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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 MAMMS456
    Hi, Adrienne....hope you are doing well! Spark wants us to pick a new team leader if you're no longer interested in being the Amazon GBF team leader. If you still want the post I think you might just need to post something to indicate activity on your id, not totally sure. If not, someone else will step up to the plate. Take care, Deb
    3809 days ago
  • v AMBAM1881
    You're very welcome! :) It can be hard. The best thing I've found when it comes to socializing with friends is to get them to jump on the bandwagon with you as far as eating healthy goes, or do potluck style dinners where you control at least one dish so you know you have a healthy option. When I go out to eat, I either share a meal with someone or I ask for a to-go box at the beginning and just split everything in half right away...out of sight, out of mind. That way I don't overeat and get quite so many calories. Then, I just try to watch what I eat the rest of the day. Keep up the hard work! You are doing great so far! :)
    3933 days ago
    Hi Mrsstronge!
    Thank you for the kind words about my pic (my daughter is my biggest point of pride) and also for introducing me to this site! you are a beautiful young woman--I am rooting for us both to meet our goals. emoticon
    3934 days ago
  • v GMA-FB
    Thanks for your encouragement. Hopefully, we'll all be successful together. emoticon
    3935 days ago
  • v KRIBBY101
    Hey thanks for visiting my page-- yeah, Muse is great. I picked them up on a whim. Good stuff.

    I was the first time I've ever actually liked something amazon said I would like-- it was a Keanu Reeves 'Woah' moment!


    (The rabbit is just cute.)
    3935 days ago
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