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Hi Everybody!! Francesca here - some people call me Frankie, Frannie, 'cesca . . . my story is simple and might sound familiar. I have been overweight most of my life. I come from a family of food and sugar addicts, so I grew up with a lot of shame and fear when it came to food and eating. As my family comes from nice southern Italian peasant stock, I used to hear the "oh, you're just big boned" excuse to allow myself to indulge and not take care of myself, figuring I was destined to always be "a big girl", and hiding behind some extra weight from the time I was a teenager. I am now in my mid-thirties, and over the past few years have peaked out at 235 lbs - at only 5'4", this is unhealthy in the extreme. As of April 2012 I am 221 lbs. I have been handling the shame and frustration of living in a size 18 body (not to mention with high cholesterol and pre-diabetic symptoms) by - you guessed it - hiding behind baggy clothes, isolating myself, eating even more to numb out my feelings, and mostly retreating to my couch. This has seriously affected my personal life (I think the last time I was out on a date we had a Republican president) and my professional career which I am passionate about. I am tired of cutting myself off from having a vibrant, fullfilling life - so I am going to get out there, move my body, make healthier eating choices, speak up on Spark Page, and GO GET IT!!!!!

Member Since: 4/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 310

My Goals:
Go from 221 lbs to 157 lbs. Not sure if I can get lighter, I've been so heavy for so long, but this is goal #1 to start with :)

Go from wearing dress/pants size 18 to a 10 - and I am NOT talking about vanity sizing!!!

My Program:
Eating Plan:

*Stay away from refined sugary foods and sodas*

*2-3 pc of fruit a day, 5 servings veggies*

*carb servings potato, beans, brown rice, or whole grains - no white flour*

*green tea, regular water every day (8 cups minimum)*

*1500-1700 calories daily*

*multi-vitamin in the AM*

Fitness Plan (first 12 weeks for GOGETIT Challenge #1):

60 min cardio 4x a week (racewalking, heart 80% target rate)

60 min yoga/stretching 2x a week

1 rest day

ab work 2x a week

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