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Me: I'm a grad student from Virginia living in northern California. I love to read, write, eat well, drink well ;)

Goals: I'd like to keep the muscle and fitness I've built this year while slimming down a bit. I'd also like to keep working on staying positive, working on a healthier relationship to food, and breaking some bad mental habits along the way.

My Plan:

Food: mostly vegan diet, plant-strong (lots of salad), nuts and nut butters, some whole grains and cereals, legumes of all kinds. Other staples: beer, wine, dark chocolate.

Fitness: I take very rigorous gym classes 3-4 times a week (weights, HIIT, bodyweight resistance exercises, TRX, etc.), yoga/pilates 2x a week, bike to get around (~5 miles/day), and do my own workouts (strength and cardio) in between. I'd like to include more cardio sessions since I hope to lose between 5 and 10 pounds this year.

My Challenges: I've realized that my biggest hurdles are emotional ones -- I stand in my own way in all sorts of ways -- setting up mental obstacles, judging myself and my actions too harshly, having little confidence in my ability to do great things, and failing to celebrate the great things I'm already doing. I started seeing a therapist this fall and winter, and have just finished those sessions (the therapist felt that I was ready to use the tools we talked about, and I'll reach out to her when I need to). Having someone to talk to was immensely helpful to me in making connections, realizing how much negative thinking I direct toward myself, and also realizing the impact of past experiences and traumas on my current emotional habits and self defeating attitude.

Journaling has been really helpful to me -- not only does it help me collect and process my thoughts and feelings in a productive (and non-harmful) way, but it also is relaxing and meditative in itself, and puts me in a different emotional state.

While my tastes in food are very healthy ones and I have a natural love of movement and exercise of all kinds, I really struggle with emotional snacking, which is linked to all kinds of other negative patterns, like procrastination, indecision, worry and self-criticism. All of which come back to fear. I'm working on the internal aspects of health through journaling, meditation, exercise (a huge emotional boost for me) and life-goal-setting work, to really clarify my own purpose in the world in the different spheres of my life, and to make sure that I'm not standing in the way. I'm trying to remind myself that I have a responsibility to shine forth in the world!

I'm here to keep myself inspired, learn from others, and connect!


Member Since: 2/27/2012

Fitness Minutes: 11,554

My Goals:
Goal weights:
135:
133:
130:
128


Nonfood rewards: Choose from...

* New Running Shoes
* Vitamix blender
* Food processor
* Espresso maker
* new journal
* new cookbook
* magazine subscription
* new running music
* day-long writing retreat
* Good Sunglasses
* Garmin GPS/heart rate
* art class
* art supplies
* piano lessons
* nice tea, teapot
* good writing pens


FEEL-GOOD TREATS:
long bath with bathsalts
long walk somewhere pretty
journaling at the park
a trip to an art museum
live music in the city
new interesting podcasts
try out a healthy recipe
call a friend
write a paper letter
make a list of goals
write down longterm dreams
make someone's day
give a random gift to a friend
call or write to my parents/siblngs
play the piano
paint, draw
make a cup of tea
take a walk
do some yoga anywhere!


My Program:
My foods:
lots of colorful vegetables
beans, grains and nuts
whole foods
local and organic when available/affordable
plenty of fresh water
tea daily, coffee in moderation
sunlight

Limit:
processed and refined foods
Flour
Sugar
Coffee

No:
Meat and Dairy
Soda

Movement:
practice some form of yoga daily, either at home or a studio
high intensity cardio-strength circuit: 1h MWF
Cardio training: kickboxing, running, or spin
One day a week: try something new (hiking, climbing, cycling, a sport, a new class)


Stress Reduction:
yoga practice
Walking
Therapy
Meditation
poetry writing
personal nonfiction writing
journaling/artmaking


Supplements:
multivitamin
Omega oils
*Update 1.11.13: adding in a protein supplement (Vega)



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Other Information:
Loves:

books
writing
people
thinking
movement
inspiration
achievement
art
music
city and wilderness




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