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My husband and me, just before our honeymoon, 8/8/06.

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I'm an MFA candidate for Illustration at the Academy of Art University, building on my Psychology BA. It's really challenging (a good thing) but can be very stressful (a bad thing). I need to take care of myself and my mind to be my best, and that's why I'm here.

The author of the Glaux's Nest wrote an article about fitness that both inspires me and sums up why I am getting into shape and staying that way:

"In classical Greece a high premium was placed on physical fitness. This didn't mean starving oneself to achieve the rail-thin body type women in today's society are expected to maintain. It meant that men and women were expected to be strong, healthy, physically fit individuals. Men attended the gymnasia where they were put through rigorous training to keep them fit. They had to remain fit well into what we would consider older age in order to properly defend their city-state.

"In Sparta men and women were taught to wrestle from a young age. For all that the film 300 got wrong about Spartan culture, the spirit of how they portrayed youth was fairly accurate. Greeks fought in the Pankration style, which is remarkably similar to our modern Mixed Martial Arts fighting. Imagine for a moment a society in which citizens are encouraged to actively participate in philosophy, local government, and the UFC. The Greeks, very simply, were badasses.

"All of this makes my own weakness and general poor health seem more than laziness. I feel like I'm failing at my religious obligations. So I'm doing something about it." -

Member Since: 9/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 6,146

My Goals:
- Lose at least half a pound a week.
- Exercise regularly (30 min./day).
- Track my calories every day.
- Write in my journal every day.

My Program:
- Consume 1200-1500/day.
- Get moving every day.
- Recording progress (at SP and in my journal).

Personal Information:
My name is Alexandra. I'm originally from the SF Bay Area, California. I've lived since in Portland, OR; Boise, ID; and Ann Arbor, MI; and now I'm back in the SF Bay Area.

I'm an MFA candidate for Illustration at the Academy of Art University, building on my Psychology BA. It's really challenging (a good thing) but can be very stressful (a bad thing).

I'm married to another Alex, and he is my partner in more aspects of life than I can count. We were married on 8/7/06 in the Mill Garden at Warwick Castle, England.

Other Information:
"I was tired of January
I was tired of June
I felt a change a-comin'
Oh, I was tired of January
Tired of June
I felt a change a-comin'
Oh, I felt a change a-comin
I felt a change a-comin
Felt a change a-comin, soon"

Hold On - KT Tunstall

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  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
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  • v *WISTE*
    Hey there! I'm not really active anymore but I probably should be. My health has been not so great and I've put back on all the weight I've lost and more. I've been laid off for half a year now but recently got a job offer so I hope I'll be getting health insurance soon and be able to go to the doctor and get things sorted out. It's been difficult to exercise when I'm so worn out and in pain all the time.
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  • v CAROLYN1213
    Welcome to the Couch to 5k running group!!!! Stop by the message board and introduce yourself to the team. On the team page you will find a thread for each training week. Click on week one and post were you are at in your training. This is a great way to meet others who are in the same phase of training as you. Some of my best friends were in my training week one and we worked through the program together sharing victories, questions, comments, and ideas. I look forward to learning more about you. I will be popping in on the Weeks 1 - 3 training to help answer any questions that might pop up and to cheer you on to your goals! Be blessed! Be a runner!
    4077 days ago
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    Welcome to the c25k team! It's a great team. I'm ready to do w8d2, but I'm past my 8th week for sure. I've been slow bout getting through it, but I haven't quit. I like running - once I get going. Hope you do, too!
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