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Hi! I'm Natalie, I'm 22 years old and I'm a full-time college student. I became a member of sparkpeople a couple years ago, but I stopped using it after a few months. I moved into my first apartment, and I don't have access to internet at home anymore. I've been a yo-yo for the past year...I lost 15 pounds, then gained 25, lost 10, and gained 15 back. Right now, I have lost 20 pounds, and have been able to maintain that. I'm determined to continue my weight loss, finally meet my goal, and ...
Hi! I'm Natalie, I'm 22 years old and I'm a full-time college student. I became a member of sparkpeople a couple years ago, but I stopped using it after a few months. I moved into my first apartment, and I don't have access to internet at home anymore. I've been a yo-yo for the past year...I lost 15 pounds, then gained 25, lost 10, and gained 15 back. Right now, I have lost 20 pounds, and have been able to maintain that. I'm determined to continue my weight loss, finally meet my goal, and become a happier and healthier me.

So my story is...
I've always kind of been chubby. When I was 5, my parents put me in gymnastics and I continued doing that for 7 years. I loved being in gymnastics, and dreamt of being the next Dominique Moceanu. Unfortunately, when I was 12, my height shot up to 5'5 and the rest of my body filled out. I was the first girl in my class to wear a bra! My gymnastics coach told me I couldn't do it anymore because I was too tall and too thick- I wouldn't be able to get enough speed or height to do well.
So like Missy from Bring it on, I joined cheerleading in high school. I liked it, but it wasn't the same. On top of losing my favorite sport, I now had an over awareness of my bigger body. It was an issue I have since struggled with, always wishing I were skinnier.
I also played volleyball, softball and ran track in high school. I love playing sports, but I also love fast food and candy. When I was playing so much sports it didn't effect me that much. But since I graduated, my eating habits remained while I lost my sports. I went from being 36-24-36 and 122 pounds to 185 and a size 15 at my heaviest. I was horrified with myself! I couldn't even look at myself in the mirror.
So I started working out at the gym at school 3 times a week, cut out my beloved fast food and started cooking at home more. I lost 15 pounds in one month and then plateaued. I changed it up and started doing kickboxing, yoga and pilates, and lost another 5 pounds. And that brings us up to date with my journey so far.

So my plan is to eat more fruits, veggies, and lean protein like chicken, turkey and pork tenderloin.
I'm going to do at least 50 minutes of cardio; I'll begin with 3 days a week and then build up to 5 days a week.
For tone, I will use the weight room at school at least 2 days a week. I will also use kickboxing and yoga as well to keep it fresh and not so routine.
I also joined the volleyball team at school.

I will also reward myself when I meet small goals.
~160- New bras
~150- New jeans
~140- Hair done, mani-pedi
~130- New camera to take lots of pictures of the new me!
~125- Dinner at Red Lobster :)

Starting weight: 165
Goal weight: 120-130
Bust: 38
Waist: 27
Hips: 39
Jeans size: 9/11





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Member Since: 6/30/2007

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Fitness Minutes: 595

My Goals:
-Lose weight (of course)
-Be happy with my appearance
-Gain self-confidence
-Quit smoking without gaining weight back
-Exercise regularly
-Create healthier eating habits

My Program:
-Cook healthy homemade meals
-Dine out less
-Variety! Mix it up each day
~elliptical 35 mins.
~treadmill 15 mins.
~cardio kickboxing
~power yoga
~pilates
~yoga booty ballet
~bellydancing
~volleyball
and when weather permits....
~tennis
~swimming
~riding my bike
~beach volleyball
~walking/jogging
~snowboarding
~ice skating

Personal Information:
I consider myself an athletic person, I love playing tennis and volleyball, going swimming, riding my bike, and being outside. I play volleyball at school. I'm a full time student, majoring in psychology with a minor in health systems administration. I'm very involved at school, I'm a teacher's assistant, a tutor, in Psi Chi (a club), and a research assistant. I plan on working with children and adolescents, getting my MBA and eventually my Psy. D; hopefully having my own private practice. I love psych. I find it intellectually stimulating. I'm also on the Dean's List, with a 3.92. I love reading, watching movies, music, and going out with my friends. And if you haven't noticed, I love Marilyn, she's my inspiration.

Other Information:
*Risk more than others think is safe, care more than others think is wise, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible.
*Don't measure life by how many breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
*Women who behave rarely make history.
*When the power of love overcomes the love of power, we will finally live in peace.
*Be the change you wish to see in the world.
*It is by acts, not ideas, that people live.
*To use the word 'try' is to quit with honor.

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LOVEPINK7
4/30/2008 8:45:19 AM

KEEP IT UP!!! YOU CAN DO IT!! Here are some great teams that I hope you join:

Victoria’s Secret Angels: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/VSAngelsTeam

SP Hotties, which is about to start a great challenge called Totally Toned Abs! The challenge is a great way to lose weight/ tone up before summer: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Hotties

Leaving 110-ville, which is a weight support group for those who either are aiming to weigh 120 or below or for anyone who is there now. The team is a great support system and are active on challenges as well: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/leaving110vil
le

Carmen Electra Team is for those who want to look hot! We share beauty/ fitness/ diet tips so we all can be even more gorgeous and glamorous: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/CarmenElectra

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Fans (new team): http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Friends

Hope you join the teams. Good Luck on your weight loss journey! Have a great week!


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VELVET_WINGS
1/22/2008 2:45:45 PM

HAHA I think I have found some one who is as into Norma Jean as I am :)



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LIZZIEJ87
8/19/2007 8:31:42 PM

thanks for your comment, monroe! I'm a big marylin fan, too. always made me feel good to be a little more zoftig. looks like you're doing well, keep it up!



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SPIRITANGEL
8/6/2007 12:36:11 AM

Why God Made Friends

God made the world with a heart full of love
Then He looked down from Heaven above,
And saw that we all need a helping hand,
Someone to share with, who'll understand.
He made special people to see us through
The glad times and the sad times, too;
A person on whom we can always depend,
Someone we can call a friend.
God made friends so we'll carry a part
Of His perfect love in all our hearts.





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SPIRITANGEL
7/30/2007 4:42:35 PM

Hi there!
Just checking up on you, to see how you are doing on your weight lose.
How is everything going with your over all life style.
I wanted to just pop by and wish you luck on your Healthy Journy.
and to let you know I am with you every step of the way.
and to send you some motivation to not give up on yourself.
keep on keeping on,
love spiritangel



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