Engaged!!! Feb 4, 2012.

I won the 2011 New Belgium Fat Tire cruiser bike!!!


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I joined SparkPeople in April 2007. I met that goal in August 2007, then gained and lost it again, like, twice.

About me: I'm 29, work as a web developer at a small ad agencey, and live with my fiance, who I've been with for 10 years, and our two cats.

My favorite sport is martial arts; I used to do Choy Li Fut kung fu, but currently do mixed martial arts (tae kwon do, muay thai, Gracie jiu jitsu and boxing). I also have a love-hate relationship with running. I used to have knee problems, but after practicing Chi Running for about nine months, my knees have never been better.

January 2012: After flirting with the Primal Blueprint diet last fall, I'm back on board, and this time the fiance is doing it with me! This is definitely a way of eating that makes me feel better, and it's supporting my active lifestyle, plus helping me lose a little bit of weight and build muscle. It's worth it despite all the cooking that goes into it -- but, it is nice to finally know how to manage my own kitchen, haha. More info at www.marksdailyapple.com and www.westonaprice.org

[My page title is just a Daft Punk song. Unst unst.]


"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Give to yourself as much as you give of yourself." -Suze Orman

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'." -Yoda

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." -Maya Angelou

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -Ayn Rand

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -Thomas A. Edison

"Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse."-Thomas Stephen Szasz

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."-Aristotle

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." -Thomas A. Edison

"Women are like teabags; you never know how strong they are until they're put in hot water." -Eleanor Roosevelt

"So much in life seems inflexible and unchangeable, and part of the joy of running and especially racing is the realization that improvement and progress can be achieved." -Nancy Anderson

"Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." -James E. Starrs

"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first." -Miyamoto Musashi

"Our bodies were created to move. When you don’t move, you’re violating the principles of physiology." -Sally Edwards

"The opposite of faith is not doubt; but certainty." -Anne Lamott

"Quit? You know, once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer, all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and I won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I'm sure you have a good reason to quit." -Lance Armstrong, in the movie Dodgeball

"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't." -Elle Woods, Legally Blonde

Member Since: 4/14/2007

My Goals:
Eat good, feel good, have fun, ride bikes, get a black belt, write a book.

My Program:
Fitness: Mixed martial arts, like, ALL the freaking time. Plus cardio kickboxing and resistance classes in the morning, and a couple 5Ks a year.

Nutrition: Mashup of the recommendations from the Primal Blueprint and the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Personal Information:
I'm a Reno native and web developer.

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    You're welcome! Hope it helps! : ) Yes, restructuring is defintiely a great benefit, but you also have to take it at your own pace and work withing what you CAN do, because not all things are immediately changeable; jobs, kids, sickly pets, etc. Best of luck w/ everything!!! Oh, and I'm not doing Rock-N-River, either. emoticon Didn't get to training in time, and my knee is giving me problems. Yoga and circuits are going great, though!
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    Great blog on fitbit. Helped me reset my DH's fitbit.
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    An Irish Blessing for St. Patrick's Day

    May green be the grass you walk on,
    May blue be the skies above you,
    May pure be the joys that surround you,
    May true be the hearts that love you.
    May your home be bright with cheer,
    May your cares all disappear,
    May contentment come your way,
    And may laughter fill your day.

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    2653 days ago
    Tough Mudder Rocks!
    2653 days ago
    I know what you mean about getting back to whole foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains). I made a killer quinoa lasagna last night using whole grain (quinoa), zucchini strips instead of lasagna noodles (veggies), a can of tomatoes and a bunch of fat free cheese. It helps me to think about recipes that are super tasty but that are whole grain and fruit/veggie centric. Do you have recipes like that? (Smoothies are great, too, like a half a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, unsweetened cocoa, coconut extract and some splenda or truvia or agave nectar. Chocolate strawberry smoothie!)
    2661 days ago
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