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Hello everyone! My name is Rachel and I am a college student in Louisiana (at least for the next four (counting down!) months). I am looking to lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle before graduation and a move for graduate studies.

I am really trying to create a program I can stick with. I have the knowledge and tools for losing weight, but I have always used a "diet" mentality and slowly but surely gained it back. While I am not huge by any means, I am short (5'3") so I need to weigh less than I do now to look and feel my best.

I love to exercise though I am terribly uncoordinated and lack athleticism. love yoga and love how my body is transformed by strength training but am working on doing more cardio to burn the fat. I aim for 3-4 hours of intense cardio a week in addition to 90 minutes of interval runs. Unfortunately I also eat like I am training for a marathon...really. I eat a lot and often, so I am finding the balance between quelling my hunger and not taking in more than I need.

So many people say they were driven to this point by not loving themselves enough and putting others first but that has never been the case for me -- if anything I love myself TOO much! I am constantly trying to find a balance between my natural selfishness and helping others, though once I am on your side I am loyal to a fault.

I can faux-get-along with anyone but I do not like many people. I am 100% left-brained and linguistic. I follow through. I see everything as black and white. I am terribly uncompetitive. I love fiercely. I dream big. I need lots of attention. That is hardly the whole of it but it will suffice.

Member Since: 2/8/2009

Fitness Minutes: 27,866

My Goals:
To lose weight by lifestyle changes

To start Harvard's MTS program in Fall 2010

To find a maintenance plan and keep the weight off.

To crave healthy foods.

My Program:
1400-1700 calories each day

60 min. of vigorous cardio 6 days/week (Step, Stairmaster, etc).

30 min. easy exercise most days -- walking the dog, tap dancing.

Stretch after cardio!

Strength Training

10 fruits and vegetables a day

Protein at every meal/snack

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I am loyal to a fault.

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  • v SHASTA11
    I agre it's time for a blog.

    I know you are extremely busy, so even a short blog would do.

    I hope you are well.

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    3473 days ago
  • v IWILLBE145
    Hi Rachel -
    I ONLY JUST posted Bubba's picture, I should have known YOU would be the first to comment on him! He is a rescue, came from a shelter with no history but a lot of health problems. So we don't know his age. The vet estimated he was between 8 and 10 years old. He is a big boy, weighs in at about 62 lbs. They originally called him the Grumpy Old Man, but when he got over his pneumonia and some of his teeth issues, he was feeling much better. He is a sweetheart with me and Char-Lit. Don't you just love those big soulful eyes?
    Thanks for dropping by. How are you doing? Time for a blog?

    Char-Lit & Bubba
    3478 days ago
  • v SHASTA11
    Hi, hope you're well.

    No, challenge blog. What's happening?

    We need an update on what's up with you.

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    3526 days ago
  • v LEEPFROG95
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    You always had it...You always had the power....The real secret in within you."
    ~~~~~~~~~from the Good Witch in the Wizard of OZ~~~~~~~~~~

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    Make change happen.....QUICK FIRE Your LIFE!!!
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    ~~Mic~~~~ Wendy ~~~~ Lynn ~~Karen~~~

    3539 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/11/2010 9:11:59 AM
  • v SHASTA11
    Not much. Just the job interview, I had one last week and got that job too, and maybe I'll go see The Blind Side. Maybe lunch with a friend. Poor dear always has something the matter and keeps postponing. Teeth problems now. Just have to see if she calls.

    I hope you're keeping up with Yoda's training. It should be a life-long thing.

    I know how busy you are so don't rush with this. You're so eloquent and speak so well and are so knowledgeable. My question is why would someone want to move to Shreveport (me). Can't now because of the housing slump, and I'm sorry to say I wasn't impressed when I visited Karen and am having second thoughts about moving there. You can send an SP mail msg if you wish. Thank you.

    Hugs and best always, Joan
    3540 days ago
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