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

I began this journey in 2010 by flipping through "Oh, The Places You'll Go". 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 ...
"There is no failure except in no longer trying."

I began this journey in 2010 by flipping through "Oh, The Places You'll Go". 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 wanted to "find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing!"

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. The grad school stress got the best of me and I really let myself go. Now I have a whole closet full of too-small clothes that I would like to fit back into, not to mention getting my self-esteem back!

I am halfway through my PhD program and working to get back down to a "normal" BMI. It's not easy to balance the persistent stress of a PhD program with being healthy but I am determined to make it work.

On that note, I bid you welcome to my little corner of the SparkPeople universe. Enjoy your stay!
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Member Since: 8/1/2010

SparkPoints: 55,225

Fitness Minutes: 76,757

My Goals:
-Get down to a heart-healthy 130 lbs
-Run 1 mile without walking
-Complete a 5k
-End emotional overeating
-Wear an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini (bikini purchased...waiting for my body to catch up!)

My Program:
-Keep it paleo-ish - veggies, unprocessed meat, fish, fruit, and some seeds, nuts, and dairy.
-Log on to SP daily
-10,000 steps a day
-Daily stretching
-Strength training 2-3x/week
-Intense cardio 1x/week (running, swimming, or hiking)
-Sleep 7+ hours each night
-Blog/journal every day
-Have fun!

Personal Information:
I love to geek out, hang out with friends, do outdoorsy things, and read/watch various forms of escapist fiction. I'm halfway through a PhD program studying molecular microbiology and geology, and some of my favorite things are hiking, camping, reading, photography, juggling, ice skating, board- and video- games, self-sufficiency, my boyfriend (aww), my family, my cat, and being cheeky!

To me, Sparking is a way to fight idleness, get healthier, work on my moxie, and develop something that looks a lot like gumption.

Healthy feels so good!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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

Be kind to yourself, and have a lovely day!

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