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Chris and me and Wild Adventures

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Another before picture - Feb 2005. This photo started me on my journey

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My day.... while Chris is out on the Harley. He did promise to take me for a ride this evening when my work is done though. I guess he likes me a little.

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Welcome to my page!!

I discovered Sparkpeople in December of 2007, and was a member until October or November of 2008, when life happened and I left the site for a while. I was gone for about 3 months... but returned in January of 2009. I am staying at a fairly healthy weight, but I find that without tracking and accountability that this site provides, I start slipping back into my old bad eating habits and slack off on the exercise, as I have recently done. I am now re-focusing, and getting back with the program.

After several attempts at marathon training, and being sidelined by injuries every time, I have now completed 36 full marathons and 3 ultra marathons (50K and above). I began my training for my first one on September 14th, 2009 with the goal of running the Museum of Aviation Marathon in Warner Robins, Georgia on January 16, 2010. I followed the Hal Higdon training plan religiously, which lasted 18 weeks. And I am proud to say that on January 16th, 2010, I DID complete the Museum of Aviation Marathon with a chip time of 4 hours 54 minutes.

Completed Marathons
Museum of Aviation - Warner Robins, Georgia
Soldier Marathon - Columbus, Georgia
Snickers Marathon - Albany, Georgia
Georgia Marathon - Atlanta, Georgia
Scenic City Trail Marathon - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Boogie Marathon - Ellerbe, North Carolina
Make It By Midnight Marathon - Macon, Georgia
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon - Savannah, Georgia
Soldier Marathon - Columbus, Georgia
Space Coast Marathon - Cocoa, Florida
Louisiana Marathon - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Tallahassee Marathon - Tallahassee, Florida
Albany Marathon - Albany, Georgia
Landsford Canal 24 Hr (50K distance) - Rock Hill, SC
Too Slow For Boston Marathon - Boone, NC
Darkside 8 Hour Run (50K distance) - Peachtree City, GA
Darkside Memorial Day Marathon - Peachtree City, GA
Hatfield-McCoy Marathon - Williamson, West Virginia
Make It By Midnight 2012 - Macon, Georgia
Air Force Marathon - Dayton Ohio
Marine Corps Marathon - Arlington, Virginia
Soldier Marathon - Columbus, Georgia
Space Coast Marathon - Cocoa, Florida
Mississippi Blues Marathon - Jackson, Mississippi
Museum of Aviation Marathon - Warner Robins, Georgia
(list is incomplete...)

I am Marathon Maniac #3628!

I am finally getting serious about working toward being in the best shape of my life. I am shooting to one day FINALLY break 4 hours in the marathon and eventually, qualify to run Boston! Even after a knee surgery in 2014 that has left me barely running at all, these are still goals and I know that I can accomplish them.

I am currently doing the Eason LiveFit 12 week Trainer, which consists of heavy strength training 5 to 6x per week, with 3-4 days of that having an additional 30 minutes of cardio (my runs!!!). Saturday is my long run day, and Sunday is my rest day.

Member Since: 1/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 159,818

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to transform my body and to be in the best shape of my life. Age is only a number... I believe that it doesn't matter how old we are, we can achieve amazing fitness!

In 2018, I hope to restart real training again, and hope to beat at least one of my running PR's.

My Program:
Currently, I am doing the Jamie Eason LiveFit Program (12 weeks). I am on my sixth round of the program.... it WORKS!!

I am also currently doing Hal Higdon's Novice 1 half marathon training program. Yes, novice. Even after all of those marathons and halfs. Because I need to start over and re-build a base to get my knee strong enough for distance. Safe, not stupid. :)

I am following a nutrition plan that is, simply put, 90% clean eating. Nutrition is 80% of the weight loss journey.. you can't have a fit body if you fuel it with junk. Besides, I hear Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym ---- and I want to see my abs!!

Personal Information:
I am a 45 year old divorced mother of three grown children. The youngest graduated high school in May 2016. I have an amazing boyfriend of 4 years. I don't remember a time when I was as happy as I am at this point in my life.

Other Information:
Running PR's:

5K -24:16
10K - 50:24
12K - 1:02
Half Marathon -1:58
Marathon - 4:15:32

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    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Fall? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early September. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Summer Fitness Tune up, Hopscotch and Bowling. I hope that you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Fall challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.
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    If you would like to try something different with a little challenge...I have one for you to consider. It's a small private team that competes with others within the larger X-Weighted team. Doing various challenges. Runs for 8 weeks. Main requirement is to post weight weekly...other activities, all though very beneficial, are optional. Drop me a note stating your interest.

    If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks.

    ~Nancy~ (Dwindling_Divas team leader)
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    Thanks for the add and message Becki! Look forward to getting to know u too!!
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