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(Written Oct. 30, 2011)

Time for a re-start! After FOUR years of being comfortable with my maintenance weight & fitness level, I'm ready to PUSH & Do More.

Simply put, I need to get back to the basics of healthy nutrition & balanced exercise to reach my OMG weight range.

I've tried numerous times to distill the lessons I've learned into an easily digestible list but haven't liked the results. Instead, here's an open letter to you.

To anyone on their own Spark path:

Have unshakeable faith in yourself or find someone who does. I've had to rebuild my self-esteem & confidence & for a long time, was full of doubt. I'm so grateful to have a husband that's believed in me more than I've ever believed in myself. Big thanks to Spark & everyone here too. I hope you have someone in your own life that's there for you. Reach out, connect with people, expand your support network.

Use your imagination & dream BIG. Trust me when I say the possibilities are endless. At my highest weight, I never imagined my life would ever be different from what it was. Permanent weight loss, healthy eating & exercise were pipe dreams. Since starting my journey, I'm continually amazed at what I've accomplished. I'm particularly proud of finishing the Hood to Coast relay; backpacking around France, Switzerland & Greece; & walking around Vegas like it's a walk in the park. I also love what I can do in the gym, on a hike, or out in the snow (snowshoeing's the best!). Your life _can_ be different from what it is today. You can be better, faster, stronger, more agile, healthier, leaner, more confident & assertive, more loving & positive than you are today. What secret visions for your life do you daydream about, never daring to believe for one second that it's possible? I assure you, it is.

Be curious about how your body, mind & spirit reacts to changes, & be fearless when it comes to finding what works for you. There's a lot of info out there & it can get overwhelming at times. What makes sense to you? What common themes keep surfacing? Experiment & know when to cut your losses if something isn't working. Changing your life takes some major self-awareness, & if you're used to paying attention to everyone or everything besides yourself, you may feel guilty. Feel proud that you respect yourself enough to do what's best for you. Give yourself permission to do what it takes!

Other things to keep in mind...

Motivation ebbs & flows. Some days you'll have it & some days you won't. During the downtimes, be kind to yourself & keep believing that you'll make it.

It's ok if you only have 22% to give. Sometimes 110% is completely unrealistic. If 22%'s all you got, that's the best you can expect of yourself.

This is hard work with no shortcuts. There's a difference between enduring the discomfort of hard work & suffering. The latter is unnecessary.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed or discouraged, focus on just today & take baby steps.

You always have a choice.

You absolutely, positively deserve your best life. Period.


In 2009, I found my inner athlete. In 2010, I'll be living a TURBO life! I'm a huge fan of Turbo Kick, a cardio kickboxing workout created by Chalene Johnson. Turbo has had a HUGE impact on me, & taught me a lot about fitness, fun, balance, & attitude.

Turbo brings me a wicked sense of accomplishment & pride, tons of happiness & positivity, & buckets of sweat. It's taught me to respect where I am in the moment & make adjustments as needed. It's shown me how to connect with people (in a GYM no less!) & helped shed any self-consciousness I had. It also helped me train for the two half marathons I completed in 2009, & will help me stay fit in 2010!

Living a Turbo life means staying connected to my inner athlete, & focusing on mind, body & spiritual fitness. Above all, it means having FUN & a positive attitude, & Spreading the Spark!


July 1, 2006 marked the start of my weight loss journey & have maintained a 75-80 lb. loss since October 2007.

Starting in fall 2009, I resolve to evolve & move into Phase 3 of my journey, by building my best body.

Phase 1 (July 2006 to March 2007) - Establishing a fitness base by walking. Started walking, jogging & participated in a few 5Ks. Minimal to moderate change to diet.

Phase 2 (April 2007 to September 2007) - Pushed my fitness by getting into "RossTraining" by following a 50 day program for combat athletes. Major changes to diet by eating at home, bringing lunch to work, switching to non-processed versions of foods (e.g. instant to old fashioned oatmeal).

Maintenance (October 2007 to October 2011) - Continued to maintain weight loss & healthier lifestyle habits.

Phase 3 Re-start (November 2011 & beyond) - Expand physical fitness to my mind & spirit, & have more FUN doing it!


Member Since: 2/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 21,912

My Goals:
PUSH #1 2013: I am free of disordered eating. I no longer sneak, hide, binge, or emotionally eat. I choose clean foods 80% of the time & eat according to my hunger/satiety signals.

My Program:
Just move it! Turbo Kick classes, lifting heavy, yoga, & running.

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Other Information:
Run Like Hell half marathon on Oct. 25, 2009 - DONE! (2:24)

Las Vegas half marathon on Dec. 6, 2009 - DONE! (2:25)

2 minute plank - DONE! (2:15)

Hood to Coast on August 27-28, 2010 - DONE! (10:50 pace across all 3 legs)

Run Like Hell 10K Oct. 24, 2010 - DONE! (10:11/mile pace, new PR)

Rock 'N Roll Las Vegas HM on Dec. 5, 2010 - DONE! (2:31)

Hood to Coast Relay August 26-27, 2011 - DONE! (10:53/mi pace across all 3 legs)

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  • v RACHAEL2020
    I like your positivity to weight loss and nutrition.
    67 days ago
    muuahhhhh.......... emoticon
    909 days ago
    Hi Z,
    Thank you for your positivity, especially in BLC30 the Renegades. I read your post and it "spoke" to me in so many ways.
    If I can continue to get insight from you, I may just be able to reach my goals.
    Hope you don't mind, I added you as a friend. :)
    Thanks again and have a great rest of the weekend!
    1749 days ago
    Hi Z,
    Thank you for your positivity, especially in BLC30 the Renegades. I read your post and it "spoke" to me in so many ways.
    If I can continue to get insight from you, I may just be able to reach my goals.
    Hope you don't mind, I added you as a friend. :)
    Thanks again and have a great rest of the weekend!
    1749 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page and leaving me with an assignment! I'm thinking of those answers and I'll send you a Sparkmail, of you don't mind. These are the kind of questions I need to ask myself so I can keep growing and moving forward!!

    Thanks a bunch and I REALLY appreciate it!!! Whatever your willing to share/discuss is awesome. In fact, I'll start another journal about journaling and how I can better reflect upon my journey.

    emoticon VERY EXCITED!!
    Thank You!!
    1820 days ago
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