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Hello, I have been on an off on Sparkpeople since 2012. I have been on and off trying to lose weight since pretty much forever (age 12 or so). I am 34 now, and recently married. I am working to get back on a plan that I can stick to so that I can finally be healthy.

Currently honeymoon planning and saving up to buy a house. Exciting times!

Member Since: 10/4/2006

Fitness Minutes: 8,280

My Goals:
Get my asthma under control- doctor visited,5/8/16 taking medication, hopefully it starts working!
Get my migraines under control- doctor visited, 5/8/16 taking medication, hopefully it works; however, side effects are pretty harsh.
Start walking 3x a week
Start swimming again - July 2016
Get better control of the eating situation -already doing better as of 6/9/16. portion sizes and binging much better!
Find a full time faculty position

My Program:
Starting 0 to 1500 swim program.- started July 2016
Walking 3x a week working up to 30 minutes
Hope to add Zumba
Limit all sugary drinks (including starbucks, soda or iced tea) to less than 1 per day - 6/9/16
Drink plenty of water - 6/9/16 on the ball with this one too!
Work on portion sizes- doing well with this, 8/2016
Eat more dairy

Personal Information:
Born and raised in the Chicago burbs. Undergraduate work in cell and structural biology at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Worked at Rush University in Chicago as a clinical research coordinator for 2 years after college. Moved to DC to do my PhD at Georgetown University in tumor biology. Lived in Fort Collin, CO. for a year while my (now) husband tried out a PhD program. Now, I am an adjunct professor at some Universities in Chicago teaching biology, nursing, and non-majors a number of biology courses including cell biology, microbiology, and pathophysiology.
I am a Chicagophile for life!

Other Information:
My hobbies include: singing, reading, playing video and board games, baking, and swimming.
I have been enjoying PokemonGo with my husband lately.

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    You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

    Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!

    Again, Congratulations Beautiful!
    1436 days ago
    I know how you feel..I hate tracking but hopefully if we do good this week and track we will see a nice change on the scale! Here's hoping anyways!
    1514 days ago
    Thanks so much for the goodie :) I weighed in up today at 251.8 but I checked in mid week last week and was at 255.8 so I am highly impressed with the work I've done. I'm still not feeling 100% up to snuff but now that it's been 2 weeks worth of's time to stop babying myself and slowly (very slowly) get back into exercise and seriously track my food. Tomorrow my goal is to track EVERYTHING..hopefully in range but if long as it's tracked I'll be happy! Let me know how your weigh in goes! Good luck!
    1515 days ago
    Oh I love salads! I don't put any extra veggies in except sometimes mushrooms and onions but thats it. The rest is serving of cheese and dressing. I also have had PMS this week and have had two nights of binge eating. I'm really hoping to break the cycle tonight. That will give me 4 good days till weigh in. I also have been thinking I need to do away with a set cheat day a week. I think it's really hurting my progress both mentally and physically. I'm ok with a cheat meal a week but a whole day set is killing me I'm afraid. It enables my binge eating monster and I really want him to stay at bay!

    How close are you to getting your PhD?
    1534 days ago
    Well my weigh in was ok. I lost the weight I had gained weighin in around 249.4 but still no loss. I'm really hoping for one this week. I've realized that I am majorly obsessed with not only the scale but weight loss in general and it is so not helping me. I've been slacking in the workout department too. I just haven't had the energy. I agree with you about the raw veggies..not my favorite snack! I've been turning to salads or yogurt for my snacks because I actually enjoy them. Lets try our best and hope for a loss come this weekend! :) I'm going to just focus on making good choices and try and not be so obsessed!
    1535 days ago
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