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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 TOTALREDO2013
    Thanks for commenting on my page a while ago. Just saw the comment.
    Great picture of you! You look so sweet to be doing INsaNity hahaha.
    Great job! It works for sure, just hard to get through. I did it once straight through, but now can't do it but as filler cardio. I choose one here and there and do it.

    Have you tried Asylum?
    2957 days ago
    Me too -- it's funny what you say in your profile about getting caught up in a fast-paced world. I got so caught up in 2011 that I didn't make time for SparkPeople.

    Luckily, I stayed strong with my plan. My goal for this year is to finally get to maintenance.
    2961 days ago
  • v PCOH051610
    I am so sorry I missed your birthday!!!! Happy Belated! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2963 days ago
  • v RLA1891
    I did end up finishing Insanity. It was a bit of a love/hate relationship but in the end I have to say there was more love than hate. I am thinking of doing it again some time this year. I also have p90x now and am getting ready to do that. Then I may do a hybrid between the two.

    Let me know if you decide to do it and what you think.
    2966 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my ALL you do is EAT EAT EAT New Years Resolutions blog.

    Spark on!
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    2967 days ago
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