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I am 24 years old and a healthy individual at a healthy weight. I compete in pageants, and being a short muscular individual is harder than it seems. I'm not as lean as I'd like and would prefer to drop about ten pounds. I get a lot of flack when I say I am trying to watch my calorie intake or lose weight, but I am not in the shape I would Ideally like to be in, and would still like to push myself further. :)

I also have Hashimoto's Hypothyroiditis and have been battling it since I was 13. I don't know if the thyroid condition affects my ability to lose weight, but sometimes I feel it makes it a little harder.

I am complete fitness buff. I was a competitive figure skater for most of my life and have been lifting and doing cardio on a regular basis since my middle school days. In fact, the gym was where I recieved my first pageant suggestion. I entered one, won swimnsuit (as the biggest girl there) and was hooked. It may sound like a silly superficial passion, but pageants are fantastic and have helped me shape into who I am today. I paid for my graduate degree with scholarships earned from the Miss America program and although I am too old to compete another year in the system I am not giving up!

I will be competing in my state usa pageant soon and am very excited. I have never competed in this pageant system but am going to give it my all. Although I am fit, I am short and dont know if I have the ideal stature, but I am determined not to sell myself short (haha) because how can I know if I dont try??

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