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"There is no failure except in no longer trying."

It all began in 2010. I was idly flipping through "Oh, The Places You'll Go" when I realized that I was stuck in The Waiting Place. ("...waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.") At the time I was feeling a bit stuck in my job and my weight was creeping up courtesy of Messrs. Ben and Jerry. I decided then that I needed to kick myself into gear. No more waiting!

I lost a bunch of weight, felt amazing, and figured out how to make myself healthy, but then I quit my job to get a PhD. Then grad school stress got the best of me and I let myself go. Yo-yo'd a bit, but finished grad school in 2017 right around back at my starting weight.

Enough is enough. I know what I need to do, and I know that I can do it. Time to put thoughts into action. I am determined to make it stick this time!

Member Since: 8/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 115,768

My Goals:
-Get down to a normal BMI
-Fit back into my old clothes
-Run 5k without walking
-End emotional overeating
-Wear an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini (in public)

My Program:
-Real, minimally-processed food
-1500-2000 calories per day
-7+ hours sleep each night
-10,000 steps per day
-Strength training 2-3x/week
-Hike or long walk at least 1x/ week

Personal Information:
I love to geek out, hang out with friends, do outdoorsy things, and read/watch various forms of escapist fiction. I study microbes for a living and love it when work takes me outdoors. Some of my favorite things are hiking, camping, reading, photography, juggling, board- and video- games, my boyfriend (aww), my family, my cat, and being cheeky!

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Remember: "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

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  • v NEELOJ
    Welcome to shutterbugs….
    Hi!! So glad you joined us in our Shutterbug team!
    We have so much fun on this team. We love to share our photos with each other and to comment on them.

    Just for fun we post weekly photo assignments. You are invited to participate in this with us if you are interested.

    Please check in the General Discussion section for the Photo Assignments.
    Each assignment has complete directions in the very first post of the assignment which will be on page one, scroll to the bottom of the page.
    You are welcome to add pictures to any of the assignments.
    Or just add a comment to pictures other team members have shared.

    If you have any questions be sure and ask, either on a team or you are welcome to email me.
    I will be looking forward to seeing your photos!!

    880 days ago
  • v SWEDE_SU
    thank you for the goodie and for making my day in the spotlight special!
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    Thanks for the goodie on my special day. Hope you have a great day yourself
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    Thank you for the goodie when I was star of the day
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