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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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  • v BEACHMOM45
    Katie! Thanks sooo much for your super nice comment on my page! You look amazing girl, if you never lost another pound you will still be super cute.

    Thanks for the support, and keep it up girlie!

    3961 days ago
    I wanted to welcome you to the MOKan team. We are pleased to have you. If there is anything I can do to help just let me know. I'll look forward to seeing you in the threads. What part of Missouri will you be returning to?
    3971 days ago
    Thanks for joining the 2010 Brides Team!

    Good luck this week and keep on sparking!

    4000 days ago
  • v SWEETNESS0721
    Welcome to Sparkpeople! emoticon

    Good luck on your weight loss journey. Stay focused and you will reach your goals soon enough. You CAN do it! Hope you check out the teams on my page… We just started the Looking HOT By New Years Challenge in my VS Angels, SP Hotties, and Leaving 110-ville, which is a team for those who want to get to 120 or below. If you need anything, let me know. Hope to see you on the forums :)

    Team Leader of VS Angels, SP Hotties, Carmen Electra, Leaving 110 ville, and Friends Fans

    4107 days ago
    just stopped by with a word of encouragement and welcome...

    you can do it...we are rooting for your success...

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ *miracles and blessings...
    4108 days ago
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