LEONALIONESS
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Marathon Finishers :) HEZLIZZIE and I in Jacksonville.




Aaron and I finishing his first Half Marathon. July 4, 2011




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I've been maintaining for over three years now(!) - October 10th was my goal anniversary. I lost a total of about 60 lbs and dropped from a snug 12 to a loose 6. I've kept off about 50 lbs of my original loss and my measurements are about the same, even weighing more. Running ultramarathons and marathons added some heavy, dense lower body muscle and about 2 inches of bootie! And I like cookies. Mmm. Cookies.

I've currently run 9 Marathons, about 11(?) Half Marathons, a 50K (number 2 is April 20, 2013) and took 3rd in my division and a 50 miler (rematch on that race is August 24, 2013. Looking to shave off a few hours!) and took 4th in my division. I've also done countless smaller races. I love to race and run. It's really hard for me to do any other exercise, though I try to ST at least 1-3 times a week, lifting heavy.

After struggling with EDNOS, triggered by obsessive calorie counting and general Life Stuff, I find myself unable to focus too much on losing weight at this point in my life. I'm healing and trying to find a good relationship with food and my body. I find SparkPeople and the blogs of others' here to be a trigger, quite often, so I'm not around as much anymore. So much of weight loss looks a lot like disordered relationships with food. :/ I don't like having my ED brain set off, it's a misery. So, I avoid reading things as much as I can.

I AM around, though, and still running, racing and living a mostly healthy life with lots of good, healthy food and lots of super tasty vegan goodies... mostly without the side serving of guilty and anxiety. Work in progress!

Oh! I blog over at Vegan Mainstream now, off and on, and was recently published in a real, actual book! "Confronting Animal Exploitation". It's even on Amazon! You can buy it for an E-reader!!! I'm very excited to be a published author and hope my essay (and blogging) reaches some folks and makes a difference for chickens. :)


Member Since: 6/25/2006

Fitness Minutes: 58,390

My Goals:
GOAL MET:
135 (10/10/09)

RUNNING PR'S:
Polar Dash 5K - Jan 1, 2012
24:26, Avg pace 8:07

Run for the Ribbon 4 Mile
May 16, 2010 - 4th in div.
34:36, Avg pace 8:39

TC Medtronic 10K
October 2, 2010 - 54:04 chip - avg pace 8:42. 345/1339 total 26/200 division.

TC Medtronic 10 Miler
October 2, 2011 - unofficial time per Garmin: @58:15

Get Lucky Half
March 17, 2012 - 1:56:41
Avg pace 8:55

Trail Mix 25K
April 21, 2012 - 2:39:35
Avg pace 10:16

Portland Marathon
October 9, 2011 -
4:36:24, Avg pace 10:33
4211/8386 overall.

Iron Girl Sprint Tri -
July 31, 2011
1:37:19. 231/470 overall.

Dances with Dirt 50K -
July 14, 2012
7:17:02.
THIRD PLACE division

North Country 50 Miler -
August 2012
13:20
FOURTH PLACE div


My Program:
Higher mileage ultramarathon training. Hoping to avg around 60-70 at peak. Usually running around 40-50 miles/week.

Running 4-5X a week, trying to hit ST 2X a week.





Personal Information:
I love my rats (I currently have 8 kiddos), my Mollycat, Maiziecat and Leonard the jerk kitten, my new quail buddy, Trevor(!) my SO and making art. I'm a huge bookworm and a bit obsessed with Dr. Who currently.

I've been vegan for 8 years (going on 9 now) and have never looked back. :)

I'm a graphic designer and artist for Whole Foods Market here in St. Paul.



Other Information:
I love Stephen King, Joss Whedon and all things rat related. My current kiddos are such great ratties!

I'm a big bookworm with an overburdened shelf of well-loved novels and such. I have WAY too much yarn, way too much fabric (for sewing rat hammocks and stuff!) and not enough spare time to do all the fun projects I've got on my plate.




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  • v LOOKSLIKELILY
    Hi! I just found one of your recipes and I checked out your page. An ultra marathon!? Wowza, you're amazing! I friended you, I hope you don't mind (I'm also a Whedon and King geek ;) )
    1330 days ago
  • v BEACHBUM4LIFE
    Congratulations on completing your 50 mile ultramarathon!! That is so awesome. The 50 mile race is something I would like to complete in the future. I have only completed half marathons at this point (with my next in Oct). Next year I plan on making the plunge and completing a full marathon!!

    Hope you don't mind but I added you as a friend. Have a wonderful day!!
    1492 days ago
  • v JLITT62
    You must be way off on something cause I'm at the 1450-1800 calorie level at SP! But I do pts, which mostly works for me (except for the fact I can't reach my GW & no, it's definitely not set too low).

    Generally I gain if I eat the activity pts I earn - but this week I just gotta do it, altho actually this afternoon is finally a bit better.

    I seem to recall you weren't going to have cats after mollie was gone - and now you have 3???? I'm willing to bet it's cause you're such a softie!
    1506 days ago
  • v JLITT62
    My mileage is pretty low; don't worry. Generally around 15-20 miles a week. Of course there's walking the dogs, ST, yoga & one easy swim on top of that.

    Truly I think it's mostly hormonal.

    What I had for breakfast this morning usually keeps me full all morning long . . . still starving afterwards! Just had a snack & yup, you guessed it, still starving . . .
    1506 days ago
  • v EM4488
    How'd I lose my 10 lbs? Read my "wanna know my secret" blog.


    Ultra marathon in 17 days?!? You're a stinking superhero.
    And 50 miles a week?! I haven't ran in...uh....10 years....?! :)
    1551 days ago
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