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Member: missbec
Member Since: 2/6/2009

April 20, 2008, about 184 lbs.

My Goal:
Develop healthy eating and exercise habits that I can stick to for life.

November 11, 2012: I need to lose about 25 more pounds. My biggest challenge is that when life gets either busy or stressful, my best-laid plans seem to fall apart. I want to eat healthy, but also to exercise regularly, both strength training and cardio.

About me:
I'm a 45 year old married woman currently living in SC. My husband eats the standard American diet (meat and potatoes) and I have been vegetarian since 1999. I have a hard time eating enough fruits and veggies, eat too many carbs, and my exercise plans usually fall flat pretty fast. I've been vegetarian for 14 years.

Diets I like:
Dr. Furhrman's Eat to Live. His new book, "The End of Dieting," is even better and easier to follow. I've also read Dr. Mark Hyman's The Ultramind Solution and follow his guidance regarding supplementation and elimination of dairy, wheat, and sugar from the diet. (I'm not 100% strict on this, but I'm very close.)

Workout of choice:
Hiking is my favorite when the weather is good.

My plan:
Follow Dr. Fuhrman's healthy eating plan and incorporate regular exercise into my life. I've also started juicing for some meals after watching both of Joe Cross's movies.

I need the most help with:
Consistency! with both exercise and eating right. I know what I need to do but I don't always do it.

Additional Info:
I had already lost 10 lbs. from my "before" photo before I joined PT...but it was off/on weight loss with lots of "exceptions" and "slips." I want to be more consistent this time around, in my eating as well as in my exercise. In the past, all of my healthy habits have gone south when I encountered a major life change.I think the biggest things that has contributed to my success are determination and my PT group - they are my conscience. Just logging what I eat and how much I exercise every day (and knowing that I'm going to do it) gives me the motivation to make good choices. And everyone is so encouraging when I'm being less than perfect!