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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 it´s getting a little ridiculous. I keep starting and stopping and finding ways and excuses to put off this journey.

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

I´ve 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.

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

I´d like to know that my dogs are happy and getting enough exercize.

I´d 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.

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

I also need to slow down and chew my food properly

I´d like to actually develop a positive relationship with food.

4. Drink water.

I sometimes struggle with eight glasses even when it´s HOT outside and i´ve been exercizing. This is one of the easiest to implement and most important things I can do.

My Program:
I´m 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:
I´m 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. They´ve followed me everywhere from Louisiana.

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

I´m learning to be crafty. First, I took up crochet, and now i´ve 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. I´d like to go to graduate school one day.

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    Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and leaving a comment! have a great evening, Cyndy
    3549 days ago
    Oh, I agree with you on the "sunscreen causes cancer" issue. I don't use it. When I've been in the sun long enough, I move to the shade or go inside for awhile. If I was going to be out for longer and in the sun I'd use a more natural sunscreen.
    3550 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I got some interesting reactions to that one. But how can we learn if we don't see all sides of the issue?

    Have you seen the new team on Spark? It's called Living A Vegan Lifestyle - check it out! We're having lots of fun while we learn together.

    Have a great evening ~ Cyndy
    3551 days ago
    Hi Emily -- No surprise there, your knowing about the great vegan cooking blogs. BTW, I've been meaning to tell you from the get-go how terrific your profile photo is -- your contemporary take on Betty Boop-with-tattoos is fabulous. I got a more detailed look by enlarging it in your photo gallery!

    You'll enjoy Sally Kempton's website as well, I think.

    P.S. "Recommended" might be a strong word from me on the Tolle Power of Now book. It's excellent and full of Truth, but in point of fact, I found it a hard read...and thought his writing a bit confusing. I have friends, however, who can't stop raving about it. So take your pick! That's one of the reasons I'm especially excited about the web casts, because so many of his ideas are verbally elaborated because of questions and comments from viewers and Oprah
    3561 days ago
    As a kindred spirit, I decided to add you as a friend, Emily. Hope you don't mind!

    I love kumquats -- I put the whole thing in my mouth and the first bite is the most amazing burst of juicy flavor! I eat them skin, seeds and all (don't know if that's the norm or not. But being formal and normal has never been a strong point of mine. I've heard the word loquats. I notice both fruits originated in China. I guess loquats are somewhat larger that kumquats, which are about half the size of a fig.

    BTW, have you read any of the articles by Sally Kempton that Mahita Devi has posted? I mention her because she's a long-time Siddha yoga student and was a monk in the order for many years. She's quite interesting...you can read her bio on www.sallykempton.com.

    FYI: Do you know about www.fatfreevegan.com? It's such a great site for healthy vegan recipes! And if you go to her "Links" you'll find many other excellent sites.

    Blessed be!

    3561 days ago
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