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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! It actually looks a little different than the pictures show, it's a lot lighter, that's for sure. I love it though! I'm totally fond of the sideswept bangs. :)
    3662 days ago
  • v LLBEAN75
    Yes you can definitely call me at work OR after 9-9:30. I have a friend coming over for dinner at 7 and I"m not sure what time she is leaving. As for work, I'm probably going to go home after lunch and pick up some stuff I need to do so I'd imagine I'm leaving the office at 11:15-11:30.

    Um I definitely need a conversation about Zach too. Please put it on the list.
    3668 days ago
  • v LLBEAN75
    What is dramatic! What is going on? I need to know it all!

    Um my little sister IS fabulous. She is 9 (about to be 10) and her name is Claudia. She loves art and fashion. She wants to be a model one day or make clothes. Oh boy. We do a lot of arts and crafts because that's what she really enjoys. We usually hang out once a week, sometimes every other week. Sunday we went and painted pottery! That was pretty fun.

    PS We need to have converstions about covert missions and your jobs soon.
    3669 days ago
  • v LLBEAN75
    OMG don't judge me, but I have only run twice since my 5k. UGH I"m so embarassed about it I haven't said anything :( I am going this Wednesday though for sure for sure. Maybe a short run tonight before water aerobics. I've been doing A LOT of spinning. I bought spinning shoes, they are fabulous.

    Um covert missions are taking up a lot of time right now as I do secret agent work. Matt moved in with me too! So that's been a little hectic. And I've been hanging out with my little sister a lot.

    I feel like I have no idea what you have been doing?!
    3669 days ago
  • v LLBEAN75
    I love you! thanks for reading my blog so much :) Louisiana always has the highest reader count because of you :)

    Also - cookie dough? Really? You know better!
    3669 days ago
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