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I gained a lot of weight during college and I'd like to lose it and more! I want to feel healthy and strong as I move into the next phase of my life---graduate school. I want my outside to match my inside--happy, strong and motivated =)

I started this journey the summer before grad school and after losing nearly 30 lbs, I got complacent and slowly fell off the band-wagon. However, after the holidays and several months of scarce workouts, I had put 8lbs back on. NO! So, I came back to finish my journey and make sure that I make life-long changes to keep the weight off.

Previous Starting Weight 5.20.10: 181.2
Current Weight 5.13.12: 152.0

Short-term Goals:
May 20: 150.5
May 26: 149
June 2: 147.5
June 9: 147
June 16: 145.5
June 22: 144
June 29: 142.5
July 5: 141
July 12: 140
July 19: 138.5
July 25: 137
August 1: 135lb DONE!!! FINAL GOAL
My final BMI will be a normal 24.8 just in time for end of summer. hooray

Maintenance: I also want to make sure I can maintain these changes! I'll keep taking my measurements and tracking my food intake until December.

Member Since: 11/8/2009

Fitness Minutes: 7,388

My Goals:
I would like to lose weight and to feel stronger and healthier! I want to make my fitness and wellness important =) Most of all, I want to feel proud of myself and confident in my own skin.

My Program:
Making myself a priority in my life!
1) taking time to think about my life and health each day and blogging or journaling
2) recording daily calories eaten and staying between 1250-1600 calories/day
3) 8 glasses of water/ day
4) Strive for 5 fruits and veg/day!
5) eating with intention instead of snacking/emotional eating
6) Burning 1600 calories/wk with 5 cardio sessions
7) Lifting 2x per week
8) walking, taking stairs and dancing whenever possible
9) preparing my own meals and savoring healthy foods
10) Stretching and taking care of myself
11) Taking vitamins and supplements to stay healthy and strong!

Personal Information:
I am originally from Upstate NY and I'm now in the biomedical sciences graduate program at UNC Chapel Hill.

I'm 23 years old and I'm looking to set myself up for a long, healthy, strong, active life!!

Other Information:
"Once you make a decision, the world conspires to make it happen" -RWE

Ships in harbor are safe, but that's not what ships are built for.~John Shedo

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Plato

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  • v MELMEI
    Thanks for the ad!!! Looks like you have a great start to your weight loss! Good luck with your goals!!! emoticon
    3873 days ago
    Thank you for your research! Can you say more about what you did? I'm a DLBCL survivor. Funny thing, I always hear it is the most common but I could never find anyone that had it when I was sick (and I looked) ... fortunately I found Imerman's Angels to help the next person after me, but that's another story.

    I wish you only the best ... on the Spark journey, and more importantly, on the journey of your life! Make the most of everyday ... it's a wonderful gift!

    3878 days ago
  • v CRYSTLE4HIM2010
    Thank you for stopping by my page and encouraging me. God bless you on your journey. emoticon
    3880 days ago
    Thank you for the really inspiring and appreciative comments on my blog... I really needed that!
    3880 days ago
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my page! We are all in this together..that makes it so much more manageable..not to mention..FUN!!!! Shout out anytime! (((HUGS))))
    3881 days ago
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