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Me skating! I'm around 155 in this picture. January 2010.

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This is a kittiwake! When I was a field biologist I worked with these seabirds! Love the red feet!

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3/25/10 Wearing all my rollerblading gear: helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, and kneepads.

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I was very successful the last time I was here two years ago. I ended up running a half-marathon and having the greatest summer of my life thanks to all that I learned at Sparkpeople.

Unfortunately, a few months after that I began having terrible migraines. The migraine medications I've tried have caused a lot of my hair to fall out, depression, and a weight gain of 40 pounds. I'm now back in the worst shape ever. I'm still fighting to find the right migraine drugs and I'll admit with all I've been through I'm less optimistic for the future. I feel like the drugs have already aged my body 20 years. So, I'm going to take it slow. But, my ultimate goal is to get back into running. The new drug I'm on seems to be helping the best to keep the migraine at bay while keeping my energy up. With spring on its way I'm hopeful that I will begin looking and feeling better soon.


The reason why I'm here is to build the fit, athletic body I've always dreamed of. My ultimate goal is to be the best athlete I can be. I'm 30 so my goals are realistic, but challenging. I've never been an athlete, but that's due more to laziness, low-self confidence issues. I'm terrified that when I'm an old woman I'll look back on this time in my life and think I didn't try hard enough! So, I'm here to try harder.

I've just started running with my goal being to complete a 5k in June '10 after graduating from the C25k program at the end of May. I've actually signed up for two 5k races in June. After I complete those my next goal is to complete the bridge to 10k program and run a 10k in the Fall.

Other favorite forms of exercise for me are skating, rollerblading, and ballet. I've always enjoyed moving my body so my biggest weight loss struggle is food. I eat way too much packaged, processed, high fat food. It's hard with my lifestyle to do better, but I'm here to improve.

I moved to Brooklyn seven months ago and I feel like living in the city ages you. I feel so stressed and rushed by all the noise and intense people, but I'm hoping with time I'll get used to it and find it less stressful. Now that the winter has passed (I barely survived) Propect Park is calling my name.

Member Since: 3/5/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,871

My Goals:
Lose 17 pounds (lose fat, gain muscle)

Develop strength to improve skating technique

Focus less on reaching a certain ideal body shape and more on things my body can do

My Program:
Figure Skating 1-2x per week
Ballet class 1-2x per week
Rollerblading 1-2x per week
Running 3-4x per week

Non-skating or ballet days I will be alternating with walking/jogging and strength training exercises.

Once I'm a few weeks into my program I will include these activities even on days when I skate and have ballet class due to the non-cardiovascular nature of these activities (I'm not good enough for a strong skating/ballet workout. I have too many stops and starts).

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153 - book (3/13/10)
150 - pedicure (3/24/10)
146 - haircut & color
143 - new workout clothes
140 - new regular clothes

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    Glad you're back, but sorry about the migraines. Let me know if there is anything I can do.
    3244 days ago
    Hey! Glad to see you're almost to your goal! Congrats!

    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

    3683 days ago
    If you're in the area and interested check out team White Plains/Westchester Sparkers.

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    3841 days ago
    Congrats on the 5K. That looks like a good time for your first one. I hope you enjoyed it.
    3915 days ago
    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. My journey may have taken me a long time, but the results have been worth it! The dirty little secret of distance running is that you retain water and thus weight loss can slow or even stall when training for a long distance--it seems so unfair doesn't it? One thing that has helped me stay focused is having many NON weight loss related goals to work toward. That way when the scale is stuck in slow motion I have other victories to rejoice in!
    3935 days ago
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