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It's been awhile since I've updated my info here. So last spring, I graduated with honors with a B.S. in Chemistry. Phew! Now what? That's a good question to which I really don't have a good answer. As an acceptable moratorium, I am am now one year (half-way) into a master's in chemistry. Yes, it's possible I may do nothing with my education, but hey! what's life for except to experiment?
I am notorious for starting ambitious ventures and never seeing them through, so a challenge for me is sticking to what I set out to accomplish, in this case, getting in the best possible shape I can achieve. Looking back over the past few years, I can identify yearly trends. I gain weight in the late summer/fall/winter, and as soon as New Years hits and springtime comes into view, I think 'how did this happen?', I hit the gym, and I lose weight. I usually am successful at losing a steady 1-2lbs per week through watching what I eat and getting to the gym, but then I let myself go, get busy, get stressed, etc., etc. and once again I've found I've sabotaged myself...again. *sigh*
But not this time! So far I've made it close to 1/3 of the way to my ultimate goal weight (basically, what my perfectly built younger sister weighs...oh why, genetics, have you been so cruel to me?). I've taken up running and biking and as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer and maybe lose a bit more weight, I'll get swimming as much as possible. I would love to participate in running, biking and triathlon competitions as sometimes I just need a little external motivation.
Other than my interest in science and chemistry, I spend a lot of time in a border city in Mexico at a children's home where I feel God has drawn me to for a reason and purpose I've not really fully grasped. This is where my second family lives, and I have many siblings and children there including a 4 year old named Frida. I always leave a little bit of myself there when I come home. I also love the outdoors. I tend to get depressed when I haven't seen the sun in a few days, which is not an uncommon event in Michigan, although lately, the weather's been gorgeous! I love beautiful things and enjoy taking pictures of those things and/or pinning them on pinterest ( :P I also like planning, particular wedding, party, event planning as well as interior decorating. Anything rustic, vintage, shabby, old and worn is right up my ally. I love reading, music and the colors white, beige, all browns, red, yellow and green. Antique shopping and gardening are also interests of mine passed onto me by my amazing mother (KONOSMOM). Oh, and did I mention I am long-winded? Haha...if you've made it this far, add me as a friend! I can use all the motivation I can get.

Hey, my name is Katy. I was a competitive gymnast and synchronized swimmer all throughout high school. I wasn't skinny, but I was pretty fit and healthy. Now that I'm in college, it's been pretty difficult to get into a healthy lifestyle. I've put on some weight, developed a rather poor self body image, and I absolutely hate college cafeterias! Since I'm a big list person and like to get my check marks for the day, I'm hoping this site will bring some structure and motivation to getting healthy. I guess we'll see if it works!

Member Since: 3/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 51,824

My Goals:
Major Goals:
Lose 20 lbs
✓ Reward: Buy a new bike (Cannondale CAADX!)
✓ Lose 25 lbs (normal BMI)
-Reward: New pair of running shoes (Adidas Supernova Glide 4!)
✓ Lose 40 lbs
-Reward: Facial
Lose 50 lbs (Goal weight)
-Reward: New outfit from J. Crew
Maintain weight for 6 months
-Reward: New haircut and my braces removed

Minor Goals:
Lose 5 lbs each month
~ 3/28/12 165 lbs
~5/3/12 160 lbs
~5/26/12 155 lbs
~6/23/12 150 lbs
~8/25/12 145 lbs
~9/23/12 140 lbs
~3/22/13 135 lbs (Finally after 6 Months! Phew...)
~4/27/2013 130 lbs
~5/28/13 125 lbs :)
120 lbs
✓Run 4 miles
✓Run 5 miles
~6/25/12 10.5mpm
✓Run 6 miles
~9/8/12 10.5 mpm
Run 1/2 marathon
✓Run 9min/mi
~6/23/12 1 mile at 9min/mi
Run 8min/mi
✓Bike 20 miles
Bike 50 miles
Bike 100 miles
Complete a 5K race

My Program:
My program is simple: decrease calorie intake, increase exercise.

Diet: I try and stay within my calorie deficit range, but I also listen to my body and if I'm having a "hungry" day which often happens after I've had several lower calorie days, I increase my calorie intake but make sure to stay under my BMR. I also don't deny myself treats like chocolate or cheese, but I practice self-control and moderation, particularly at parties, birthdays, buffets, etc. which is definitely where I tend to overeat. Additionally, I try to stay within my goal range amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, sodium and potassium. This way, I make sure I get the right amount of everything in my diet.

I don't exercise everyday because, frankly, I'm often too busy or not motivated enough. However, if I go two or three days without exercise, I start getting really cranky, so I try to get in at least 3 long workouts (500+ calories) or 4 or 5 moderate workouts (250+ calori

Personal Information:
Age: 24 years
Home: Michigan
Family: Single, married parents, one older brother, one younger sister, one crazy cat named Elliot
Faith: Born again Christian
Height: 5'4"
Body shape: Hourglass
Starting weight: 170lbs
Goal weight: 120lbs

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    Hello again! I listened to some extracts on Soundcloud and have now bought the book! I like the way he writes.

    762 days ago
    emoticon Hi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I don't know anything about Dr Greger - I have looked at his website and thought it kind of 'more of the same' - as you can see from my teams, I'm already into the low-fat, plant-based diet stuff. I did raw vegan for about a year (a couple of years' ago now). I thought the title 'How Not to Die' was a bit sensational - so it didn't attract me! However, now you've recommended it - I'll check it out! I'm adding you as a friend so that you can easily inspire me again!
    763 days ago
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    Hey I saw you are a Chem major and masters student. You may be finished by now. But just wanted you to know there are tons of stuff you can do with a masters in Chemistry--it is very valuable. That info may not be able any use to you right now OR it may be but in any case, I just wanted to share that with you. God Bless
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    Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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  • v SLEE103
    hey! thank you for your comment on my blog...I appreciate your two sense :) and I like to feel someone else understands where I am coming from (although, for the record, my arms are still bigger in circumference!) I guess you're right about if they were actually bad there would be NO good angles, so thank you!! for pointing that out. emoticon
    1784 days ago
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