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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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    Hi Thank you for the sparkgoodie yesterday
    LOL your status made me laugh. That just means you worked really hard. Feels good.
    I like your new picture. Makes me want to rollerblade again.
    I asked my friend if she would go with me sometime soon she said yes so we're going to give it a go as soon as her cold is gone. I hope I don't keep falling looking for the toe pic like that last time. lol
    Keep up the hard work, it's paying off emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3744 days ago
    Yeah Kittiwake! You're racking up those fitness minutes!
    3752 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog and sharing the "Discover that there is only one true beauty. And you are that." quote with me. It is something I will be sure to remember!!!
    3755 days ago
    Congrats on your new award!! emoticon
    3757 days ago
    Hi! You commented on my blog about water aerobics, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. There are TON of great things to do in the pool:

    -Big lunging steps forward and back (thrust the shoulder forward or back ward with each step)

    -Jump twists. Lunge at a 45% angle to one side then jump as high as you can and land at a 45% angle to the other side (push the water as hard as you can with you arms as you twist to the side)

    -Side steps rotating your pelvis as you go

    -Jog in place, the higher the knees the better the workout

    If you have access to a pull noodle, they are great for arm and shoulder exercises:

    -Plant your feed shoulder with apart and put the noodle completely in the water in front of you. Push and pull the noodle as back forth, alternating between slow and fast

    -Tie the noodle in a knot and put it in the water in front of you. Push it down and pull up to work your biceps. Or, you can hold it straight in front of you pushing it down to work your shoulders

    All the above should be done with TIGHT abs.

    Hope that helps. Have a wonderful time on your vacation!

    3757 days ago
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