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I never updated this area since I started Spark. I suppose its time to tell my story.

I have been overweight all my life. When I was very young my mom became sick with an unknown disorder (still to this day unknown). I was only 8 years old and already knew medical lingo that adults dont even know how to pronounce let alone what it means. I started to form an immense fear that my mother may not live to see me grow up. I became very depressed and even agoraphobic. Through the years it progressed into a big emotional mess. I had been on nearly every pill, visited so many doctors, and even was hospitalized for depression. Things got so bad that I had to be pulled out of school in 8th grade just so the focus could be to get me mentally healthy. I did have a few year stint where I was an emotional eater. I could sit down and finish off a whopper, and a cheeseburger, and a hershey pie and still not feel satisfied. That was short lived, but the damage it did was devastating to me. Since I became agoraphobic and was terrified to leave my house I gained alot of weight from lack of movement and too much eating. By the time I was about 18 I started to break my shell. I was inspired by a chef named Paula Dean. I heard that she too had been agoraphobic at one time but is now a happy healthy thriving woman. I was so inspired that I ran to my mom and told her I want to go to culinary school. I had always had a passion for cooking but my agoraphobia kept me strictly inside my own kitchen. My mom didn't believe me but followed along with all the ''preparation'' of finding the perfect school. Mind you, I hadnt been in school for nearly 6 years at this point. I found a community college since we werent quite sure I was going to make it. The first few semesters were rough. I still had bouts of depression and I was VERY self conscious. I sort of felt like I fit in only because theres not many skinny chefs out there. One year into school my shyness, agoraphobia, depression - you name it...was gone. I had fully recovered from depression. body did not recover from it. I was already over weight and school did not help one bit. I finally made the decision over the summer to make a big change. I was mentally healthy, and I wanted to become physically healthy as well. I didn't take a cooking class all summer and I went to try on my uniform for school and it was very tight. I sighed and decided it was time for a change. Here I am...if I could beat depression - I can beat obesity too.

Member Since: 7/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,782

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See the 170s by my birthday (January)

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Trying to change my eating habits as a whole, not considering it a diet!

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Im from the Chicaoland area. I am trained as a chef and work odd jobs here n there with catering and foods!

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    That's awesome!! It's cool to know someone is so close! Yeah I have definitely gone past the YMCA a couple times but have never gone. I have friends who work there though, haha.
    1688 days ago
    Haha thanks for the comment :) I live in the south suburbs of Chicago and go to school in Elmhurst. That's awesome that you live by O'Hare - I have friends in DesPlaines!

    Hope you're having a great week! emoticon
    1688 days ago
    Hello! I'm beth :) I read your last bloc and I have to say I REALLY like your attitude! Sounds like you are off to a great start. Keep up the hard work, you can do it! I added you. Have a great day!

    1689 days ago
    Hey there!
    I saw your post in the message board for accountability buddies and I would love to add you as a friend as I am also looking to make myself more accountable! Lets push forward together!
    1695 days ago
    I want to thank you for participating in the July Step Challenge! You did an amazing job!

    I am so proud of your effort! You were a big part of our 5 million steps!

    Keep stepping! emoticon
    Marisa (TXPATRIOT)
    1700 days ago
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