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Hi. My name is Jessica. I'm a 22 yr. old graduate student studying to be a physician assistant (PA). I want to lose about 20 lbs. While I am not overweight, I am getting closer each year and I don't want to get to that point. I have always been a very active person, and ran cross country competitively through last year (about 8 years!). However, being a full time graduate student leaves little time for anything but studying, so I have struggled to keep up in the exercise department. Also, mindless snacking and studying seem to go hand in hand for me, only making the problem worse.

About 3 years ago, I lost over 20 lbs in the course of a summer. Looking back, I know that I wasn't very healthy about it. I became very obsessive about the caloric total of everything that I put in my mouth, very restrictive in my eating, and I ran 7-10 miles a day (which is simply unattainable with my current schedule). I felt good, but had some medical problems due to my restrictive eating and over-exercising. Over the last 3 years, all of the weight has crept back on plus an additional 6 lbs or so. I try not to be restrictive and end up overeating or eating whatever high calorie foods I'm craving (I'm a chocoholic!). I am ready to end this destructive behavior and begin a truly healthy lifestyle.


1) I want to feel strong, lean and healthy.

2) I want to look and feel fit.

3) I want to be proud of the way I look and what my body is able to do, and yet not judge myself too harshly.

4) I want to learn to have a healthy relationship with food.


1) Think about what I eat and when I eat - don't eat if I'm not hungry!

2) Work out (Cardio) for at least 40 minutes 6 days a week.

3) Strength training 3 times a week for a minimum of 20 min/session.

4) Eat a balanced diet by eating 3 meals a day and incorporating small snacks/treats (200 cal or less) as needed.

Member Since: 1/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 1,472

My Goals:
135 by 11/9/07 (met 11/26/07)

I've revised my goals because the weight is coming off slowly - I'm ok with that as long as it is going down - I want it to last! New goals with a slower progression:

129 by 12/29/07

125 by 2/1/08

120 by 3/26/08 (My 23rd birthday)

Fitness goals:
Swim 500 m in under 8:00

Complete a Triathlon in 2008

Be able to do a pull-up unassisted.

My Program:
Running, Cycling, Elliptical, TurboKick, Strength training mostly with free weights.

Eating 3 meals a day, small (measured) snacks as needed, no mindless snacking, staying under 1500 calories a day!

Personal Information:
My name is Jess and I'm a 22 yr old graduate student in Toledo, Ohio. I love to run, but sometimes have difficulty finding the motivation and time. I love the feeling of being in shape! I miss the feeling of loving my body and I'm hoping to get it back!

Other Information:
Height: 5' 4.5"

Highest Weight: 144

Starting Weight (10/15/07): 142.8

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    Hi! Congratulations on having lost more than 10 lbs! I'm starting my weight loss program again. I think you're inspiriring and although I'm a lot heavier than you, you and I have similar goal weights. Good luck with your continued weight loss. ^_^
    4657 days ago
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    I was checking back in to see how you are doing since December. I hope you are signing into SP every single day. I've signed in now for 109 days and I've lost 26#, which has been slow, but I'm happy as long as I never ever gain back a single pound of it. We can do this!! It has been so upsetting to me to check on people and find they never really got started or they have quit signing in to Sparkpeople. This is so important to care for our health and well being.

    I finished reading Dr. Phil's "Ultimate Weight Loss Solution" and found it so motivational because he deals with feelings and emotions.
    4845 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    You might like to read about the NOVA team of 12 couch potato people who trained for the Boston Marathon. The episode aired last month, but the information about their training for 9 months by Tufts University is on the web site. www.PBS.org/NOVA
    They all finished the race.
    You are so pretty!!
    4888 days ago
    Welcome to the grad students team!!
    4892 days ago
    Hi Jessica! Thanks for the comment on my page. I wasn't able to comment back because I was in New York -- and it looks like you've made some progress while I was gone, lol! Have you already started training for your triathlon? Apparently there's a triathlon class at my local university. I'm thinking about signing up.
    4892 days ago
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