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Oh, 2005 Erika - I miss you! I'm determined to do what it takes to get back into this dress!





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Makin' it RAIN!

I 'm a 28-year old near-newlywed, from (mostly) gorgeous Ottawa, in Canada. I've always been an active person, and was in the best shape of my life in university when I played varsity rugby and coached swimming and skiing. However, I kept nomming like I was first string varsity LONG after I took my first office job, and steadily gained weight ever since. My 'aha' moment came when I looked at a picture of myself at my best friend's wedding and realized that I had achieved *critical mass* as "fat ...
I 'm a 28-year old near-newlywed, from (mostly) gorgeous Ottawa, in Canada. I've always been an active person, and was in the best shape of my life in university when I played varsity rugby and coached swimming and skiing. However, I kept nomming like I was first string varsity LONG after I took my first office job, and steadily gained weight ever since. My 'aha' moment came when I looked at a picture of myself at my best friend's wedding and realized that I had achieved *critical mass* as "fat girl in wedding photo." I'm still trying to get up the stones to post that one.

Don't get me wrong... I love my husband, my family, my God, my beautiful country and my badass self, but I don't love that I'm too heavy and not in good enough shape to enjoy any of those things as fully as I should.

SO! Let's get serious, shall we? It's time to drop the hammer and make the twilight of 2011 count for me! I've set myself some big, sexy, goals and made some even bigger promises to myself about how I'll get there.

This year, I'm all in!
This year, I will get it done!
This year, I will MAKE. IT. RAIN.
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MY GOALS FOR THE "BACK NINE" of 2011:
1) Get down to 180 for New Years Eve
2) Be able to fit back in to my supa-favourite purple dress (pictured at left)
3) Be able to run a sub-hour 10K

HOW I'LL GET THERE:
**Home in the Range**
Staying within my Calorie Range of 1650-1900/day, but not beating myself up about weekend 'overages' as long as they're modest and don't neglect healthy food to eat crap.
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**Playing to my strengths**
Which are fitness and ST! 3500 calories burned through cardio/week, 3-5ST sessions/week - aim high!
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**Hitting the Road **
- 1000km on the bike by the time the snow flies, and running 15km/week. Meeting my biking goals will "earn" me the road bike I've been dreaming about for a year! Meeting my running goals will "earn" me back the legs I've been missing since 2003 or so... and set me up for my 10K goals!
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**Trying new Things**
- Sea kayaking and a fun outdoor bootcamp are tops of that list! I'm also going to set a goal of trying at least two fitness classes/month at my gym, even if they seem to not be up my alley (i.e. appear to require coordination or cute outfits.)
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FUTURE 'DREAM' GOALS:
- Running a half marathon before I turn 30!
- Fitting back into my university skinny jeans
- Getting to 'parity' with my husband, weight-wise
- Participating in the Rideau Lakes 200km 2-day bike tour
- Conquering the Crypt Lake hike at Waterton Lakes National Park
- Hiking the Chilcoot Trail
- Getting in good enough shape to start CrossFit! (Shoutout to PHYSEDTEACHER for inspiring this one)!

SHINY, GLITTERY HEART'S DESIRE:
I really, really, *really* want to get back into good enough shape to play rugby again. I want it so badly I can barely write it down. I'm not prepared to get back into the sport unless I can perform at a high level and do so safely and without risking injury, though, so let's make that happen!
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Member Since: 6/21/2006

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My Goals:
By the end of 2011 I will:
1) Get down to 180lbs
2) Be able to fit back in to my supa-favourite purple dress (pictured at left)
3) Be able to run a sub-hour 10K

My Program:
Decrubed in detail in my profile, but it basically comes down to:
- Eat like I care about my body and want it to be healthy (1650-1900 cal/day for my current weight)
- Train like I'm preparing to survive the zombie apocalypse (torch 3500 cal/week or bust!)
- Rack up the miles on the bike and my own two feet (1000km and 15km/week respectively)

Personal Information:
- 28 years old
- born, raised and living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- passionately devoted to my family and friends!


Other Information:
I love music, reading, travel and the outdoors - impossible to assign an order!

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THESHELBSTER
2/3/2012 5:32:49 PM

LMAO. Oh my goodness. I know it is probably 38 different kinds of wrong for laughing but in the year that I have been on SP I have NEVER heard of anyone joining to try and gain. Oh my. I know there are lots of guys out there that need to gain weight, I have just always looked at SP as a place to lose weight but I know it is more than that. This place is about learning to eat healthy, how to exercise, weight train, all that. Still, he is just going to be in a very unique category on here. I think if anyone I was ever dating and certainly married to, joined this site I would probably freak because this is my place to blab about my relationships to. But then again I have never had a healthy relationship. You obviously do, so you more than likely won't feel the need to run your mouth like me. :0)

I think that is great that he is so supportive. But I also think that it is okay for you to need something for yourself and that he can find his own place. It is all about what is best for you. Do you really think that he is wanting to come here to gain weight more than it is just really him trying to get closer to you in some way?

Maybe he feels left out that SP is such a big part of your life. And if that is the case I can see where you wouldn't want to tell him "I really don't want you to join."

I don't envy your position.

But I know that it will all work out the way it is supposed to.

Hugs my friend. Sorry for laughing. It just took me by surprise. I've never been the most tactful person in the world but I mean well. :P



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SALLY_MANDER
2/2/2012 1:39:12 AM

Thanks for your support and encouragement!

Hehe - after doing great last Thurdsay and Friday, I slacked off on the weekend (read: did nothing) so I had to bust my a$$ Monday & Tuesday. It paid off, though: 90 minutes on Monday, 145 on Tuesday and 12.5km walked over the two days. (did you know SP only lets you log 120minutes per day? lol, I had to add 20minutes to Friday's total to get my 1000) And thank goodness for SP videos, 'cause my well-laid plans to get to the gym yesterday after my walk didn't work out, so I did an hour+ of videos - whew! Oh, and I met my February goal weight :)

lol, I took today off, save for 2 sets each of pushups and crunches. Back at it tomorrow.

Happy February 1st! It's a new month = new goals = new achievements. GO!

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THECRAZYMANGO
2/1/2012 4:58:55 PM

Thanks for the support! I feel its more complicated since he is a 'friend'. Yesterday when he wandered away from health and fitness topics towards more personal topics, I steered him back to focus. Hopefully he got the hint. IF he insults me again, I will need to talk to him. Luckily he didn't this past session.



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CAROLYN1ALASKA
2/1/2012 4:54:33 PM

Thanks so much for taking the time to give me some personal encouragement on the Slowest Loser Team. NOT losing when I feel like I'm doing everything right discourages me every so often. I just have to keep trying and have faith that it will happen. emoticon



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THESHELBSTER
1/27/2012 11:51:25 PM

Thanks for stopping by my page. Hope you have a fantabulous weekend! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. How's that Aiden Brody lookin' husband of yours doing? Got me a date tomorrow night. Whoop! Whoop! Hope it goes well.



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