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I made it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite last August. It was terrifying, but totally worth it!

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Bootcamp is at 5:30am, which is too dark for pictures. Here's one from a Saturday workout!

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First time I've ever felt good wearing a pair of skinny jeans! - 07/25/13

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Hi there! I'm Mel! :) I live in lovely, sunny SoCal, where I'm trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. In the meantime, I'm taking care of my body and trying to get healthy. I'm new to the area and still haven't met a lot of people, but if anyone stumbles upon my page who's in the area and wants to get together, let me know!

I was a really active sparker from March-June 2011, but fell off the bandwagon. Since April 2013, I've been working to get back down there with the help of the 5% Challenges (Go Teddies!!) and my fitbit. Let's be Fitbit friends if you have one! (

On April 1st, 2013, at my highest weight ever (157.1lbs!), I decided that I needed to do something about this trend in the wrong direction. I want to be thin and fit and match the image I have of myself in my head!

I just realized that every year I have done one 5K even since I starting sparking. I did the Furry 5K in Seattle in 2011 and the Spartan Sprint in Malibu in Dec 2012. This year I'm going to try to do a Holiday 5K.

The story so far:

03/18/11 - 155 lbs
04/18/11 - 149 lbs ↓
05/18/11 - 144 lbs ↓
06/18/11 - 140 lbs ↓
07/18/11 - 137 lbs ↓
08/18/11 - 135 lbs ↓ (WOO!! GOAL MET!!)
-- Start Break/Fitbit Migration --
09/18/11 - 142 lbs ↑
10/18/11 - 149 lbs ↑
11/18/11 - 146 lbs ↓
12/18/11 - 145 lbs ↓
01/18/12 - 150 lbs ↑
02/18/12 - 146 lbs ↓
03/18/12 - 145 lbs ↓
04/18/12 - 147 lbs ↑
05/18/12 - 146 lbs ↓
06/18/12 - 144 lbs ↓
07/18/12 - 147 lbs ↑
-- End Break/Fitbit Migration --
08/10/12 - 147 lbs ↑
09/10/12 - 147 lbs =
10/10/12 - 149 lbs ↑
11/10/12 - 152 lbs ↑
12/10/12 - 151 lbs ↓
-- New Year, New Tracking Day --
01/01/13 - 149 lbs ↓
02/01/13 - 150 lbs ↑
03/01/13 - Moving into new house! No data!
04/01/13 - 157 lbs ↑ (most I've ever weighed)
05/01/13 - 155 lbs ↓
06/01/13 - 152 lbs ↓
07/01/13 - 150 lbs ↓
08/01/13 - 144 lbs ↓
09/01/13 - 147 lbs ↑
10/01/13 - 145 lbs ↓
11/01/13 - 144 lbs ↓

Member Since: 3/18/2011

Fitness Minutes: 78,069

My Goals:
- Go to boot camp 3x/week
- Run/walk with Shimmer 1x/day
- Drink 64oz 1x/day
- Have small healthy snacks between meals
- Track EVERYTHING that I eat!
- LTGL: Make some friends

- Find some motivation to get out there
- Learn how to live a healthier lifestyle
- Re-lose weight I lost before

- Not gain weight during holiday season - down 2lbs (2012)
- Run a 5K without walking before the end of 2012 - Distance-11/20/12 & Spartan Sprint-12/2/12
- Lose weight before my appearance as my friend's bridesmaid in June (lost 15 pounds just before the wedding! 6/19/11)

My Program:
How I exercise: walking with my PICs (partners in crime) Shimmer and Blake, running, cycling, indoor rock climbing

How I eat: attempting to eat healthy, but sometimes life (and my favorite treats) get in the way!

Personal Information:
I'm living in Rancho Cucamonga, but am originally from Denver.

Other Information:
My Races:
- Seattle Furry 5K - 6/11 - 32:09 (10:21 mile)
- Malibu Spartan Sprint Obstacle 5K - 12/12 - 1:32:49 (23:12 mile)

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    Hi! Thanks for the comment on my blog. Yes, Mom's so important to me, & I'm thankful to have the one I do. :)
    3694 days ago
  • v no profile image IAMMAI
    Hey there! I wish I had a surefire way to stay motivated all of the time, but I don't :(

    The hardest part for me is actually getting out the door. Once I make it to the gym or to Greenlake (my fave spot to run), the people that are already there are motivating enough (Greenlake is usually more crowded than I would expect it to be, even on blah days!)

    What helps me most is staying on SP and reading through the blogs and success stories while I have downtime at helps keep the momentum going throughout the day. Hope this helps, and DEFINITELY go out and enjoy today!! What a gorgeous one it is!
    3694 days ago
  • v MISSLISA1973
    Thanks for the emoticon add. I do have a doggie, Gypsy. Find me (Lisa Salinas) on Facebook to see her picture. She's beautiful! She's a Shepard-husky mix.
    3695 days ago
    You're welcome, & thanks for adding me back. Yes, sometimes it really does take a while to get into things, eh? Once you do, though, you'll find even more benefits. Just don't go faster than you want, though. Anyway, it seems that we're neighbours, of a sort. I live in Agassiz, BC, in the Fraser Valley. So I'm only a few hours north of you. :D Great part of the world we live in, eh? I look forward to seeing some of your photographs if you post any. :)
    3697 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog. :) If you do the Photo Challenge, I'd love to follow it. I'm really into photography & this is a blog challenge I'd like to see what others do with. :)

    Are you new to SP? I just ask because there's not much on your page yet. If so, then welcome here! :D
    3697 days ago
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