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My focus is keeping my insane schedule (bc I love it) while making sure I get in my "me" time, my heart time (cardio), my dog walking time, my pilates student time, my pilates teaching time, my friend/family time, & yoga time weekly. This seems like a satisfying week when I get all this in WHILE BEING MONDFUL ....AND it promotes sparking and eating well to fuel properly so I'm thinking this current combo of activites leads to a happy fulfilling week and who doesn't love those?! :). Also been adding green smoothie daily with all kinds of yumminess - leading to overall better choices throughout the days.


Details starting... (2/27/11)
- figure out accountability plan
- figure out how not to derail come Thursday ea week
- BELIEVE in myself
- set realistic goals
- re-start running
- pay it forward
- "walk the walk"
What's worked in the past:

Eat clean/cooking at home/knowing my ingredients – if I cant easily track it, I shouldn’t be eating it!
Walk my dogs often – if not daily
Pilates + strength training
LOTS of water
Eat around 90 (min) grams protein & at least 25 grams of fiber to feel full & satisfied
Watch sodium contents – limit packaged foods – Sodium makes you bloated & throws off the scale & how my clothes fit!
Eat fruits/veggies of some form with each meal
Limit cheese intake
TRACK! TRACK! TRACK! Stay accountable. Use the tools I have.
Lose the belly flab ~ It’s bad for my heart.
Keep challenging myself with marathons & other adventures
Try new things/make new friends/learn Spanish
SMILE! We only get one round of life! [Aug 2010]
July 2010...I've been mia since i threw out my husband and its been just over 3 months...i'm finding myself...defining who I am and figuring out whats been true & whats been fake during the past 7 yrs. i've been wanting to come back to Spark but i didnt know what to say. i was ashamed at one point. i didnt want the pity. i didnt want to talk to anyone. i read alot of books. i'm deciding what i want to do for me first - in all aspects of life. the fog is lifting but i didnt even know it was there (if that makes sense). anyways, spark has been good to me and i miss it. In just over 2 yrs, I walked 1 full marathon, ran 3 halfs, and ran 3 fulls and raised $18k towards cancer. Couldn't have done it w/o SP! Of all things, SparkPeople has gotta be good for me...Sorry if anyone has taken my MIA as selfish. i needed it. I'll do my best to catch up w/yall! All the best, Sarah
Each year that I’ve been on SparkPeople has been an adventure of self-learning, conquering new goals, improving myself and watching others do the sme. It has been inspiring and motivating to be a part of such a community. 2009 was my first full year of becoming a runner. I’m looking forward to continuing this in 2010. I have signed up for my 3rd marathon and will begin training in the New England winter once again. I’m actively raising money for cancer research and pushing myself to new heights during each day. Every day is a reminder to work hard, treat my body well and take care of myself so I can be strong, healthy, confident and successful. Pilates has become an addiction for me and I love the strength that I am building from the inside out. Treating myself with kindness and healthy activities is so important to my daily life. I plan to continue to work on making this second nature and continue to grow from the foundation that has been built. [Dec 2009]
Accomplishments in 2009: MY YEAR OF FIRSTS!

* I ran the Austin Half Marathon on Feb 15th (my 1st!)
* I ran the Boston Marathon on April 20th (my 1st!)
* I completed a full training session of 4+ months for the marathon (my 1st!)
* I raised $6,026 for basic cancer research (my 1st!)
* I raised $3,040 for pancreatic cancer research (my 1st!)
* I ran my first 5k - dogrundog 5k - paced my dog
* I ran my first 10k - ~ (7 miles) (my 1st!)
* I ran my second half marathon - Swanzey
* I ran my second full marathon and fundraise for pancreatic cancer research - Cape Cod Marathon raised $1620
Accomplishments in 2008:

* survived 1st year without my dad & turned 32 yrs old
* June was 2 yr anniversary of marriage
* maintained loss of 20 lbs from highest weight
* Sept 21, 2008: [1st full walking marathon] Boston Marathon route with Dana Farber - raised $2200 for cancer research
* October - Joined the Pancreatica Running team and signed up for 1st half marathon (Feb 09)
* November: began learning how to run
* December - Joined the Boston Athletic Association & the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge (April 09)
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt
"Citizenship in a Republic," Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
My story [written Nov 08]:

Hi. I’m Sarah. I joined Sparkpeople in March 2006. I was 29 yrs old, engaged and had gained weight which I blamed on my desk job. It couldn’t have been me! Taking accountability for actions done & not done is something I learned here at SP. My desk didn’t make me fat, I made myself fat. I didn’t move enough and build muscle enough (through weight lifting and cardio) and follow my diet strict enough in my life of my 20’s. The years piled up and the lbs slowly & sneakily piled up. I was never in an “overweight” zone but had hit a peak of 160 at an annual doctor’s appointment (I’m 5’5’’) and realized I was on an upward trend that I needed to stop. I’ve always been a healthy person but SP has allowed to me to expand that knowledge of health. Shift focus a bit. I continue to learn more of specific nutrients, the works of the body, and the needs of the body – the amazing things our bodies can do & change through personal experience and amazing experiences and success stories documented within Sparkpeople. I set out originally to lose lbs (30 to be exact) and through the help here and a long battle, I lost around 25lbs which became my new goal as I learned more along this journey. Every day I am aware of and usually track my nutrition, exercise, calories in & out, sleep needs, water intake, fiber intake, sodium intake….I’ve become quite a tracker. Accountability - It’s a powerful thing.

Over the years of this journey, it has been quite amazing, meeting interesting people surpassing what they never thought possible, losing, maintaining, educating and continuing to be educated and mostly continue to learn more about myself, my habits, my strengths, my weaknesses, my honesty, my goals, my perception, my reactions, my capabilities, my opportunities, my transformation. How do I plan on going through life and adulthood? Who do I want to be? How do I want to be perceived to be? What have I accomplished? What will I accomplish? How will I overcome? How will I cope with the quick unfair loss of my young Dad to pancreatic cancer? How will I learn how to stop & pat myself on the back because my Dad wasn’t around to point it out to me? SP has helped me realize what’s important, what battles are worth picking, how to be strong and face life and that there are others with similar thoughts, actions, dreams, and goals.

And now, apparently I’m moving onto my next phase. I’m becoming a runner and I’m using my strong body & mind that I am continuing to build to raise money for cancer (in general) and through the Pancreatica Running Team that raises money for pancreatic cancer specifically. I need to learn how to fundraise. I need to get creative. I need to learn to run distances and cross train to avoid injury. I need to focus on how I feel and my body’s needs. I must take care of myself so I can accomplish these upcoming tasks & goals. I can’t remember having such concrete goals. I think that is something new as well.

I started this part of my journey in September 2008 where I walked my first Jimmy Fund Walk where I raised $2200 for Dana Farber Cancer Institute & walked 26.2 miles – the Boston Marathon Route in 7:30. In mid-November 2008, I began to train to be a runner. I’m running my first half marathon on February 15, 2009 in Austin, TX where I am shooting to raise roughly $3000 for pancreatic cancer. [UPDATE: I ran & raised $3,040 & it was a blast!!] Then, I applied and got accepted to run the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009 with the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge & raise roughly $6,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute [UPDATE: I ran & raised $6,026]. I’m scared. I’m determined.

I’m excited to go through the next year of new challenges, beating goals, exceeding limits & raising money for a cause so near to my heart. I’m nervous but that anxiety will pull me through. I know I can do all these things. I’ve built the foundation over the past couple years and now it is time to bring myself to this next level of self-discovery.

Member Since: 3/14/2006

Fitness Minutes: 52,653

My Goals:

My Program:
~anything with my dogs
~live music
~clean eating
my race history:
2/09: Austing Half 2:12
4/09: Boston Marathon 4:49
8/09: Falmouth 7 miler 0:68
9/09: Swanzey Half 2:10
10/09: Cape Cod Marathon 4:44
02/28/10: Hyannis Half 2:06
04/19/10: Boston Marathon 4:35

Personal Information:
I live in Boston, MA with my 3 awesome dogs.

I'm continually looking for ways to improve myself.

I'm pretty much up to try anything (at least once)!

Other Information:
I'm a Certified Pilates Instructor as/of 2009.

I'm a Certified dog trainer as/of 2005.

I'm a corporate America girl as/of 1998.

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