Me in 2005 at some random Cathedral in SE England

La Pedriza outside of Madrid, Spain, 2006. I look like a Lane Bryant model. We need to change this.

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Ok...so it´s getting a little ridiculous. I keep starting and stopping and finding ways and excuses to put off this journey.

I´m Emily. I´m 30. At the moment, I´m living in Spain. Madrid, to be exact.
It really is a great city, but Spanish cuisine does not equal weight loss.

I´ve been carfree for 7 years now.

I live with my husband, Dan, and our two dogs, Hunter and Tater.

I just started Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, level one here in Spain. I am really excited about this opportunity for personal transformation, but I also realize that it isn't going to be enough without getting on top of my food and exercize.

I know I don't digest grains very well and that I am intolerant to gluten.
I know that sugar makes me feel awful and that I function much, much better without it in my life.

I am trying to do this on a gluten-free, mostly vegan, high raw diet. Oh, and local and organic where possible :)

Member Since: 2/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 4,760

My Goals:
1. Exercise.

I would like for exercise to be a part of my life, not something that I do every now and then.

I´d like to deepen my yoga practice and have it be a bigger part of my life as well.

I´d like to know that my dogs are happy and getting enough exercize.

I´d like to stop using the excuse that Madrid is reaally bicycle unfriendly .

2. Lose roughly 40 lbs.

I don ´t want to be skinny. I like a little plumpness. I just have too much of it!

3. Eat mindfully.

I´ve got pretty skewed ideas of portions so I eat way too much.

I also need to slow down and chew my food properly

I´d like to actually develop a positive relationship with food.

4. Drink water.

I sometimes struggle with eight glasses even when it´s HOT outside and i´ve been exercizing. This is one of the easiest to implement and most important things I can do.

My Program:
I´m trying to eat within the calorie guidelines given to me.

Incorporate a larger percentage of raw foods into my diet.

Twice a week yoga class plus daily practice, daily walks with the dogs and bike riding on the weekends.

Personal Information:
I´m from Louisiana, but I moved to England to be with my husband. We lived there for two years and we moved to Madrid, Spain almost two ago to teach English.
I have two fur babies, Hunter and Tater who are my world. They´ve followed me everywhere from Louisiana.

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I love music, especially drum n bass, followed by underground hip -hop . I

I´m learning to be crafty. First, I took up crochet, and now i´ve got a sewing machine. Next on the list to learn to do well is sewing to reconstruct clothing and then knitting.

I have a degree in Cultural Anthropolgy, which I have done nothing with. I´d like to go to graduate school one day.

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    HI Emily...
    I do hope you get a chance to learn to quilt! It is SO theraputic!
    HOw do you like Spain?
    I have a friend who has a grand daughter over there for this summer studying architecture! RIGHT!
    I lived in Italy for 3 years and simply loved traveling all over Europe! I miss that!
    stop by SP page anytime or mail me to chat aobut quilting, life, etc.

    WE CAN DO THIS! emoticon
    3671 days ago
  • v VAL503
    Hi Emily, Thanks for stopping by my page, and for your encouraging words! Yep, Scarlet is a greyhound.. she's a rescue dog, a former racer, and she is so cool :-) Way back in March, she was diagnosed with a type of cancer of the blood vessels, and she has a large tumor on her heart, poor thing. She wasn't expected to last more than a couple of weeks, but she is feeling great and acts like a puppy! I'm trying to be accepting of the fact that she may return to the formless before I get back from my trip, although I hope not!
    Yeah, Portland is really fun. Progressive, young and green :-) We live in the subburbs, but right on the busline that goes downtown. It's really fun to walk along the waterfront, and there's a huge Saturday market where people sell their crafts and art. Everything grows here really well, so the farmer's markets and CSAs are amazing. We are fortunate enough to have a large garden space, so we are planting a lot of stuff this year. I like to grow my own food, because I know what is in the dirt and water, and I don't use any chemicals :-)
    Have a lovely day in beautiful Spain! I learned to speak a bit of spanish on all our trips to Mexico, but not sure if I could keep up in Spain! I will get there someday though :-)
    Take good care,
    3671 days ago
  • v ACEHIGH76
    Thanks so much for your comment. I love my little puppy so much! How exciting to be living in Madrid. That must be amazing, but challenging!

    3677 days ago
    Welcome to Raw Foodies! That was a very descriptive post about the tomatoes. Made me want to run out & make some raw marinara sauce myself--yum! And how exciting to be over in Madrid! (Though yes, it can be *very stressful* at times living in another country.) How wonderful you've taken your 2 adorable dogs with you everywhere you've gone!! :)

    3679 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/24/2008 10:21:55 AM
    Just checkin in. Haven't heard one of your sweet posts for awhile. Hope all is well.
    3682 days ago
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