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BILL60 Posts: 492,016
4/22/13 7:25 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best in your journey.

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4/21/13 10:44 P

In 9 months, I lost 90#. It takes commitment. It takes perseverance. It takes planning. You have proved your ability to apply yourself by earning your PhD. Now it is time to earn your FIT. emoticon

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4/21/13 9:50 P

Hello all -

I'm K. I'm 29 and newly minted PhD student in biology. My advisor informed me today that he and I will be doing 2 months' worth of fieldwork in a country in eastern Africa in summer of 2014. Fieldwork in our field is intense even at local sites - on a limited timeline in a country that's not cheap to travel to is even more intense. Let alone the fact that it's equatorial!

So after my initial "OMG I can't believe they're paying me to mess around with my study organism in AFRICA!" reaction to the e-mail notification, I had reality hit me hard. I'm nearly 270lbs on a 5'8" frame. I would be next-to-useless in the field in my current condition. So I have a year to change that. And so here I am.

-K.

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