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Oh, 2005 Erika - I miss you! I'm determined to do what it takes to get back into this dress!

The hubs and I when we first started dating - sunrise in Nova Scotia.



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I 'm a 28-year old near-newlywed, from (mostly) gorgeous Ottawa, in Canada. I've always been an active person, and was in the best shape of my life in university when I played varsity rugby and coached swimming and skiing. However, I kept nomming like I was first string varsity LONG after I took my first office job, and steadily gained weight ever since. My 'aha' moment came when I looked at a picture of myself at my best friend's wedding and realized that I had achieved *critical mass* as "fat girl in wedding photo." I'm still trying to get up the stones to post that one.

Don't get me wrong... I love my husband, my family, my God, my beautiful country and my badass self, but I don't love that I'm too heavy and not in good enough shape to enjoy any of those things as fully as I should.

SO! Let's get serious, shall we? It's time to drop the hammer and make the twilight of 2011 count for me! I've set myself some big, sexy, goals and made some even bigger promises to myself about how I'll get there.

This year, I'm all in!
This year, I will get it done!
This year, I will MAKE. IT. RAIN.

1) Get down to 180 for New Years Eve
2) Be able to fit back in to my supa-favourite purple dress (pictured at left)
3) Be able to run a sub-hour 10K

**Home in the Range**
Staying within my Calorie Range of 1650-1900/day, but not beating myself up about weekend 'overages' as long as they're modest and don't neglect healthy food to eat crap.
**Playing to my strengths**
Which are fitness and ST! 3500 calories burned through cardio/week, 3-5ST sessions/week - aim high!
**Hitting the Road **
- 1000km on the bike by the time the snow flies, and running 15km/week. Meeting my biking goals will "earn" me the road bike I've been dreaming about for a year! Meeting my running goals will "earn" me back the legs I've been missing since 2003 or so... and set me up for my 10K goals!
**Trying new Things**
- Sea kayaking and a fun outdoor bootcamp are tops of that list! I'm also going to set a goal of trying at least two fitness classes/month at my gym, even if they seem to not be up my alley (i.e. appear to require coordination or cute outfits.)

- Running a half marathon before I turn 30!
- Fitting back into my university skinny jeans
- Getting to 'parity' with my husband, weight-wise
- Participating in the Rideau Lakes 200km 2-day bike tour
- Conquering the Crypt Lake hike at Waterton Lakes National Park
- Hiking the Chilcoot Trail
- Getting in good enough shape to start CrossFit! (Shoutout to PHYSEDTEACHER for inspiring this one)!

I really, really, *really* want to get back into good enough shape to play rugby again. I want it so badly I can barely write it down. I'm not prepared to get back into the sport unless I can perform at a high level and do so safely and without risking injury, though, so let's make that happen!

Member Since: 6/21/2006

Fitness Minutes: 9,063

My Goals:
By the end of 2011 I will:
1) Get down to 180lbs
2) Be able to fit back in to my supa-favourite purple dress (pictured at left)
3) Be able to run a sub-hour 10K

My Program:
Decrubed in detail in my profile, but it basically comes down to:
- Eat like I care about my body and want it to be healthy (1650-1900 cal/day for my current weight)
- Train like I'm preparing to survive the zombie apocalypse (torch 3500 cal/week or bust!)
- Rack up the miles on the bike and my own two feet (1000km and 15km/week respectively)

Personal Information:
- 28 years old
- born, raised and living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- passionately devoted to my family and friends!

Other Information:
I love music, reading, travel and the outdoors - impossible to assign an order!

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    That is why I like running... it's such a rush and guarantee for a good day! emoticon
    2266 days ago
    Hey, did I overstep with my response to your dilemma? I wasn't trying to be insensitive. Now I am worried I might have upset you. If I did I am really sorry.
    2268 days ago
    Yesterday my slow day turned into a run of 4.38 miles. Honestly, I think it was the warm-up and stretching we did in track and field. It really helped to get rid of my lactic acid! emoticon Now, the legs are tired again and I am supposed to run long tomorrow. I am hoping for 5-6 miles! emoticon
    2269 days ago
    There wasn't much drama. Just that one day. It's just days like that doesn't make me want to see him. Tomorrow I train again but we will see how things go. Trying to take it one day at a time!
    2269 days ago
    Thanks for taking the time to write with so much support and encouragement. I will treasure that. It sure came at the right time. I do get discouraged when this all seems to fail, but I will never succeed if I give up!
    2269 days ago
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