lionpaw

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Location NC US
Birthdate 1979-01-15

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My name is Diana. I'm a first-year vet student at the University of Tennessee. I currently live in Knoxville with a dog (Shenzi), a cat (Kizi), and a fiance (Chris) who does all the cooking. Lucky me!

I've been overweight for a very long time. When I was a kid, I didn't have many friends, so after school, I would come home and watch nature and science shows and eat whole bags of cheetos. This was great for my brain and horrible for my body. As a result, by the time I was 15, I was going to college early, but I weighed 285 pounds.

My highest recorded weight was 310 pounds, recorded a few years ago, during a period of depression and extreme inactivity. It was very brief, but I'd been hovering around 300 pounds for at least 5 years. Now, after a little more than 2 years with CC, I weigh 215.

I'm pretty healthy, otherwise, at least according to my doctor.  My health issues (allergies, asthma, joint pain) are all minor, and the weight loss has definitely helped with all of them.  My last blood tests were good except for my cholesterol being a touch high, and I've finally got my blood pressure under control.

I used to be a carbaholic, and I didn't realize this at the time but it really is like an addiction.  I would start eating some sort of carby snack and before I realized it the bag would be empty.  Pasta, bread, and popcorn were my biggest weaknesses.  But after about 3 months of eating healthy, I walked into the breakroom at work, and there was a cake and a bowl of pistachios.  I said 'Oo, pistachios!' and I knew something important had changed.

Thankfully, I also really like fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, jerky, and other healthy foods, so the transition to a lower-carb diet has been pretty painless, as far as feeling deprived is concerned. Now I just have to find ways to keep veggies fresh until I eat them!

My current rules are:

1) always eat breakfast.  I exercise for 60-90 minutes every weekday morning, and lunch is often late on weekends due to my work schedule, so I've got to have something in my stomach before my day starts.  On weekdays, this is usually carnation instant breakfast in soy milk.  On weekends, it's a glass of juice and a bowl of oatmeal or similarly fiber- and protein-rich food.

2) eat after exercise.  On weekdays this usually means I'm finishing my breakfast with a piece of fruit and a protein bar.

3) always eat at least my BMR each day (I accidentally ate under for a week, and it took me two and a half weeks to get out of the plateau it sent me into.)

4) eat 4-6 servings of veggies and fruits a day - surprisingly easy, when you have fruit with breakfast, veggies with lunch, and veggies with dinner.

5) ensure I eat enough fiber.  Usually this means a fiber bar as a midafternoon snack.

6) exercise at least 60 minutes each weekday.  On the weekends, I work as a vet tech, so I stay active that way.

Weight Goal:

The BMI says my maximum weight should be 165 pounds. I refuse to believe it, because the BMI doesn't take into account the fact that I'm built like a linebacker. I know I'm obese - but I think if I weighed 165 pounds I'd look like a stick insect. I have large bones and large muscles and I *like* them that way. My current goal is 185 pounds. When I get there, I'll reassess, but I doubt I'll ever want to weigh 165 pounds. My true goal is feeling good and being healthy, and no number - BMI, pounds, fat percentage, pants size - will every truly represent that.

Interests 23: animals, anthropomorphics, astronomy, biology, cartography, cryptography, ethology/sociobiology, etymology, fantasy, medieval weapons, mmorpgs, music, politics, puzzles, roleplaying games, science, swimming, video games, walking, weight-lifting, wildlife, writing, zoology

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