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Originally from Ukraine, large servings of meat and potatoes were the staple, along with a slab of lard on pumpernickle bread.

Being a 5'-11" European/Amazon woman meant never being a petite, cutsey little thing so I've always been used to having an hourglass figure, proportioned, healthy, "Normal" ... But then somehow, SoMeHoW, one day, ...I got on the scale and saw the BIG "Two-Oh-Oh"; however, No plan was made to change this shocking number. I thought it would go away if I cut back on the ice cream and keep walking my dog every day.

A year later I went to the doctor. I knew a few pounds
had crept up on me... a few, like 10 or maybe *gasp* 15 pounds but I don't know if anything could have prepared me for the news that followed: I had gained a whopping 50 pounds!!! AAAAAHH, Holy Cow! "How?, What?!, 50? What?" I wasn't sure wheather to cry or go home to cut my wrists (j/k)... a horrible day...

"How did I LET this happen to myself?"
I don't eat burgers+fries for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I'm not at all a lazy person.
"I don't eat tubes of cookie dough in front of the TV!"
"This is not fair!"
All of my misconceptions about obesity and other people's lives came to the surface. This forced me to realistically look at the body I've been living with and to examine my true eating habbits, not the ones I thought I had.

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I'm looking for a workout partner. We can inform, motivate, inspire and help push each other that extra little bit to reach our goals!

Lets make a lifestyle change and stick to it.
We don't have to just lock ourselves in a gym (i've thought about it though), maybe we can walk in a park/trail or jog somewhere.

I work at a medical center in San Francisco and live (part-time) in San Francisco. I also live (part-time) in Concord.
*~ Let me know if you're interested :)

*** Wishing you all the best in reaching your goals, dreams and optimum health! ***

* * * * * * * * MY REWARDS * * * * * * * *
(...To Be UPDATED June 2012...)

15 lb loss: hair color

20 lb loss: 1st real bike; learn how to ride & get outdoors more often

25 lb loss: ? - TBA

30 lb loss: A delightful 1hr massage from Andrea (

35 lb loss: mini vacation / long weekend

40 lb loss: 1hr massage / mini-express facial

45 lb loss: mini-shopping (clothes); 1 dark jeans, 1 pant for work

50 lb loss: ? - TBA

55 lb loss: ? - TBA massage? spa day?

60 lb loss: ? - TBA

65 lb loss: ? - TBA

70 lb loss: ? - TBA

80 lb loss: ? - TBA

85 lb loss: ? - TBA

90 lb loss: ? - TBA

95 lb loss: ? - TBA

Member Since: 1/28/2010

Fitness Minutes: 45

My Goals:
I need to lose .at least. 80 pounds to be at a moderate weight for my hight and build.

The main goal is for me to FEEL healthy; This includes improving my flexibility, increasing my stamina and leading an active and long life.

Someday, I would like to have a child and getting fit before pregnancy is one of my goals.

The foods we consume effect our health. I would like to implement my knowledge of nutrition in leading a healthier lifestyle and eventually motivate others to do the same.

My Program:
I'm starting to pay attention to the calories and portion sizes I consume.
* eat 1800 Calories or less
* eat frequent 'smaller' Meals

*remember to have protein after workout

* learn to ride a Bike
* learn to Swim
* create & follow 'My Rewards' list for lbs lost
* be kind to myself

~*Next thing to do is to get movin' more often!

* Lets SWEAT and get our lovely hearts pounding nice and strong!
* I need support,
* I need a BUDDY!!

Personal Information:
- I'm a 28yr old college student and I also work full time...

- Trying to figure out how to fit "excersize" in between everything else in my schedule.

- I'm already taking the stairs to work (6 flights) but that alone won't help me reach my goals.

* * * UPDATE * * *
JUNE 2012:

-Gained back 20 lbs since last year (but looks like sooo much more)!


-Gotta remember to take my vitamins now (get on a schedule!)

- Cook big-batch weekend meals to portion out and take to work ~Yum!

-30 minutes of Cardio at the gym or on nearby trails, 5-6 days a week

-30 minutes of deep Stretching with each workout

-Alternating LEGS, CORE and ARMS throughout the week

~*Time to JUMP START my FITNESS routine and set new GOALS!

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