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19,340 ft. The roof of Africa!

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Me and my children on the 4th of July 2009

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Costa Rica July 2009

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I am back with spark people so that I can get fit enough to climb another mountain. A few years ago my son and I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was an awesome adventure.

I had never traveled to Africa, but my son had gone to South Africa for a summer college course and to Ghana to help build a school. At the end of his junior year he let me know that he wanted to climb Kilimanjaro with me the following summer.

I bought good boots and spent a year training. I mostly climbed stairs every morning and did yoga at night. Weekends I took long hikes. Strength training core development and aerobics were key to developing the necessary balance and capacity for breathing at altitude.

I worried about altitude sickness, but you can't train your way out of that risk unless you have high mountains to climb, and there were none near me. I also worried about my knees, so I watched my diet, convinced that what I didn't eat I wouldn't have to haul up the mountain. I lost a total of about 45 lbs.

The climb was stunning. Five days up and two days down. The day of the summit climb we started at midnight, reached the rim at sunrise, and climbed down until 7 pm. I've never been so tired in my life.

Afterward I gained the weight back, got busy, stopped the training, and basically let myself go. I had many excuses, but no good reasons.

July 20, 2008 I found sparkpeople on line. I remembered how good it felt to be able to do something challenging. I decided to be fit again. By June 2009 I lost 75 lbs. and met my goal! After a few months I started to slip back away from my healthy habits.

I am tracking my food again, and I am trying to redevelop good exercise habits.

My first time on sparkpeople I rediscovered how good it feels to be alive. I am eager to move back toward that joy.

My body is a gift from God. If I treat it well it will make me capable of doing a lot of great things. I have really wasted some of that capacity by not getting enough exercise and eating too much.

Life is too good to waste sitting on the side lines. Today is the day to get back in the game. Machu Picchu awaits!

Member Since: 7/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 32,252

My Goals:
My goal is to get to 135 lbs. which would be a healthy and reasonable weight for me.
I want to climb Machu Picchu in 2014. (Plans for April 2013 fell through.)
I want to be a good example for my daughters.
I want to run another 5K (woohoo! ran my first official 5K 9/24/11 - slow but sure at 43:20; my second on 11/5/11 at 36:50; and my third on 11/23/11 at 36:44; thinkin' I need a Reindeer Run...)

My Program:
I am tracking my eating and exercise with spark!
I am trying to limit my carbs.
My mom and sisters are also working on getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. We are supporting each other.

Personal Information:
I am a Lutheran pastor in PA. I am married and have three children. God is good!

Other Information:
No matter how hard we attempt to inform, it is our ability to inspire that changes the heart, the mind and the world.

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    Love ur Costa Rica pic!
    3032 days ago
  • v MENT2BE
    Thanks for stopping by my spark page for last weekend's race. It was awesome.....beautiful weather and the added bonus of cherry blossoms in FULL bloom. catch up on EVERYTHING after being gone for a wk....LOL
    3171 days ago
    Hey lady! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. I really need them. I have just started a new job as an administrative assistant at our local children's shelter. I've been very busy and stressed with the changes. And as a result of such a huge career change I've been battling doubt and struggling to stay positive. I'm doing ok though. I think once I learn all my tasks and responsibilities that I'm going to enjoy it there. I Have a super Christian friend as my boss. She's great!!! One of the sweetest, bubbliest people you'd ever meet. So she makes it easier.
    I hope you are well also. I've been watching my nutrition and exercising, just not plugging it in on sparkpeople. I've missed bein on here each day to check in and see how you and the others are. Hopefully when things calm down a little more I'll get time to get back on here. Again thanks for the thoughts and prayers. That means so much!!!
    3183 days ago
  • v PMFISH
    Great to hear from you! Have a wonderful time next month with your son and the climb.
    3183 days ago
    Virtual Party at my page on Friday!!
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    3246 days ago
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