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




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I am a 29 year old who loves cycling and cats. A couple years ago, I had five of each! [I'm down to one bike at the moment, but I've still got five cats.] 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'm vegan, queer [panromantic asexual if you must know], and feminist, and have been an activist for all three [among other things] for many years.

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: 42,717

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-- DONE 7/23/12
-successfully finish 30 Day Shred [came so close before my ankle flared up again!], P90X, and Insanity… in that order
-bike to New York [200 miles]
-climb a mountain [just a moderate mountain, nothing outrageous]
-complete 100 pushups in a row without stopping [I'm getting there!]
-learn how to swim properly and complete a triathlon [I can swim, but it involves a lot of unhelpful flailing]
-become a yoga instructor
-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, doing this on my own [free!] this time around. vegan, but for ethical reasons, not entirely health reasons [considering i gained all of my weight AFTER becoming vegan].



Personal Information:
vegan, cyclist, cat lady. hippie, punk, activist. wannabe musician, sort-of writer, and pseudo librarian. spiritual in an atheist kind of way.


Other Information:
Blog: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com

runkeeper username: fuchsiarascal

Twitter: dorkyvegan




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  • v SKAHONEY4U
    how's the swimming going?
    1138 days ago
  • v VEGANFITLADY
    yeah, I can't find any info on the website about my branches fees or anything. I could only find info on just joining for the summer, and it's a one time fee. I think I'd rather pay for the whole year at once and maybe get a discount or something (if they do that, haha, probably not) and not have to worry about paying each month...but coming up with that money might be a bit of a challenge unless I plan to chose to spend my financial aid refund on it in the Fall. I guess the pool reopened earlier than expected which is cool though.
    1159 days ago
  • v VEGANFITLADY
    thanks! and yeah I definitely had been way more hungry than usual, I want to say due to working out more...but it's probably due to other factors too. Today I'm not as hungry for some reason...
    How's the Y so far? I might be getting a new work study job and will probably use my money for that, but who knows.
    1159 days ago
  • v VEGANFITLADY
    thanks! how are you doing?
    1167 days ago
  • v VEGANFITLADY
    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.
    1179 days ago
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