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Tired of living the rat-race life, I have recently given up my high-stress job and become self-employed as a big step in improving my quality of life. Now I'm ready to start the next stage, which is to improve my health before my 36th birthday... and beyond!

My philosophy in life is "all things in moderation" and I am working on practicing what I preach more when it comes to food. Joining SP and tracking my calories for the first couple of weeks has been a real eye opener - what I thought was moderation turned out to be slight overindulgence! It's this that has probably kept me on the heavier side; it all adds up over time.

I have always been overweight, sometimes more so than others. My family (on the American side) is full of obese people, most of them unhappy. My dad didn't make it to his 60th birthday, and died incredibly overweight & had lots of health problems related to that... in fact I am sure that the colon cancer that caused his death was tied to bad diet. So I want to break this cycle and live more like my Japanese family, who are all 'normal' weight, but they still love food and are very happy people! I believe it is possible to be a food-lover and still live a healthy life.

I love organic, natural, healthy food as much as I *USED TO* love Krispy Kreme donuts... since starting SP my tastes have started to change so I don't crave those Krispy Kremes so much! I love to cook and eat all kinds of food - I was vegetarian for 15 years, and still do not eat meat - but I do love sustainable fish and organic free range chicken. But I would choose vegetarian food over these any day of the week - I couldn't live without nuts, seeds and a rich variety of vegetables in my diet.

Member Since: 1/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,358

My Goals:
To reach a healthy weight, gradually, before I turn 36. I'm in no rush.

My Program:
* Waching what I eat
* Making sensible small changes
* Exercising (cardio) 3x per week
* Strength training 3x per week
* Yoga every week

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Personal Information:
Half-Japanese, Half-American, living in London for 11 years

Married to a wonderful, supportive man for 10 years

We have a lovely cat named Dierdre!

Other Information:
I will be tracking the way my body changes over time, posting a new set of photos every month.

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    Hello- I just happened upon your page and saw that you follow "everything in moderation" which is how I try to live my life as well. Nice to find others who do so! Stop by my page anytime......
    3835 days ago
  • v MIEKA91
    “The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and pride that grow from knowing that you've just done something as well as you can do it.”

    Be Encouraged,

    4380 days ago
  • v CEEBEE200
    Hey Mikola - how's it going? Haven't seen any updates from you for a while, and it would be great to hear how you're doing (speaking as a Londoner constantly stuck on a plateau but slowly getting her head together through this SparkPeople thing!!). Happy fireworks season, anyway!!
    4454 days ago
    Hey Chic,

    Just dropping by.. How's London??
    4561 days ago
    Hello Mikola -
    haven't seen any updates from you in a while. Hope all is going well!

    4597 days ago
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