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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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    Yes, so sweet! Aww I wish I could help you with your freaking and not sleeping :\ ..but no matter how many times I say comforting things, I think you're still going to have anxiety about it. It's just a huge moment in your life, that matters SO MUCH to you. And that's quite an understatement. Nevertheless, I will continue reminding you how wonderful and driven you are, and that you MUST be one of the top applicants (seriously, how could you NOT be?), bc that's what friends are for, even if it only takes your mind away from the nightmarish thoughts for a second :) xoxo
    3422 days ago
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    3 dogs and five cats. They all like me already. The only possible problem is that the lady's mental challenged 30+ son will be there. She says he won't bother me, but I'll have to be real neat emoticon and can't run around in my usual outfit of house dress and panties! Also I hope he doesn't bother me. I don't really like the situation, but she's going to Saudi Arabia as soon as she can get a visa and that's 3 wks and she's promised more work. So, what can I do?

    What are you up to this week?

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    3422 days ago
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    Oh, goodie a blog from Rachel. Can't wait.

    Nothing great is going on. The interview was for a pet sitting job. I have a business, I might have told you. Got the job. 4 days the end of the month and if the client is satisfied than 3 weeks in Apr. And then more. Too bad I didn't work any in Jan or this month so far. I really need money right now.

    Have a great week. Hope your family is well.

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    3423 days ago
    ummmm I love your new background!!!!! I'm praying...well, more like sending postive thoughts your way (lol) every day that you get that acceptance! For real. Also, thank you for the motivation and kind words with your sparkgoodie...you know I feel the same :) love you! Keep up the running and healthy eating, sister! ;)
    3423 days ago
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    Hi, Rachel

    How are things going?

    Been waiting for a new blog on your 21 day challenge.

    Hope you're not wearing yourself out.

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    3423 days ago
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