I don’t like writing about me! But I do like challenges, so here goes.
I’m Heather, I just turned 36 (how did that happen?!), I’m married to the best person I know, and I have a very spoiled cat, Missy.
I’m a technical writer now, which means I write (boring) manuals on how to install and remove parts on an airplane. I used to be a journalist and I ran the copy desk at a few newspapers around the country. I loved it. It was my passion. It was what I wanted to do since I was 8 years old and wanted to be Lois Lane (but with more attitude). But newspapers aren’t the best business to be in now, so for my own stability, I left. I still edit and write as a freelancer, mostly for marketing companies and a technical training company. Ideally, I would work for myself doing just the freelance editing and writing. That’s a goal I’m trying to figure out how to reach.
I’ve been on Spark for a couple of years, and I’m lucky to live close to an active group of SparkFriends. The San Diego team meets pretty regularly and everyone I’ve met has been great. I’m looking forward to a hike with the team next weekend!
San Diego Spark team at Iron Girl 5K/10K 2011
My program has changed quite a bit since I joined Spark. I started with just walking a couple of miles, which was challenging at the time. I joined a gym, despite having a horrible experience with a mean person several years earlier in a group class. I started doing Zumba, which I fell in love with! I loved the high calorie burn, the music, the sweat, all of it. I also discovered what a great workout you can get in the pool. I took a couple of Aqua Bootcamp classes and I was stunned that I was sweating in the pool! I went on to try yoga and kickboxing classes and different machines, anything to get my heart rate up.
(Zumba - I'm in orange on the right)
Then I got the crazy idea that I should start running. At over 250 lbs. So I started a Couch to 5K program. I would get up with the sun every other morning and run/walk around a little lake at a nearby park. I was embarrassed to be out there, knowing that everything was bouncing around and my face was beet red and sweaty – and I felt like I was barely moving! A friend joined me a week later, and I would check with her to see if I was actually moving faster than a walking pace because I couldn’t tell! We finished the program together and ran our first 5K soon afterward. We’ve run a few since then, and they do help to keep the training aspect in mind.
I recently discovered how awesome strength training is. I did everything in my power to avoid it before, and now I really like it. Well, I like feeling strong and I know that lifting heavy things (including my body) is the way to feel that. I would love to do Crossfit, but it’s pretty pricey. I discovered how awesome Nerd Fitness is and I do the free body weight workouts posted there: www.nerdfitness.com/blog
Those are the highlights, I guess. This is the first time in about a year that I’ve done a challenge like this. I’ve always struggled with my weight, but the past year or so, the struggle has been overwhelming. I’m finally seeing some positive changes, so I’m ready to ride that momentum toward better things.
Bonus: Post your body fat info.
Body fat % - 55.78
Lbs of body fat - 145.04
Lean body weight - 114.96