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I am a 31 year-old mathematician, married, and have been overweight my entire life. I guess I should really ask my mother if that's true. Growing up, I was an avid camper and did some backpaking, but I started losing energy around college age. That's when I really got out of shape.

Due to professional considerations, I've had to move frequently, and have lived in four different states in the last decade. I'm really hoping to settle down soon.

I am on cholesterol medication and antidepressants. I am very worried about heart disease, diabetes and other obesity related illnesses, which I do seem to have in my family history, so hope that this time I can get the weight off and keep it off.

Member Since: 7/22/2006

Fitness Minutes: 15,816

My Goals:
I would like to:

Get out of the "obese" category.

Get off cholesterol medication (may be an impossible goal).

Increase my walking ability so that 10 miles a day isn't out of the realm of possibility.

Start backpacking again.

My Program:
Portion control is key for me. I'm trying to record everything I eat and NOT eat everything on my plate at a restaurant. I am also making an effort to keep my sodium intake in the recommended range (which is hard). I am also keeping water in easy reach at all times.

I'm trying to be consistent with exercise. This includes walking to and from work and exercise videos. I have a pedometer, and am increasing my step goal. As of Nov 1, 2010, my step goal is 7500 steps per day. I am also giving myself periodic "weekend challenges" for getting well over my daily goals. To get back to backpacking, these weekend goals will gradually increase. In addition, I enjoy water aerobics so have added the one exercise class to my schedule.

Personal Information:
I grew up in Southern California and currently reside in the DC area of Maryland. I am a mathematician by training and inclination. I go by Lizz in real life.

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    Thank you for your comments on my blog. Yes, I'm looking at the inches measurement even in the waist. Therapist right now is out of the question financially. Just trying to get caught up from all the layoffs in the family. I'll figure something out. Somehow
    3185 days ago
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    I, too, am not working the diet. For some reason I cannot get started with it. I am, however, working on exercising. I have followed the plan I created. I used to walk an hour a day or more. Since last fall, I have not been able to walk due to a hip lacking any cartilage. Happily, they are many other ways to get exercise. Good luck to you. Let's work together towards our goals.
    3187 days ago
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    3194 days ago
    Thanks for the note. :) Have a good week!
    3198 days ago
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