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Finishing my first co-ed tri in Chisago, MN, July 2009

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Summer, 2005

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I love SparkPeople and I love all of you! We can do this together!

I lost about 80 pounds, which fluctuates depending on the season (winter in Minnesota, oy!). But at this point, I don't care what the scale says anymore because I've put on so much muscle mass that the scale isn't an appropriate measurement of my success! I couldn't run 10 miles 10 years ago at this same weight!

When I was 24, I was at least 77 pounds overweight. I was eating and drinking like crazy. I was out of control. I had undiagnosed ADHD (I STILL have ADHD--it's just diagnosed now) and I coped with feeling like an outsider by eating. I literally created a wall between myself and the world--a wall of fat. It insulated me from pain and hurt. It let me put on a fake smile to the world and I kept myself from feeling my true emotions.

In September 2005, I saw photos of me at my big brother's wedding and had an epiphany. I had to change or I would have the same problems my father and his family had--heart problems, diabetes, depression, and all of that. I couldn't keep walking that dark path. So I made a change. I sort of stumbled in the dark first, only knowing my health was at risk. I lost 20 pounds and saw the light. I formed a plan. I knew I had to do it slow.

I'm dealing with my emotions in a healthy way now that I know I have ADHD. I still love food, just in smaller quantities!

I stumbled on SP in January 2008 and realized it was the perfect tool for motivating me to lose those last stubborn pounds. So here I go!

I just competed in my first triathlon in July, 2008 and had a lot of fun. It was amazing and now I'm hooked. My latest goal is to complete my first "official" half marathon by the end of summer 2011.

"The woman who starts the race is not the same woman who finishes the race."

Member Since: 1/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 118,315

My Goals:
To lift 25 pound dumbells.

To have a 28 inch waist.

To run around on the beach in my first bikini.

To be ripped.

To run a triathlon.

To run an olympic tri.

To run a half-Ironman.

To run an Ironman.

My Program:
Step 1: steal underpants

Step 2: ...

Step 3: profit!

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