ONCEAGAINAMANDA

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DH (before the H part) and I in 2007. I was probably 138 pounds, although not very toned.




My cat Doogie in his favorite place--on the bed


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I am looking for a healthy way to raise my energy levels, accomplish my goals professionally and personally, and find a "happy place" on a daily basis. I spent my youth dancing, running, and doing gymnastics up to 40 hours a week. No wonder I don't know how to eat well! I found Eat to Live six months ago (Dr. Fuhrman--www.diseaseproof.com). Since then, I would say that I'm about 90% vegan, although it is hard for me to resist cheese. This is even more important for me as I'm a melanoma survivor (August 2007 at age 26). I plan on NEVER having cancer again.

I am 5'7" and have a fairly small frame. I am hoping to lose 10-15 pounds in total and not be tired going up a few flights of stairs. I'm going to make it and stay there this time!

Here are my goals:
1. Work on eating more whole/organic foods. This will include eating more vegetarian dishes--a big task because my husband LOVES meat! I actually try to eat vegan along the lines of Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live for every meal I prepare. When I'm out, I might have a little lean protein in meat form. UPDATE: No meat or cheese during Lent. I'm going to wipe out any and all cravings.
2. Get to the point where I can't wait to get to the gym--working on building a habit where breaking a sweat elicits joy, not dread! :)
3. Break my decade-long caffeine habit. Wake up using yoga, not coffee!
4. Prep myself for success: take my workout clothes to work with me so I have no excuse for skipping the gym, load my work fridge with healthy and tasty snacks, and find rewards that don't include food.
5. Reduce my body fat. I was at 24% in early January 2010. I want to get this down to 20%, even more than I want to get my weight down.
6. Finding PEACE with the size of my thighs and butt. If I gain 10 pounds, 9.5 are going straight there. I want muscle tone in my legs again so I don't hide in pants even in 90 degree weather.

Awards:
1. New gym membership in downtown Chicago for initial weight loss: January 2010
2. Pedicure for 15 gym visits in January 2010: soon!
3. Massage at Cortiva ($30 for a student massage) for February if I go to the gym 15 times

Races:
First 5-K: Children's Memorial, August 22, 2009--28:38
First 8-K: Shamrock Shuffle, March 21, 2010--goal is sub-50 minutes (MADE IT! 49:30)
First 10-K: Run for the Zoo, June 6, 2010--no goal yet


Member Since: 11/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,483

My Goals:
I am hoping to find the balance of a healthy lifestyle and happy mind.
*Starting measurements January 2010: 146 pounds & 25% body fat
*Weight Feb. 1, 2010: 140
*Weight March 15, 2010: 133


My Program:
I joined Lakeshore Athletic Club in Chicago. I LOVE that it is right across the street from work. Here's my current routine:
Monday: Long, slow run for 8K training (4+ miles)
Tuesday: Spin class + short, full-body weight routine
Wednesday: Fast 2 mile run + vinyasa yoga class (I look forward to that class all week)
Thursday: Elliptical for half an hour + long, full-body weight routine
Friday: Long, slow run (4+ miles)
Saturday OR Sunday: workout video at home

As for nutrition, I follow ETL to the best of my abilities and schedule. This means I aim to eat 90% of my calories from plant sources (fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds).



Personal Information:
My name is Amanda. I live and work in Chicago with my husband of a little over two years. We have a spoiled cat named Doogie who we adopted from PAWS in February 2009.


Other Information:
I love British literature from Jane Austen through Sylvia Plath. I would rather be reading than doing almost anything else. I also love to cook and have a secret dream of going to culinary school.




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  • v CHICAGOHEALTHY
    It's HOT outside Chicago Women! Remember to stay hydrated today!
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    And Stay...

    S Smart Choices
    T Taking Time For Ourselves
    R Reaching Towards Your Goals
    O Overcome Obstacle
    N Never Give Up
    G Getting What We Want

    1773 days ago
  • v VEGFAERY
    You posted a question on my sparkpage about salad dressings. I don't actually use salad dressing anymore, but I find that a squirt of lemon juice and black pepper tastes really nice, just a little sea salt or a splash of balsamic or red wine vinegar is a nice addition, too.
    2289 days ago
  • v WILD4STARS
    Thanks for stopping by my Spark Page and the kind words. Give up the cheese, the chocolate is not near as bad for you as the cheese !!

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    :. (. (. Vikki

    2291 days ago
  • v ZOOSTATION
    Hi!
    I just LOVE Sense and Sensibility, especially Marianne...
    But yes, I also love Pride and Prejudice. Have you ever read the books that tell the story of their lives after they married? It's fun, but I kind of like the idea of only imagining how Mr. Darcy would be as a dad. emoticon
    I hope I can come to you when I have questions about the ETL diet. emoticon
    All the best,
    2298 days ago
  • v ZOOSTATION
    Hi Amanda,
    Thank you for taking the time to reply to my message at the ETL team page.
    Hey, I also love Jane Austen! Do you have a favorite book?
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    2300 days ago