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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 TIMOTHY53
    The knees comment!

    I have a sister who could stand to lose 100-150 pounds. Like me, she was a skinny child so don't play that "This is how I have always been" card on me. Anyway, when I started running at age 56 she warned me earnestly, "That is a stupid thing you are doing. At your age, you are going to have to have a knee replacement."
    "You first." I told her.

    Sure enough, last year she got two, count 'em, two new knees. The excessive weight is way more likely to destroy your knees than any amount of proper running. I did not say "I told you so." But after she got them, she still insisted my day was coming "because of all that running you do. Here's the name of my orthopedist." MY orthopedist just laughed at that story and told me not to worry.
    2597 days ago
  • v TIMOTHY53
    Thanks for the re-add.
    2609 days ago
  • v TIMOTHY53
    I have rebooted my Spark persona. I used to be TimothyNohe. I just sent you a friend request as Timothy53. If it pleases you, would you confirm my request?
    2610 days ago
    I wish you'd come back to FB =\
    3028 days ago
    How do we chat now?
    3083 days ago
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