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Seeking A Balanced Lifestyle
Hi. My name is Jessica. I'm a 22 yr. old graduate student studying to be a physician assistant (PA). I want to lose about 20 lbs. While I am not overweight, I am getting closer each year and I don't want to get to that point. I have always been a very active person, and ran cross country competitively through last year (about 8 years!). However, being a full time graduate student leaves little time for anything but studying, so I have struggled to keep up in the ...
Hi. My name is Jessica. I'm a 22 yr. old graduate student studying to be a physician assistant (PA). I want to lose about 20 lbs. While I am not overweight, I am getting closer each year and I don't want to get to that point. I have always been a very active person, and ran cross country competitively through last year (about 8 years!). However, being a full time graduate student leaves little time for anything but studying, so I have struggled to keep up in the exercise department. Also, mindless snacking and studying seem to go hand in hand for me, only making the problem worse.
About 3 years ago, I lost over 20 lbs in the course of a summer. Looking back, I know that I wasn't very healthy about it. I became very obsessive about the caloric total of everything that I put in my mouth, very restrictive in my eating, and I ran 7-10 miles a day (which is simply unattainable with my current schedule). I felt good, but had some medical problems due to my restrictive eating and over-exercising. Over the last 3 years, all of the weight has crept back on plus an additional 6 lbs or so. I try not to be restrictive and end up overeating or eating whatever high calorie foods I'm craving (I'm a chocoholic!). I am ready to end this destructive behavior and begin a truly healthy lifestyle.
1) I want to feel strong, lean and healthy.
2) I want to look and feel fit.
3) I want to be proud of the way I look and what my body is able to do, and yet not judge myself too harshly.
4) I want to learn to have a healthy relationship with food.
1) Think about what I eat and when I eat - don't eat if I'm not hungry!
2) Work out (Cardio) for at least 40 minutes 6 days a week.
3) Strength training 3 times a week for a minimum of 20 min/session.
4) Eat a balanced diet by eating 3 meals a day and incorporating small snacks/treats (200 cal or less) as needed.
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Member Since: 1/5/2006
Fitness Minutes: 1,472
135 by 11/9/07 (met 11/26/07)
I've revised my goals because the weight is coming off slowly - I'm ok with that as long as it is going down - I want it to last! New goals with a slower progression:
129 by 12/29/07
125 by 2/1/08
120 by 3/26/08 (My 23rd birthday)
Swim 500 m in under 8:00
Complete a Triathlon in 2008
Be able to do a pull-up unassisted.
Running, Cycling, Elliptical, TurboKick, Strength training mostly with free weights.
Eating 3 meals a day, small (measured) snacks as needed, no mindless snacking, staying under 1500 calories a day!
My name is Jess and I'm a 22 yr old graduate student in Toledo, Ohio. I love to run, but sometimes have difficulty finding the motivation and time. I love the feeling of being in shape! I miss the feeling of loving my body and I'm hoping to get it back!
Height: 5' 4.5"
Highest Weight: 144
Starting Weight (10/15/07): 142.8