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Hi! I'm a 24 (almost 25) years old chubby single girl with high cholesterol trying to lose some weight before it kills me. That's in the nutshell.

When I found out two years ago that my cholesterol was 270, it spurred me into action - over the next 6 months I signed up for a half marathon and with a combination of diet and exerise got myself down to around 152 lbs. My cholesterol became 174. I felt great. I still wanted to lose another 5-10 lbs to get into that bikini, but life was good.

Then it stopped being so good with a double-whammy at work and in my personal life. I reverted to emotional eating and went up to 170 in a mere 2 months.

Thankfully, I was able to swim out of my black hopeless mood for long enough to find a new job and move from NH to TX and a new life. When I arrived, I was 178. With a lot of effort, I lost 11 lbs and then stalled, going back and forth a couple.

I am now planning to use the South Beach diet to break through the plateau and get back to my good weight.

I also hope to make some friends in general, and especially a couple here in Houston, since I don't know very many people yet.

Additional background: I'm Russian, came to study at a boarding school when I was 15, then went to a school in upstate New York to get my bachelors of science and a master's. I really like to read and do that a lot (I actually don't have a TV in my apartment - that helps!). I also like to meet new people and talk their ears off. It's best if they have a furry dog I can pet in the process.

Good luck to all of us!!

Member Since: 1/24/2009

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My goals are:

1) Stop emotional eating

2) Lose 35 lbs

3) Develop a social network here in town

4) Be happy most of the time no matter what!

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- working out 5-6 days a week

- getting 8 hours of sleep

- following up with friends

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I'm originally from Russia. When I was 15, I came to study in the US.

I spent 2 years in PA, 4.5 years in NY, and then 2.5 years in NH. Half a year ago I moved to Houston TX and am now building my life here from ground up!

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    Welcome to Tx. I have been here for a little over 2 years now...and still havent really met anyone. If your looking for a friend, workout buddie or both let me know.
    2923 days ago
    Just wanted to pop in, say hi, and see how things are going for you! Hope that you're still doing well!

    3001 days ago
    I really like my trainer workouts but that's because I have a great trainer. The free trainer I was given when I first joined the gym SUCKED!! This trainer has changed my mind about paying for sessions and I have been with him for over a year (he is the one that got me into running).

    I usually run around my neighborhood on Monday and on the weekends and I try to get to Memorial park one day Friday - Sunday. I only run at the gym on Wednesday nights but I go to the Post Oak one for that. I am thinking about joining the Fort Bend Fit club to run with them and train for a half marathon - I never thought I would be able to run that far and now I can't wait to try!!

    I usually don't get to the downtown gym on the weekends since I live in Sugar Land but I might try because those classes sound like fun and I need to get my but moving more on the weekends. Thanks for the advice :)
    3314 days ago
  • v QWERTYZ13
    Hmm...I need to work on thinking of it as a race against myself! I always get so pressured to be as fast as whoever I'm running with.

    I can see why you quit the running group! 5am AND a long drive would do me in. Plus, if it isn't even your preferred form of exercise, why would you bother? I have found that I really enjoy running - just because nothing else makes me feel like I worked as hard. Imagine, I used to spend all year dreading the mile run back in junior high and high school....
    3329 days ago
  • v QWERTYZ13
    I guess you could say I'm training for a race...I am waiting awhile to sign up though. Right now I feel so behind for my age range that I don't want to until I'm average!

    You did a half-marathon!? That is so awesome! I'm waiting to see if I can survive a 5 or 10K and going from there. I think if you found a running buddy or asked around (and brought pepper spray) you could handle running outside in the big scary city. Or maybe there is even a running club in the area you could join?

    3329 days ago
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