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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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    Hi there I saw your page in the skating team I joined tonight. I noticed your page right away. I'm Michaele a figure skater aswell using SP to reach my weightloss and skating goals.
    I thought I would say hi been looking for another skater out there that was active here. I have been with SP for two years. I love it.
    You look really good I think your already an athlete!! Your a skater!! emoticon
    Hope you had a great ballet class. I haven't taken ballet in so many years. I bet it will really help towards your skating.
    I use alot of yoga moves . I make sure I take some time out twice a day to stretch and use the yoga it really helps trust me.
    Have a great night

    Michaele emoticon
    3796 days ago
  • v no profile image ASHAGAIN8486
    Thank you for the comment on my blog! I hope you have a great day:-)
    3796 days ago
    Thanks for your comment and for finding me! I actually spend less time blogging here and more at my daily blog at I feel the same way - why is it so hard to get off our butt to do what we know we love in life?! Welcome to the city too - by the way, where do you do your ice skating?
    3797 days ago
  • v APRILB333
    Thanks for the comment on my blog,I always love a good comment! =] I see you're pretty new to SparkPeople so best of luck to you on your journey to a healthier,better skating you! emoticon Have an awesome week! emoticon
    3797 days ago
  • v STEFFIG0824
    Kittiwakes-you pictures and comments are so motivating. I think it's so awesome that you are working on your skating. I love the picture on the ice. I am a mom of three boys from Iowa. There's a lot of testosterone here so I love the exposure to girlie, graceful stuff. You go. Thanks for adding me as a friend. I'm really struggling with my weight loss. I love this site too.
    3797 days ago
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