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About one month before starting SP, I took a good look at myself. I weighed 242 lbs, was about ready to buy another size up in pants, and was ridiculously lethargic for a 22 year old woman. I was content sitting for hours playing video games, ordering in delivery about 4 or 5 times a week, and eating fast food the rest of the time.

I was desperate for a change. I had rationalized my weight and poor physical fitness for years, telling myself that I because I had "always been a big girl" that I was destined to it. I imposed limits on myself because I felt that I was just too big to do the things that I really wanted to do. I was unhappy. I went on a fad diet (again) and took off 9 lbs that first month. That was when I found SP.

I started SP on September 18, 2008 and haven't looked back since. The lifestyle change that I have made has helped me to realize that this isn't just another diet. This is something I can and will do for the rest of my life. The tremendous support and motivation that I have found here have pushed me to stop limiting myself and start reaching for (and ACHIEVING) my goals.

Before SP I always wanted to, but never thought I could:

- Run a 5k (or even run in general!)
- Go horseback riding without feeling bad for the
horse. (Yes, I'm serious)
- Be photographed without making sure that I was
standing "at the right angle" (i.e. the one that hid
half of my body or more)
- Be comfortable in my own skin.

I've achieved all of these things, in just 3 months on Spark, and I can't wait to see what another 3 will bring.



I may waddle when I run, but I'm running all the same

By John Bingham (modified so that it really works for me personally)

I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit.

I AM A RUNNER because I know what effort feels like, and I embrace it. I know when I'm pushing the limits of my comfort and why I'm doing it. I know that heavy breathing and an accelerated heart rate--things I once avoided--are necessary if I want to be a better runner.

I AM A RUNNER because I value and respect my body. It will whisper to me when I've done too much. And if I choose to listen to that whisper, my body won't have to scream in pain later on.

I AM A RUNNER because I am willing to lay it all on the line. I know that every finish line has the potential to lift my spirits to new highs or devastate me, yet I line up anyway.

I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits so that I can exceed them.

I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not.

Member Since: 9/19/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,761

My Goals:
- To run my next 5k in under
40 minutes. (MB5k was

- To run that same 5k
without walking.

- To consistently exercise
4-5 times a week.

- To be in a healthy BMI

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