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my bike. we've put in many miles together.

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my "rewards" charm bracelet. a star for every 5 pounds lost, big charms for other goals.

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I am a 33 year old who loves cycling and cats. A couple years ago, I had five of each! [I'm down to two bikes and three cats now.] I'm pretty nerdy and am obsessed with scifi/fantasy. I'm one of those weird people who actually LOVES exercising, but I also unfortunately love eating even more [I gained 20 pounds in a year I was riding 20-30 miles a day, every day, due to my love for pad Thai].

I occasionally update my sparkpeople blog but for the most part, I blog over at fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com

Being healthy is a top priority for my life. My father died of breast cancer when I was 15, and the BRCA2 gene is carried throughout our family [every single one of his sisters has also had breast cancer]. Diabetes runs on both sides of my family, and my mother's side also has heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol [even my mother, who's at a healthy weight and is extremely active, still has high blood pressure]. If I don't change things, I'm looking at a much earlier death than I'd like. Thankfully, my risk factors for all of these things go down considerably by exercising and reaching/maintaining a healthy weight.

I'm accident/injury prone and suffer from a few conditions [most notably, Osgood-Schlatter disease in both my knees]. I have to regularly do [chiropractor prescribed!] yoga to manage my back pain. Some days, it's hard to even get out of bed, never mind go for a 20 mile bike ride, but I do the best I can.

I'm also focusing on mental health. I have bipolar disorder, which is usually manageable but I still go through rough patches. I also suffer from social anxiety, I'm working on it but I was living as a shut-in for a while. Once again, exercise helps with these issues, and I do a lot of other work on them.

Member Since: 12/2/2011

Fitness Minutes: 44,268

My Goals:
to be healthy and lose weight. to not let my body dictate what i can and can't do. to prevent the heart disease, diabetes, and cancer that run rampant in my family.

fitness bucket list:
-complete a cycling tour
-run a half marathon
-beat my 5k PR [30:30 when I was at my goal weight and very fit]
-get heels to touch the floor during Downward Facing Dog
-successfully finish 30 Day Shred, P90X, and Insanity… in that order
-climb a mountain [just a moderate mountain, nothing outrageous]
-complete 100 pushups in a row without stopping
-complete a triathlon
-get scuba certified and go diving in Australia
-be able to do splits

My Program:
trying to eat healthy, getting a lot of exercise in. just counting calories, in and out. WW member in theory, waiting on WW at Work meetings to start.

Personal Information:
cyclist, cat lady. hippie, punk, activist. wannabe musician, sort-of writer, and pseudo librarian. gamer girl (i play video games competitively!).

Other Information:
Blog: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com

runkeeper username: fuchsiarascal

Twitter: dorkyvegan

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    thanks! how are you doing?
    2971 days ago
    yay! glad you have some good food in your fridge! emoticon The almond milk plus is made by so delicious. It's the non refrigerated kind in the cartons. I don't really like the taste as much as almond breeze, but the protein added is worth it. I've tried both the unsweetened and the sweetened vanilla, the unsweetened one is a bit bitter to my taste and the vanilla is a bit too sweet, go figure haha. But yeah they're good enough, and as I said already, worth it because of the extra protein.
    2984 days ago
    I didn't really like tempeh much either until I discovered steaming it first before using it in recipes. It gets rid of the bitter taste.
    2987 days ago
    good to know about the glasses/contacts thing. I really can't afford my contacts right now...they're like $100 for 6 months. I started wearing contacts when I was in sixth grade...idk...I guess maybe my eyes are sensitive to them but I have a certain brand that works for me...unfortunately it's expensive...I like my glasses a lot though, in terms of aesthetics. However this is the first year I won't have contacts in the summer in awhile and I'm going to miss being able to wear non prescription sunglasses. Boo :(
    2994 days ago
    yeah that's true...only thing is I heard the Y near me's pool is closed for awhile :( but that's ok I guess since I don't know how I'll be able to see in a pool without my glasses and cannot afford contacts right now...
    2996 days ago
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