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In 2007 joined the Peace Corps, and boy did I get a wake up call about my physicaly condition. During my first visit to my village, one of the teenagers I would be working with wanted to show me his favorite place. He was on crutches at the time. It was a small knoll in the hills the edge of the village. On the walk up I had to stop several times to catch my breath while he stood on his crutches and waited for me. I knew then I had to get into better shape.

So, living in rural Romania and overweight, I began to spend more time outdoors. In the beginng during the evenings I would walk and talk with a new friend and get out and hike that hill several times a week on my own. I got a nutriont overhall from my two host moms who are excellent cooks who had large gardens. Romanians have a beautiful affinaty for growing things. When they couldn’t produce they bought at the “pitza”(similar to a farms market which also includs locally produced cheeses, meats, nuts and more.) While I always like to cook, I learned how to eat local seasonal foods from them.

I also rediscovered at heart, I'm a still a girl from North Idaho who loves the outdoors. I grew up enjoying hiking, camping, swimming, and skiing. I am focused on building my strength and endurance so that I can enjoy and perform at these activities in the way I know I can. My main motivation is to lose the weight so I can do these things!

At the time being able to do more, to climb that hill was my goal but the unintentional result was losing 55 lbs my first 7 months of service! However, between the bad weather of fall and winter and moving into my own apartment where I was cooking for myself, from September 2007 to Feburary 2008 I only lost 5 lbs. Between sparkpeople and having the georgous spring weater motivate me to exercise outdoor and I lost another 20 lbs bring my total to 70lbs. Over summer, I again platued. During which time, I spent several weeks working on some youth summer camps during which time I was eating out or camp food (luckly offset by the activity level).

I began restarting the proscess in September, but fell hiking and badly injured my knee. It kept me home bound for the past several weeks and limited physically for months. The extremly restricted activity level ment I could only even do minimal walking while I recovered. I regained 5lbs over the winter while adjusting and recovering.

I recently got cleared by me doctor to start hiking again. Again, I taking advantage of sparkpeople and having the georgous spring weater to exercise in. This time I am focusing on more balanced eating and increasing the variety of exercise I do. I am meal planing for better nutrion and appropriate calories, especially to get sufficent protien and my 5 fruits and vegtables a day, Most of my exercise up to this point has been hiking. My injury taught me I need more balance in my exercise so I am adding strength training, Pilates, and aerobics to my hiking. Sometimes, I just take a walk with a friend and get both phycial exercies and time to visit. For this spring, I have a goal to bring my total lost lost 100 lbs. before return to the states in May.

For the long therm, I have a goal of 128 or 50% of my starting body wight and in the middle of my BMI. I am nervious about returning to the convinencesof car ownership, packaged food, and evening television in the US which helped me get to 257. I am going back to school in the fall and am really looking forward to getting involved with the campus oudoor program and checking out the farmers market.

Today, as most days, I hiked that complete road past that knoll and back feeling good.

I am always looking to meet other like-minded individuals... so please feel free to introduce yourself!

Member Since: 10/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 21,116

My Goals:
1. Broaden my exercise options by exploring other enjoyable outdoor exercises and incorporating one of them into my fitness routine by the end of fall.

2. Using meal planning to eat withing my calorie range, eat at least the minimum recommended protien, and increase my fruits and vegetables to 5 at least 6 days per week.

3. Reach the middle of my healthy BMI range by the end of my Peace Corps Service.

My Program:
In order to succeed
I am committed to doing the following:

1. Plan everything I will eat then keep track of everything I put in my mouth.

2. Choosing whole natural fresh food whenever possible.

3. Exercising at least 5 days per week in the outdoors.

4. Increasing my strength and flexibility through practicing Pilates and weight training.

5. Maintaining a positive motivated attitude.

Personal Information:
My name is Dru, I am 25 and originally from Idaho. I'm 5'5 and currently a size 16. I love to read, cook, be outdoors, and travel but nothing as good as being with good friends.

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    Dru, I am Laurie; I got your recipe off sparks and wanted to thank you, it was the recipe sweet potato shepherds pie; one recipe said "one large sweet potato" but i have mine mashed . ty for including the measurement in yours never made it before. btw; i love the progress youve made; you must be very excited to be so healthy! SP Is great! Hugs from Laurie
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