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Me and my hubby at the local "English pub." At least that's what it tries to be.


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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.

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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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    That's a good point about sweets and fat.

    Here's the recipe I found for the salad wraps. I modified it so it was Primal friendly and added basil. It was beyond delicious not to mention very filling.

    2139 days ago
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    Hiya honey! Thanks so much for all the blog comments! I appreciate it! The BC I'm on is working okay - I just think that my body was freaking out from not having a cycle for so long. This second month on it is going much better than the first one. Hopefully it will continue to improve!

    I think I'm capable of handling the workout load right now, and I'm done with my After School kids in 2 weeks, so I'll have a break there until September which will be nice. I can actually focus on my workouts again for a change. But it definitely requires me to eat a lot more. I've looked into the vegan protein powders & stuff and they are okay. I have a few that are good, but they have a funky texture and flavor. Lara bars are my best friend - I just wish I could figure out how to make them myself...that would be easier and less expensive. I think I just need to play around with it some more.

    And I don't mind being the "weird one" - it will just take some time to adapt. I think the hardest part is shopping for 2 different diets - buying quality food can get expensive and shopping for the carnivore hubby and vegan me requires a lot more funds than we usually spend on food. Hopefully we'll get it worked out. It will just take some patience. I think it will get easier once I'm not teaching so many classes - so I'm just going to get by for a few weeks then really focus on it at the end of April.

    Hope you have a great day hon and thanks for all the support!
    2140 days ago
    Terrific boot. Distressing that it's not on sale enough: they should snip a bit more off the price!!

    2143 days ago
    I really appreciate your detailed response to my "fat at work" blog. Figured that fat in the navy would not be OK . . . . interesting to read about your husband's decision to get fit!! It's hard when after marriage one partner lets it all go and the other keeps up the pre-marriage package; generally leads to lots of tension. Your patience and understanding had to have been really important.
    2151 days ago
    I just read your comment on the poll for who is responsible for childhood obesity. I agree with everything you said!! As a parent, I determine whether my kids eat junk or healthy food, read books or watch TV, play outside or play video games. Your response just nailed it. Thanks!
    2153 days ago
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