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My name is Emily and I've been here awhile, I started my journey on November 4th, 2009 after finding myself obese and very unhappy. Spark worked for me, I lost a total of 77 lbs. and was running hundreds and hundreds of miles a year. I've completed two marathons, many half marathons, 15k, 10ks and I stopped counting 5ks. I LOVE to run. I've had two children during this time frame, one was a really healthy pregnancy and it seemed I was back in shape in a good amount of time. Before my most recent pregnancy I was diagnosed with depression, I had been depressed over a year before we figured out what my issue was as I was healthy as could be. The medication slowly started helping, and while doing so, I slowly but consistently saw my weight getting higher. Became pregnant, switched meds around... I was very active but despite it I still gained too much. My little guy is now 2 years old, I’m coming up on two years since going off my meds (though I admit there have been times I probably should have taken them again), I’ve been off soda for a year and half and I’m down 30 lbs. I’m not where “I’d like to be” but are we ever? I’m eating well without depriving myself completely, running much less competitively (and I LOVE it!) for my physical and mental health, and enjoying my family. Postpartum I’ve raced a 6 miler, a relay marathon, a half marathon and a one mile fun run with ALL four of my kiddos:) I’m coming up on 9 years since I decided to make lifestyle changes, I’m grateful I didn’t settle on a quick fix for my health. If you have or do struggle with depression and/or anxiety, you are NOT alone.🖤 "It just got too hard." "It's supposed to be 'hard'. If it wasn't 'hard' everyone would do it. The 'hard'... Is what makes it great." -A league of their own Much love, Em

Member Since: 11/3/2009

Fitness Minutes: 6,243

My Goals:
To motivate and inspire others as they have for me.

To continue running, and pushing myself in that area.

To have a HEALTHY ACTIVE pregnancy!

My Program:
eat right... eat less... watch calories, Zumba and RUN RUN RUN!!!!

Personal Information:
My name is Emily, my ID on here is HopefulChange because that's what I was hoping for. I fought for it, and I got it. So can you!

Other Information:
I hate clowns.
I love pickles.
I hate bugs.
I love softball.
I want to bungee jump.
I hate snakes.
I love chocolate.
I hate yogurt.
I want to sky dive.
I love peanut butter.
I love having four seasons.
:) :) :)

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on being featured as Spark Motivator this week!!

    10 days ago
    Congratulations on being the spark motivator of the week. I just read you page and am so happy you were treated for you depression. Years ago I went through a bout and with the help of my primary I was able to ween myself off my meds finally. Take care and keep up the good work.
    10 days ago
  • v DOREEN45342
    Sounds like you have found a way to work thru your depression. That is awesome!
    10 days ago
  • v CHAYOR73

    the trick of it all is NOT to give up! And you're NOT, that's AWESOME!! emoticon
    10 days ago
    Congratulations! I too used to love to run. I ran everywhere. I also did triathlons and a marathon or two. My favorite run was the 1/2 marathon. Today, however, I have two bad knees and have to resort to walking...uuuggg! But I can still ride and swim. I am hoping to get back into both this summer.

    Keep up the great work! I am so inspired by your success.


    10 days ago
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