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I was extremely over weight as a child. I don't know/remember enough about it from when I was very young to really discuss it, but I know that at the time I started high school I was wearing at least a size 18. During my junior and senior years and the beginning of my freshman year at college, I dropped down to a size 14. This was not the result of any conscious effort I made, just increased activity by way of marching band and decreased food intake by way of bad dining hall food. I knew I was still over weight, but all things considered, I was pretty happy at that size.

I started attending weekly showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, during the fall of my freshman year and less than a year later I was performing with the cast, first as Columbia, but later in other roles, including Rocky and Janet (some of the so-called "underwear roles"). I learned to love myself and my body, despite the flaws.

During my junior year of college I moved off campus and began a new relationship with a guy who made a decent living. We ate out a lot, and I started to gain weight. That winter I was a size 16 and miserable. My new years resolution? Loose those ten pounds or so and get back to a 14.

Using the Weight Watchers program (although not attending their meetings) I ultimately lost about 30 pounds, and dropped down to a size 8. Although I was healthy and looked great, Weight Watchers said I still had about ten more pounds to loose, and the struggle to lose those pounds became so frustrating that I eventually fell off the wagon.

I gained back about 5 or 10 pounds, my weight constantly fluctuating as I would see the gain on the scale and get back on track for a week or two. Around that time my boyfriend of nearly 3 years broke it off with me. I moved, not only out of our shared apartment, but to a different state. I left behind my RHPS cast, and all the support they offered and moved to Massachusetts as I thought I'd always wanted. I was fired from the only job I'd had since college. My car was totaled... the list of my trials and tribulations during that year or two go on for quite a while, and I will spare you the details.

All told it was an extremely stressful time in my life and, as a result, all the good eating habits Weight Watchers had taught me went straight out the window, and I turned to old comfort foods to get me through the rough patches. That may not have been so bad, except that even once I was (relatively) in the clear, I continued to neglect the new eating habits I'd learned and instead stuck to the bad habits of my childhood.

I gained back all the weight I'd lost and then some.

The one good thing to come out of that period of my life is my boyfriend. We'd known each other online for a few years, and that first fall in MA, he flew up from Virginia to attend my Halloween party. And as they say, the rest is history. I moved down to Richmond to be with him in the summer of 2008, and quickly shed about ten or twenty pounds (it's hard to say exactly, since I wasn't using my scale).

I don't have a car, and down here there's basically no public transit--so I walk and bike A LOT. My boyfriend and I also have a membership to a nearby rock climbing gym and between his healthy cooking and all the activity the weight just disappeared.

But I still wasn't watching how much I ate, and the weight loss that seemed to be happening so naturally leveled off with me still at a size 14. For the last year so I've gone on and off diets about a dozen times. Sticking to the plan for a week or so, and even then I really stretched the limits of what was and wasn't okay for my diet.

Between dining out for our Halloween anniversary and my November first birthday--not to mention Halloween candy and Halloween party leftovers--and then Thanksgiving, I noticed my size 14 jeans were starting to feel a little snug.

On December 3rd, 2009 I got back on Weight Watchers old, "Winning Points" system. I haven't eaten a single banked point, and I'm not even recording (let alone eating) my copious activity points. I'm doing an exercise dvd nearly every day in addition to my commute to/from work, and I'm feeling the best I've felt in years. I don't know why I waited so long!

Member Since: 10/1/2007

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My Goals:
I want to feel healthier and, I'll be honest, sexier. I'm a professional burlesque dancer, and while I always feel sexy on stage, I often look at the photos afterward and wonder what on Earth compelled me to strip down to my undies in front of strangers.

I'm hoping to hit my goal weight by July.

My Program:
On the whole, I'm working with an old set of Weight Watchers materials. If I could afford the weekly meetings, I might sign up and pick up the new materials, but for now I'm doing alright on my own. I'm also adding exercise to my daily routine so that I'm building muscle and burning fat.

Personal Information:
I grew up in Vermont and New Jersey, and lived in Massachusetts for two years. Currently I live just outside of Richmond, Virginia. I hold a B.A. in theater, and you can visit my professional website at www.ShannonEFullard.com.

In addition to straight theater, I perform burlesque and tell adult fairy tales under the name Lilith Lore (www.LilithLore.com)

I also maintain a blog that is more generally about me (and not just my diet and exercise habits) at http://www.spookyhandle.livejournal.com.

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In case the pictures on the left don't make this abundantly obvious, I'm something of a performing monkey.

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