Judging the hay hazard at Little Everglades Combined Driving Event, Jan. 9 2011. It's an Oreo Cow!
Taken at a friend's house 2-26-2010, 27 lbs lost!
Me as a medieval queen, Halloween 2009. About 147 lbs.
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I am a 23 year old college student in Florida, majoring in Classics and pre-medical coursework. I had been a Biology/Classics dual-major, but I decided to change my mind around a few times and thought civil engineering might do it for me. Since I'm not a math whiz by any means and prefer application of concepts over application of formulas, I have no idea why that seemed like the "easy way out" but I rolled with it for 2.5 years before admitting that medicine is where I belong. The benefit to ...
I am a 23 year old college student in Florida, majoring in Classics and pre-medical coursework. I had been a Biology/Classics dual-major, but I decided to change my mind around a few times and thought civil engineering might do it for me. Since I'm not a math whiz by any means and prefer application of concepts over application of formulas, I have no idea why that seemed like the "easy way out" but I rolled with it for 2.5 years before admitting that medicine is where I belong. The benefit to my indecision, though, is that once you learn to think like an engineer--a valuable skill, I'm convinced--you can't stop! Now I'm back on track for medical school or DPT school, maybe even grad school, and I'm going to finish my degree in Classics and finish a biology degree post-bacc.
My general assessment of my lifestyle: I can't afford expensive, calorie-laden coffees (but I really like lattes), I pack my lunch, I drink water, and I love working out when I can. I hate doing calculus, learning Latin was easier. Overall, living a healthy lifestyle is easy once you get the hang of what works, and in order to find out what works you MUST be willing to go against the established tenets of Moderation and Baby Steps. How will you ever know how your food affects you until you rid your system of it and reintroduce it? I had to embrace some supposed "deprivations" and take an unorthodox approach to a few things. I drink my coffee black, I don't eat bread, pasta, rice, or beans except on rare occasions, and I dodge sugar whenever possible. That said, I eat meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and full-fat dairy (when I'm not on a Whole30!), and I refuse to compromise when it comes to real food. I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. I don't count calories, because it makes me crazy. If it's made in a lab, I try to avoid it.
My weight gain/loss experience:
Being 30 lbs overweight made me sad, upset, injury-prone, and pretty much a miserable person.
Losing the weight the first time was a piece of cake, and it gave me oodles of self-confidence, and that's what ultimately led to happiness in other areas of my life.
Gaining it back was gradual and sneaky, kind of like a really slow ninja.
Losing it the second time has been hard, joyous, tedious, arduous, wrought with exhilaration and massive upset, and a huge learning experience.
I've been sidelined again and again by an SI joint dysfunction, and I'm very excited to be able to exercise again.
Learning how to have balance in my life between work and play, restriction and indulgence, is a work in progress.
Paleo and Whole30 have made a HUGE difference in my life. Since restricting grains and legumes and massively reducing my sugar intake: I'm no longer reactive hypoglycemic, I sleep much better, I no longer have stomach bloating and cramps, and my blood work is great.
| current weight: 138.0
Member Since: 8/27/2009
Fitness Minutes: 13,510
Stay on top of my college coursework to make it less stressful.
Seamlessly integrate fitness and good nutrition into my lifestyle now so that I don't struggle with it later as my schedule becomes less flexible.
Swimming as many times per week as I can for cardio and to strengthen my dysfunctional SI joint
Twice-weekly ballet classes
Bodyweight strength training per You Are Your Own Gym, by Mark Lauren
Dodging grains, legumes, and sugar and eating lots of veggies, meat, and fruit. Yum!
Resisting the urge to play or bum around when there is work to be done... and there's plenty of it to be done!
23 years old from Zephyrhills, FL (like the bottled water).
Classics/Pre-medical major at the University of South Florida
Engaged to my high school sweetheart, together 6 years July 2012
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.