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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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    hopefully the rain will stop by monday night. then it's time to take the bike out!! thanks for your recommendation about fitness collective, i checked them out but they're too far from me.

    good luck with your goals! i'll check up on you soon to show support ;)
    3800 days ago
    hi! thank you for your comment on my blog! it all makes sense, and you are right, i do put too much on what others think, but that's another story. i do want to get back to at least 145 pounds for myself, because i don't like what i see in the mirror and how i feel in my own clothes.

    i love your idea of 1/2 to 1 lb per week. i'm still losing weight, right? i need to focus on that, rather than getting to my ideal 130 fast,

    i do live in nyc, actually in brooklyn, but i'm in manhattan every day. i love to dance, but it's hard for me to find good dance classes, like a choreographed kick-boxing class, or tae-bo, or a step class. i see that you like to dance too. can you recommend something?

    thanks again for your feedback. it meant a lot emoticon emoticon
    3801 days ago
    emoticon to SparkPeople and emoticon for joining the "Writer's Support Group" team. It will be our pleasure having you with us. -- Lou
    3802 days ago
    Hello and Welcome to Team Brooklyn!!! My name is Chris, I am the team leader. I like your page and think your goals are really amazing. Let me know if you have any questions and please take advantage of the Brooklyn Team Boards. There is a place to introduce yourself and a Sticky Topic called iChallenge. Each week I post a challenge for our team. Feel free ask questions on the boards, share your story or whatever comes to mind!! Welcome aboard.
    3806 days ago
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    ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¨Welcome to the EE team!!
    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*¸.•´¸.•*¨¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
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    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. I’ve been here for over a year now, and I still am overwhelmed, every day, by the kindness and goodness of others on this team!! That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*
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    3807 days ago
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