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This page isn't really going to be about my weight loss journey. I started on that a couple of years ago and weighed a lot more than I do now. Instead this is about things I'm interested in and having a social network while I do this.

I already keep track of my fitness and nutrition information on a different site.

When I was a little girl I used to watch figure skaters on TV and I wanted to be them. It's the one dream as a kid I had that I was told I couldn't do. Because I lived in an area with no ice rinks and I decided I wanted to do this when I was a teenager, which is already considered "too old."

So that got shelved. My husband and I are planning to move cross country and I was looking for activities to do in the area and it turns out there are a ton of skating rinks where we're going. In addition they have figure skating and ice dancing classes for adults just starting out, and the US Figure Skating association has an entirely different "adult track" for competitions.

Basically when kids learn to figure skate they compete regionally and nationally based on where they are in their program and the "moves in the field" tests they've passed which qualifies them to compete at that level.

They now have an adult track, and different levels for adults to compete at, regionally, sectionally, and nationally. There are even a few international adult figure skating competitions cropping up.

What this means is...while I'll never be in the Olympics, there are a LOT of things I can work toward if I try it and decide it's for me. And if I had started as a kid, whether I had the potential or not, I didn't have the dedication to stick to something like that. As a kid I was in brownies, gymnastics, ballet, pom poms, and maybe a few other things, but not simultaneously. I'd so something, get bored, quit, then move on to something else.

There are also several other skating events for adults, like the "Peach Classic" in Atlanta, Georgia. And "Skate San Francisco." Some of these skaters that started as adults are really good. The challenge for adult skaters is jumps. Triple jumps are pretty much out of the question, but doubles are possible to learn, even at my age. (There is a woman in her 60's who started in her 60's who is optimistic about her chances of landing a double, so I'm definitely going to consider it a possibility. And if her coach is training her toward that, I would say doubles are possible to learn at any age.)

I could also do ice dancing, which has fewer technical barriers because of age. And there are the same types of competitions for ice dancing out there for adults as well.

U.S. Figure Skating started it's adult nationals competition 13 years ago. And the International Skating Union started their international competition 3 years ago. Adult skating is a growing area in the sport of figure skating and I'm really excited to have the chance to explore it.


Member Since: 5/4/2008

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Finish losing weight down to my goal weight and get toned and fit.


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Weekly Rollerblading, Yoga, Ballet drills, and weight training.



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