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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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    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!!!!!!
    3388 days ago
    Happy Sparkiversary--glad you're here and on my team!
    3411 days ago
    Congratulations on making such major improvements in your overall health. Happy 4th Spark anniversary.

    emoticon to meeting all your 5th year goal.

    3417 days ago
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