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Hi there

My name is Maria and I am London UK born & bred. I'm of Irish descent hence the red hair.

I'm twenty thirty-six (OK I'm fifty-six) and I'm young at heart.

I've lost weight before and gained it back - but this time is different - this time I'm cracking that nut for good. I used to be a heavy smoker and the last time I gave up I knew it would stick. It's the same this time - there is no going back.

Member Since: 12/22/2020

Fitness Minutes: 5,238

My Goals:
In all I aim to lose 90lbs with a target of 1-2lbs a week. I'm happy to take my time, do it right and really look after myself.

This isn't just about weight loss for me: it's about strength, it's about empowerment, it's about experience, it's about expanding my life and my horizons.

My Program:
I'm following a ketogenic way of eating which really suits me not just weight-wise but in other ways too. It keeps my blood sugar level so I avoid that peak/crash dynamic that used to lead to cravings and binges.

Exercise-wise I'm aiming for:

* 10,000 steps a day
* 12 hours active on my FitBit
* 30 minutes additional cardio per day
* Pilates/Yoga 3 x per week
* 100 squats per day during April 2021

This is my foundation with the intention that I build up to more activity - our bodies are built to do so much more than they do! I love to swim but haven't done for ages.

Personal Information:
I am about to start a new job after having been out of the job market for a while (looking after my Dad who had dementia). My world severely shrank there for a while and this was compounded by the pandemic so I'm really looking forward to be being back in circulation in a more active way.

Other Information:
I sing in a punk choir - and I'm actively looking forward to being with them again later in the year. I'm also looking out for another choir to join as the more you sing the better your voice gets. I also enjoy drawing and painting - anything creative and I love it. I love old movies - can you tell? And I can't wait to start travelling again but for now I'm making the most of where I am whenever I can.

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