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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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    from one southern girl to another ! I am from Charleston, SC. I was confused by your wallpaper. I love the fleur dis lis, as the Saints logo. I wanted to thank you for joining the Paris team, and let you know, to post your french thoughts. When you pop over here for a visit , let me know, and I will be happy to show you around !!
    your Paris-Southern gf,
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    3163 days ago
    Hey there Rachel!
    Just stopping by with a quick hello! Not sure if you are still around, but I hope that you are doing well and enjoying life. You must just now be starting your semester at Harvard - I hope it (and the fair city of Boston) is treating you well! Hope your man and your puppy are good too.
    3937 days ago
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    OK, lady, where are you and what are you doing? Partaying all the time?

    Seriously, what are you up too?

    Hope you're well. emoticon emoticon emoticon Joan
    4010 days ago
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    Thank you so much. I saw it. I really liked it. My comp has a virus, I'm at the library, so just checking mail and will have to catch up later.

    So happy to hear from you, though, and glad everything is well. Do you get to take Yoda with you to Boston? I sure hope so. Have you had time to devote to his training?

    How's the family? Karen is being a pill and I don't know what's going on with them.

    More, soon, I hope.

    Thanks, again.

    Your friend, Joan

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    4062 days ago
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    Yeah for you, 25,750 fitness points. That's great.

    What are you doing? Schoolwork?

    Be well.

    Your friend, Joan. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4070 days ago
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