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my bike. we've put in many miles together.

my "rewards" charm bracelet. a star for every 5 pounds lost, big charms for other goals.


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I am a 29 year old who loves cycling and cats. A couple years ago, I had five of each! [I'm down to one bike at the moment, but I've still got five cats.] I'm pretty nerdy and am obsessed with scifi/fantasy. I'm one of those weird people who actually LOVES exercising, but I also unfortunately love eating even more [I gained 20 pounds in a year I was riding 20-30 miles a day, every day, due to my love for pad Thai]. I'm vegan, queer [panromantic asexual if you must know], and feminist, and have been an activist for all three [among other things] for many years.

I occasionally update my sparkpeople blog but for the most part, I blog over at fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com

Being healthy is a top priority for my life. My father died of breast cancer when I was 15, and the BRCA2 gene is carried throughout our family [every single one of his sisters has also had breast cancer]. Diabetes runs on both sides of my family, and my mother's side also has heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol [even my mother, who's at a healthy weight and is extremely active, still has high blood pressure]. If I don't change things, I'm looking at a much earlier death than I'd like. Thankfully, my risk factors for all of these things go down considerably by exercising and reaching/maintaining a healthy weight.

I'm accident/injury prone and suffer from a few conditions [most notably, Osgood-Schlatter disease in both my knees]. I have to regularly do [chiropractor prescribed!] yoga to manage my back pain. Some days, it's hard to even get out of bed, never mind go for a 20 mile bike ride, but I do the best I can.

I'm also focusing on mental health. I have bipolar disorder, which is usually manageable but I still go through rough patches. I also suffer from social anxiety, I'm working on it but I was living as a shut-in for a while. Once again, exercise helps with these issues, and I do a lot of other work on them.

Member Since: 12/2/2011

Fitness Minutes: 42,717

My Goals:
to be healthy and lose weight. to not let my body dictate what i can and can't do. to prevent the heart disease, diabetes, and cancer that run rampant in my family.

fitness bucket list:
-complete a cycling tour
-run a half marathon
-beat my 5k PR [30:30 when I was at my goal weight and very fit]
-get heels to touch the floor during Downward Facing Dog-- DONE 7/23/12
-successfully finish 30 Day Shred [came so close before my ankle flared up again!], P90X, and Insanity… in that order
-bike to New York [200 miles]
-climb a mountain [just a moderate mountain, nothing outrageous]
-complete 100 pushups in a row without stopping [I'm getting there!]
-learn how to swim properly and complete a triathlon [I can swim, but it involves a lot of unhelpful flailing]
-become a yoga instructor
-get scuba certified and go diving in Australia
-be able to do splits

My Program:
trying to eat healthy, getting a lot of exercise in. just counting calories, in and out. WW member in theory, doing this on my own [free!] this time around. vegan, but for ethical reasons, not entirely health reasons [considering i gained all of my weight AFTER becoming vegan].

Personal Information:
vegan, cyclist, cat lady. hippie, punk, activist. wannabe musician, sort-of writer, and pseudo librarian. spiritual in an atheist kind of way.

Other Information:
Blog: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com

runkeeper username: fuchsiarascal

Twitter: dorkyvegan

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    Just friended you because based on your profile I think we MAY actually be the same person. Also your charm bracelet reward idea is brilliant and I might steal it.
    746 days ago
    hey! Yeah I've been doing a strength training routine 2 times a week at least for awhile now. I am not as motivated to do it as cardio, but I like seeing the results and it's easier to challenge myself with competitively (with myself obviously). I only do body weight exercises though...I guess even though I know my mom owns plenty of weights and things I feel more comfortable this way for now. It's weird because recently my arms, shoulders and neck look especially toned and even when I look at people who are thinner and probably more in shape than me they don't have the definition I have right now which makes me feel pretty good, although I feel bad for looking at other people for myself to feel good, but oh well haha. How's work going?
    1253 days ago
    hey there! I did do it, so long as I don't snack any time before bed :) Hope you are doing well!
    1256 days ago
    cool, I am guilty of posting lots of cat pictures as well. And pictures of myself, oops. And vegan food...trying to get people to visit my vegan blog too who happen to see my tags...haha
    1295 days ago
    hey! Yeah there's a girls rock ri. It's located primarily in East Providence at the Philharmonic school and the showcase is at Fete in Olneyville. Send me a message privately if you want their website, although googling girls rock ri should work. They also have ladies rock camp in the early spring should you ever be interested (though it's a fundraiser). :)
    1348 days ago
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