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August 2008; weight 143, size 8. Wearing a sari for my best friend's wedding....





December 2008; approximately 145lbs, size 8. Wedding of a friend (bride is center)



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"Everything that's beautiful is cracked, and that's how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen

Hi everybody. My name's Rachel but you'll see me as skywatcherrs on my posts and e-mail. I live in the Dallas/Ft Worth metro area and have never lived outside Texas.

I joined SparkPeople to learn more about nutrition and fitness and also for the supportive atmosphere. I would like to make some friends while I increase overall health and fitness and hopefully lose a little bit more fat.

I'm not new to working out, eating right, or losing weight, but I do not have the ...
Hi everybody. My name's Rachel but you'll see me as skywatcherrs on my posts and e-mail. I live in the Dallas/Ft Worth metro area and have never lived outside Texas.

I joined SparkPeople to learn more about nutrition and fitness and also for the supportive atmosphere. I would like to make some friends while I increase overall health and fitness and hopefully lose a little bit more fat.

I'm not new to working out, eating right, or losing weight, but I do not have the attitude that I know it all or have seen it all. In fact, I learn something new about living a healthy lifestyle, working out, eating well, or losing weight every day!

My own journey from flab to fab started several years ago. I went through some stuff during my childhood that took a while to get over. Before I dealt with all of my childhood stuff, I covered the hurts with food and ate from boredom most of the time. At my heaviest I was about 210lbs and a size 20 pants. Then, after healing from the past, I looked at myself and thought - this is not me. So I started exercising and trying to eat better. I started losing weight mostly by using the tips I read on the internet and in magazines, plus what I remembered learning about the food pyramid in Health class while I was in school. Through a little experimentation, a lot of dedication, determination, and discipline I am now about 70lbs lighter and a size 8.

I LOVE working out. I love eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. I made some mistakes along the way, but I've learned a lot! What I struggle with, though, is having a bad back - it limits what I can do and what I can't. I have to be vigilant about proper spinal support and alignment so that I don't hurt my back again. This is frustrating because I like to push myself to go harder, go faster, improve....

I am looking to trade information, tips, and support with other folks who want to lose weight, who love exercise and eating well, and want to be healthy in general.

I am fascinated with how the body works and how I can change the size, shape, and movement of my body by doing different exercise regimens and weight lifting.

I recently completed the certification process and am now a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal fitness trainer. I hadn't studied that hard since college biology! Learning more about how the body operates and moves has only increased my fascination - truly, we are miracles of intelligent engineering. I've become very passionate about weight loss/weight management, fitness, and eating healthy. I want to help others lose weight like I did and feel great! I want to help wherever, whoever, and however I can. If you have a question for me or need some support in any way, please feel free to approach me!

Happy Sparking.....

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Member Since: 1/22/2009

SparkPoints: 42,098

Fitness Minutes: 47,647

My Goals:
I would like to build more lean muscle mass



I would like to continue to cross-train and be in the best shape I can be



Want to eschew society's ideal of beauty and accept my body as-is and love myself as a whole



Want to live more simply with less materialism

My Program:
Totally changed the way I train. I'm spending a LOT less time in the gym but my workouts are PHENOMENALLY more intense.

I focus more on circuit strength training (MRT - metabolic resistance training)and the use of supersets, and I also do HIIT or SIT for cardio 3x per week.

These are shorter workouts but better quality and I am seeing amazing results.

Personal Information:
I'm Rachel, from Texas - D/FW metroplex



Other Information:
hobbies - reading, drawing, calligraphy, listening to music, trying new foods/cuisines, travel

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SHELLYCHAWLA
2/21/2014 9:15:56 AM

Amazing fitness minutes you are giving .What an achievement.Thanks for sharing.



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9/12/2012 7:49:58 PM

Found your page through another blog and decided to add you. Love the quote at the top of your page!



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6/29/2012 10:56:54 AM

"Just gotta shrug 'me off and dpi it anyway" is probably the best advice ever. :)



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