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Okay, not the most creative title, but at least it says what I'm about. I am looking to develop life-long healthy habits as a preventive measure rather than having to fix problems later.

I focus on a diet of whole foods: good meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fats. Occasionally I will add a whole-grain or two in the form of oatmeal, quinoa, or rice. I'm a try-er, and while I'm not the world's greatest cook, I enjoy buying new foods and seeing what recipes I can find.

I am a firm believer in weight-training for women. I've done P90X, went through a phase of TacFIT Commando, and have tried Turbulence Training, but right now I'm back to classic old-fashioned weight training with a trainer, lifting only as much weight as I can maintain good control over. And I feel good!

Member Since: 3/1/2009

Fitness Minutes: 35,762

My Goals:
Gain a few curves. I have a trainer who is helping me put on muscles in all the right places!

My cholesterol profile is excellent: a 1.07 ratio, which makes me a freak of nature. But I'm a freak of nature with a total cholesterol of 228, so if I can bring my LDL down and be a cholesterol super-human, that would be pretty nice, too.

My Program:
A whole foods diet that focuses on good meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, with a whole grain on occasion.

My trainer has me doing a fairly typical weight-lifting regimen. Lots of leg presses, squats, and lunges for the lower body, bench presses, lat pull-downs, and rows for the upper body, abs work each time, and a few exercises at the end for the glamor muscles.

For endurance cardio, I'm a fan of my gym's cycling class. But I really like intervals like doing burpees for speed or doing sets of kettlebell swings: those leave me a sweaty puddle in only 10 minutes.

Personal Information:
I am a musician in the United States Navy, and I'm friggin' proud of it!

I have a master's degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Texas and a bachelor's from The Ohio State University, and I'm pretty proud of that, too!

I have a loving husband who has supported me in all these positions and followed me around the country in spite of the hardship it puts on him, and I'm pretty proud of him!

I currently reside in the beautiful, if touristy, town of Newport, RI. I went from the largest state in the continental U.S. to the smallest state. Go figure.

I love cooking, I love fitness, I love food, and I love being able to talk about those things. Even in the Navy, there are some doughy people out there. I like that I found some similar-minded people here on SparkPeople!

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Hmmm, if it's not personal and it's not about my program, I'm not sure what else there is, so this is a spot for me to ponder.

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    I did not know you could do so many things wth Mayo! WE use the light Mayo which is caleld Salad Dressing, less heavy too. Tried it in many dishes over the years and even use them in cakes and cookie mixes. But Never tried it with salsa.... but have had it with peanut butter and in a cake mix when I ran out of eggs...... lol Necessity is truly the Mother of inventing new recipes! I started to use veggies in cake mixes..... now everyone is using it too. I wonder how salsa would do in a cake mix? have not tied that yet but I am game! Have you tried that? lol Cajun use it in most meals. lol Many ASians and Mexicans put cayenne pepper or salsa in milk! (Yucky until you geta belly ache. It seems to cure many ills in the south! Never found many uses for Mayo except as a skin softener.Too heavy for my tummy! lol. Nie blog!
    2162 days ago
    Love the sound of all those nut butters! We don't have so many choices here that's for sure. I find the organic nut butters have a lot of oil on top: but if I run them through the food processor they emuslfiy again (and I can stir in a few add-ins, such as cocoa and a bit of Splenda . . . )
    2163 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my blogs and your insightful and informative comments - I always enjoy reading your posts.
    2163 days ago
    You are so kind about the boots: I'm thinking you really ought to treat yourself in honour of your burpee record if nothing else!!
    2163 days ago
    The pesto recipe is tasty and easy to make. It stores well too:

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