Alright, I'm back. I got distracted by life again. Now, I'm back in school for biotechnology and getting married next august. I never did reach my original weight loss goal, and have been hovering around 145 for the past year. I feel good that I've stayed at a healthy weight for my height, but I certainly do not feel as though I am in peak condition. I feel like I could lose about 20 lbs of fat while gaining strength. I would like to be able to go further on hikes and actually show off all the muscle I've built.
1. Less work-out induced athsma
2. 125-130 lbs
3. Well-toned legs, arms, and stomach
4. More energy and less depression
I'm trying to increase the amount of aerobic exercise I do regularly, while eating more efficiently, with a little weight training on the side.
I live in Portland, OR. I have a Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences and am working on an AAS in Biotechnology. I enjoy gaming (pc), rockhounding, hiking, camping, gardening, mycology, studying ethology, photography, and writing comics. I am currently working on my first official original story.
Favorites music: metal, industrial, some grunge, rock, ambient, electronic
Favorite bands/artists: Pink Floyd, Skinny Puppy, Alice in Chains, Metallica, Finntroll, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Joachim Witt, KMFDM, Ministry/Revco, Cocteau Twins, Bjork, Pelican, Painted Saints, Rammstein, Eisbrecher, and various and sundry classical/operas.
Favorite games: WoW, TF2, Borderlands, Portal, Gmod, Left 4 Dead, and Minecraft
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| current weight: 136.0
Greetings and back as a new person! You've had great success so far and I have no doubt you'll reach your next goals.
Sooooooo, Happy New Year and congrats on taking another 'first step' to reaching a healthier you! I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople again - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - in fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
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