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Tired of living the rat-race life, I have recently given up my high-stress job and become self-employed as a big step in improving my quality of life. Now I'm ready to start the next stage, which is to improve my health before my 36th birthday... and beyond!

My philosophy in life is "all things in moderation" and I am working on practicing what I preach more when it comes to food. Joining SP and tracking my calories for the first couple of weeks has been a real eye opener - what I thought was moderation turned out to be slight overindulgence! It's this that has probably kept me on the heavier side; it all adds up over time.

I have always been overweight, sometimes more so than others. My family (on the American side) is full of obese people, most of them unhappy. My dad didn't make it to his 60th birthday, and died incredibly overweight & had lots of health problems related to that... in fact I am sure that the colon cancer that caused his death was tied to bad diet. So I want to break this cycle and live more like my Japanese family, who are all 'normal' weight, but they still love food and are very happy people! I believe it is possible to be a food-lover and still live a healthy life.

I love organic, natural, healthy food as much as I *USED TO* love Krispy Kreme donuts... since starting SP my tastes have started to change so I don't crave those Krispy Kremes so much! I love to cook and eat all kinds of food - I was vegetarian for 15 years, and still do not eat meat - but I do love sustainable fish and organic free range chicken. But I would choose vegetarian food over these any day of the week - I couldn't live without nuts, seeds and a rich variety of vegetables in my diet.

Member Since: 1/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,358

My Goals:
To reach a healthy weight, gradually, before I turn 36. I'm in no rush.

My Program:
* Waching what I eat
* Making sensible small changes
* Exercising (cardio) 3x per week
* Strength training 3x per week
* Yoga every week

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Personal Information:
Half-Japanese, Half-American, living in London for 11 years

Married to a wonderful, supportive man for 10 years

We have a lovely cat named Dierdre!

Other Information:
I will be tracking the way my body changes over time, posting a new set of photos every month.

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    Welcome to SparkPeople and the Organic, Ethical Eaters & Other Crunchy People team! This site is full of supportive people and useful information. Good luck with your goals!
    4729 days ago
    thanks for the shared foods some ive used before others i may go and have a look at .i think we wil only get better by sharing the info
    4732 days ago
    hello former hippy. im not a former hippy or vegetarian myself but i have eaten strange things like spelt and still do occasionally .in the past ive looked into all sorts of things like that to improve my diet and health so i think swopping foods is a great idea and if youve any knowledge about what good /bad foods do for you please drop by and let me know. oerhaps we should start a thread with the benefits of various foods (and where to get them) i do have memories of searching last year for spelt and it was hard to get hold of (i was making a real concoction for a health giving meusli)
    4733 days ago
    here as requested (i dont call myself the calorie counter for nothing)

    galaxy 47 g 254
    85g 459
    150g 810 calories
    galaxy double nut and raisin 46g 245calories
    100g 534 calories

    galaxy caramel (sml) 239 calories
    galaxy hazelnut 46 g 263 calories
    100 g 572 calories

    galaxyminstrels 42 g 209 calories
    115g 572 calories
    galaxy ripple 33g 174 calories
    galaxy swirls 150g 741 calories

    i hope these help you to make better and more intformed descisions in you diet i know some are quite a shock as ive found out but at least knowing will make me think twice before it goes down without hitting the sides of my mouth with mindless eating /boredom

    4735 days ago
    Hello Mikola

    Welcome to Spark People and especially to the team SparkPeople UK! We are a large but friendly team, and try to offer assistance whereever we can. There is a huge on going chat forum in which you will find the regular posts from people, then there are some challenges and if you need any help all you have to do is ask!!! Someone will always try to help you. Sorry I have been so long in welcoming you to the team.

    Keep up the good work
    4736 days ago
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