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Since moving to New Orleans, I became fascinated with boxing. I'm scrappy, who knew?

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Me at 350 with my mother and my sister. About a month later I woke up and decided I was done.


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I've gone from 350 to 155, throughout food writing, the death of my mother, grandmother, confronting abusive relationships and moving to New Orleans and then New York on a mission to alter how healthy cooking and weight loss are discussed.

I'm a chef in Brooklyn, in addition to writing articles on great cooking techniques, leading research and things that push obesity forward. For my students, I've stopped suicides, helped relationships happen and provide solutions to the tricks and hidden hurdles of maintaining.

Well into my maintenance, I discovered boxing and fell in love, both training and using old boxing equipment for a canvas.

You see, for me "losing weight" had little to do with saving my health (though it did) or finding my attractiveness (I wouldn't kick myself out of bed!), but saving my soul. I wanted to know who Russ was beyond the baggage, be it physical or emotional.

It's been a long winding journey to discovering that, and I'm pretty determined to have fun doing it.

But more than myself, make keeping weight off more attainable for more people. Maintainers -- those who work at keeping it off as hard as they lost it -- are some the bravest, most creative people I know, and it's my mission to celebrate them.

Member Since: 1/13/2009

Fitness Minutes: 126

My Goals:
To make sure people are supported on ALL phases of weight loss -- the after as well as before.

To stay within 155-165 pounds, constantly tweaking all the way and finally -- FINALLY -- quit smoking.

To develop my art and intellect and be the best possible version of myself I can be, and encourage others to do the same.

My Program:
Cardio: 45 minutes or more a day in my target heart zone or higher

Lifting: Mostly body weight and toning exercises with an increased emphasis on range of motion and flexibility to box better.


Eating: I eat every three hours -- lot of zip lock bags are involved with this. I've eaten low fat and low carb to some success; my eating's more in line with the Mediterranean Diet now.

Supplements: Flax and Fish oil, Vita D and Glucosamine + MSM, Daily Multi to cover the bases, and I'm experimenting to see if that antioxidant hype (read: Acai) has any merit.

Etc: Chiropracty and specialized orthopedics to keep my mutant feet from mangling my body, and Reiki healing to keep me chipper and positive.

Personal Information:
I went from a mild-mannered music critic standing in a big trench coast in the back of rock clubs to a food writer, recipe crafter, and much to my surprise, a post-weight advocate.

Other Information:
"The Great Depression tightened its grip on a shaken nation in 1931, but not on the resolve of one strong-willed St. Louis woman confronting another sort of wound. Desolated by her husband’s suicide in 1930, she forged her own new purpose in life. She spent more than a year assembling a collection of favorite recipes and sent it forth into the world, at her own expense, with a title that defied grief: The Joy of Cooking."

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    Where am I now? Remember the horrible news on Wednesday when the 2 reporters were murdered right on the air? That's exactly where I am - Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA. Right across the cove from the crime scene. My Wednesday blog was "Run cut short by gunfire"

    I'm a bit of a spark oddball in that I didn't have the huge amount of weight to lose that others had to face, mainly because I was always VERY active. But that's what made it harder. I couldn't exercise any more than I was already doing. I had to confront the fact that I was eating enormous amounts of food.
    Spark opened my eyes and now keeps me honest and accountable.

    2155 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/30/2015 6:58:18 PM
    Hi Russ, I traveled over her from the maintenance team to learn more about you. Lucky you, you're still IN Brooklyn, while I'm only there in spirit.
    2155 days ago
    Russ, thanks for all the details of your program (food as well as exercise). Reading what you wrote inspired me to do even more than I have been doing. Just one thing. You thanked me for befriending you. Please do the same for me. I would greatly appreciate it.
    3427 days ago
    Hi Russ, I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration to are with such a tremendous weight loss. I'd love to hear your story as to just how you did it and what obstacles to overcame in the process. I am adding you as a friend to my Page. May I ask that do do the same?

    Take care, Russ.
    3428 days ago
    Thanks for your thoughtful and insightful AND helpful comment on my blog about "what is wrong with me?" I have decided to abandon reading Deb's blog. It's too depressing. I will certainly check yours out (I think I looked at it from a link a day or two ago). I think maintenance information is lacking because as another commenter pointed out, there is no money to be made from it, so companies don't market maintenance programs as much as weight loss ones.
    THIS time is different for me, I think, in that I did hit my goal, actually am currently below my goal (although I have found once you see the scale register a low number--that's where you want to stay forever!), and have been here for over 5 months. In the past I never hit a weight loss goal, and when I quit "dieting," I went immediately back to my old habits and gained the weight back rapidly. I am older now, and perhaps wiser. I realize that old lifestyle is gone, donuts and fast food are part of my past, something I really can't partake of anymore. I am a food addict, and like an alcoholic or smoker, I'm afraid just ONE of those forbidden treats will get me started eating badly again, so I just can't risk it. That's okay--someone else pointed out to plan your menus ahead and look forward to what you DO get to eat every day. I like that idea, since I kind of do it in my mind already. I save my breakfast for after my morning walk. Don't know if that's smart or not, but it sure is a nice reward when I'm done walking! And it's something I look forward to every morning. But as soon as I'm done with breakfast (sometimes before even), I'm looking forward to lunch and dinner. I guess I really need to find a new passion in life, but I have loved food for a long time! emoticon
    3586 days ago
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