Judging the hay hazard at Little Everglades Combined Driving Event, Jan. 9 2011. It's an Oreo Cow!
Taken at a friend's house 2-26-2010, 27 lbs lost!
Me as a medieval queen, Halloween 2009. About 147 lbs.
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I am a 24 year old graduate student in Florida! I earned my BA in Classics this May and am now in a pre-professional Master's in Medical Science program, from which I will graduate in August 2014. During my undergrad, I had been a Biology/Classics dual-major, but I decided to change my mind around a few times and thought civil engineering might do it for me, but after taking charge of my own health I decided that medicine is where I belong, where I can help teach others how to be in control of ...
I am a 24 year old graduate student in Florida! I earned my BA in Classics this May and am now in a pre-professional Master's in Medical Science program, from which I will graduate in August 2014. During my undergrad, I had been a Biology/Classics dual-major, but I decided to change my mind around a few times and thought civil engineering might do it for me, but after taking charge of my own health I decided that medicine is where I belong, where I can help teach others how to be in control of their own health. I take my MCAT in January and will be applying to osteopathic medical schools shortly thereafter. The benefit to my indecision, though, is that once you learn to think like an engineer--a valuable skill, I'm convinced--you can't stop! I use the critical thinking skills I learned in my Classics readings and my engineering courses every day, and they complement each other beautifully.
My general assessment of my lifestyle: Overall, living a healthy lifestyle is easy once you get the hang of what works, and in order to find out what works you MUST be willing to go against the established tenets of Moderation and Baby Steps. Moderation is a crutch for a lack of knowledge. How will you ever know how your food affects you until you rid your system of it and then reintroduce it? How do you know what's normal and what isn't? I had to embrace some supposed "deprivations" and take an unorthodox approach to a few things. I drink my coffee black, I don't eat bread, pasta, rice, or beans except on rare occasions, and I dodge sugar whenever possible. That said, I eat meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and sometimes a glass of wine, and I refuse to compromise when it comes to real food. I try to eat only when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full--which is also a learned skill when you've eaten emotionally as long as I have. I don't count calories, because it makes me crazy. If it's made in a lab, I try to avoid it.
My weight gain/loss experience:
Being 30 lbs overweight made me sad, upset, injury-prone, and pretty much a miserable person.
Losing the weight the first time was a piece of cake, and it gave me oodles of self-confidence, and that's what ultimately led to happiness in other areas of my life.
Gaining it back was gradual and sneaky, kind of like a really slow ninja.
Losing it the second time has been hard, joyous, tedious, arduous, wrought with exhilaration and massive upset, and a huge learning experience.
I've been sidelined again and again by an SI joint dysfunction, and I'm very excited to be able to exercise again.
Learning how to have balance in my life between work and play, restriction and indulgence, is a work in progress.
Paleo and Whole30 have made a HUGE difference in my life. Since restricting grains and legumes and massively reducing my sugar intake: I'm no longer reactive hypoglycemic, I sleep much better, I no longer have stomach bloating and cramps, and my sugar cravings go the way of the dodo.
I have 0 net income because my master's program is a full-time obligation, so sometimes non-paleo foods cross my plate. I do the best I can as often as I can, because really, that's the best any of us can do.
| current weight: 155.0
Member Since: 8/27/2009
Fitness Minutes: 13,985
Stay on top of my college coursework to make it less stressful.
Seamlessly integrate fitness and good nutrition into my lifestyle now so that I don't struggle with it later as my schedule becomes less flexible.
Swimming as many times per week as I can for cardio and to strengthen my dysfunctional SI joint
Twice-weekly ballet classes
Bodyweight strength training per You Are Your Own Gym, by Mark Lauren
Dodging grains, legumes, and sugar and eating lots of veggies, meat, and fruit. Yum!
Resisting the urge to play or bum around when there is work to be done... and there's plenty of it to be done!
24 years old from Zephyrhills, FL (like the bottled water).
Medical Science Master's candidate at University of South Florida
Engaged to my high school sweetheart, together 7 years July 2013
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.