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my first official 5K race - Nov 28/2012 (31'58)

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my first 10K race!! April 25th, 2010 - 68 minutes

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Henry, Finlay and Mom - at my heaviest over 300 lb

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I am Anika, proud mom, vegan, baker, foodie, graduate student, and autism advocate. I was a competitive athlete for most of my life before packing on over 100 lb with my first pregnancy. In 2008 I found Sparkpeople, which sparked a rebirth in my athleticism and led to dropping 70 lb. I felt fantastic! Then 2 years later, after a very difficult pregnancy, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer & 3 complicated surgeries, I gained it all back. In 2010 I lost the baby weight and more (120 lb!) ), only to slowly gain most of it back again through stress eating. Over the past 6 years I have gained and lost hundreds of pounds, fluctuating over 80 lbs (yes, the pattern forming here is definitely that of a yo yo!).
I'm now cancer free, and a working hard trying to balance family, school and fitness without succumbing to my old unhealthy patterns. So now it's time to make permanent, sustainable changes!
In 2015 I became 100% vegan, and am trying to get my running back on track after an injury in the winter that sidelined me for months

2013 Races
April - Brantford Classic 10K (67 min)
June - Waterloo Classic 10K (68 min)
September - Mudpuppy Trail Run 8K (54 min)
October - Toronto Half Marathon (2:29:52)

2014 Races
June - Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon
September - Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon

2015 Races
May - Mudpuppy 3K fun run (First race with my boys!) *done
June - Nike Women's 15K *done
July - Mudderella obstacle race *done
September - Harvest 1/4 Marathon
October - Run for the Toad 50K trail relay Race
October - Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon

Member Since: 7/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 61,621

My Goals:
Goals for the next year:

235 lb by October/15
225 lb by November/15
215 lb by January/16
205 lb by February/16
200 lb by March
195 lb by April
185 lb by June

Run 4 Half Marathons
Run Around the Bay 30K
Run Ottawa Marathon

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5'11'' tall, 39 years old

PB 1 mile - 8'38
PB 5 km - 31'40
PB 10 km - 1:05'55
PB HM - 2:29:52
km in a month - 177 (August 2013)

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    As a Taurus, you are likely to be very patient, a hard worker, and one of those people who constantly puts forth much sustained effort. The Taurus girl is born to a mother she can never live up to and she always fears her mother's criticism. She is really stubborn because she wants to have some control over her own life because she mother tries to run it for her from an early age. She rebels. She digs in her heals. She can turn to food for comfort, and thus she can have a weight problem.
    Your demeanor is slow and deliberate, and attempts by others to hurry you rarely succeed. You need time to adjust to new ideas and changes. You can be stubborn to the point of becoming rigid, but you are practical and constructive in nearly everything you do. You carefully consider options before starting any action or coming to any conclusion. You function best under conditions where there is predictability, and where you can exercise a degree of control.
    Good-natured and friendly, your placid demeanor rarely shows upset or anger. When you are aroused, as suggested by the symbol of the sign, your reactions are very much like those of the angered bull. This anger can be reckless, and often lingers.
    There is a certain reluctance in the Taurus nature to try anything new or different. You don't take many chances, and you believe in sticking with the familiar and comfortable. There is not much adventure in your soul, and it is probably fair to label you a conservative individual. The danger with Taurus is the tendency to become too narrow-minded, and to dismiss anything that can't be seen, touched, smelled or tasted.
    You are not usually the first to learn a lesson, but when it is mastered, you are not likely ever to forget. Retentive and steadfast, you don't scatter your energies. You may be lazy at times, perhaps not spending any energy at all for extended periods. Yet long term, you are very willing to assume responsibility and shoulder more than your fair share of the load.
    You may be materialistic, often showing interests in money, security, and comforts in life. To those you love, you often show your feelings in a material way, and you appreciate the same in return. The Taurus personality is sometimes too concerned with money and possessions. Perhaps a little indulgent and luxury-loving, you relish creature comforts and appreciate beautiful possessions. Because of these interests, you have good taste in clothing and furnishings. You also may have a talent for landscaping and working with plants and flowers to make your surrounding more pleasant and appealing.

    You may excel as a cook, but even if you don't have the inclination to prepare it, you certainly enjoy food; perhaps too much. Because of this, you may have a battle with your weight. A slow metabolism and lack of interest in exercise often compound this problem.
    A natural interest in art and music often leads to careers or hobby pursuits in some form of art. Taurus is the sign that rules the throat, so you may have a fine singing and speaking voice.
    Love relationships are very important to you. Since you don't like being alone, you may settle for a partnership that is less than ideal, instead of accepting loneliness. Once settled in a relationship, you are very steadfast and dependable. You are exceedingly loyal, and make a very faithful friend. The most appealing aspect of Taurus, that sweet and loving temperament, is the often present when the Sun appears in Taurus.
    The Taurus woman gets along with Capricorn, Scorpio, Cancer, and Pisces. She can deal with throat problems and thus her thyroid.
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