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I'm Eliza. I am American, originally from NYC, living in Miami. In 2010 I moved back to US after living 8 years in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where I ran a creative services business and my two kids were born.

See more about my story, as well as recipes on my blog:

When I first joined SparkPeople I was married to a Dominican man who is the father of my two children, Marcos and Elsa but interestingly enough, the closer I got to my weight goal, the more the true nature my relationship became clear to me. I really was getting my power back and saw that it was not a healthy relationship for me or my children.

So the relationship ended and I took almost two years off from romance on focused on myself and the kids. Unfortunately, the challenges of being single, especially the loneliness, caused the weight to creep back on.

So much of it I think is seeing yourself for who you are and loving yourself at each point in time, all the while working towards improving.

Now, even though I am not at my ideal weight goal, I have much to be grateful for. I have found true love, really super duper true love, with my fianc� Karan who is from South India. Interestingly enough we met in the Dominican Republic -- he came there to work as a ship mechanic -- and we knew each other casually for over a year before love blossomed. Now he waits in the Dominican Republic for a visa to come to the US and I travel back and forth to see him. I came back to the US because it was best for the kids but he loves them as his own and we can't wait to be a family in one house.

Karan is a bodybuilder as well -- couldn't be more fit -- and he has really inspired me to get back to my original weight. He loves me and finds me attractive no matter my size so I'm not during it for him but he is definitely a motivator.

See more about my story, as well as recipes on my blog:

Member Since: 2/2/2007

Fitness Minutes: 38,492

My Goals:
1) Increase energy and flexibility so I can keep up with my two active children

2) Get back to my ideal weight, 105, which also was my size in highschool.

3) Strengthen my knees and surrounding muscles

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I consistently enter my calories and fitness in SparkPeople. I have been trying more and more to be involved in the teams and have participated in several challenges.

Personal Information:
My parents are both fine artists and I grew up in a creative environment in NYC.

I spent most of my child in and out of hospitals for a rare case of Hypervitaminosis A which is an overdose of Vitamin A which causes bone defects concentrated in the knees. I have had approximaly 18 operates on my legs as a child. Thankfully I can walk fine, although with a limp, and am very active as long as it is low impact. I have a fear of one day losing my mobility so losing weight is one way to prevent that.

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I look for creativity in all I do. That's what motivates me.

I love all forms of creative expression and work as a graphic designer. I also draw, photography, write poetry, knit, sew, bead - you name it. Love to cook too.

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    I am really praying for you guys to be able to be together this summer so you can finally start living your life comfortably ^^ What kind of evidence do they even want from you when you try to get a fiance visa? I thought a fiance visa only brought your partner to the States for 3 months so they can marry you? Then after that you can apply for permanent residency for him? I have a best friend from Japan, been married to an American for 5+ years with 2 kids and they denied her to stay here permanent because Jeff did not make 125% above poverty level income for 4 people so he could not be her sponsor. They got a co-sponsor though who makes enough so now they are waiting and hoping. Problem is the agent handling their case is a bit pissy since he had to come in during holidays when he wanted the day off. I really hope all works for you guys. emoticon
    2200 days ago
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    I found your spark page through the recipes. I just joined and I "sensed" you were creative before I read your Profile.
    I "favored" the avocado/salad, the chocolate pudding and the shephard's pie. Becky, the dietician tells me I need to eat more fat. I'm been afraid to, since I know olive oil and avocados are high in fat. But, I will take a "leap" :) and
    make that delicious salad you shared tomorrow. Keep them coming and good luck with your weight loss. I just discovered SPARK, and already the kind of support I receive and the understanding of food/calories is so incredible - nothing a Weight Watcher meeting ever touched!
    2300 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/2/2012 10:38:26 PM
    Contrats CREATIVELIZA !!

    You are doing AWESOME. !!!
    wohooo!!!! excellent work!!

    GO GIRL!!

    derby ann!!!
    3481 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS GIRL on reaching your goal!! emoticon emoticon I am very proud of you!! YOU LOOK SO AWESOME. YOUR SMILE IS WORTH A MILLION WORDS! JA JA JA!!! NOW TELL US HOW DID YOU DO IT???????
    3482 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2008 8:14:30 PM
    Hi Creativeliza. How are you? I've been thinking of you theese days. Saw the news about the hurricanes and was just hoping all is well for you and that you were not affected by the storm.

    May you be blessed ans be safe!!

    Wilma emoticon
    3511 days ago
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