Me in 2005 at some random Cathedral in SE England

La Pedriza outside of Madrid, Spain, 2006. I look like a Lane Bryant model. We need to change this.

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Ok...so its getting a little ridiculous. I keep starting and stopping and finding ways and excuses to put off this journey.

Im Emily. Im 30. At the moment, Im living in Spain. Madrid, to be exact.
It really is a great city, but Spanish cuisine does not equal weight loss.

Ive been carfree for 7 years now.

I live with my husband, Dan, and our two dogs, Hunter and Tater.

I just started Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, level one here in Spain. I am really excited about this opportunity for personal transformation, but I also realize that it isn't going to be enough without getting on top of my food and exercize.

I know I don't digest grains very well and that I am intolerant to gluten.
I know that sugar makes me feel awful and that I function much, much better without it in my life.

I am trying to do this on a gluten-free, mostly vegan, high raw diet. Oh, and local and organic where possible :)

Member Since: 2/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 4,760

My Goals:
1. Exercise.

I would like for exercise to be a part of my life, not something that I do every now and then.

Id like to deepen my yoga practice and have it be a bigger part of my life as well.

Id like to know that my dogs are happy and getting enough exercize.

Id like to stop using the excuse that Madrid is reaally bicycle unfriendly .

2. Lose roughly 40 lbs.

I don t want to be skinny. I like a little plumpness. I just have too much of it!

3. Eat mindfully.

Ive got pretty skewed ideas of portions so I eat way too much.

I also need to slow down and chew my food properly

Id like to actually develop a positive relationship with food.

4. Drink water.

I sometimes struggle with eight glasses even when its HOT outside and ive been exercizing. This is one of the easiest to implement and most important things I can do.

My Program:
Im trying to eat within the calorie guidelines given to me.

Incorporate a larger percentage of raw foods into my diet.

Twice a week yoga class plus daily practice, daily walks with the dogs and bike riding on the weekends.

Personal Information:
Im from Louisiana, but I moved to England to be with my husband. We lived there for two years and we moved to Madrid, Spain almost two ago to teach English.
I have two fur babies, Hunter and Tater who are my world. Theyve followed me everywhere from Louisiana.

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I love music, especially drum n bass, followed by underground hip -hop . I

Im learning to be crafty. First, I took up crochet, and now ive got a sewing machine. Next on the list to learn to do well is sewing to reconstruct clothing and then knitting.

I have a degree in Cultural Anthropolgy, which I have done nothing with. Id like to go to graduate school one day.

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    HI Emily...
    I do hope you get a chance to learn to quilt! It is SO theraputic!
    HOw do you like Spain?
    I have a friend who has a grand daughter over there for this summer studying architecture! RIGHT!
    I lived in Italy for 3 years and simply loved traveling all over Europe! I miss that!
    stop by SP page anytime or mail me to chat aobut quilting, life, etc.

    WE CAN DO THIS! emoticon
    3071 days ago
  • v VAL503
    Hi Emily, Thanks for stopping by my page, and for your encouraging words! Yep, Scarlet is a greyhound.. she's a rescue dog, a former racer, and she is so cool :-) Way back in March, she was diagnosed with a type of cancer of the blood vessels, and she has a large tumor on her heart, poor thing. She wasn't expected to last more than a couple of weeks, but she is feeling great and acts like a puppy! I'm trying to be accepting of the fact that she may return to the formless before I get back from my trip, although I hope not!
    Yeah, Portland is really fun. Progressive, young and green :-) We live in the subburbs, but right on the busline that goes downtown. It's really fun to walk along the waterfront, and there's a huge Saturday market where people sell their crafts and art. Everything grows here really well, so the farmer's markets and CSAs are amazing. We are fortunate enough to have a large garden space, so we are planting a lot of stuff this year. I like to grow my own food, because I know what is in the dirt and water, and I don't use any chemicals :-)
    Have a lovely day in beautiful Spain! I learned to speak a bit of spanish on all our trips to Mexico, but not sure if I could keep up in Spain! I will get there someday though :-)
    Take good care,
    3071 days ago
  • v ACEHIGH76
    Thanks so much for your comment. I love my little puppy so much! How exciting to be living in Madrid. That must be amazing, but challenging!

    3077 days ago
    Welcome to Raw Foodies! That was a very descriptive post about the tomatoes. Made me want to run out & make some raw marinara sauce myself--yum! And how exciting to be over in Madrid! (Though yes, it can be *very stressful* at times living in another country.) How wonderful you've taken your 2 adorable dogs with you everywhere you've gone!! :)

    3079 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/24/2008 10:21:55 AM
    Just checkin in. Haven't heard one of your sweet posts for awhile. Hope all is well.
    3082 days ago
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