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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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    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
    1604 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    "Hopefully this will happen at my house and not at the gym or grocery store." I hope so too!!!! :-D
    1609 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    Oh.... and here is the recipe. I'll let you know how it works out ;-)

    1610 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?
    1610 days ago
  • v KELLY122581
    Thanks for your blog comments!! And I am SO ready to be in the ex-obese club :-) thanks for the welcome!

    Oh man - it totally sucks that your aunt has to go through this again! Yes, I do hope they caught it early! It is always hard to watch when someone you love is in pain... or worse, ready to give up. I'm glad she has people like you around who care about her (even when she's grumpy)! Hang in there.
    1615 days ago
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