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I have been on diets before...this time I'm on this health and fitness journey for the long haul. My goals are to lose weight, too. I hope to shed 35 pounds and see whether that weight loss makes it possible for me to take up jogging again.

Update as of 6/8/17: Life goes on. My weight is around 160. I've battled thyroid issues the past year. My running still continues (albeit at a slower pace). I ran 6 miles this past weekend on my "long" run at a 12:21 pace. Hope to run 8 miles this weekend. I have been reading about the inevitable weight regain and how that cycle might be broken. Am considering many options. But I know that without my attention, I'd be much heavier than I am now. I would like to lose 10 pounds by the end of this summer. That, my friends, would be awesome.

Update as of 6/19/14: For the past two years I've been idling between 150 and 155+ pounds, still jogging...ran the Portland Marathon in 2013 in 5 hours 47 minutes . This past running season I've been battling calf injuries...but I ran the Hippie Chick Half Marathon in May in 2:30+.

My goal this year: iget healthy, run half marathons and to lose the weight I've put back on. I've been on South Beach Gluten Free Phase I since June 5 and have lost 3.5 pounds over the past two weeks.

Update as of 10/9/11: Finished Portland Marathon in 5 hours 36 minutes. Weigh 142. Need to work back to goal!

Sept 2011: Finished Newport half marathon in 2:25

7/5/11: Weighing about 5.5 pounds over my goal weight of 135...but have been traveling a lot. Now hope to focus on fitness and getting back to goal over the next two months.

8/13/11 Tualatin 5k Crawfish Crawl in 30:17

6/11/11 Finished the Helvetia Half Marathon in 2:18:15

11/25/10 Finished the GiveNGobble 10k in Sherwood in 1 hour 2 minutes and 50 odd seconds (less about 20 seconds to cross over the start line). Yay me!

9/11/10 I jogged for 10.62 miles in 113 minutes...on my mother's birthday. She would've been 91 this year.

9/6/10 Yesterday I jogged for 80 minutes (around 7.3 miles, I think). I have jogged 9 miles at one time a few weeks ago. My goal is to jog 10 miles w/o stopping before the season for running outside is over. We'll see. I am up to running 4 or 5 times a week when I can.

7/27/10 Weighed in at 139.8 today! My BMI is now officially in the "normal" range. Longest run so far this summer: 68 minutes on Sunday.

7/17/10 I jogged for 56 minutes today. I'm getting much better at jogging longer distances. Most times I jog I at least do the 45 minute loop through town.

6/28/2010 I am making progress adding distance, time and speed to my runs. My longest run has been for 55 minutes..about 5 miles including some hill climbing. I've done that route 3 times. I regularly go on a 4 mile circuit through town, and when I am feeling tired or do other exercise in the day I have a 30 minute loop I do. I am now running 3-5 times a week.

5/24/2010 I ran (er, jogged) in the 5k Rum Run Race yesterday with my daughter. I finished in 31:30, a 10:05 pace. First in my age group! Of course, there were only 4 in my age group. But still...I am enjoying being first.

5/18/10 update. I am still jogging. But I need to watch it or my knees feel twinges. I have run up to 45 minutes at a time (twice this week) and am feeling it. But I am proud of my accomplishments, too.

4/20/10 update. I have been able to jog, but I am trying to balance jogging with studio cycling, walking, and gardening. So far, the gardening is winning this week. My knees feel healthy. Yay!

Member Since: 1/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 80,595

My Goals:
To find my way back to healthy eating, improve my fitness and lose weight that's crept on the past few years. I also need to find a way to keep that weight off!

My Program:
Execrcise: When I am not traveling I try to make it to three studio cycling classes per week. I also like to take walks, garden and jog 3 times a week.
Eating: I will try to limit my portions and get back to a south beach style carb limiting diet.
Update as of 4/9/2010:
Since I've been home lately, I am exercising about 6 times a week. Studio cycling maybe 3-5 times a week and I've started jogging at least 3 times a week.

Still losing weight slowly...I am eating maybe 1500-1600 calories a day...sometimes more, sometimes less.

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  • v no profile image JAYAYDEE
    Thank you for your support on my page - great advice which I'm going to try. I'm inspired by your running and hope to improve my fitness as well - it's hard when your carrying extra weight but I know I need to do it
    3380 days ago
  • v KELPIE57
    Thanks for the visit and comments, as far as I'm concerned, it helps to not feel that I am the only one.....
    3486 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by today. Looking forward to your blog about FAll 2011... BTW.. how was your Australia trip?

    3503 days ago
    Way to go on your upcoming run. I am not going this time. Did not get enough running in at high mileage to feel fit enough to go. Disappointed big time in myself.

    HAVE A GREAT TIME! The streets looked ready for the masses tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will be kind to you :) I'll be thinking of you out there.


    3584 days ago
    THANK YOU for the lovely spa... Totally needed it today :) Great runs... each leg very pretty. ONly one leg was brutal : first one on Friday afternoon because of the heat. Give me a cold or wet run, and I am fine. Turn up the heat and I am a wet noodle!

    WOW.. Am impressed with your long runs that you are getting in... Longer and stronger every day :)
    3625 days ago
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