RUSSLANE   1,157
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Meet Russ Version 4.0, a buzz cut and a few boxing lessons later. Still debating the goatee

Since moving to New Orleans, I became fascinated with boxing. I'm scrappy, who knew?

Me at 350 with my mother and my sister. About a month later I woke up and decided I was done.

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What's "keeping it off" actually mean? It's a question that long deserves an answer

I've gone from 350 to 155, throughout food writing, the death of my mother, grandmother, confronting abusive relationships and moving to New Orleans on a mission to alter how healthy cooking and weight loss are discussed.

And I'm pretty determined to have fun doing it, and make keeping weight off more realistic for more people.

I've gone from 350 to 155, throughout food writing, the death of my mother, grandmother, confronting abusive relationships and moving to New Orleans on a mission to alter how healthy cooking and weight loss are discussed.

And I'm pretty determined to have fun doing it, and make keeping weight off more realistic for more people.



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Member Since: 1/13/2009

SparkPoints: 1,157

Fitness Minutes: 55

My Goals:
To make sure people are supported on ALL phases of weight loss -- the after as well as before.

The rest of the world's quite qualified to lower obesity rates -- I want to make sure weight regain statistics reduce also.

And finally, I advocate cooking literacy as not just a weight loss tool, but a means of personal development. Sexy, mind-blowing improvisational recipes are just a perk.

My Program:
Cardio: 45 minutes or more a day in my target heart zone or higher, one long run during the weekend.

Lifting: A mix of traditional weight lifting and body resistance training, high intensity, mixing both drop-setting working opposing muscle groups to maximize intensity.

Eating: I eat every three hours -- lot of zip lock bags are involved with this. I've eaten low fat and low carb to some success; my eating's more in line with the Mediterranean Diet now.

Supplements: Flax and Fish oil, Vita D and Glucosamine + MSM, Daily Multi to cover the bases, and I'm experimenting to see if that antioxidant hype (read: Acai) has any merit.

Etc: Chiropracty and specialized orthopedics to keep my mutant feet from mangling my body, and Reiki healing to keep me chipper and positive.

Personal Information:
I went from a mild-mannered music critic standing in a big trench coast in the back of rock clubs to a food writer, recipe crafter, and much to my surprise, a post-weight advocate.

Otherwise, I have one pair of fat pants I plan on burning -- rather than look like a "success story," I'd rather BE a success story, on my terms.

Other Information:
I'm a huge fan of music and comics, which I write in between writing for work or Second Helping. I adore Gail Simone, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis and Peter David. "Preacher" is my favorite comic series of all time.

Music wise, Aimee Mann, Maria McKee, and Kristin Hersh/Throwing Muses can do no wrong. Now that I live in New Orleans, I've enjoyed musicians that either live or keep tabs on NOLA: Shannon McNally, Christain Scott, the Iguanas, Jon Cleary, Otis Taylor

Favorite Quotes:
"We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are." -- Anais Nin

"What do you plan to do with all your stories/The new sheriff said, quite proud of his badge/ We'll wave them through the rocket's red glare/ And huddle mass, you just lift your lamp."
-- Tori Amos, "Scarlett's Walk"

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3/6/2012 9:58:41 AM

Russ, thanks for all the details of your program (food as well as exercise). Reading what you wrote inspired me to do even more than I have been doing. Just one thing. You thanked me for befriending you. Please do the same for me. I would greatly appreciate it.

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3/5/2012 3:46:06 PM

Hi Russ, I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration to are with such a tremendous weight loss. I'd love to hear your story as to just how you did it and what obstacles to overcame in the process. I am adding you as a friend to my Page. May I ask that do do the same?

Take care, Russ.

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10/4/2011 4:58:18 PM

Yeah, maintenance really hasn't been a community-oriented thing, has it?

I guess we won't know until we try, whether fostering a community will improve the odds or whether the community will suffer the usual attrition that maintainers experience!

Watching your challenge concept to see how it evolves. The more tools the better, especially ones that speak to different aspects of maintenance and connect people differently.

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9/30/2011 8:54:38 AM

Saw your comment on my friend Maggie's blog & I liked what you had to say. Checked out your website & several of the articles too. Thanks!

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9/29/2011 9:25:50 AM

Thanks for your thoughtful and insightful AND helpful comment on my blog about "what is wrong with me?" I have decided to abandon reading Deb's blog. It's too depressing. I will certainly check yours out (I think I looked at it from a link a day or two ago). I think maintenance information is lacking because as another commenter pointed out, there is no money to be made from it, so companies don't market maintenance programs as much as weight loss ones.
THIS time is different for me, I think, in that I did hit my goal, actually am currently below my goal (although I have found once you see the scale register a low number--that's where you want to stay forever!), and have been here for over 5 months. In the past I never hit a weight loss goal, and when I quit "dieting," I went immediately back to my old habits and gained the weight back rapidly. I am older now, and perhaps wiser. I realize that old lifestyle is gone, donuts and fast food are part of my past, something I really can't partake of anymore. I am a food addict, and like an alcoholic or smoker, I'm afraid just ONE of those forbidden treats will get me started eating badly again, so I just can't risk it. That's okay--someone else pointed out to plan your menus ahead and look forward to what you DO get to eat every day. I like that idea, since I kind of do it in my mind already. I save my breakfast for after my morning walk. Don't know if that's smart or not, but it sure is a nice reward when I'm done walking! And it's something I look forward to every morning. But as soon as I'm done with breakfast (sometimes before even), I'm looking forward to lunch and dinner. I guess I really need to find a new passion in life, but I have loved food for a long time! emoticon

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