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I live in Central VA with my husband Andrew and three pups, Harley (cocker spaniel), Spudnik & Daisy (pug / tibetan spaniel mixes). I work as a designer in a green architecture firm in Charlottesville, and my husband works as a graphic designer / illustrator both for a Charlottesville company, and for our side business, Stronge Designs.

I started packing on pounds after my husband (then boyfriend) & I moved in together when I was in college. His eating habits, my lack of cooking skills and the insane stress of architecture school all contributed to my ballooning weight. I was also diagnosed with PCOS, which tends to make the weight a little harder to come off. I've had a few false starts since joining Sparkpeople in 2008... I used some inconveniences (car accident, appendectomy, severe ankle sprain) as excuses to stop and just couldn't carry the motivation to continue my journey. Given my family history of heart disease and diabetes, though, I really need to make this work.

Some things about me:
1) I am not skilled in the kitchen... at all. I'm trying to learn basic skills so that I can get better at preparing healthy meals for my husband and I. This doesn't just mean learning to cook... it means learning to shop for produce and meats and how to store these items. I have a LOT to learn!

2) I am a bargain shopping queen. I love finding the best deals on items... I just have to make sure I don't go overboard and return to my shopaholic ways. I grocery shop with coupons like a champ... and my grocery budget savings helped us to pay off all of our credit card debt in Sept. 2009! The challenge now is finding healthy food on a tight budget.

3) I HATE meat on the bone... and I get pretty sketched out about meat in general. My husband takes care of preparing the meat when we cook, if it weren't for him, I may be a vegetarian.


Member Since: 4/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 7,169

My Goals:
My goal... NO EATING OUT! I really need to curb this habit. I know I'll cave, but I'm trying to keep it to once or twice a month. I hate to cook, so I'm looking for quick recipes that don't take too much time!


My Program:
I've been good about not eating out, eating fiber, lean meats, and veggies. I've been working out on my elliptical at home.



Personal Information:
I'm Adrienne from Palmyra, Virginia. I work in Charlottesville and I have a great career as a sustainable designer at an architecture firm.


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  • v WM_STAR
    Sure, that would be cool. Tomorrow or Friday after work, or Friday lunch? I have too many back-to-back conference calls tomorrow to get away for lunch :)
    3493 days ago
  • v PUNCHBUGGYBLACK
    Thanks for the awesome comments on my blog! You already are a beautiful trophy wife!!!
    3509 days ago
  • v KT-NICHOLS-13
    Thanks for stopping by my blog about Hard work + Little Results = FRUSTRATION.
    Yup, we are in this together - fighting to take off every .1 lbs. Glad you woke up feeling better today and will stay in the fight.
    I'm still a little hurt - not sure that's the right word - by my weigh-in yesterday but I too have got to stay in the fight.
    I can not allow myself to balloon back up . . . it's not an option. Heck, failure is not an option in this battle!
    Thanks again . . . Have a fabulous weekend.
    3511 days ago
  • v WM_STAR
    I love everything about everything you've said on your page here. We should totally hook up for a face-to-face sometime.
    3513 days ago
  • v LAST_TIME
    See you on the C'ville team. Hope to get to know you!
    3558 days ago
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