I’m Tracy Isaacs and I lead a relatively active lifestyle for someone in a thoroughly sedentary career (academic). My main activities are yoga (hot and not), walking (slowly transitioning to walk-run), the elliptical machine (in a pinch), and resistance training (with and without weights, with and without a personal trainer).
I have just started cycling (for leisure and transportation) and I am interested in learning tai chi over the next little while. In the summer I like to swim, kayak, and hike. I have to like what I’m doing or I won’t do it.
I aim to focus on enjoyment and how I feel as my main motivation, but I’d be a liar if I said that weight loss/maintenance is never on my mind. As a feminist, I am always conscious of this as a pernicious motivation and do my best to let go of weight loss as a primary goal (as an fyi, I will say that by any “objective” measure, I am at a healthy weight for my height and age).
I’m vegan, but not mainly for health reasons (though there are health reasons to be vegan) and not for weight loss (didn’t lose a single gram when I became vegan!). But it does raise health and nutrition issues for me, so I might have a few things to say about food along the way here too.