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this was for one of my performances at the Strand Theater in NJ...hope to look this good again!





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On My Way to the Winner's Circle!

I have struggled my entire life with my weight, and I've tried everything in the books to lose it, everywhere from those silly crash diets to dangerous "magic" diet pills...All my life, starting in elementary school, I was ridiculed on my appearance. Now, I have a very broad body, and can honestly say that medically, I AM big boned, but i never looked at it that way. In high school, i was clinically depressed, became anorexic and bulimic, and almost landed myself in the hospital because of it. ...
I have struggled my entire life with my weight, and I've tried everything in the books to lose it, everywhere from those silly crash diets to dangerous "magic" diet pills...All my life, starting in elementary school, I was ridiculed on my appearance. Now, I have a very broad body, and can honestly say that medically, I AM big boned, but i never looked at it that way. In high school, i was clinically depressed, became anorexic and bulimic, and almost landed myself in the hospital because of it. (Bullying REALLY destroys people.) Since then, I've realized that there is NO short cut to losing the weight, and it’s going to take time. I just have to be patient (something I don't think ANYONE in the world is good at. :p ) I'm now on my way to my junior year of college, majoring in music (I'm a singer) and losing this weight can improve my chances on success in the music industry and maybe someday land on the Broadway stage, or the Metropolitan Opera House! I'm hoping that I can begin this journey that I’ve started many times and abandoned because of discouragement, and I'm hoping that maybe THIS TIME, I FINALLY reach my goals. :)
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Member Since: 2/14/2011

SparkPoints: 6,216

Fitness Minutes: 9,104

My Goals:
My goal is not really about looking at the pounds, but more about the inches, because I want to take into account that muscle weighs more than fat, that way I don’t get too discouraged when I hop onto the scale...I want to be roughly about a size 10, which is ideal for my body type.

My Program:
Being a college student, it makes it even harder to make time to do this the right way. However, I think I found a method that actually works for me: I get up around 8am, 2 hours before my classes, pop in my Zumba disk and just have fun with it. :) Also, walking to class instead of taking the shuttle is a nice touch! :)

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BIGGESTWINNERS
2/16/2011 2:23:55 PM

Glad you are here! You will find so much support and make new friends! This is a great place to learn about healthy eatting and the right way to exercise. Make sure to make time to create and update your Spark Page. It is so helpful to keep motivated and you can keep track of your friends and teams. If you need any help just hollar!!! Feel free to add me as a Friend!! Check out my Spark Page and blogs! I just started a new challenge. It's called "The 10/10/10 Challenge." Please join! Web links below or the links on my SparkPage! Again, Welcome to SparkPeople! We are glad you are here!




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MRE1956
2/16/2011 7:19:18 AM

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2/15/2011 11:31:38 PM

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Welcome to spark! This site has helped me lose 63 pounds, bringing my total to 81 lost! If I can stick to it, you can too! Happy Sparking!



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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
2/15/2011 11:22:05 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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RODJAMES
2/14/2011 9:21:50 PM

Congratulations on getting started! - Hardest Part Over!!
good luck with your goals - you can do it !



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