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Me and my husband at the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, March 2010

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Me and my friends, after a trail run at the US National Whitewater Center, July 2010

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My name is Melanie and I live in Fort Mill, SC. I've been exercising regularly for years and have been a yoga teacher/fitness instructor since 2002. I've hit many stumbling blocks over the last several years -- two knee injuries, IT Band injuries, high cholesterol and weight gain. My doctor and I have agreed that if I can lose 20 lbs., I can get back on track for my cholesterol and my weight. As of April 2011, I've got 10 more pounds to go. So not much more to go to reach the goal that will make my doctor happy.

I've revamped my fitness routine to incorporate more intense cardio activity (running, swimming, bicycling). I'm teaching fitness classes less so that I can focus on getting myself where I need to be physically. I've run some 5Ks and 10Ks, 2 half marathons, and completed my first mini-triathlon since becoming a member of Participating in races is the only way I'm going to do the work I need to, as I am a very competitive person. If I know I've got a race to prepare for, I'll do what I need to do in order to be the best I can be. If I'm left to my own devices, I'll most certainly slack off.

I'm still trying REALLY hard to work on my nutrition...before joining, I didn't know how to eat the right proportions. When I started tracking what I ate on the Food Tracker, I noticed right away that I was eating WAY too much and getting too much sodium. The support I've received from this site and its members has helped me so much already to get myself back in check and to hold myself accountable for everything I do and eat.

I'm chronicling my journey on my official blog site at, illustrating how running and yoga are helping on my path to health and wellness. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Weight Goals:
* Starting weight: 164 lbs- 8/20/09 (BMI 27.3/Overweight)
* GOAL WEIGHT - 140 lbs. As of April 2011, I am down to 153 lbs. Getting there...slowly but surely.

Fitness Goals:
* Complete a 10K in 1:00 or less.
* Get rid of my belly fat...I have strong abs, but you just can't see 'em!
* Learn how to rock climb.

Completed Races:
11/26/09 - 5k (Williamsburg, VA) 34:18
3/27/10 - Cooper River Bridge 10K (Charleston, SC) 1:11:02
4/10/10 - Charlotte Racefest 10K (Charlotte, NC) 1:13:59
7/11/10: Ramblin' Rose Mini-Triathlon (Rock Hill, SC) 1:14:10
8/7/10: Blue Points 5K (Charlotte, NC) 33:06
8/21/10: 2010 10K Trail Run (Charlotte, NC) 1:23:52
9/26/10 - MS Breakaway to the Beach. This wasn't a timed race, but it took me 7.8 hours to ride 125 miles.
10/16/10 - Lung Strong 15K (Cornelius, NC) 1:43:05
10/31/10 - Devil's Chase 6.66 Miler (Salem, MA) 1:08:48
11/25/10 - Gobble Jog 5K (Marietta, GA) 32:59:52
12/4/10 - St. Jude's Half-Marathon (Memphis, TN) 2:46:43
1/15/11 - Charleston Half-Marathon (Charleston, SC) 2:40:51
4/2/11 - Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (Charleston, SC) 1:07:28
5/30/11 - Celebrate America 10K (Alpharetta, GA) 1:09:21
6/25/11 - Dirty Spokes 5 Mile Trail Run (Cumming, GA) 1:07:39
7/10/11: Ramblin' Rose Mini-Triathlon (Rock Hill, SC) 1:11:25
8/27/11: Warrior Dash (Huntersville, NC) 53:35:25
11/5/11: Savannah Rock N' Roll Half-Marathon (Savannah, GA) 2:32:41

Upcoming Races:
5/19/12 - Warrior Dash (Huntersville, NC)

Member Since: 8/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 25,906

My Goals:
My high-level goals are to improve my cholesterol and trigylceride numbers, to reach a healthy weight, to improve in running and cycling, to have more confidence in my appearance, to feel as sexy as my hubby says I am :)

My Program:
Running: 3-4X per week
Cycling: 1X per week
Yoga: 2X per week
Weight Training: 1X per week

Personal Information:
I live in Fort Mill, SC with my hubby, two daughters and three dogs. Life is busy, but I am enjoying that we try to be an active family, and I love that we do things TOGETHER (dogs included)!

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    Hi Melanie, Great Job getting back the momentum. It sounds like you have been keeping yourself pretty active and busy. I look forward to seeing you on the 10k forum.
    3434 days ago
    Hi Melanie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It was quite a run on Saturday. I had lots of thoughts in my head that run. I am so glad I got them out. I had a great run today and I pushed myself a little harder the 1st 2 miles of my 3 miler (9 + min/mile average) and slowed it down to 10 the last mile and it felt great!!!!

    Enjoy your week. I am going to stop by and add my miles to the November challenge.

    3505 days ago
    Hi Melanie! Great to meet you here - saw your post over in 10K Training and wanted to check out your blog. Seems like we have quite a bit in common. Looking forward to getting to know you!
    3511 days ago

    Thank you for your comment in my blog! It was very sweet. Especially as I think you as our great 10k team leader are inspiring.

    Your willingness to give advice and lend an ear has been incredible, and it is partly why I am still pushing to get to 10k and beyond. :)
    3591 days ago
    Thank you for your comments on my blog!

    Yup everyday just do your best and your best can vary from day to day! :D
    3601 days ago
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