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Another re-write/ amendment to the ol' Spark profile is in order. Heeeeeeere we go... starting, of course, with the Readerís Digest version from the beginning:

- I started up on Spark in July 2008, while working for an internet startup in NYC and life was good. I got on the horse, started exercising regularly, tracking my meals, yadda yadda. All good stuff.

- January 2009 I was laid off with 85% of my colleagues. That. Just. Sucked. I probably donít need to tell you ...
Another re-write/ amendment to the ol' Spark profile is in order. Heeeeeeere we go... starting, of course, with the Readerís Digest version from the beginning:

- I started up on Spark in July 2008, while working for an internet startup in NYC and life was good. I got on the horse, started exercising regularly, tracking my meals, yadda yadda. All good stuff.

- January 2009 I was laid off with 85% of my colleagues. That. Just. Sucked. I probably donít need to tell you about how despite my wanting to make a negative into a positive, being unemployed during an economic depression was not good for my psyche or my waistline. Boo.

- Spring 2009 things look up Ė the Mister and I move to Raleigh, NC and I start up with a new job that has me working from home. This allows me to commit more time to working out and have healthier meals because Iím home and not counting on convenience foods. I drop mad poundage and even get certified and begin teaching Zumba at the local Y. At this point, life is good.

- And then it all blows up. November 2010 Iím laid off AGAIN. (Double-you-tee-eff, right?!) And there are NO jobs in RaleighÖ and teaching alone sadly wasnít going to be enough. All that combined with family illness led us to decide to move back to the NYC Metro area.

- I start a new job in NYC January 2011. Great people, cool officeÖ but CRAZY stress, nutsy hours, and weíre still figuring out our new living situation. All in all, a recipe for disaster health-wise. Yes, I was walking more, but when youíre also eating more, things donít offset quite the way you want them to. Yes, I gained. I didnít gain even close to everything I lost back (thank God), but just enough to be annoyed. Boo, again.

- But then, a wild "yay" appears. October 2011 brought me my dream job, back working in the education industry, working on a salary instead of a draw, and working for a company that actually gives a fig about its people. I work from home part of the time and am in the field part of the time... well... most of the time. In the field means running between college campuses, carrying heavy marketing materials up and down subway steps, etc. The bad news is that my exercise schedule went to crap. The good news is that given all the running I do for work, I didn't end up gaining nearly as much as I could have, given that my eating habits went a bit off the rails, too (eating out can be the devil when you are pressed for time and not paying the attention you should to your choices!!!!).

- And now, the latest twist (which not even my family knows about as of today, 11/26): Come January, we will be moving BACK to Raleigh, NC due to a job transfer on my end. Ironic, no? Yes. The good news means that with the new territory, I'll have increased control over my schedule, and I will most likely live in a community that has a gym for me to access for free. Oh, and the whole rest of the quality of life stuff.

BEE TEE DUBS... I'm planning a wedding and need to make sure the dress I already purchased not only fits, but looks amazeballs come August 23rd, 2014.
So, yes.

Ain't got no time fo' BLAH.

Iím back, baby.
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Member Since: 7/11/2008

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My Goals:
- Be wedding-ready by 8/23/2014!

- Overall healthier lifestyle.

- Exercise EVERY DAY. Period. No excuses.

- Feel good... and look FABULOUS!

My Program:
- EXERCISE!!!!! Like, a lot. Sweat is mah friend!!!!

- Get myself a gig teaching ZUMBA! (I'm Certified, you know!)

- Staying within a reasonable calorie range while still allowing myself to live and enjoy. All things in moderation!



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I'm Melissa, of course...

Made in the USA with 100% Cuban parts.


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If you can quote any of the following, we will get along FAMOUSLY:

- MTV's "The State"
- "Anchorman"
- "I Love You Man"

I'm also really into Top Chef and anything ghost-related (Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, etc.) . In fact, if there were a show where ghosts participate in timed, cooking-centric challenges, I would be its biggest fan and die totally happy. True story.

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The Aries girl wanted to be like her father, so she always takes the lead. Aries must watch for accidents and also for injury to the head. Aries gets along with Leo, Sagittarius, Libra, Gemini and Aquarius.

The symbol for Aries is the Ram, because of the headlong, direct, and assertive nature of the sign. The sign is also symbolized by seeds shooting out of the ground in the springtime, suggesting a time and spirit of renewal.

In Aries, the Sun is highly action oriented. You like to do your thing, and you are opinionated and direct in doing it. Your Aries personality constantly wants to charge ahead, and insists on being the one who organizes, rather than ever allowing yourself to be led or organized by others. You have a hard time recognizing any point of view except your own. Highly action oriented, when an idea strikes you, you are off quickly to carry it out. Yet you are not so good in seeing projects through to a conclusion. Follow-up and finish work are not matters that suit your style. You constantly need new goals, new projects, and new challenges.
You are a quick learner and a self-starter; enthusiastic and curious. The main challenge for an Aries Sun sign native is the control of impulses. You must avoid scattering forces, for if you can learn to think before taking action, your energetic nature will enable you to do much. Natural impulsiveness and inability to listen to the advice of others sometimes involves you in difficulties. To succeed, you must learn to think everything through carefully before you proceed. Patience and the ability to plan are areas in which you may have to apply extra effort. You must reflect on the total effect of your actions to grow and progress in life.
You may have a sharp temper and a quick fuse as Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet associated with war and combat. Fortunately, you get over anger as quickly as it comes, and you never hold a grudge. You are neither devious nor subtle in your actions. Many Aries Sun natives are down right blunt. Only with concentration and attention can you ever acquire much diplomacy and tact.
With your natural Aries inclinations, you have a true adventurer's or pioneer's spirit; a longing for independence and a tendency to fancy yourself as a free soul. Born to lead, but not born to handle the mundane responsibility or bureaucratic red tape. When faced with complex details, you become very frustrated. Fully matured, your Aries spirit aspires to a gallant "never say die" attitude, and a willingness to take advantage of each new opportunity that comes along.



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