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(BEFORE) Me, sister Les, dad and sister Deb the day before my spark diet (Feb.2006- 255lbs)

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(AFTER) Me on the left, my sister & Bro (152lbs)

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June 2008 - Me in the red being chased by some hungry marathoners!

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Getting moving not only changed my life, it saved it. It was February 2006 and I was living with back problems, high blood pressure and felt stressed out all time. At age 34 I was only 5'7" and weighed 260lbs.

My health deteriorating and weighing more than I ever did, I finally decided one day to take action. I prayed to God for help from the bottom of my soul.
I started by walking. At first it was small steps and short distances. I would just make myself get out and walk. I started learning proper nutrition and diet with the help of this website. I made it a lifestyle change rather than a diet.

One day I was walking a trail nearby and ran into a hometown marathon just about to start. I was in awe of everyone's up-beat attitude and had a thought enter my head. "I want to be part of this!"
So, the next day a started to jog, bit by bit I struggled. The weight started to fall off and I just kept thinking about that marathon. Within 10 months and many miles I had shed almost 100lbs. I showed up to the marathon ready to finish and finish I did. I came in 24th in a time of 3 hours 36 mins. I was hooked!

Apparently many were inspired by my story and this year, my second time at that marathon, they presented me with an inspirational award at the pre-race social. Wow! I was so honored!

It's been 4 years now since I started, I am healthier and happier than ever before and my attitude on life is so positive. Participating in things and being active is who I am and what I do now. So far from the person I used to be!
Running has become my passion and I continue to try to motivate and inspire anyone I can through running and fitness because I know first hand how it changed my life for the better.

Thanks Spark People, for providing all the tools I needed to do this, and for letting me tell my story... and thanks to God for being patient and never letting me fall of course too far.
To those of you just starting your journey, set your goals and go after them - the sky is the limit!

Thanks for stopping by!


Member Since: 2/25/2006

Fitness Minutes: 5,089

My Goals:
- Maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

- Always be thankful for my health

- Inspire people to find the best in themselves

My Program:
Run, cycle, strength train, eat a well balanced diet and use the nutrition tracker.

Personal Information:
Nova Scotia, Canada

Other Information:
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

"Go not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!"

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon The Motivator of the Day. What an honor.

    emoticon Valentine's Day is coming soon. Remember to love yourself first so you can love others.
    718 days ago
  • v WILDKAT781

    on the Class Of 2006 team. Please come join us in the “Keeping the wheel turning” thread. And our Halloween challenge.


    2314 days ago
    So did you do the bluenose this year? My bil did the marathon then a week later ran a marathon in Ottawa.
    You have done awesome! congrats. Me I am so full of arthritis but cvontinue to walk, and am trying to incorperate strength training on a more reg. basis as aat my age 56 and health I need it.
    Continued success on your journey.
    2325 days ago
    Marathon getting close eh!? I just wanted to check in and say hello. I hope you realize that you are a huge inspiration to a lot of people, keep up the good work and good luck!!
    2511 days ago
  • v MAGGIE805
    Thanks for commenting on My First Marathon blog. I keep reminding myself that the first one is not for time, but for the experience. It's become a bit of a mantra lately because I tend to get a little competitive. :)
    2524 days ago
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