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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

    Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving in Carlsbad. The weather should be nice there. Not as humid as home. Did you bring Yoda?

    Write when you can.

    Hugs, Joan
    3606 days ago
  • v SHASTA11
    Well, dumb me, I did it again. Wrote to you on my page, so please go there for your msg.

    Take care.

    Joan emoticon
    3613 days ago
  • v SHASTA11
    Glad you're doing well.

    So happy that you were able to meet my daughter and I. We enjoyed it so much.

    How is Yoda doing with his class. He should be finished and have graduated with flying colors by now.

    Is Zach still in New Orleans?

    Have a greatlicious week-end.

    Your friend, Joan emoticon
    3614 days ago
    Stand 1
    Fall 1 - Get up 2
    Fall 2 - Get up 3
    Fall 3 - Get up 4
    Fall 4 - Get up 5
    Fall 5 - Get up 6
    Fall 6 - Get up 7
    Fall 7 - Get up 8

    It's Japanese abacus math... LOL The point is, get up more times than you fall down, I think...
    (sheesh, I have some smart, scholatic friends! LOL) :-)
    3618 days ago
  • v VAL_ERIE
    Mmm pumpkin walnut bread sounds good! and congrats on crossing 18,000 minutes!
    3621 days ago
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