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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 RUFFIT
    How are things going??? Hope all is well with you. Thank you for the comment on my page. Keep in touch. Moni
    3343 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add. Right back at you!!
    3348 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    3366 days ago
  • v no profile image SWEETMOMMY41
    hello and welcome! good luck on your weight loss journey! you can do this! you are worth it! have a wonderful day!
    3366 days ago
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