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Posted by mekani Feb 8, 2010

I've been doing SO much more just knowing it was a task to be done and that I need to be accountable here!   I walked 6K on a treadmill and did it in 1:05 so I know I can improve upon that with the next couple of months to train before the 6K in Los Angeles on April 18.  I took a late lunch on Friday and walked 3.11 miles in just under an hour (love my iTouch and Nike+ shoes!) and took an hour long walk with my husband and dog on Saturday.


One issue I have is I don't prioritize my exercise.  Anything and everything trumps it.  I am so fortunate in that I work for a company that has a gym, be it small or large in almost every single building they have.  AND they offer FREE fitness classes.   Why don't I take advantage of them more?  Oh, I was going to go to the yoga/pilates class, but I just want to get a little bit farther along in work.   Oh, I can't go today, because then I'll have to shower and start all over because I have a meeting later in the day, blah, blah, blah.  I can rationalize anything.   Not today!  I was having a particularly frustrating morning with work.  Colleagues not pulling their weight, huge workload, supervisor giving extra projects on top of everything else.  Ugh.  Normally that's my queue to (a) work like a maniac, not take a break until I feel like I can breathe again and (b) eat something really unhealthy (pasta with cream sauce anyone??).  Nope, not today.  I felt myself getting tenser and getting in a really bad mood and I just said forget it.  I put on my workout clothes and went to the yoga/pilates class for the first time.  I liked it and I was in a much better mood when I left.  Since I was in a better mood, I didn't feel the need to "self-medicate" with junk food.  Instead I grabbed a yogurt from Jamba Juice.  Now, was that so hard?  The work was still there when I got back and I tackled it all with time to spare.


It's overcoming these bad habits one day at a time that will make a real difference.  Tomorrow is a walking day but hey, Wednesday there's a "Cardio Challenge" class to check out...!

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The start of something new is always filled with excitement. Your first day of school, first car and let's not forget that first date. But that is a very different blog. The good news is you can harness the power of that excitement and use it to ease into your training program to create healthy new habits in your lifestyle. The key is to start that first walk, run or run-walk at an effort level (pace) where at the end of the session, you could go a little farther and still feel strong. Less is more. That is a mantra I will repeat over and over again. Going at the right effort level (pace) has a domino effect in leading to maintaining the excitement to the second session, and third, and so on. I realize the title of this program has an "It Off" theme, but in order to keep "It Off," you've got to first create the healthy habits you can maintain for a lifetime.


Weight loss for a lifetime happens when you balance your "In vs. Out Inventory". That is, balancing what goes in your body with how many calories you expend each day. Although there is a population of people that struggle with metabolic disorders, the vast majority of us mortals can lose weight and keep it off by making a few lifestyle changes and sticking with them. Think small, and begin to remove your trigger foods from sight. If you can see it, you can eat it. If you lose control when you're around chocolate, now is the time to remove it from easy access.


Your homework for the week focuses on creating an In Vs. Out Inventory


  1. Keep a log of the foods you eat on a daily basis for the next three weeks. There are a number of free online logs like where you can track your calories in and review the breakdown of fat, protein and carbohydrates. It's a little like being in debt financially and taking a long, hard look into your finances to begin to pay off the debt. The only way to truly make a plan of action is to take an honest look at what you're taking in. In many cases, this results in tweaking portions of salad dressing, sugary drinks and other calorically high, nutritionally low foods.
  2. The most effective way to reduce your caloric debt (weight), is to burn about 250-300 calories per day in exercise and reduce your caloric intake (food) by 250-300 calories per day. That way, the combined total of 500-600 calories contributes to paying off your total caloric debt resulting in weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. Keep track of your calories in and your activity every day. This is a fantastic way to get a jump start on your program and stay motivated to get out of debt!
  3. Replace two trigger foods this week with two healthy alternatives. For example, replacing chips and dip with hummus and pita chips or veggies like carrots. Set a goal to replace 1-2 trigger foods every week with healthier choices.


Happy Trails, Coach Jenny

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Loving life

Posted by ilived Feb 6, 2010

Hello everyone.  My name is Jason and I am a 36 year old father of three who has been in a bit of "fat" denial.  I have never been this weight before and it took me some time just to actually "see" just how big I had gotten.  Then when I was looking at some pics from a year ago, I started to realize I did not like what I saw.  I had an auto vs. construction accident 7 yrs ago in which I lost 75 lbs in three weeks while I was in a coma.  Umm... not wanting to go that route again.  I had to re-learn how to do everything like walk, talk and even how to swallow water.  The doctors said I needed to gain some weight back.  I went way to far and gained over 100 lbs back.  I tried to put it off on the Traumatic Brain Injury I had acquired. That excuse only goes so far.


Now I have made a miraculous recovery and I am trying to go back to work full time, lose 55 lbs and get off disability.  I have made it through some pretty challenging circumstances but losing this weight takes the cake.  I wish all of the others in this journey with me, "Good Luck!"  I hope everyone has a great day!



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Danny Two Step

Posted by Joejoggerblogger Feb 6, 2010

Hello anyone, Well, this is my first blog for and the "who wants to get active" program. I stumbled across a few years ago after I had done still yet another one of those short stints in the gym and I had never returned back to the site until now. I was looking for race results; runners times actually.


At the time, my 10 year younger and soon to be ex-wife was coming home from her own gym every day gushing about how all the boys would approach her there asking her if she was a personal trainer and "how did she get her abs looking so nice?" Now, I felt it just had a lot to do with the fact that they were guys and she didn't really wear very much clothing at the gym, but I saw the writing on the wall nonetheless and I soon thereafter got my walking papers. One day shortly there after, I was at the gym, strapped into one of those machines with a striking similarity to the ones on death row, and brooding, when I suddenly got an inspiration. What the heck I thought? Why don't I use that same technic that my wife enjoyed so much on some one else myself and see if it works for me, I mean turn around's fair play and all. There was a very attractive Italian looking gal, no rings on the left hand, several years older than myself, but in incredible shape. She predominately indulged her time on cardio, spending long hours on the tread mill and stair master, just pouring her self into her work outs. Her feet methodically pounded out a steady beat and she sported a figure that corroborated her efforts. On this particular day she had just completed many fast miles on a vertical track and when she finally stepped down off the treadmill, she headed over to the drinking fountain, wiping the sweat from her eyes with her towel. I'm not the type of guy who makes the first move normally, but considering current events, I hastily decided it was now or never, sucked in my gut, and headed in the direction of the fountain. I crept up right behind her, silently praying that no one else was going to get thirsty in the next few seconds, and blurted out "excuse me, I've been meaning to ask you, are you a personal trainer"? Maria graced me with a beautiful smile that made me wobble just a bit. She informed me that no, she wasn't a trainer, she was just a runner. A dedicated runner of races. Well, I put my hand on the corner of the fountain to steady myself a little and like it was all predetermined, Maria and I fell into an easy, contented banter. It was one of those rare occurrences where even though you know that you just met the person, it still seems like you've known them for a long time anyway and it's all good between you. We shared small talk, sharing those important first discoveries and after a while Maria sweetly apologized and said she was sorry but she had to go, but if I wanted to, I could call her later to continue our conversation. "If I wanted to?" Maria gave me her phone number and I left the gym that day a very happy man with nothing but sweet ruminations in my head and a precious little piece of paper in the front pocket of my sweat pants.


A few days later, I, with only my dog, had suddenly been forced out of my home. I lost my family, all my stuff, my son and my gym membership that week because it was in her name and somehow, I had lost those sweat pants with that precious little piece of paper in the front pocket too. I had no way of getting a hold of my Maria, and to make matters worse, I couldn't remember her last name. Here in Grand Rapids, MI we have one of the biggest races in the land, The Old Kent Riverbank Run and folks come from all over the world to compete in that foot race. I knew Maria would be competing too and I was confident that she would have placed near the top in her age bracket. I went on line and found a web site, that listed race results for the race and I prayed that I could find I lady named Maria in those listings. I searched every race, and most of the age groups, but I never did find Maria's name or ever talk to her again.


That unsuccessful effort however, has brought me to where I sit today. Ready to rev up, become a runner myself with the help and guidance of and coach Jenny Hadfield. I received an email from soliciting participants for "Who wants to get active?" I sent in an application and some of my writing and now here we are. I have no idea how the program works or what the measurements will be. I don't have a clue how they plan to help me get to where I need to be. I know that I'll be blogging at least once a week and that I have no inkling at all what I'm going to write about. I Know that I have no idea if you'll care to check in from time to time to hear what I've got to say but I'm expected to motivate you in your own efforts. I don't know how much I'm supposed to blog and all that I know about WWTGA is that I'll be on a team, (so that means it's some sort of competiton), and 2 months from now, God willing, I'll be running the Dow Live Earth Run for Water event. That is pretty much all I know as of tonight... I do like to spin a yarn and I've got a feeling that what is going to transpire in the coming weeks, just might be interesting enough for you to stop back from time to time. Who knows, maybe, you'll even get to thinking about lacing up your own shoes too and joining me if it starts to look like I've a got a prayers chance of completing this thing. I purposely have not done any conditioning yet so some of you may be way ahead of me. Then again, maybe we can not know what to do together. Oh, and Maria, if your out there, please accept my apologies and feel free to contact me if your still so inclined!  




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Hello Everyone!

Posted by CBPepperman Feb 5, 2010

First, an introduction. My name is Corrie, I'm a 32 year old wife, mother and full, full time business manager. I have a wonderful husband, Jason, and the most precious little girl, Augusta Ray, who will be 18 months old on Sunday. My story is a lot like the others. I'm here to get healthy! I'm here to lose weight! Most importantly, I'm here to be a role model and someone my daughter will want to look up to when it comes to fulfilling goals and living a healthy, active lifestyle. I used to be pretty active during college and after- in fact, I was a pretty healthy person till I got married. Then we moved to the beach where you would think exercise would be the first thing on the list and it moved to the last. I'm not sure what it was exactly that changed- the move, getting married, starting a new job? It could have been any of these things or a little of all of them. Either way 50 pounds found their way to me- and it's been hard to get them off! I was lucky, I didn't gain a lot of weight with my pregnancy, only 14 pounds, the weight found me before I got pregnant! I have lost those 14 pounds, plus an additional 26 since I've had Ray. She's made me want to get active to show her how much fun it can be. My goal this year is to run a 5K and to lose 50 additional pounds. I feel I will be safely within my "ideal weight" if I can do that. I'm ready to get myself back and become the BEST role model I can be!


I feel so lucky to have been chosen to be a part of the Who Wants to get Active Campaign and the "Bye, Bye Baby Weight" Team. I really feel this is going to be what I need to fulfill my goals. With the support of Jenny and our Team, I feel we can accomplish anything! Here's to a great start!


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An Introduction...

Posted by taylorsmom2010 Feb 5, 2010

Hello My name is Kate and I want my skinny jeans back!!


First off, GO team BYE BYE Baby Weight!


SO, how did I get here & what do I hope to get out of this? Well, when I was pregnant with my son, I day-dreamed about running across the finish line of a marathon while my husband & this little baby cheered me on! I just thought that would be such an amazing experience & it would get me be back into my jeans just in time for summer!! It really would be that easy....


Well, fast forward almost 14 months - Taylor is no longer a little baby & this year has literally FLOWN by! I am finally coming out of what I call the "baby haze" and realized I STILL have muffin top! I've come a LONG way towards my goal - but boy! Being a mom, a wife & running a company sure does take up a lot of time & ENERGY!!!


Throughout the year I have tried several diets and made great progress BUT recently I have gained some weight back! Ugh! I'm done with dieting. I want to live a healthy LIFESTYLE. I miss feeling good. At the moment I just feel tired. I have to get going again! SO, I've made up my mind - NOW is the time to do something for ME! I want ME back.  No excuses - its now or never! I will be running this race in April with the ultimate goal of running the San Diego marthon in June.


Joining the challenge has gotten this mom one step closer to fulfilling her dream (and 2010 bikini season)! Along my journey, I hope to give other busy moms encouragement and maybe a few laughs along the way:) I know diet will be a HUGE part of this - so I'll let you know what I'm eating & how I'm doing with that along the way too!


I turned 30 this year & I hope this decade will be the BEST so far! Check back to see my progress...See you at the finish line!


PS Any other SoCal moms on the team?


2/5/2010 148 lbs.

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What's that smell?

Posted by walkinginthelight Feb 5, 2010

OK, so I am really excited to start training with Jenny and getting ready for the 6K in Chicago!! I started exercising already, and feel pretty good! I am taking a Zumba dance class once a week, and it is a BLAST!  For those of you who don't know what that is, it is a dance class to Latin music, that combines lots of Latin dance steps, but also aerobic moves and what I would call "belly dancing moves" (Sorry, can't go further with that one....) but lets just say its an "all women" class for a reason.  Lots of hip movements, etc. Its a 45 minute class, and about 10  minutes in, I am sweating profusely, and needing to drink water and wipe my face with a towel. Its a GREAT class!


This past week however,  I noticed something. Someone around me smelled. Really smelled. Really bad!. Yuk, where was that coming from? I mean really, seriously now. Then I realized, oh my gosh.... IT WAS ME!!

OK, I had put my deodorant on  that morning about 6:30 a.m. It was only 10 a.m., surely it couldn't be me?? My deodorant said "24 HOUR PROTECTION", but apparently, it wasn't 24 hours IN A ROW! So needless to say, I am off to buy a descent brand of deodorant!! The buy one get one free wasn't such a hot deal after all. If anyone can suggest a great antiperspirant / deodorant that really lives up to its promises, please let me know!

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Intro to me

Posted by epeaslee Feb 5, 2010

Hello All,

Firstly... Go Team "Bye Bye Baby Weight"!


So I am Elizabeth. I am 25 years old living in Canton GA (40 minutes North of Atlanta).  I am a first time mommy of a beautiful three-month-old girl. I am 5'5 and currently weigh 165 pounds and am a size 12. My pre-pregnancy weight was 125 pounds and I was a size 4/6.


My motivation for taking on this challenge is typical. I want my pre baby body back. Oh so badly. Equally important is that I want to provide a good example to my daughter. I want the two of us to enjoy many outdoor activities together specifically hiking and camping.


Right now, I am feeling simultaneously excited and scared. I think this is going to be great because I am going to be accountable to all of you, which provides me with a lot of motivation. I am scared because everyone hates failure particularly if it is in public.


Fitness wise before I got pregnant I was in the best shape of my life. I never worked out as a child and was rather chunky. I slimmed down in high school through no effort of my own just had a growth spurt. Then I gained a lot my second year of college. After that, I was fed up. I started watching what I ate and went from 180 to 160.  Then I started working out with a personal trainer for 12 weeks and went from 160 to 140. Once I knew how to workout I continued doing that on my own and got down to 125. The week I got pregnant was the first time I ever had the confidence to wear a bikini in public. I would like to mention that I was not a runner I was a hiker. Put me on a slow incline I will muster. Ask me to run it gets sweaty and ugly. Nevertheless, I am up for a challenge and running is the best way to lose weight quick!

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It is on!!  Yes, I'm talking to you.  My last 10 pounds.  You have taken up residence on my thighs and stomach.  On Feb. 15th, you my last 10 pounds, will get the eviction notice.  In 2006, I lost 35 pounds on Weight Watchers!!  I bought a new wardrobe and looked better than I ever had.  I guess it was the new look that got me pregnant.  Unfortunately, was on bed rest for at least half the pregnancy.  I ate really healthy and didn't gain much weight.  After my little boy was born I only had 10 pounds to lose to get to my previous weight.  However, my baby was born 6 weeks early and after he was able to come home from the hospital I was unable to get out--he was on oxygen and a heart monitor for 6 weeks.  I turned to my kitchen.  I made cakes, cookies, creamy soup and lots of other goodies.  I gained about 20 pounds.  Once Mason and I were able to leave the house and I met some great mommy friends.  I started having lunch dates, that added another 15 pounds.  Last April, I decided it was time to get moving.  I started running in my neighborhood and eating really healthy.  I lost 30 pounds.  November rolled around and with the holidays, I slowed down and fell off the wagon.  I have 10 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight and I'm going to do it on 'Who Wants to Get Active? 2010'.  I've never blogged before, so excuse all my mistakes. I'm excited to get to know everyone!!  Lets all achieve our goals!!   

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Chasing a Dream

Posted by mattscot Feb 4, 2010

I recently saw a bumper sticker proclaiming that "running is cheaper than therapy." And therapy is something I could really use these days. This past year has been a roller coaster of ups and downs as I experience some major life changes.


In April of last year, I lost my dream job. Every little boy dreams of playing professional sports. My dream job was a little more unconventional. It still involved professional sports. But I had the privilege for three years to fulfill my dream and portray the team mascot. . When I would tell people what I did for a living, one of their first comments  was usually, "You must lose a lot of weight with all that sweating." In the course of a game I would typically lose about 6-8 pounds, but it was all water weight. And it didn't take long for me to gain the weight back. I would often join my coworkers at the bar for a post-game celebration, or as was usually the case with my team, we would drown our disappointments in another frustrating loss and stare into the bottom of our frosty mugs.  With that said, it was a great job and I had a lot of really great times because of it. But professional mascot jobs are few and far between. So I've been applying for jobs trying to transition into a more conventional career path in marketing. But there aren't a lot of companies out there that want to hire a guy who used to dress up in a furry costume and make a fool of himself to get people's attention for a living. So now that that dream job is over, I'll continue searching for a new job opportunity and meanwhile I've come up with a new dream that isn't necessarily career-minded.


And I'm going to fulfill this new dream with the support of my new bride. I got married to my incredible wife, Kristen, back in July. Marriage has been a wonderful experience thus far and she is an awesome support system for me. Back in December, we were overjoyed to learn that Kristen was pregnant. We had a great time over the holidays telling our closest family and friends about our news. As I began to think about my future as a father, I knew that I wanted to be an example for my child and not follow the "Do as I say, not as I do" philosophy. So I began to think about my fitness level. And visiting my sister was a "big" (pun intended) clue that something needed to change. As I stood next to my pregnant sister ( who is due in March) I noticed that my belly was farther along than her pregnant one.


While we were visiting my family, I came across an article that promoted a website where I could take an in-depth questionnaire to find out my life expectancy based on my current lifestyle. I took the quiz and found out that at the age of 30 (soon to be 31) I should be in the midst of a mid-life crisis. I thought I had another decade before that happened, but this quiz told me that I would live to the age of 66.3, if I continued to keep up this lifestyle.  Ultimately, this led me to decide that a drastic change was needed. So I came up with this new dream.


That dream is to one day complete an ultramarathon. I realize that this might seem to be a lofty goal for a fat guy. But I don't do things on a small scale (see my belly for that proof!). When I say ultramarathon, I'm not talking in terms of Forrest Gump-like distances, but with my track record, that isn't something that is out of the question. As a kid, I was a scrawny little punk that could run up and down the soccer field all day. But a knee injury as a pre-teen slowed me down to the point where I would rather lounge in front of the TV then get out and run around with friends. So now that I've come to the realization that that wasn't the best decision, I chose running to get back into shape. I made this decision because I really enjoyed the freedom of running, I experienced as a kid.


Shortly into the new year, I ran into my first hurdle. Just as Kristen and I were planning for our new arrival, we experienced a miscarriage. After this unfortunate event, it was hard to think about running at all. But as time has passed, and with the idea that running is cheap therapy, I realized that chasing my dream and going for a run is much better than lounging on the couch and constantly asking "Why?". Besides, as slow as I am, it gives me a lot of time to think.


By being a part of this training program, it is my hope that I gain the knowledge and the necessary tools to help me as I begin the pursuit of my ultimate dream to complete an ultramarathon.

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Who wants to get active??  I DO!  Well, here I go! I was so excited to be chosen to participate in this great opportunity. Luckily, I stumbled across this from looking into coaching tips on the active website.  I applied, and next thing you know I'm blogging for the first time!      I am 37 years old and live in southern California.  I have three beautiful daughters and a great husband! I am so blessed to be able to stay home and raise my girl's. They are involved in softball, dance, piano, church and school activities. I don't know how I keep up sometimes.  I have realized that I have lost myself and the things that I like to do to keep myself fit.      It's time for mom to get healthy!  It's time for mom to start feeling good about 'mom'.  When I do this, everyone benefits. I know that this program will give me the kick start that I need to be on my way to success!  I was very athletic growing up, and never had weight issues.  I was the thin one!  I love sports and especially softball! Well, as I got older, had kids, and neglected exercise, things didn't look or feel so good anymore. Sure, I've gone on diets and lost weight, but I now realize I need to make it a lifestyle change. Also, when reality hits, it's a little scary!  My father is on his third cancer, has had numerous strokes, diabetes, and most recently open-heart surgery. I need to make changes now! I want to be around for a long time. I want to see my girl's grow up to marry and have children of their own. I want to run and play without the aches and pains.  I love being active and am excited to start this journey. I would love to lose about 65 pounds by the end of the year. But, as for this eight week plan, I want to challenge myself and work hard to achieve a realistic, attainable goal. I look forward to team support, advice, and encouragement along the way!       We can do this!  Let's Rock 'n' Roll!

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Hi Everyone, It's great to see you all so excited about the program and I am looking forward to getting started. I just wanted to let you know that I am currently on a marathon cruise with limited access to internet, so I will start answering your questions when I return on Feb 14th.

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A Matter of Perspective

Posted by ICURNpope Feb 4, 2010

     I woke up this morning thinking it was a good day start my introduction blog for the upcoming training and race that I've entered. Last summer I entered a 5K race and trained using's Couch to 5K program. I had never run before. In fact, I downright hated the idea of running. Speed walking I was fine with but running? But this little voice in my head (I don't normally hear voices just to clarify things!) said you need to run. And I was able to run the entire race! Although most would've called it a slow jog, I was thrilled that I had completed my goal!!!

     Then fall and winter came around and my running went by the wayside, cobwebs on my treadmill and extra weight appeared around my middle section.

     January arrived and I was determined to get back in shape when I saw's challenge to train for a 6K! I was pleased to be selected as a participant for this event, though have never blogged before. It can't be too difficult right? It's just allowing the rest of the world to see your victories and failures, right?  Humbling.

     Well, I'll start by writing my goals for doing this. I just finished nursing school and see many overweight nurses with related health problems of high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. I thought isn't it hypocritical to be a nurse who encourages others to exercise and eat well when they themselves don't live by their own advice?  But nursing is a stressful job and many people deal with stress through food. I'm not obese but borderline overweight. I can see myself easily succumbing to the desires of the chocolate brownie or my favorite afternoon snack of butter round crackers with a chunk of cheddar cheese. Soon that adds up and Wah Lah! I've gained 10 more lbs!

     Another reason for me to pursue a fit lifestyle is for my two boys. They are skin and bones now but fail to be active due to the lure of video games and television. I haven't been a great role model for them and want to instill these good values before the video games completely suck them into cyber world. These are important goals for me but I think the most important reason for me to do this is for myself. I love how happy I feel when I'm training. I struggle at times with depression, but while training I found the motivation to eat well and be more active with my boys. I had a more positive outlook and I loved the person I was becoming. So for me, this training event is more than just reaching a goal or getting fit. It's about changing my perspective of life, love and happiness. (Okay, this last bit sounds corny but there you go. That's who I am!)

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When I found out I had been selected  to be on one of the  "WHO WANTS TO GET ACTIVE"  teams,  I could hardly contain my excitement!  The first thing I did, after I stopped screaming " WOO HOO ! I GOT PICKED! I GOT PICKED!" was  to log  on to my  Facebook  page and share the news with friends!  I posted  it as my "status" that I was going to train for and participate in my first race, with the help of Coach Jenny and the team at  My excitement was just bubbling over! and I wanted everyone to know!

"OK , you can calm down now Mom" was the reaction from my two oldest kids (ages 14 and 13) . If you have kids that age, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  Yes, they were happy for me, but thought I was behaving as a borderline lunatic with my over-abundance of jubilee, while simultaneously  becoming quite the embarrassment.  Several supportive facebook  friends posted  back that they were happy for me, and wished me the best of  luck.


WOW!  OK. I  GOT PICKED! What do I do now?

Provide the headshot, check. Ok, about the headshot. This was taken by my 5 year old. She took several pictures of  me,  and this was the best one. Yes,  I realize that I am slightly off center, but at least my head wasn't chopped off in this one.


Next, the bio. Well,  I'm a 43 year old married mom with three kids, one in high school, one in middle school, one in grade school. My kids are very active with sports, and over the years,  I've been a really good sideline cheerleader.  Now its my turn.   My personal goals?  My 2010 plan was to  get in shape, lose weight,  to run a 5k at some point during the year. Getting selected for one of the Active Teams was the final motivation that I needed.  I'm looking forward to reading  Jenny's training plan and getting  started.


Finally, write the into log. Done,  thats what this is! Not sure what I was supposed to write about, so hopefully this covered it! Now, I've got 8 weeks to prepare for the Run for Water race in Chicago. Check back often to see how I'm doing. Any words of encouragement or advice would be most appreciated!



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On April 15th 2009 I weighed almost 200 pounds, 196 to be exact. Determined to get back to a healthy weight and get back to being fit, I worked hard with a trainer to loose 30 pounds. I went to the gym three to five times a week and calculated all the foods I ate EVERYDAY. It was hard work but it did pay off.


I no longer work with a personal trainer but in two months, October and November, I did loose another 10 pounds on my own. Working without someone to guide me has been challenging. I lack the skills a professional has to offer. I also have to sadly admit that I gained 14 pounds over the Holidays


Still 25 pounds away from my goal I now need a little spark to be re-energized and I definitely need professionals. After ten months of hard work, my routine is exactly that, a routine. Training has become stale or non-existent. For the past two months, I have found myself discouraged to get to the gym as the gym I go to is over-crowded and the classes I like taking are usually full.


Most people talk about starting to lose weight, but I want to focus on finishing losing weight.  I have been successful so far, but have hit a wall. I need help to finish what I started ten months ago.


I intend to utilize this opportunity as a way to reach my health goals and to be re-energized in continuing a healthy lifestyle. I hope to learn from professionals and from my peers on how to carry-out a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain for the rest of my life.


Training and running is exactly what I need to get that last push, to loose weight and become better fit.


Most importantly, I hope to meet professionals and people that are invested in creating a healthy lifestyle. I hope that through those contacts I might finally meet people that have similar goals and together we can be encouraging to one another.

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