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I'm a junior in college with one more semester to go before I gradate. I gained about 40 pounds through high school and my first year of college, and I have lost about 25 pounds over the last year and a half of being on Spark People. At first I lost 20 pounds but then I spent a semester in China and a summer traveling Asia and Europe and gained back 15 -- that was so frustrating! I re-lost all of that weight and now I have about 10-15 pounds to go until I really feel like I am where I want to be.

Here's the original introduction I wrote when I joined SP:

I'm a college sophomore, I've gained about 40 pounds over the past four years, but 30 pounds of it was within six months and the last ten has creeped up slowly. I'm a dancer so I exercise and always watch what I eat but I'm trying to really make a concerted effort to lose the pounds for good and finally have the energy and feel and look as great as I want to!

Member Since: 8/15/2007

Fitness Minutes: 22,823

My Goals:
I want to look incredible.
I want to have energy throughout the day to get through my classes without feeling the need to eat to stay awake.
I want to be a better dancer.
I want to be able to wear the clothes of mine that I can't fit into anymore as well as feeling confident shopping.

My Program:
I'm tracking calories now and figuring a way to plan eating around a hectic class schedule. I'm going to the gym every morning and doing elliptical or the octane trainer (an awesome elliptical-type machine) for 30 minutes plus weight lifting for 30 minutes, different muscle groups on different days. Stretching a couple times a day is very important to me.

Personal Information:
I'm 5'6" and I live in Indiana.

I love ballet and hip-hop. I'm a singer and an actress and being in shape is crucial to my career.

Other Information:
I love movies, especially Titanic, Scary Movie 3, and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

My favorite book is Fall On Your Knees by Anne-Marie McDonald, I also love East of Eden by John Steinbeck, as well as everything by Michael Crichton.

Christina Aguilera is my absolute favorite singer, and I love rock, pop, and hip-hop, as well as country when I'm in the mood. I still love Britney, N Sync, and the Backstreet Boys, I'm not ashamed. I like Kanye West, Mars Volta, Apocalyptica, Ben Folds, and much more... everything but whiny music pretty much.

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    You're doing GREAT! Congrats on your weight loss. I also wanted to THANK YOU for the wonderful VEGAN tips you posted. It so refreshing to read positive encouraging words.

    Keep up the good work and hold on to your positive spirit!
    2690 days ago
    Somehow I never end up checking my sparkmail! I just saw the email you sent me last August! Not only do the trans fats hurt your arteries, they wreak havoc on may other of the bodies hardworking systems. Combine those trans fats with refined sugar, flour, etc. and you have a recipe for disaster! And, congratulations on being SO close to your goal!
    2772 days ago
  • v MILMOM2000NEW
    Just wanted to wish you much luck on reaching your goal! You are SO close ! Congrats on your loss so far! Can't wait to see you achieve it!

    God bless,
    Nikki Lynn :-)
    Team Administrator of the Gosselin 10 Team
    and Pampered Chef
    2836 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend! How did you find me?

    My brother lived and taught in China for two years. He said it was a tremendous experience, but was glad to be home. Then he lived in Paraguay for two years, but he's been back in the States for a few years now.

    Good luck with your goals!
    2879 days ago
    Wow! What an amazing journey! The pictures are great! My husband and I keep talking about visiting all those places someday. My sister in law went to China a couple of years ago and had an amazing time.

    Looks like you are very close to your goal...Congrats!
    2879 days ago
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