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I reached my goal weight January 2013 but due to a devastating knee injury, gained some back.

I have just graduated with my Ph.D. In Cancer Research and am having to contend with a job hunt in a poor market for scientists at the moment due to funding.

I ran a few distance races in 2013, including a half marathon. Unfortunately the knee pain was intense and not normal afterwards and learned a few days later that I finished the half with no ACL in tact and had other ...
I reached my goal weight January 2013 but due to a devastating knee injury, gained some back.

I have just graduated with my Ph.D. In Cancer Research and am having to contend with a job hunt in a poor market for scientists at the moment due to funding.

I ran a few distance races in 2013, including a half marathon. Unfortunately the knee pain was intense and not normal afterwards and learned a few days later that I finished the half with no ACL in tact and had other ligaments torn and cartilage gone to the bone as well. This led to major bone surgery July 2013with double bone grafts in my lower leg to take the weight off of the side withou cartilage, months of physical therapy, a second surgery to reconstruct my ACL, LCL, and PLC with grafts, and additional months of physical therapy.

All of the mobility problems with the surgeries and recovery helped lead to some weight gain. I have now been cleared to run again (10K and under as tolerated) by my orthopedist but am having some pain when running and agility problems. However, I am not letting it stop me as I work at getting back to my goal weight before my wedding in April 2016.
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Member Since: 3/24/2011

SparkPoints: 34,335

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My Goals:
I will get back to pre surgery weight and condition before my wedding April of 2016.

My Program:
I track my food and exercise regularly. I have been working on eating a variety of healthy foods, as I tend to get bored with food easily. I work out 6 days a week (a mix of cardio and strength training), as long as my knee tolerates.

Personal Information:
I am a new Ph.D. graduate hunting in the job market who is always get ready for the wedding.

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I love cooking, playing video games, reading, doing crafts, working out, running, long-distance running ... and of course "playing" in the lab. :)

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YICHE12
1/5/2015 7:39:57 AM

emoticon Hello there. I just want to extend a warm emoticon to you for having joined the SP Community Team. It's great having you here with us. emoticon



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MEOWMEEEOW
1/1/2015 9:45:58 PM

I haven't done the job search for awhile, but oh do I remember the challenge! I'm really proud of you for channeling all that nervous energy that can come from uncertainty into a good cause: your health. Nicely done!



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NOLAHORSERIDER
1/1/2015 9:14:44 AM

emoticon Hello, Nola here. You have just made the best decision EVER! There are several people on here with encouragement and inspiration, plus several articles and videos to inform and build you. I am down 37 pounds now. At 4'11.5", as you know, one pound shows! LOL I too used to run marathons, 5k, 7k, 15k, 1/2 marathons and marathons. I also was a triathlete. I never dreamed that my knees would give out and I wouldn't be able to run.

Congratulations on receiving your PhD and I hope you are able to find a great job soon! Great attitude you have to get back into the race too. Just never over do and listen to your body! Good Luck in your weight loss journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BJUMPINGFORJOY
12/31/2014 2:57:02 PM

Welcome to SparkPeople. We are glad to have you here with us. You will find lots of information as well as the teams are very good with giving lots of support.



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SECONDCHANCE48
12/31/2014 2:54:07 PM

Hello and welcome to the Sp family below is an awesome challenge team it's called the biggest loser but you have to first join the waitlist and they are registering people now

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ndividual.asp?gid=50602 good luck to you



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