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

my "rewards" charm bracelet. a star for every 5 pounds lost, big charms for other goals.


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I am a 33 year old who loves cycling and cats. A couple years ago, I had five of each! [I'm down to two bikes and three cats now.] 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 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: 44,268

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
-successfully finish 30 Day Shred, P90X, and Insanity… in that order
-climb a mountain [just a moderate mountain, nothing outrageous]
-complete 100 pushups in a row without stopping
-complete a triathlon
-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, waiting on WW at Work meetings to start.

Personal Information:
cyclist, cat lady. hippie, punk, activist. wannabe musician, sort-of writer, and pseudo librarian. gamer girl (i play video games competitively!).

Other Information:
Blog: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com

runkeeper username: fuchsiarascal

Twitter: dorkyvegan

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    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!
    2029 days ago
    regarding your bucket list....I don't know about biking across the country...but I have a friend who hit every major national park and I ENVY his experiences. The closest I got to seeing the country, was traveling for business. Not the same...but it was free.
    Best wishes...hope you have a great start with your Vet program
    2031 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    "Hopefully this will happen at my house and not at the gym or grocery store." I hope so too!!!! :-D
    2037 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    Oh.... and here is the recipe. I'll let you know how it works out ;-)

    2038 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    Thanks again for the continuing blog comments :-) yeah.... my BP normally is 110/65... with the beta blockers it went down to 100/60 which the doc said was OK if i wasn't getting dizzy.... but this is crazy low now. I just read somewhere that beta blockers can increase the chance of heat exhaustion because they can disrupt the body's ability to regulate temperature.... leading to more dehydration... leading to lower blood pressure. What a circle!! I used to get migraines too.... lucky side effect of the heart medicine :-) did you stop having migraines/seizures?
    2038 days ago
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