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

I've been Sparking for a few years now and I have had some great success with figuring out how to make myself healthy, but I'm coming into the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge a bit flabby from grad school stress. I have a whole closet full of clothes I would like to be able to wear again, not to mention getting my self-esteem back!

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

I've been Sparking for a few years now and I have had some great success with figuring out how to make myself healthy, but I'm coming into the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge a bit flabby from grad school stress. I have a whole closet full of clothes I would like to be able to wear again, not to mention getting my self-esteem back!

I began this journey by idly 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!"

Since joining SparkPeople I have learned oodles about health and wellness, and now I am working to get back down to my goal weight of 135 pounds. 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: 50,503

Fitness Minutes: 71,047

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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AALLEY2
4/20/2015 11:13:40 PM

emoticon on dawg of the day! emoticon



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DIANEDOESSMILES
4/18/2015 10:26:43 PM

WOOHOOO I see you are ALREADY on the couch to 5K team !!! WOOHOOOO GAL !! CONGRATTERS !!

I am checking in to see how the carbs are going?? How is that going?



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IOWAGRAMMA
4/18/2015 6:57:01 PM

Gina, thanks so much for my Dawgie of the Day Goodie!! emoticon



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DIANEDOESSMILES
4/17/2015 2:11:16 AM

Hi. Wooohoo on the couch to 5k. I tried it, back aways, it's not hard, as long as u don't skip hardly any days. Than I've continued to have many foot surgeries, any running is now out of the question. I'm though there besides u,,, running in spirit.

I DO miss the Rockies, but here I'm living on the harbor, though not that side of the building. I've though put in for a transfer. The sunsets are to die for.

Enjoy being in the canyon. That's surely an amazing sight!!! Please let both MaryAnn and Cheri know. If u won't have internet, and will have! Have any time of exercise,, before the end Friday, it 'll thrill us, if u can weigh in any day b4Saturday, perfect. Any hiking etc c.F.

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SPARKED2BFIT
4/4/2015 6:04:00 AM

emoticon Gina!

What you GET by achieving your goals is not as important as what
you BECOME by achieving your goals. -Henry David Thoreau

To a successful 5% Spring Challenge! emoticon emoticon



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