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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 for my spark goodie and congratulations! it's been a great day, made even better by sparkfriends like you!
    3596 days ago
    Hi Rach! Thanks for the massage goodie! What a nice gift!!
    Hope you had a "sane" h'ween!!
    3608 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    Hey, Rachel girl.
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    This is the beginning of the "Holiday Season" and we have to watch from today through January 1, 2010 otherwise we will be VERY sorry with all the food around!! emoticon
    3609 days ago
    Hey Rachel! It IS a huge change for me and one I'm having a really hard time wrapping my brain around right now. But, I figure that what I'm doing is not working so I might as well give it a go. If it doesn't work then I can go back to what I was doing previously. I also understand what Andrew's saying, it makes sense to me. He knows that I really would like to do it and he really wants me to, it's just a matter of time/money. I would definitely only do the once a week option. I think that at least for now I can go on what little info he has given me and try it out for awhile. I hope you're doing well! It's been forever since we talked. I'm sure you're crazy busy right now huh? ~HUGS~
    3619 days ago
  • v SHASTA11
    Hi, Rachel

    Looks like you're losing! Yeah, for you.

    Hope you and Zack and Yoda and your family are well.

    I'm here in Grand Cane and really tired of the rain.

    Will you be able to meet next Mon, Tues or Wed. My daughter's cell number is 903-431-2146. She will be gone til late tonight though.

    Sure hope we can meet.

    Hugs, Joan
    3624 days ago
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