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Me at Montserrat, a monestary in Barcelona, Spain in Feb '09. It was beautiful! Weight: about 158

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Chris and me- a few nights before he left for Iraq

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Hello! My name is Katie, I'm 21 years old and am a Junior in college. I'm currently living in Ireland and will be moving back home to Missouri in late May/early June. I miss my family and friends like crazy, but am so blessed to have gotten the opportunity to live abroad. I have met some of the most amazing people and have seen and experienced things that I never could have imagined. I'm much more independent, self-sufficient, open-minded, and optimistic than I was this time last year, and I feel myself growing and maturing every day of this adventure. I love my life and the people in it, and I truly feel like one of the luckiest people in the world.

My fiance and best friend, Chris, is currently deployed to Iraq and has been gone since September 5th, 2008. I miss him more than I ever thought I could miss anything, but I am so proud of him and everything he does. We're getting married after I graduate in May '10 and will grow old together until we're both senile and sitting on our front porch in rocking chairs holding hands. I can't wait :)

As for losing weight goes...I have been trying for nearly 3 years now to get back to my high school weight. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it wasn't too long ago that I was struttin' my stuff in a size 4 pair of jeans (that now hang in the back corner of my closet hidden behind winter sweaters so I don't ever have to look at them).

College has turned out to be very difficult for me. I've struggled through just about every eating disorder out there and have suffered from all the ugly side effects of each. I'm not ashamed to admit this because I feel like eating disorders are so much more common among young women (and men) than people realize, and I firmly believe that everyone needs to be more educated on how to spot and prevent them. It is one of my goals in life to help young girls who, like myself, have body image and self esteem issues. Even if I can only save one girl from going through the things I went through, I will feel like my time was well spent.

That being said, I'm happy to report that I'm healthy and happy and myself again after nearly 3 years of struggle. Overcoming that has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life, and I'm so happy to finally leave those days behind. I'm ready to kick these 30 lbs in the rear (in a healthy way of course), and to finally pull on my size 4 jeans once again. I want to come home from Ireland looking healthy and fit and amazing...and you know what? I finally feel like I can do this. After 3 years of struggling, I finally believe that this is something I can and will do. I have the motivation and I have the drive, all I need now is a little time (and a little bit of God wouldn't hurt, it's always good to have Him on your side :) )


Spring Break '09 (March 31): 150
**during spring break don't overeat and lose at least one pound!**
April 30: 145
May 16 (last day of finals): 142
May 31: 140
June 21: 136
July 4: 134
July 31: 130
August 17: 128
September 5 (CHRIS COMES HOME FROM IRAQ!!): 125!

"Do or do not...there is no try"

Member Since: 10/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,773

My Goals:

To get out of the mindset that being a college student is an excuse for my poor eating habits (ie pizza at 2 am...)

To find a happy median between eating healthy and treating myself every so often so that I don't cave one day from completely depriving myself

To keep myself motivated and on track, even when it gets tough!

To become healthier in general..I'm getting married after I graduate and I want to slim down now so that I don't crash diet before the big day

To lose 30 lbs before Chris comes home from Iraq (in September!)

And finally..to feel good for ME. Ultimately it's how I feel, and I can't wait to get back down to a weight where I feel great about myself.

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    Hi Katie!

    Thanks for the add and comment on my page. I can't tell you how great it is working for yourself ! It takes alot of capital to get started, but once you have all the equipment, it's just smooth sailing from there. The best part is that when my little one is sick, my clients know family comes first and I don't have to deal with the guilt trips most employers put onto their employees when children are sick. That will work great when you and DF are ready to have little ones of your own!

    Looking forward to chatting more with you!


    3913 days ago
  • v LSORBS
    Hey, Katie! Thank you so much for your comment :) Your note about not making excuses for being in college really rings true!

    I'm going to Rome for 5 weeks this summer and then possibly Moscow...will be flying back thru Dublin tho, so I hope to spend a day there! How are you liking it? I can't wait to chat more with you.

    Hope you have a GREAT day! Got any workouts planned? :)
    3916 days ago
    You're so lucky to live in Europe! I went to central Europe for the first time last year and just loved it! My husband tells me Ireland is fabulous, you lucky thing!

    Your pictures look great! I think you look smokin' in the 20 pounds down one!! WOO HOO!

    Congrats on your engagement and thanks to your fiance for his service.

    I'm a junior in college, too, but I am 31 :P better late than never! Did you say what you're studying? I don't recall reading it. . . Not that you asked but I'm studying poli-sci and hoping to go to law school right after I graduate (at 32, again, better late than never, right?;)).

    Anyhow, thanks for the add! I love meeting down to earth, smart women!
    3924 days ago
  • v BEACHMOM45
    Hey Katie!

    I wanted to drop you a line and see how things are in your neck of the woods. I hope that you are doing well!

    3928 days ago
  • v MCAUDI
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. Congratulations on your success and hard work. Keep in touch.
    3931 days ago
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