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Me and UFC fighter/Jiu Jitsu black belt Robert Drysdale (October 2013).





My Jiu Jitsu teacher Marcelo and I, after he awarded me my blue belt. (June 2014)








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"Wherever you are is the entry point." -Kabir

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
-Henry David Thoreau

"Have greater observation and less determination."
-Colleen Saidman, yoga instructor

Hi there, I'm Erin, and I'm DONE! I had, unfortunately, gained back the weight I had previously lost. However, I have maintained many good habits that I had acquired during my previous weight loss, such as eating fruits and veggies and whole grains, and exercising regularly. I have completed ...
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
-Henry David Thoreau

"Have greater observation and less determination."
-Colleen Saidman, yoga instructor

Hi there, I'm Erin, and I'm DONE! I had, unfortunately, gained back the weight I had previously lost. However, I have maintained many good habits that I had acquired during my previous weight loss, such as eating fruits and veggies and whole grains, and exercising regularly. I have completed several triathlons, duathlons, and running events (10 miles or less) and miss being in "training mode" for these events. I am focused on enjoying the journey, and not waiting to live my life after I lose the weight. I have already learned that weight loss does not automatically solve any problems, so I am working really hard on the mental aspect this time around. I deserve respect and love now, not 136 pounds from now.

I graduated with a B.S. in psychology and exercise science in December 2010. My original intention was to pursue a Master's of Public Health in Community Health Education, but now I am re-evaluating that goal. For now, I need the break from school! I do plan on completing my personal trainer certification and working as a personal trainer part-time.

A little bit of basic info: I am 33 and live in Minneapolis, MN. I am a certified veterinary technician and I do poison control for animals. When I'm not working, I love to work out, garden, read, and watch movies. I own my little house in South Minneapolis, where I've lived for the past 6 years. I have a dog, a "few" cats, and a red-tailed boa constrictor for good measure. They're all rescues--it's a job hazard!
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Member Since: 6/14/2009

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I lose weight best when I eat towards the high end of my calorie allotment and follow a vigorous exercise program. I try not to have more than a 500 calorie deficit on most days.

My exercise program mainly revolves around Jiu Jitsu, boxing, kettlebells, Pilates, and yoga, but also includes cardio such as walking, swimming, cycling, belly dance, Zumba, and low-impact aerobics. I have arthritis in my spine that affects most of my joints, so I adjust my exercises accordingly when needed. The best thing I can do for my arthritis is to keep moving!

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I'm Erin, 36 years old, and I live in Minneapolis, MN.

I have a B.S. in psychology and kinesiology, and am a personal trainer, massage therapist, and writer.

Was chosen as Done Girl of the Day on March 18th, 2011--love this team!

SparkPeople Motivator of the Day on August 30th, 2014!

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9/12/2014 4:04:48 PM

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9/12/2014 3:06:31 PM

Happy Belated Birthday Done Girl and fellow massage therapist



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MUSICALLYMINDED
9/8/2014 10:12:04 PM

I just saw that you commented on my blog in August. Glad to see you back on SP. I haven't been very good about blogging and checking statuses and blogs.
I like your "out of the comfort zone" list you posted on my blog. Are you practicing guitar now? I want to learn so badly but I haven't been motivated... plus time is very limited.
Congrats on getting your blue belt! I'm so glad I get to keep up with your progress again.



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