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Last year my girlfriend and I joined a gym, each of us with different reasons. We picked it primarily for its convenience of location since it was near my job, which was close to where we were living, and because we actually got discounts because of my job. But it wasn't open long enough to work well and encourage going since it wasn't open on weekends and by the time I got home from work every day, it wasn't very long that we had before it was closed. So we never really went. Eventually we realized that wasn't working and switched to a gym that was open 24/7. But even with doing that, we procrastinated and found reasons not to go.

My girlfriend had been wanting to do Weight Watchers for about 6 months to lose some weight, and after not getting around to devoting the money to it for a while, she stumbled upon SparkPeople. She got really excited about it and asked me to join along with her for support.

We started tracking our food for a week, and I realized how much protein I generally lacked each day. Also, as I expected, I generally consumed more calories/fat/carbohydrates than I should for a day, even if not by much. I also knew that I had a problem with sodium so we both set the food tracker to track sodium in addition to the four key nutrients that they give you, and as I thought, I was consuming far more sodium than I should. So, even though I started out to support my girlfriend, I could certainly stand to eat better for my own health as well.

Even before, when we joined the gym at the beginning, I was motivated to build some muscle since I've always known a lot of guys who I knew were stronger than me (my friends, etc.). And after seeing the nutrient values, maybe eating right could contribute in that goal.

Member Since: 2/3/2013

Fitness Minutes: 41,571

My Goals:
- Eat healthier

- Take into account the negative health effects of bad food choices

- Build muscle

- Be able to sweep my girlfriend off her feet, literally (a mutual goal between us, which relies on both of us ;-) )

My Program:
- Eat less calories/fat/carbohydrates/sodium and eat more protein

- Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) as well as other Dance/Fitness video games

- At the gym, treadmill/elliptical and strength training machines

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My name is Eric, and originally from New York State, after college, I moved to Boston where I got a job as a Software Engineer

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