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4 Year Sparkiversary

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I haven't been around much lately, but I happened to log on today and found I joined spark 4 years ago to the day. What a ride. What a long strange trip it's been...

Year 1:
Losing the weight. I was one of those lucky people who steadily lost from the 240's to the 170s (don't hate, I haven't been so lucky since then :D). I was finding out how to make fitness fun (for me - it's all about goals and plans more than the type of fitness I'm doing). I was establishing a repertoire of good healthy food choices (both restaurant/take out and home cooking) that were the backbone of my loss. I spent a lot of time figuring out in my head why I got fat and what it meant to me to be normal size again. My weight went down this year from 240s to 170s.

Year 2:
Becoming a runner. Once I had established that I liked running and set goals to get better at it (faster runs, longer runs), I toyed with the idea of doing a race (who me? A year ago I couldn't run down the block, they'll all laugh at me). I signed up for a 5k and I blew my projected time out of the water and I was hooked! Then, a 10k, same result. Then, I saw a magazine article about training for a half marathon and went for it. I had a big lull after finishing this race and spent the summer doing other stuff (like FINALLY getting married and accomplishing my goal of looking hot as a bride - my guy had been trying to get me to tie the knot forever but I didn't want to do it until, among other things, I would have wedding pics I'd be proud, not ashamed of....), but picked running up again in the fall. My weight went down this year from 170s to 150s.

Year 3:
Maintain + Changes. This year I started training for another half but my goal was to kick my previous time in the butt (I was training for a sub-2 hour half). Unfortunately, I got sick, but my training helped me to finish even though I was coughing up lung butter and way doped up. My thought after this was to increase distance slowly and complete a marathon in the fall but a few things happened: 1. I got promoted at work and ended up working a little more and was a LOT more mentally drained at the end of the day. 2. I had a horrible post-half run attempting to do 14 and just never got back up in distance again. 3. I got talked out of it because I would have to train over the summer (which for Texas, is miserable). So instead, I set my sights on traithlons. No worries, I used to be a swimmer, I had a cheapo bike, and I could definitely run, so what could go wrong? My weight went up this year from 150s to 160s.

Year 4:
Year of the Triathlete. Going from a sport I was pretty decent at (middle of the pack runner) to adding the biking and swimming which I actually started as pretty TERRIBLE at was humbling. But also, motivating. My first triathlon, I had one of the worst bike times on the course, and breast stroke/doggie paddled the whole way on the swim (so near the bottom as well). I did a full course a month and a half later, and I was one of the last people through the finish line at over 4 hours. I almost got picked up by the SAG wagon. I spent the off season getting BETTER (as well as randomly going out an PR'ing a half marathon on 3 weeks training), and the last two tris I completed I was in the top half of my division. My weight went up this year from 160s to 170s, and as such, I hired a nutritionist to help me battle this, and we're currently working towards a method to sustain my activity and help me shed the 20 or so lbs I'd like to lose. I've yet to see much on the scale, but I absolutely have seen results in my energy and the way my clothing is fitting.

Health/Fitness Goals for year 5:
-complete a marathon
-complete another full triathlon (Olympic distance)
-get down to a healthy, comfortable weight (150s?)
-run with my husband to complete his first half marathon
-continue to improve my swim/bike/run paces.

I can tell you for sure when I signed up here on spark, I never thought I'd be where I am now! Cheers to another great year (and I"ll try to post more...it's been a while)!

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  • no profile photo CD10663168
    Im glad you updated, it is great to see that you can lose a large amount of weight and keep it off for 4 years!!! Congrats, and happy anniversary!!!!!!
    3092 days ago
  • GEORGIA_KAY
    Happy Sparkiversary--glad you're here and on my team!
    3116 days ago
  • MSHOPPER63
    Congratulations on making such major improvements in your overall health. Happy 4th Spark anniversary.

    emoticon to meeting all your 5th year goal.

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    3121 days ago
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