The first post!

Hello!  For whatever reason, I’ve never been good with introductory paragraphs, so I’m going to introduce myself in bulleted list form.  Here goes:

–          I’m Kara

–          I’m 26

–          I live and work in NYC, and have lived in the NYC Metro area my entire life

–          I work in breast cancer research at a large teaching hospital

–          I married my best friend/college sweetheart, Matt, last April after 6 years together

–          Last summer, we adopted Barkley, a 7 y/o border collie/spaniel mix from a rescue group

–          I’ve lost 80 lbs. on Weight Watchers, but 20 lbs. or so have crept back on in the past year

–          I’ve completed 5 half-marathons in the past two years, with a PR of 2:47 in this year’s Buffalo Marathon (around 12:44/mile pace)

–          I am training to run next year’s NYC Marathon on November 7, 2010 in under 5 hours (11:26/mile pace) – 368 days away!

Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you a little bit about what this blog will be.  For one, it will be a food journal.  Real, honest and complete.  Every bite.  It won’t always be pretty, but I certainly didn’t get to almost 100 lbs. overweight having too many salads or carrot sticks.  I struggle with emotional eating that is primarily triggered by stress and boredom, and I’m doing my best to work through and manage it.  I’m hoping posting photos and blogging every meal will not only distract me when I’m bored but also make me think twice about that second pumpkin scone (my latest ridiculous obsession) or twentieth cookie.

This blog will also be a marathon training log.  For now (a year before the race), my training will primarily consist of speed work and low/medium mileage weeks.  My big goal for the next few months is to lose weight, not build up miles; a lighter Kara is a faster Kara!  As my spring half marathons and THE MARATHON (insert *dun dun DUN!* music here) get closer I’ll switch the emphasis to maintaining my weight and increasing my weekly miles steadily; I’ve learned from my own experience and the experience of others that with increased miles comes an increased appetite, and I want to make sure I’m fueling my body properly and not running on a calorie/energy deficit.  I’ll recap all of my training runs, good and bad, as well as any races I complete along the way.

In addition, this blog will also be a weight loss chronicle.  I’m going to do my best to chronicle all of my struggles – and sucesses! – along this LONG journey to lose the last 30-35 lbs., surviving holidays, parties and everything else in between.  I’m hopeful that:

  1. Photographing and blogging all my meals will help keep my eating in check
  2. Talking/writing through my struggles will keep me from making the same mistakes over and over again, when I do hit roadblocks
  3. Having a virtual audience will motivate me to be “good” rather than “bad”, on balance
  4. I can get feedback/advice/suggestions/kicks in the pants from you if/when I fall off-track J
  5. My successes (and failures) will motivate you to make positive changes in your own life.

So, that’s me.  Hope you enjoy this journey with me, and thanks for reading!

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