garyp's profile



Member: garyp
Member Since: 7/25/2006
City: Washington DC

Description:I'm 28, a PhD student and a runner/marathoner. I've lost about 40 lbs so far since starting PT about 5 years ago with some yo-yoing going on in between that time. I'm determined now to get back on track and get down to my goal weight by Summer 2013. We can do this.

Me at my heaviest back in May 2006 in the 260's
Me in the 220-230 range at the end of 2012, need to step it back up.

My Goal:
During my senior year of undergrad I got I got tired of being overweight and decided to finally make a change mainly for health reasons. During that first year I lost a good amount of weight by changing completely how I ate going from soda and junk food to lots of whole grains, lean meats and fruits and vegetables. Also going to the gym became a staple of my daily routine. At my highest weight I was 267 lbs and got in down to 182 lbs through a lot of hard work and determination.

Since starting grad school, I’ve had my up’s and downs going from the 180-190’s up to the 220’s and all the way in between. I’m rededicating myself to healthy eating and I will look great when I walk across the stage for graduation from grad school sometime in 2013 hopefully. The one bonus since grad school is that I’ve become a long distance runner. Since 2009, I have run numerous 5k’s, 10ks, 8 Half Marathons and 7 Full Marathons and a 50 Miler. I never would have thought I would have been able to do this, but I’ve learned this journey is not a sprint it’s a marathon.


"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it" -Confucius
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. -Abraham Lincoln
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Confucius.

2013 Goals:
  1. Get Weight down to
  2. Reduce Body Fat to approximately 12-15%
  3. Run at least 1500 Miles
  4. Set new PR in the Marathon and 50 Miler if I do it again
  5. Continue weight lifting and get more definition and improve core strength
  6. Get better control of my diet in general especially my snacking

About me:
I'm 28 and a PhD student at the University of Maryland. I was an overweight kid growing and I have done the whole yo-yo dieting. During my senior year of undergrad I got I got tired of being overweight and decided to finally make a change mainly for health reasons. During that first year I lost a good amount of weight, but with the stress of grad school, I started reverting back into my bad old habits which has lead me to gain a lot of weight back. I'm determined to get back down to where I once was. Since then, I've gotten back on track and then lost control so I've been yo-yoing alot. I still struggle with my diet, but I know it won't be a easy fix, I have to keep moving forward. The one constant for me is that I've become a runner!

Diets I like:
I've tried doing a variety of different diets, but seemed to only be short term fixes. I've realized that exercising, portion control and being more aware of what I'm eating is the key to my diet/weight loss. Basically no soda, trying to limit processed foods, lots of veggies and fruits and lean meats.

Workout of choice:
I enjoy doing strength training and cardio. With strength training, I do both free weights and machines. For weight lifting I tend to alternate between days, where one day I'll do upper body and then the next day I'll do lower body and back. I normally do some form of abs workout on most days. In terms of cardio I enjoy doing a lot of different stuff Running, Elliptical Trainer, Stationery Bike, Stationery Rower and Racquetball.

My plan:
My plan is to keep working on my getting more consistent with my diet, limiting snacking, junk food and processed food. More cooking/eating at home rather than eating out. Workout wise, I want to keep getting more consistent with a lifting routine, get more definition in my upper body and keep up with my running. I want to lift 4 times and week to supplement by 5 days a week of running while I'm in marathon training.

I need the most help with:
I think I need the most help with my diet. I tend to usually have no problem working out in some form, but I need to be more disciplined with my eating. i need to get back into the mode when I initially lost most of my weight. I need for people to keep me accountable and call me out when I'm making poor eating decisions.

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