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Starting weight this past October. 156.

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Thinnest ever, at 114 lbs, ~7 yrs ago. Current goal is for 125, but I'd love to be this this again.

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Spark People worked for me in 2009. I used a diet based on lean protein, lactose free dairy & lots of fruits/veggies. The lbs came off, & my life took a turn for the better. I met someone, & I was accepted to medical school not long after.

Then medical school began, with a 40 mile commute each way, so my BF & I can be together (splitting the commute & living between his job & my campus). The driving & studying made me quite sedentary, & the lbs came back plus a few extra.

So I'm back on Spark People to see if I can make the old magic work again. Spark People helped me get down to about 130 in '09. I'm hoping I can do even better this time around. Yay Spark People!

Member Since: 3/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 855

My Goals:

8 glassses of water a day.

Stay away from dairy except yogurt & lactaid milk, no red meat, refined sugar or flour, processed food, or fast food.

More whole grains, fruit, veggies, & lean protein.

Long term, breaking it up:

150 - Check!

145 - Size 12 jeans -
Reward: dig out old size 12's. How I've missed them!

140 - Medium-sized tops -
Reward: NYE in the mountains...w/ 64 calorie beer :)

135 - Size 10 jeans-
Reward: go see a movie.

130 - Size 8 jeans -
Reward: thrift store denim.

125 - Size 6 jeans -
Reward: outlet mall shopping for reaching my birthday goal! I would be happy right here, but if I'm managing okay at 125 for awhile, I might go on to try for:

120 - Size 4 jeans - this is more for fun, as I've never maintained a weight below 125...but just in case:
Reward: zumba fitness dvds

115 - Unlikely. However:
Reward: new scrubs!

My Program:
In 2009 my strategy was to simply track my food choices over the course of the day, which did more for me than any other effort to help me keep myself strong with my diet. I plan to try this again on a more permanent basis, especially now that there's an app for iphone. I'm always thinking, now, about getting enough fiber, protein, calcium, and healthy fats...and how to do it all within my calorie restrictions.

I've put together some basic recipes that work with my nutritional goals.

I've also created a new shopping list, taken from these recipes, so that I can shop healthfully and efficiently.

In addition to these plans, I've also begun trying to incorporate a little exercise into my routine, including light walking and a little zumba. And lots of water!

Personal Information:
I live just south of Atlanta, GA and attend medical school.

Other Information:
A favorite quote of mine:

"It's so much easier to be happy."

-One True Thing

And another favorite quote:

"The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough."

-The Last Lecture

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  • v QUEMBEL1
    Welcome to the Lighter Side!
    4397 days ago
    It might not have been a fluke - I couldn't stand lactaid milk either. ^_^ And Shawn is -so- a sweetheart. How a marine (infantry marine, no less!) sergeant left as a sweet, sensitive, vegan kinda guy I'll never know. But I'll enjoy it while I have access to it. ^_^
    4398 days ago
  • v no profile image EILIS59
    try macaroni cheeseless: make a bechamel sauce with oil flour and soya milk/rice milk, add a spoonful dijon mustard, salt, pepper, simmer til thickness you like add to cooked macaroni and top with breadcrumbs and put in oven 200 c 400 f gas mark 6 15-20 mins or heat thru under grill/broiler. if you're unsure how to make bechamel there are loads of recipes on the net, just substitute oil for butter and soya/rice milk for milk. you might want to add vegan parmesan substitute or other vegan cheesesubstitute but its fine without it.some people like a little ceyenne in it.
    4399 days ago
    Thanks for the words, having someone that can relate and tell me others relate as well is very helpful. While I might be getting smaller, I still have the notion that I am bigger and weaker - like I use to be. I really need to work on seeing myself actually how I am, and trusting others to do the same. There are so many negative judgments out there though, it's hard to not get sucked in, you know?

    Well I hope you are having a good weekend! And maybe some day classes will do something about their desks! :-)
    4399 days ago
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