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I want to have a healthier heart, a toned body and to be in the best shape of my life. My goal is not only weight loss, but to keep maintaining this as a lifestyle. So far, so good!

I fractured my ankle Nov. 2010, and learned during the time I was in crutches that I previously took walking/running and fitness for granted. I now have a new outlook on life.

I love the outdoors. I don't want to ever stop getting outside on my two feet and want to keep enjoying the scenery.

As of June, 2017- instead of my regular strength training at the gym, I've joined a CrossFit gym with my husband. So far, so good!! I really enjoy the combo of strength, agility, endurance. Let's see how far this goes!

I also love to hike, bike, swim and run when I get the chance to.

I've been trying out the Ketogenic diet lately as well (June 2017) and learning to refine the quality of food that goes into my body.

I still have that dream of someday running a marathon! Little by little, I'll achieve all my fitness goals.

Member Since: 6/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 87,272

My Goals:
Being physically strong and toned.

Having lots of fun while exercising and eating well.

Go down 4-5 dress sizes. Be able to wear cute clothes again! Ultimate goal: wearing a bikini on the beach and feeling great about it!!

someday: run the L.A. Marathon and the Honolulu Marathon, like my father ran back in the '80s

Finished races:

5K- November 6, 2011
Santa Clarita Marathon
(finished 34:07) (one year after my injury, and my very first 5k!)

5K- June 2, 2012
BMCF Fight It! 5K
Santa Clarita, Ca
(finished 37:47)

5K- November 4, 2012
Santa Clarita Marathon
(finished 35:00)

10K- February 24, 2013
Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Run
(finished 1:20:36) -my 1st 10K!

5K- May 19, 2013
Santa Monica Classic
(finished 36:37)

Half Marathon- Nov 3, 2013
Santa Clarita Marathon
(cancelled due to injury)

5K- Nov. 2, 2014
Santa Cl

My Program:
Doing fun activities like hiking in the local hills, bicycling, running, swimming, hilly neighborhood walks. Weight training 3 times/week.

Being mindful of what I eat (portion size, learning to eat slower, paying attention to balancing meals) every day.

For a while now, I eat clean, meaning I focus upon eating 'real' food and I cook for myself most of the time. Mostly veggies and lean protein, some fruit and whole grains. No refined sugar. Food with absolutely none or minimal processing.

I've been working on splitting up my meals so that I eat smaller portions every 3 hrs or so, to boost my metabolism.

Personal Information:
Born and raised in Southern California.
I work in the movie industry as a visual effects digital artist.

I love to cook delicious healthy meals!

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Some things about me:

*Happily married to a man I adore and look forward to growing old with.

*I LOVE good people, music, art, cooking, bettering myself spiritually, hiking, camping, travel/exploring, ancient civilizations, cafes and wineries. Plus lots more!

*I work long hours but love what I do; I think that it is very important to pursue your dreams.

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