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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 WATERBABY*3
    Welcome to SP and to the Environmentalists and Dog Loves teams! I hope you find as much fun and success as I have on here. I can't wait to hear your stories about building green, especially in VA. If you ever want to help out someone in a condo, let me know, I could use it!

    Welcome again!!

    ~Stephanie, Storm, Spunky, Tyler (the k9), and Mocha
    4162 days ago
  • v QUEENIEB1
    Thank you! Your fur babies are adorable as well!
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    ~Beth
    4163 days ago
  • v TAZZIEGIRL
    Hi hun

    Welcome to Spark. Lovely pictures of your wedding and your menagerie. Click on peoples pages that post and see what teams they are on then join some teams that will support your interests and have like minded goals. There are many many good teams on Spark.

    Good luck with your goals hun you can do it!

    Huggles
    Tazzie
    4164 days ago
  • v LOVEPINK7
    Hey,

    Welcome to sparkpeople! Congrats on taking the right step towards being healthy. Joining teams can motivate you to reach you full fitness potential and a place to vent about your weight loss progress. Here are some great teams :

    Victoria’s Secret Angels: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/VSAngelsTeam

    SP Hotties, which is about to start a great challenge called Totally Toned Abs! The challenge is a great way to lose weight/ tone up before summer: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Hotties

    Leaving 110-ville, which is a weight support group for those who either are aiming to weigh 120 or below or for anyone who is there now. The team is a great support system and are active on challenges as well: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/leaving110vil
    le

    Carmen Electra Team is for those who want to look hot! We share beauty/ fitness/ diet tips so we all can be even more gorgeous and glamorous: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/CarmenElectra

    Hope you join the teams. Good Luck on your weight loss journey!

    4165 days ago
  • v DIVA4ADAY
    wish you much success emoticon
    4165 days ago
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