HOOYAH! Sgt Ken and I at the Canfitpro World Fitness Expo - Aug '15
Competition debut, very under-prepared. Walked away with 5th place (Figure division) - Nov '14
Designed this two years ago. After six hours in the chair, it's finally mine. ^_^
I am renewed, I am excited, I am learning from my previous mistakes and pitfalls, and I am ON FIRE!
Seeing as how it's been three years, I thought it might be time to add something to this.
In my time here, I have come to understand myself more. I have gone through good times and bad, weight losses and gains, victories and errors. I even went through a complete career flip from a professional baker to a personal trainer.
Old goals were met, new goals have been set. As I grow into this new person I have become, new challenges make me determined to overcome them, which causes even loftier goals.
I am still a work in progress. I will ALWAYS be a work in progress. And that is exactly how I want it to be.
I'm Raven (Before you ask, yes. That -is- my legal name), and I'm hoping that finally being able to talk to people who understand how hard this road to a 'healthy new you' can be will be what I need to get down the last end of that journey and start anew. Most of my friends are skinny/fit people who really don't get how difficult this is. Although my boyfriend is very supportive of me, he's also one of those people who can eat a whole pizza and not gain a pound. Somehow I don't think he really gets it either.
Although I'd always been fairly chunky, even as a child, my highest recorded weight was 265lbs at age 14. This came about after an operation at age 13 restricted me from doing the only thing I really wanted to do, so I stopped doing everything and ate through my unhappiness. Many failed attempts, and even more failed starts, later, I finally started taking off some of the weight during high school. I got down to 190 in grade 12 and have been about that, give or take a few pounds, since I graduated in 2007. I'm determined to shed the rest of it so I can finally be in a healthy BMI range for the first time.
Hopefully 2011 will bring me the ability to finally be a healthy, happy, and active person.
Train the movement, the aesthetic will follow.
I'm a nerd, a bookworm, and a self-confessed loser. And I wouldn't change it for anything.
I love animals more than I like most people, but sometimes it's nice to talk to something that can answer in a language you understand.
I'm lame on the fly, exceedingly sarcastic, and can spit out puns easier than most people breathe.
That makes sense. I guess you'd have to have people around you supporting your decisions or just have the "F you all, I'm doing my own thing!" mentality. That's how I see it anyway :)
1102 days ago
MAY THIS BIRTHDAY BE THE MOST BLESSED ONE AND THE BEST ONE EVER.
1213 days ago
thanks for the add!
1214 days ago
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Have a great day
1286 days ago
Climb The Mountain
I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt out of breath and had to turn back.
I tried to climb the mountain today. But, It was so hot outside, I thought I had better stay in my nice air-conditioned house and rest up for tomorrow's attempt.
I tried to climb the mountain today. On my journey, darkness started to fall and I was full of fear, so I had to return to a safe place.
I was ready to climb the mountain today. But I had so may other things to do, so instead of climbing the mountain I took care of the much more important tasks; I washed my car, mowed the grass and watched the big game. Today the mountain will have to wait.
I was going to climb the mountain today. But as I stared at the mountain in all it's majestic beauty, I knew I had no chance of making it to the top, so I figured why even begin trying.
I had forgotten about climbing the mountain today, until an old friend came by and asked what I was up to lately. I told him about all my plans to climb that mountain someday. I went on and on about how I was going to accomplish the task.
He stopped me and said, "I just got back from climbing that mountain. for the longest time I told myself I was going to try to climb it but never made any progress."
"I almost let the dream of making it to the top die. I came up with every excuse of why I could not make it up the mountain, but never once did I give myself a reason why I could. One day as I stared at the mountain and pondered, I realized that if I didn't make an attempt at this dream all my dreams would eventually die."
" The next morning, I started my climb. It was not easy, and at times I wanted to quit. But no matter what I faced, I placed one foot in front of the other, keeping a steady pace. When the wind tried to blow me over the edge, I kept walking. When the voices inside my head screamed, stop! I focused on my goal, never letting it out of sight. I kept moving forward. I could not quit because I knew I had come too far to stop now. Time and time again, I reassured myself that I was going to finish this journey. I struggled mightily to make it to the top, but I CLIMBED THE MOUNTAIN."
"I have to be going," my friend said. "Tomorrow is a new day to accomplish more dreams. By the way what are you going to do tomorrow?"
I looked at him, with intensity and confidence in my eyes, and said, "I HAVE A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB."Author unknown
1287 days ago