very busy this last week, making wedding cakes for a friend. I did a large one, and 90 mini cakes. all decorated with home made sugar paste flowers. Boy, did I ache when I had finished. Still at least they are done now. Starbucks in Japan! Whatever next! Keep up the good work. Maureen
    2795 days ago
    Oh cool, I would love to help motivate my fellow 5'1" lady! Thanks for visiting my blog, I added you as a friend, btw your background is so cute! emoticon
    2800 days ago
    Hiya how you doing?? Maureen hasnt loged in in a week after the queens jubilee hope she's OK... I'm busy with a diabetic team which is very active & supportive so if you dont hear from me a time there i am there hahaha.. i do think of you constantly.. im busy preparing to go to the UK next month after my check with my doctor.. but i will continue posting while im there..I see your getting the weight off emoticon I havent done so much I'm 4ft 11 smaller than you & my weight really holds me down haha..anyways take good care of yourself...Tisha
    2814 days ago
    Hiya. Thanks for adding me as a friend. I am glad we can support each other during this journey.

    2823 days ago
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