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Hey- I'm a 31 yr old woman originally from southeast Mass, and moved to Myrtle Beach, SC in September '08. I have been married for 9 years to an amazing man. I work as a kindergarten assistant 'by day'. I also am a make-up artist, actress & aspiring model. I have been cast as the start of a locally produced film, set to begin production in April 2011! It is a dream come true, and I am beyond excited!!

In Nov. '04 I decided to start losing weight finally when my scale was somewhere about 325-350lb! I have had some rough patches along the way, but five years later, I am still a hundred-ish pounds down, and am finally poised to finish up this weight loss to hopefully start a family soon.

*October '08 - I added this as a blog, but it sums up how I'm feeling lately:
So - With this move and all, and the 'no job' thing still, I have been pretty harsh on myself lately. I've had a bit of the blues, and am still not in a regular routine with exercise. I am getting better at just getting off my butt to go out for a walk, and then lifting some weights after, so it's a start again. I suppose I just frustrated at myself when my fellow sparklers send me messages about how motivating I am, when I'm not feeling particularly motivated right now. I am not a lazy person, but just have not given myself the effort that I know I am capable of and deserve. Feeling a bit lonely down here in a new place, and haven't met anyone my age yet, let alone someone who is on the same page w/fitness or nutrition. Just looking to kick it up. I had set some weight loss goals earlier in the year, and did not meet them. I had "expected" to have reached a first big goal (160lb) on my anniversary last week (10/20), but have basically been the same since the summer (and know, w/out weighing myself) that I have put a bit of weight back on. So, what to do now? I am just trying to continue to start each day healthy, and plan what I eat. It's hard to try to feel "normal", and then it backfire and end up as more overeating. I dunno...just looking to feel that same fire I did last fall when I got cut from Biggest Loser.

*Updates as of December '09: I did finally update my above bio. Things are better, and I am in a better place, and finally have begun realizing my talent, beauty and passion at *this* weight, meaning every day I am worth it, and I cannot worry about how much I weighed 5 years ago...3 years ago...even 18 months ago. I am being the best I can be each day.

Member Since: 11/28/2005

Fitness Minutes: 2,410

My Goals:
*Spend 2010 getting to a healthy weight to prepare myself for

*To not have my thighs rub together when I walk...

*Celebrate the day when I can't shop at Lane Bryant anymore!

*Spread the word of SKORCH Magazine that curvy women are beautiful, sexy, healthy and WORTH IT!!

My Program:
I love to work out now!

Since I have moved, I am totally in need of finding a new workout schedule. I have a gym I can workout in at my parents' house, but need to find a Zumba class SOON!!!

I try to eat very clean during the week, and give a little wiggle room on weekend dinners. I bring lunch to work every day and pack healthy snacks.

My usual eating schedule:
B-fast is either 7:30 or 8am; Snack is an apple and low-fat cheese @ 10ish; Lunch @ 11:30 is a lean cuisine or dinner leftovers; Snack @ 2:30 is edamame or protein shake; Speckial K protein water @ 5ish; Dinner w/Martin depending on gym schedule; Snack around 8:30ish of cereal or oatmeal usually and a small piece of (70% or higher cocoa) dark chocolate

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My husband and I love to cook, which can be a blessing and a curse. We can pull out some fabulously flavorful healthy meals - but we're also really good at making some stuff that will leave you wanting seconds or thirds!

We tried to start a cooking club last year - but it was a bust. Our friends really didn't understand what we wanted to accomplish with it. It turned more into a pot luck.

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    Happy Birthday to You!!

    Born today (June 3), you have a sort of sixth sense that allows you to know, with a kind of uncanny certainty, what others are up to -- beneath the surface, when motives are hidden and intentions are disguised. Surely this talent will serve you well, but it can also be something of a curse, for it is likely to breed in you a kind of suspicion of all people and all situations that is difficult to shake, even in the best of circumstances. At worst, it can make personal relationships very difficult for you; at best, it can keep you out of the kind of trouble from which you may not otherwise recover.

    You are able to see things in a logical progression, even when confusion reigns. Indeed, others are likely to come to you again and again for clarification when the truth is concealed in some way. This doesn't mean you are the kind to do things right at all times -- and when you do make mistakes, they can be very big ones.

    Today’s Gemini Horoscope: You are close to solving a personal mystery, but without the information another carries, you can only get so far.

    Hope your day is wonderful!

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    2215 days ago
    Belated wishes to you for being nominated as MOD!! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    2429 days ago
    Thank you for your realistic point of view that we should not look back but forward to each new day as an opportunity to be successful
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    2435 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss and being named motivator! You look fantastic! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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