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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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    Thanks, Rachel. Everyone seems to like my new profile pic. :)

    - Josie
    3458 days ago
    Hey co-leader :) Just wanted to say thanks so much for helping me get this thing going, I'm so glad we're doing it!!
    3458 days ago
  • v SHASTA11

    I'm glad you're done with the "heavy stuff". I will look for your blogs. I'm happy you'll be writing again.

    I didn't send Ashlin the game for her birthday, I actually bought and had it shipped to the family before my visit in October. It was easer than taking one on the train. I found the game with numbers instead of dots. I thought it would be easier for Ashlin. I like it better, too, but the group I play with don't want to change. Oh, well.

    Have a good week and fun with your new challenge.

    You're a neat person.

    Hugs, Joan

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    3461 days ago
  • v LLBEAN75
    i miss you!
    3466 days ago
    Hey Rachel! I hope you're doing well. Not much is new with me, but about 10 days after I wrote on your wall I found out I was pregnant. It's been a pretty miserable last 2 months for me, but I'm getting over the yucky part and hopefully I'll start feeling better and be able to start eating again!
    3490 days ago
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