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July 2008, Col D'Izzard (the top of the mountain stage of the Tour de France).

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Excuse the clothing, we were camping in the rain. Fall 2008.

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My name is Alie. I'm an American living in the UK. I live an active, healthy lifestyle, though I'm still lugging around an extra 40 pounds.

I live with my boyfriend, who has never in his life had any weight issues before this year. He gained 20 pounds (probably 5 of which he needed to gain) and is now trying to get fit with me, which is good fun.

My goal is simply to get myself into the optimal category for my BMI. That's a place I haven't been since freshman year of high school, so fingers crossed!

I was running a lot last year and got down to 145, but, as I so frequently do, I got sidelined by my joints, then we moved and got a car, which never helps. I then got in a very bad kayaking accident, which ruled out another of my major exercise methods! All of those things together caused a 20 pound weight gain. The final insult to injury was switching to a new birth control to help with my PCOS and gaining another 10 pounds.

In June, I got to my highest weight ever, 175 lbs, which was awful. I came off the birth control and lost 5 pounds pretty quickly. I joined an exercise and diet study and did a bunch of circuit training classes and got two DEXA scans. I didn't lose any weight over those two months, and I threw off the results of the study, being the one working the hardest in class and tracking all my food, something I'm used to doing from Spark. Over the course of the rest of the summer, I did lose a couple pounds and tried to get back into running, but my shinsplints and knee issues came back with vengeance. I did lose a couple more pounds, settling out around 165-168.

Anyway, since I couldn't run with my stupid shins/knees still being complete and utter babies about life, and with my boyfriend deciding he wasn't happy where he was with his weight or fitness, we joined a gym in mid-October. I decided to eat a diet high in protein, moderate in fat and moderately low in carbohydrates. I swim about 5 days a week and try to mix something else cardio-wise once a week. I strength train 4 days a week.

My focus for the moment is staying injury free and getting down to where I was before we moved(about 145), then hopefully managing to get past there and to my actual goal! As we both get a bit fitter, I'd like to get my confidence back on the water and get back to boating.

Member Since: 2/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 13,378

My Goals:
I would like to be at a healthier weight.

I would like to actually lose some weight! It seems no matter how much I exercise it does no difference. I hope this time it's different!

I want to get back into running and avoid injury. I want to be confident in my level of fitness.

My Program:
Eating right, exercising.

Eat 3 meals, 1-2 snacks, try to stay towards the bottom of the calorie range (so I can get a glass of wine with dinner!).

Exercise at least 5 days a week.
Swim, walk, spin, yoga
Burn at least 3000 calories a week.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from New York, currently living in North Wales, UK.

I'm 5'3.5" (yes, that half inch is very important to me), and I have a very small frame. I would eventually like to get down to 120, giving me a BMI of 21. I am first aiming for 130, and will reevaluate when I get there.

Other Information:
One thing about me: I have PCOS. As far as things to have goes, it's not that serious and fairly common. Many women who have it don't even know they do, or only find out when they're trying to get pregnant.

One major side effect? It's HARD to lose weight. I'm active, I eat (mostly) healthily.

I haven't weighed less than 140 pounds since I was 14, so I'm hoping to get there some day.

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    Thank you so much for offering your two cents on my blog! Your advice was very helpful!
    3672 days ago
    Wow, your story sounds familiar. I know a bunch of people who have been sidelined by injury and then feel really tentative about coming back the following season.

    Heck, after my first bad day ever, which only hurt me enough to keep me out of a boat for a couple of days, it took at least 2-3 weeks to recover my nerves.

    I'm a fan of class III/IV water - at least as it's designated in the Northeast US. I've heard that those ratings are more strict out west. I've had my @$$ handed to me on some IV rapids this season - and found it a challenge to step up to that level. As a result I've been running and surfing III and III+ more aggressively, trying to hit weird lines, watching boat placement and control, etc. I'm hoping these skills will translate to being able to run IV stuff better next season.

    I'm also signed up for a pool skills workshop and rolling sessions in Rochester that will go all winter. I want my roll on both sides stronger. At the moment I still have a bad habit of laying on the back deck to come up, and I would prefer a snappier C2C type of recovery with an aggressive forward position. I've failed my roll a bunch of times lately and gotten lazy and swum when I didn't really need to. That simply has to stop.

    I know I've progressed a lot for someone in her first season but I'm still not where I'd LIKE to be.... (are any of us ever? LOL)
    3677 days ago
    Well if you ever come back to NY for a visit, let me know and I'll hook you up.
    3691 days ago
    If you're in the UK I'm surprised you're not paddling Pyranha boats! LOL
    My first boat was a M:3 233. It cracked and I replaced it with a Wavesport Habitat 74.

    My two boats now are the Habitat and a Jackson 2009 Allstar (the one in my profile pic).

    Not ready for the season to end so I broke down and ordered a drysuit. It's supposed to arrive today!
    3691 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/21/2010 11:47:21 AM
    The boat in my background is a Liquid Logic CrossRiver 80. It's for sale if you're looking for a whitewater river runner...
    3691 days ago
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