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12/7/08 5:43 P

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So, because I was frustrated, I jumped right into that thread before introducting myself, lol.

Hi, my name is Teacie and I am in my 6th year of graduate school and my 5th year in my school psychology Ph.D. program. I also have two masters (an M.S. in general psych and an M.Ed. in school psych). What I have left to do (and hope to complete by August of 2010) is: finish pre-dissertation, take comps, finish my Ed.S. internship (ends in May 09),dissertation, doctoral internship, and I am one 12 page paper away from finishing up my last academic course for the doctorate. I will still have internship and dissertation hours, but they are not actually classes, just things you register for.

My 10 year hs reunion is May 9, and I would like to be about 135 or so by then (I am 165 now). I am a little sad that I will be going and have to say that 10 years later I am STILL in school with another year left to go! Oh well, hehehe.

I have enjoyed reading the other posts for this team and I look forward to getting to know everyone here :).

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10/27/08 10:57 A

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I've been around for a while, but I'm working on my doctorate in clinical psychology and engaged. So, I'm planning a wedding and working on my dissertation. Aack! But I'm really trying to work on getting my exercise and eating right. I want to start off my marriage on a healthy note. I want to be able to lose weight, not make excuses for where I am, more because I want to be healthy. I'm glad you're all here. I'm not big on introducing myself, so I've been around for a while, but this group is encouraging to me.
Take care and God bless,
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Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything. -- Harry Browne



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9/4/08 10:41 A

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HI! Im new. My name is Becca and I am a grad student in Mechanical Engineering and looking for a PhD program in Bio/Eco Engineering. And let me tell you what... Grad School is where you really gain the "Freshman 15 not undergrad" so I am just here looking for a little support.

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8/27/08 7:32 A

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I think it might be a good idea to see where you are starting weight wise (but, by all means, use how you feel as well). You will then have something more to celebrate when you can see how far you've come.

Good luck with Comps!

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
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8/21/08 5:33 P

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First off, welcome to the group! This is a great team because everyone can relate to having homework, preparing for comps, writing, etc. I can see your point about wanting to get healthy and feel better about yourself first and the side effect being the number going down. For me, it's a combination of all the reasons to lose weight. I don't think any of us would be trying to get the pounds off if we fully felt good about where we are weight-wise. Thankfully we do have people we can turn to for help!

Congrats on getting through comps and hopefully the defense will go well too!

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8/21/08 4:24 P

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I agree with you wholeheartedly about keeping track of the calories in and out tracking. I am just not sure about the relying on weight to decide for me if I am succeeding in my quest for health. I just don't buy into the weight as the goal anymore. Maybe I am fooling myself, but I really could care less about how much I weigh. It feels like I would be using the wrong assessment in a research study (e.g. an affective instrument to measure cognitive intellect).

I am much more interested in how winded I get when walking, how far I can jog, how much I can lift, and how my clothes fit than I am with a number. I can feel parts of my body that I am unhappy with, and can see how they have gotten bigger. I can also feel the way that clothes no longer fit comfortably....and when I do loose weight I feel that they ride lower on my hips. I am much more interested in this than my weight. Don't get me wrong. I am not opposed to weighing myself. I just am not sure it will accomplish what I want it to accomplish right now.

I don't know. Thoughts?

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8/21/08 4:10 P

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Great to have you here. I can understand not wanting to weigh yourself, but I like having SP calculate my eating and fitness plan (calories in, calories needed to burn, etc.). If you don't have a starting weight and a goal weight, how will you decide on this? In case you can't tell, I'm rather analytical . . . emoticon

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8/21/08 3:50 P

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Hey there!

I did Spark awhile ago, and while it worked for me for a bit, I got "kicked out" of the singles group I was in when I got a significant other. (grin) My world was wrapped up in the relationship, and we all know the age-old saying...."loose weight when you are dating, and gain it when you are in love/married". So...the weight was lost then gained when the relationship became comfortable. But then I lost the support of the spark group and I was simply to lazy to find another group (perhaps the time and energy commitment had something to do with it too)

I just finished my comps and somehow gained the dissertation weight in the comprehensive time. I have a wedding that I have to be in in a month and had to send my measurements in for the dress to be made....and that was, of course, a big wake up call - I gained back so much of the weight that I had taken off. Ack!

I am frustrated, but not overwhelmed. So...here is my new (old) introduction. I am a PhD student (assuming everything goes well with the oral defense of my comps on the 3rd, I should be ABD) entering my third year. I am studying Counselor Education, and am in the 9th month of the new relationship. I lost 80 pounds about 4 years ago, gained every pound back and a few more for good measure. I then lost 70...and then comps started. I was having a rough go of it, not loosing (or gaining) anything for about 6 months. Thinking that it was time for the plateau to end, I started strength training 2 times a week with a trainer in addition to my cardio...but then I stopped cardio, so that backfired. (grin). I am not sure exactly how much of the 70 I have gained back, and I don't think I want to know. I am seriously considering not weighing myself but simply going by the feel of my body and clothes...I tend to be a bit of an overachiever (as the rest of you will relate to!) and get frustrated easily when I don't see numerical changes.

So comps were finished a week ago today (save for the defense). And today I spent 45 min. hiking, then had a smart lunch, and then played DDR on wii for about an hour, so I am feeling pretty good about that. I also made an apt with the trainer again so that I can actually go back to strength training but incorporate cardio into the time there so it is not all muscle strength (I took 3 weeks off due to a very contagious eye virus, comps, and then sheer laziness). Saturday I have asked people to go hiking with me too. So I am feeling pretty good about my choices, but still not feeling like I am doing everything I can. Curses to the overachieving graduate student mentality!

Regardless, I am hoping that this becomes a new place for me to begin again.

It is a pleasure to meet you!

~Elizabeth


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