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4/13/11 - Today is a new day for me. I have joined the Crushing Cranberries on the BLC Challenge. I can't wait to be part of a team, have support, and work on my goals. My weight hasn't really changed in a while, so now is my time to get to work. In March, I ran in a St. Patrick's Day race. I did 2 miles in 20 minutes. I finished 11 out of 25 women in my age group. Now I am ready for bigger and better events. In 2009 and 2010, i have completed 2) short triathlons. Life has been throwing me curve balls, but this time I am staying focused. My mom found out she has cancer again in her Lymph Node under her heart. She had beat her esophagus cancer that was found in 2009.
My life is always busy with 3 children. Courtney is 11 and will be starting middle school in the fall. Maddy is 9, and Syd is 5 and can't wait for Kindergarten. They always have me running here and there.
Jim and I bought a house last year that we just love. We just live a mile out of town. We have 1 1/2 acres plus Jim has his own 3 car garage. We are doing well.
Last year and this year, I have been really working on me. I know that I have to take time out for me, because no one else will. It has been a challenge, but I think I am finally getting it all figured out. I have about 7 pounds to go to be a normal weight. I know that I can do it! Love yourself first and then you have yourself so you can love others.
2010 will be the year to learn more about me and learning to enjoy life. I get so wrapped up in the every day activities that I have forgotten to live along the way. My goal is to make sure that I start living again. I want to challenge myself to 1/2 marathon in April. Then hopefully do the Avon 2 day walk. I am up and ready for a challenge! 2009 has been a year of learning to put me first. 2010 will be a continuation of putting me first and learning ways to do it. This will be something to work toward and to achieve. I want to make my family proud of me and meet many people along the way. Hopefully I will inspire someone too!

2010 will be a better year for my mom. She will finish up her cancer treatments. Then she will be cancer free! I have to believe it. Don't know what I would do without my best friend. It is so hard seeing her go through this.

It is the season to be merry. I am enjoying having my mom around. She is going through chemo & radiation. She is staying with me, and helping me with the girls. I love just getting to spend the xtra time with her. You know she won't always be around. We went to her house on Saturday and decorated her house. Then went to visit all her friends and co-workers. They miss her so much. She gets cards everyday proving how much she is loved. We struggle to get the xmas shopping done, but this year we will enjoy just being together. Just being us. Lol!

I did it! December 5th, I completed my 1st Triathlon. I was in heat 4 and there were 4 in my heat. I finished my swim in 16:40 (fastest ever) and in 4th place. I got on the bike and just loved it. My family said that I made it look so easy. I finished it in 24:30 minutes, and in 3rd place. I ran in 21:05 minutes and in 2nd place in my heat. My total was 1:05:02. I went in to see my times and they tell me that I am currently in 2nd place for my age group. I can’t believe it. There was 1 more to finish. Sure enough I got 2nd and came home with a silver medal. I couldn’t believe it! Still Can’t. For all of you, your dreams can come true!

Iam seeing blue, to remind me that I can survive the water!
Now is my time to treat me to healthy food and a new me! I have started training for a triathlon that will be on 12/5/09. Last night, I swam 1/4 mile, biked 3 miles, and ran 1 mile. It is a start and it will get easier. The swim totally kicked my butt. My 10 year old daughter has decided she will coach me for the swimming. She is on swim team. After 8 laps last night, it made me so proud of her in what she accomplished in swim team. I have now swam my 10 laps, biked 4 miles, and ran 1 1/4 miles. It is tough out there. But I am tough and I can and will do this!

I just turned 35 and I have had enough of being over weight. I am trying to reach my goal weight of 140 of all pre-pregnancy weight. I have 3 beautiful girls. Courtney is 8, Madison is 6, and Sydney is 2. I am working on beliving that I can lose my weight. On November 10th, I had a wake up call. I saw a picture of myself and cried and cried about it. I had my little pitty party that whole weekend. On Monday, I knew that I could just be sad or do something about it. So here I am down to 166 and I couldn't feel happier about it. My next goal is to be 160 by Christmas. So you guessed it I ballooned up over the holidays. I got up to 178, but now I am back to 169. I just keep trucking.

I used to think that I was fat growing up. I really never was until I became pregnant. I always wore a size 7-9 and 130 pounds. What happened to me? I gained 50 pounds with Court, 50 pounds with Maddy, 40 pounds with Syd. I can't seem to stay below the 170 mark. It is a mile marker that I struggle at. This time is different. I believe that I can do it. I can see the hard work is making changes in my body. I am feeling great. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I know that I will have set backs, but I just have to get back up and dust myself off. Why? Because I am worth it. I have finally realized that I have to take care of myself first. I always put myself last before. This is my time. I will win and meet my goals. I want to be truely happy in my own skin.

One of my dreams is about to come true, Salina is having a pounds plunge starting September 21st thru December 14th. I have joined forces with my friends Lorretta and Leah, plus Leah's friend for the contest. We are going to kick butt and work hard to lose our pounds that don't want to leave. I am going to meet Jez from the Biggest Loser show, I am so excited. I am going to have a great body my Christmas and I will succeed.

Today, August 18th, I have started the Couch to 5K run. It wasn't too bad, and I survived. It made me feel free. Free to lose this weight. I have joined some purple friends and we are all doing this 5k run.

My first goal is to be 170 by September 15th.
Second goal is to be 160 by November 1st.
Third goal is to be 155 by December 1st.
Fourth Goal is to be 150 by February 1st.

In 2008, I want to start training for a 5k walk/run
2009, possibly a 1/2 of a marathon.
Go hiking
Go to a beach
love life
Go to the mountains
enjoy to run

8-21-08 a friend gave me this poem

You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be!
by: Donna Levine

There is inside you
All of the potential
To be whatever you want to be;
All of the energy
To do whatever you want to do.
Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
Doing what you want to do,
And each day, take one step
Towards your dream.
And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
Hold on to your dream.
One morning you will awake to find
That you are the person you dreamed of,
Doing what you wanted to do,
Simply because you had the courage
To believe in your potential
And to hold on to your dream.

Member Since: 1/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 27,797

My Goals:
I would like to wear a bikini and feel good about it. I will be successful in becoming a size 10 by spring of 2009. Actual was Dec 2009. I would also like to do a triathlon (done Dec 2009), walk in a marathon (walk 1/2 in April 2010), mswalk, and a cancer walk in 2010. I have set a goal to be 155 by February 2010.

My Program:
I do stair stepper every morning . I do a routine using my stretchy bands and ball 3 times a week. I try to do 10,000 steps every day. I fit in toning every time I go to the bathroom. Brainstorm, wherever, whenever I can fit it in.

Personal Information:
I am from Solomon, Ks. We moved here 5 1/2 years ago. It is about 15 minutes from Salina, ks. I was always healthy and athletic. Then, I became depressed after I lost both of my dads. I had 3 kids and gained 40-50 pounds with each.

Other Information:
You have to truly love yourself. I am totally committed to my children. I have always put them first and I believe that has gotten me into this predicament. I will not give up. I am a winner.

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