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"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."




My baby when he was a kitten. He's grown into those paws.




The grumpy box turtle takes her bath


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I'm 30. I officially dedicated myself to Spark on December 28, 2015. I weighed in at 261 pounds. I had about 131 pounds to lose. As of February 4, 2017, I have 42.8 pounds to lose. Family I live with my husband and wife (we're poly), along with our four dogs, four cats, three box turtles and betta fish. Our dogs include a goofy Great Dane, a neurotic rat terrier, a grumpy chihuahua, and a spastic meagle (beagle/min pin mix). Our cats are a short haired gray and white domestic, a calico, an all white munchkin with a blue eye and amber eye, and a tortie munchkin. Our box turtles include a cranky American and two baby Easterns. Work I own a family care business and work with children, pets, seniors, etc. I love what I do. I am thinking about going back to school for accounting though. Education I have a BA in English - professional writing, (minored in political science and sociology) and an MA in technical communication. I realized however, that offices and office politics (and the lack of employment opportunities) were driving my depression and anxiety so I've stepped out of the arena, much to husband's intense disappointment. I created my own job - see above. Politics I'm a liberal, through and through. I believe in LGBTQ rights, women's rights, abortion rights, health care rights, environmental protections, that global warming is real, that the earth is round, etc. Religion I was raised an Episcopalian and considered myself a Christian until late 2016. I now identify as atheist. Hobbies I LOVE reading. I love the classics, historical fiction, manga, horror, thriller, mystery, graphic novels, fantasy/sci-fi, etc. My favorite authors include Shakespeare, Poe, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Rowling, Ken Follett, Preston & Child, Douglas Adams, etc. I also enjoy miniatures, but because of space limitations at home and a couple of naughty cats it's on the back burner. My favorite TV shows include Supernatural, Melissa & Joey, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Criminal Minds, Psych, etc. Health Mental health has always been an issue for me. I've been suicidal since I was five years old. I've lost count of how many attempts I've made. Now, having finally found the right therapist, I am depression free and no longer suicidal. I no longer need my medication. I'm doing so well. I just can't believe it. But I can, because I worked hard to get here. I still struggle with BPD (borderline personality disorder), but I have more good days than bad. Usually I blog when I feel that way and it helps. I've struggled with anorexia since 1999. I just have to keep a close eye on myself to make sure I don't slip. (It also helps to have a couple people I can be held accountable to for eating right, not binging, etc.) And if I hear one more person say, "I wish I could be anorexic," I'm going to kick them.

Member Since: 7/25/2013

Fitness Minutes: 39,539

My Goals:
2017
Jan. 8: Indoor Triathlon
Jan./Feb.: Hire swim coach to improve form
Feb. 27: Olympic-distance triathlon
May-Nov.: Half-Ironman Training
General: 1-2 more official races for the year

2018
Austin Half-Ironman (no idea if I'll actually be ready)

Other Goals:
KONA IRONMAN
Obstacle Course race (American Ninja Warrior???)
Black Belt


My Program:
I'll be starting Half-Ironman training in May.
For Olypmic-distance triathlon training I would swim Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Bike Tuesday and Saturday. Run Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Strength train with Bodypump Tuesday and Thursday. I also tend to round out my training days to two hours and will do the elliptical to fill in any significant time gaps. I'm still deciding on my Half-Ironman plan. Will update when I figure out which one.



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I have lived in Texas all my life, however I have traveled around the world. I've been to France, Portugal, England, Canada, Mexico and to a few states. I LOVE traveling. Experiencing other cultures, lifestyles, food, everything, is the highlight of my life. My favorite city in the US is Seattle. My favorite place abroad is England, particularly Canterbury. I adore Canterbury.


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  • v REDROBIN47
    It's so hard to believe we are starting week 7 of the Summer emoticon BL Challenge. It sure is flying emoticon by. Let's block out those Bingo Cards this week and show everyone what Dragons are made of.

    GO DRAGONS!!

    ~Carol~ (RED)
    2 days ago
  • v WINTERFLOWER
    Wow! We're almost to the end of week 6!! I hope you are able to stop by the Indigo Shuffle and add a few more exercises emoticon emoticon to some of the rounds while working up a thirst emoticon for the nutrition ITC! Scarlet Dragons are the BEST! emoticon
    4 days ago
  • v GRATTECIELLA
    Hope you are doing great! Have a wonderful, active, and healthy weekend, and go Scarlet dragons! 🐲πŸ”₯πŸ‰πŸ…πŸ†πŸ’ͺ
    6 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    Lauren the sorting hats are really easy, but time consuming. I made home made modelling clay, which was a little more tricky, bu way cheaper than purchasing it. Here is the link to the recipe I used. https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/how-to-
    make-modeling-chocolate/2db5624c-940f-
    41a9-b66f-f4be29660c57 All you do is roll some out and use a small round cutter for the bottom, then roll a small amount into a ball then shape into a cone. Join together. I use a modelling tool from Walmart long ans skinny with slight hooks on both end, bend the hat into the shape I want (or what the clay allows). Then use the smaller end of the tool to make the mouth and eyes. I used white edible dust for the eyes applied with a small paint brush. Bronze edible dust do colour the hat, then black disco dust for highlights. Cake decorating stores or online.

    I am going to put them on sorting cupcake. Any cupcake recipe the filling below. Divid into four. Food colouring to make the four house colours. Fill the cupcakes with the four colours. You can use a filling tip and icing bag, a knife to cut out some of the cake or a tool that you cake find at a specialty store or bulk barn, maybe even Walmart.



    Cream Filling:
    1/2 Cup Whole (Vitamin D) Milk (not 2%, 1%, or fat free)
    3 Tablespoons Flour
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 Cup Butter (not margarine) barely room temp
    1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar (NOT powdered sugar)

    In a small saucepan, whisk flour into the milk until smooth. Heat, stirring constantly, until very thick, thicker than pudding. Remove and allow to cool fully. You can sit the pan in an icebath if you don’t want to wait.

    In your mixer, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add vanilla.

    Once cool, add the flour/milk/vanilla mix to the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy.

    When finished, it will look like whipped cream, but be much thicker.


    6 days ago
  • v MAWMAW101
    Congrats Star, I hope you have enjoyed being our star in the Starlight! emoticon emoticon
    10 days ago
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