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Currently a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. Recently gained a lot of weight due to three main factors...a big life transition/big move/big career change, switching up a medication, and hurting my hip which has kept me from running.

Life can be so fast paced that we get caught up in everything. We lose meaning and feel like we are going through the motions. I don't want to do that anymore.

I have been up and down with fitness and weight loss since I was fourteen years old, and am now 24. It's time stop wanting, but achieve.

On January 20, 2012, I was in a very bad car accident, which set me back quite a bit for medical reasons. I've gotten back to running since then. I completed my second half marathon on May 25, 2013 and my third one Sept. 15, 2013 ...but since moving away from all of my family and starting on a trek of life I've been having trouble keeping my weight down.

I'm trying to keep myself in shape, but also keep my hectic life organized and try to be more social in a new town.

Now, for the first time in my life, I am trying to be more competitive about running rather than having the mentality of, "Well, at least I'm not on the couch." So I am using Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer (which is free on for a weight lifting plan in addition to running harder than I was before. Some of my training runs are the same, but instead of just going out there and checking them off I'm using them to challenge myself physically.

Member Since: 11/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 13,135

My Goals:
1) Reach an ideal race weight and an ideal healthy weight for me--whatever that might be!

2) Be in control of my life, including eating, exercising, and mentality.

3) In general, I hope that others may see hope and inspiration through me!

My Program:
Trying to stay healthy in grad school! :)

My program will be combing running, cycling, swimming, and resistance band training for the next few months. The running plan is loosely based on Hal Higdon's 5k intermediate plan, while I have added the cycling and strength training.

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  • v LPERKINS75
    Hey, I picked up your blog off the Brazil Butt Lift team page. Mind if we become sparkfriends?
    2778 days ago
    Hey! Thanks for adding me! You're a grad student in chemistry?! I could never do that! haha I can't wait to get to know more about you!
    2779 days ago
    Hey! How are you doing? I've been out of touch on SP for a while, and I'm just trying to catch back up =)
    2858 days ago
    Hi there :D

    I'm following the same plan: 1400-1500 calories a day. Six days a week of exercise, including Zumba, cardio machines, strength training, and aerobics.

    And, of course, consistently Sparking by tracking my calories, staying active on the message boards, and blogging weekly.

    Btw, your running regimen is inspirational!
    2958 days ago
  • v TOTALREDO2013
    I am so sorry to hear about the accident, but so thankful you and everyone is okay. Please take care and keep checking in with us to keep you going and motivated while you recover and get through the pain meds.

    So sorry
    2959 days ago
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