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I am 27 years old and have been obese for the majority of my life, but I have not always been this way. When I was a freshman in high school, I was so busy with sports and other activities, that I naturally lost weight without thinking about it. My goal is to get back to that mentality. I want to stop obsessing about food and my body, and live a peaceful, full life without stress or guilt. This is the start of my intuitive eating journey.

How I am approaching exercise:
When I was in grade school I was always the tomboy. I would spend all of my time outside biking on trails through the woods, building forts, playing softball, roller skating (which soon became roller blading when inline skates were invented), swimming, climbing trees; the list goes on. As I sit here I can't help but to think, "where did all that excitement for the outdoors and physical activity go? What can I do as an adult that fuels this hidden desire?"

Whenever I watch mountain biking races I get excited. In fact just about any outdoor extreme sport gets me going! I would love to be able to do that and ride with the best of them! This is what I want to work towards! Slowly but surely I want to be able to reignite this passion.

I don't believe that you have to be thin to be fit. In fact, I am not focusing at all on dieting, counting calories, exercise etc. Instead I am focusing on what FEELS right. What "exercise" do I absolutely love? How does my body feel after a good hard "workout". I use quotations because to me it is not routine. I do it because I love it. Simple as that. This is also true for nutrition. I will eat what I crave when I crave it.

My Rules:
-No more ignoring my body and the signals it gives me. -No more participating in diet talk.
-If I feel tired and sore I will rest even if it means skipping a cycling session because obviously my body needs this time to recover.
-No more meal plans or workout schedules.
-I will only use the food tracker and the fitness tracker as ways to identify when I feel my best. Such as what foods give me the most energy...what fitness activities are helping me to become my strongest?

My Goals:
I am planning to run my first ever Traithlon in May and then hope to participate in Ragbrai (a seven day cycling race across the great state of Iowa). These are things that I have always wanted to do. It excites me and gets my blood pumping just to think about it!

Member Since: 12/16/2010

Fitness Minutes: 2,460

My Goals:
To just have fun and listen to my body!

May 22nd: First Sprint Triathlon (Swim 1/4 mile; Bike 10 miles; Run 3.1 miles)

Ragbrai: July24-30

My Program:
Training for a triathlon and Ragbrai....'nough said!

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    Hello I'm Esther and pleased to meet you.
    2670 days ago
  • v no profile image MRS_4EVER_AFTER
    Thanks for the blog comment! It's like you said, it's not that SP is bad, it's just hindering the progress that I could be making. I do plan on blogging still, but my general activity is going to go down dramatically. But to be completely honest, after we have our first baby, I will leave SP completely. I've had a lot of support to stay, but it's just not clicking for me at this point. I can't fully embrace IE if like you said, I am logging fitness minutes or allowing myself to be surrounded by all things weight loss when I know that for me, that will set me up for back sliding.

    Thanks for all of your comments and I'll still pop in once in a while. I just need to back away from weight loss. I love te people here, but when everyone is about weight loss and hitting %s and other targets, it just isn't an enviroment I can be successful in.
    3773 days ago
  • v LILPAT3
    Here's wishing that your healthy choices offer a new meaning to the "heart" of Valentine's Day!

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    3778 days ago
  • v no profile image MRS_4EVER_AFTER
    Thanks for the comments!

    I have had a few others in my life over the years suggest I get into counseling as well. And you know what, I've been feeling that *pull* for sometime now. We're going to start a family this year but I told DH that within the next 5 yrs or so, I want to go back to school. I think this may be the path I take. Something about it makes sense and feels right. Thanks for the confidence boost and suggestion- it hasn't fallen on deaf ears!
    3779 days ago
  • v HAL0EYES
    Thanks for the comment on my blog about Intuitive Eating... I didn't realize thats what it is called and then seen that you obviously use this method in your everyday life since it is after all your SP username. I will definetly have to pick up the book... it seems like this is a struggle for me... since I'm always on the go and not always do I have the time to sit down and eat slower. Keep up the good work and thanks for informing me! :) emoticon
    3785 days ago
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