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4/9/10 11:27 A

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I guess I owe an introduction, Iím never very good at these I honestly never have been good at writing about myself and I always seem to get nervous introducing myself on online forums. I have a good tendency to lurk wishing I had the guts to post and make friends. I know I need support in this, Iíve tried to loose weight and get fitter before but a lack of accountability often means that my original motivations wane and I end up in a cycle of loosing some weight, gaining it back, loosing it again and then gaining it back. Luckily after my last cycle I havenít actually gained that much more, as was the case last time I tried to loose weight (back when I only weighed 65kg and was aiming for 60kg). Now I vary between 70-72kg which classes me as overweight, I am short for a man and short even for my family, so that is why what is a fairly reasonable weight for a lot of people is too much for me.

I used to be really active spending my evening practising basketball and football, enjoying running with my mum or just running around in the garden, and even going swimming once a week before all the local pools became private and required gym memberships to get in. I also rode every Saturday morning, was learning to kayak and spent my summers hiking mountain or hills with my family. It started to change as I grew older and schoolwork became a bigger focus in my life, I also began to hate doing sport with others. I get red-faced easily, the capillaries are closer to the surface and it remains for a long time after exercise, I had never really noticed before. But as other people would point it out I would do anything to be less active in sports lessons at school, just because I felt embarrassed and awkward. Even know when I know that it doesnít mean that Iím unfit I still hate someone mentioning it to me, even looking concerned. The 2006 Winter Olympics inspired me to try snowboarding which unfortunately led to me injuring my arm so that it would spasm when I worked it to hard. I stopped the snowboard lessons and just stopped exercising, I used my schoolwork as an excuse.

Now Iím 19 and studying for my degree in zoology, I daydream about my future and I see myself exercising 60+ minutes a day, six days a week, going kayaking, long distance runs, swimming and yoga (all of this is happening in Canada because that is where I want to end up). I see this vibrant, healthy man, who has muscles, perhaps a little bit of a six pack, I look good. I have loads of energy, I'm eating wonderful food etc.

So Iíve decided to turn as much of this daydream as possible into a reality and that is why I joined SparkPeople.

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