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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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    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.
    1396 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 :(
    1404 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...
    1406 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    Great Plan! When do you start?
    1535 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    Wow - I checked out that training program - 5 mile run in the first weekend. wow. The most I have ever done was 4 and it nearly killed me. I've been eyeing this training schedule for a 10K and think it is a little more my speed (but still the 5 days of running starting out with 4 Miles freaks me out).


    Any interest in starting with the 10K program and moving on to a half marathon later?

    1537 days ago
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