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I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely for me for once.

I am a married graduate student in the process of trying to reclaim my health. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help me get closer to where I want to be.

Member Since: 4/17/2009

Fitness Minutes: 114,088

My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthier. I want to have more energy, less stress, less pain, and to be able to live the active life I used to have.

Sub goals:
1) Preferably, lose 30-50 lbs
2) Gain back muscle mass and improve cardio fitness
3) Eliminate hip pain
4) Eliminate headaches
5) Eliminate carpal tunnel and tendinitis problems
6) Better manage allergies and asthma

My Program:
1) Eat a relatively healthy diet without obsessing about food. I refuse to stress about whether or not I eat another slice of meat or treat myself to a bit of chocolate. I aim for moderation when it comes to food.

2) Try to work out 5 times a week, both strengthening and aerobic exercises, preferably for at least 30 minutes a work out session. These work out sessions include exercises and stretches specifically assigned by my doctor for reducing hip and hand/forearm pain.

3) Drink plenty of water, take the prescribed medications, and try to live responsibly in regards to my allergies.

Personal Information:
I am from Michigan.

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  • v SAASHA17
    hmm sounds good. Yeah I am not that determined and my weight loss routine is 80% mental...So i have to keep myself motivated and remind myself that I need time, it takes time..and I cannot diet..I did it once and Dont have the same determination now...
    Hope to see some changes in a month hopefully..thats Why i dnt want to do weigh ins weekly or daily coz i know i will go off track..

    4251 days ago
  • v SAASHA17

    Just remember nothing happens in a day so slowly u will get there...well as for smoothies, u can always try similar foods to banana..Like avocado and jackfruit make gud smoothies..

    And u can always have corn flakes or bread instead of oatmeal for breakfast...or there is this something called cracked wheat. U will get in whole foods or indian stores. U can always cook this and eat it with a little yoghurt and salt...

    and as far as protein is concerned, if u feel u r not having enough, try getting some whey protein powder and having it with water or s fine too...Thats what my bf used to have before...he doesnt eat much either..

    take rest and once u feel all refreshed u can start ur routine..slow and steady..i always jump off the wagon before i see results.It takes time to lose some weight which we didnt put on over night lets do this...

    We can and let me know if i cud help u with any recipes or somethign..As i am living alone, I expt with lots of stuff and also in indian food we have lot of substitutes..

    oh and also maybe u cud try some dry lentils ( we make tat a lot at home) and make soups with veggies and eat it with rice or bread..tastes gud:)...

    take care and be good to urself!!

    4251 days ago
  • v SAASHA17
    Yeah hope so too..Yeah I have no energy after work and if i have to workout in the evening i usually need a

    Hopefully I stick to my routine from tomorrow..

    Take care and have a gud week ahead...
    4254 days ago
  • v SAASHA17

    Take rest today and start form Monday...I was just reading an article about AM exercise and its benefits..I usually try to work out at 6am...evenings I need some motivation...But thinking of working out twice a day...evenings I go for a wlak with a friend....shud start running too..

    I am going to India in december after 3 years..when I went back for the first time Iw eighed 165lbs...and everyone was now I want to shock them in a gud I have 6months for that...

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    4254 days ago
  • v SAASHA17

    Yeah I did..I slept 12 hours through!! plan to hit the gym from monday again...woohoo...I need to really lose this weight....I am tired of being the fat girl of the group..Time to pass on the torch!!lol
    4254 days ago
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