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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 ...
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. :)
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Member Since: 6/25/2006

SparkPoints: 29,835

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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LAFEMMEDELALUNE
8/20/2011 12:11:28 PM

Awesome!! Thanks for the inside scoop!
Whole Foods just gets better and better. emoticon
I am hoping to go there today, actually, as soon as my kitty kindly agrees to take his medicine. hehe
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LAFEMMEDELALUNE
8/19/2011 9:13:30 PM

Zomg....you burned more during your workout yesterday than I eat in a day! lol
That's a lotta running. xD

Those brownies look yummy! (And yay for Whole Foods for writing vegan in the *title* of their chocolate chips, eh? One less ingredients list to read! :o) )



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JLITT62
8/19/2011 3:28:12 PM

You could've had the fajitas with just the veggies . . . but that would've been about it. I imagine the beans were most likely done with lard . . . no corn on the cob or even salad!

Altho actually not being vegan gave me more choices . . . still, I didn't eat much there & that was pretty much the plan anyway.



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JORDIEBRIGS
8/7/2011 8:09:52 PM

Ok, thanks! I've heard great things about tiger balm. I need to get me some!



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JORDIEBRIGS
8/7/2011 11:51:07 AM

Awesome mileage this week! I have a question. From all your running and biking, have you added a lot of stretching or any type of yoga? I get really tight in my hips and was wondering what you do since you run about.....4x as much as me, lol! Thanks and great job on your upping your fitness!



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