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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 KELLY122581
    Wow - ambitious! What training program are you using? I would like to see it. I'm feeling inspired but nervous at the idea. lol
    1510 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    Hey! Thanks for the goody today :-) And, yeah, I was using the American nutritional facts....


    Serving size = 2 cookies
    1593 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    How's it going? I was just wondering where you went yesterday, since I haven't seen too much activity from you, but just today, your fitness minutes showed up in my activity feed.... so I guess you are still around!

    How's life? How's your knee?
    1595 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    Thanks for your warning on my blog! I absolutely know what you mean!!! lol. My free beer actually didn't end up making me drunk (which I half expected). I think it is because I needed calories after the race... wondering if my body just burned the alcohol as fuel.... but I'm not a biologist or doctor, so I don't even know if this is possible (I'm just seeing it as a cartoon in my head. lol!) In any event, all is ok after the beer.

    Race was good, but it was HOOOTTTTT out, and they didn't have any water stations set up! Do they normally pass out water at races in the US? I was so thirsty after about 4KM in the heat that I almost stopped at a convenience store on the route to buy a water! I made it all the way through and had drinks in my bag at the finish line.... but sheesh! I'm a little irritated that on a hot day, water wasn't available!
    1632 days ago
    Running is going ok. I do it inside on the treadmill, and I hear that it is a bit tougher outside (but I am an indoor person, so I don't think I will run outside until maybe next spring). I just hope that I am able to focus on the school work for this last semester, and not get too overly excited for it just to be done!
    1642 days ago
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