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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 really let myself go.

In August 2015, I finally decided enough was enough. I began focusing on eating right and exercising, and the weight has slowly been coming back off. It's not easy to balance the persistent stress of PhD work with being healthy but I am determined to make it work!

Member Since: 8/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 103,639

My Goals:
-Get down to 135 lbs
-Fit back into all my old clothes
-Run 5k without walking
-End emotional overeating
-Wear an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini

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
-Running at least 1x/week
-Hiking at least 1x/ week

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I love to geek out, hang out with friends, do outdoorsy things, and read/watch various forms of escapist fiction. I'm working through a PhD program studying molecular microbiology and geology, and 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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    HI Gina !! NEAT that you do most of the cooking. I "know" how to cook, but hey, the grands are all grown now,,, they used to meet at my place,,,,, their parents LOVED IT ! They knew they were SAFE, but I had all the toys they loved,,, Wii, another game console,,, that we used to learn how to play the electric guitars with. As well as yes,, the elet guitars,,, with amps. A wide screen TV,, when they fist came out. LOL Yes,,, I am JUST A BIG KID at heart,,, and I kept them OUT OF TROUBLE ! I'd also allow a bunch of their friends to come over. I was Grandma to quite a few. Now though they are all grown up. .

    One of them though will be returning back to Maine,, YEAH !! He's now 24,,, did college out in Denver,, he had moved there,,,, 3 yrs ago,,,, Maine is NOT a good state,,,when you are chronically ill. I had also moved with them at the same time. They fixed my back as much as they could. I was bent over quite a bit from the scoliosis,,, in Denver,, they had these funky beds you lay down on,, and the slowly stretches out ur spine. When I moved back home,,, i was for the first time ever,, able to stand UP STRAIGHT !! WOOHOOO !! Since then,, I've found a DO who is able to keep me upright ! I am of course pleased about this. For Travie,, National Jewish Hospital,, discovered he is one of 2 in the US who have a rare illness,, autoimmune . they put him on a med,, embrel,, and he's NOT been critcial since !! Here we almost lost him 51 times !!! So yeah,, now he's healthy. We are BEYOND THRILLED ! He'll be on the first plane back,, once he gets his diploma. YEAH YEAH YEAH !!!!!

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