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Hi there! I'm ActionBabe, or AB, if you will. I'm an actor, singer, dancer, and in order to take my career to the next level I need to tone up and become the Action Hero I've always wanted to be! This will be a long journey, as there are so many things I need to learn and accomplish, but I'm ready to take them on and hope you'll join me!

I've had many ups and downs. But it didn't start out that way. When I was a kid I was highly active, swimming, playing soccer, gymnastics, dance. I went through my teenage years with some amazing body image, not because I was skinny, just because I thought that everyone just had the body they had and whatever. Then my acting took me into the professional realm, I went to dance school, and things changed.

When I'm connected with my body and its needs I automatically veer towards a plant-based diet. I love fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, clean proteins and grains. My morning oatmeal is one of my favourite foods. But the stress of 14+ hour days made my body change shape. I became leaner, though I'm sure I still weighed the same, I'd been 160 since I was 16, there didn't seem to be anything wrong with that. I was starting to look more like a dancer though, so no complaints there!

After graduating I joined my first ever gym. The assessment scarred me for life. They measured my BF%, called me fat, and told me that without a personal trainer I was doomed to a life of flab and that my dancing would only injure me within the next five years and then I'd be screwed. I didn't know that these were sales tactics, I had no money, I couldn't get the magical personal trainer that would keep my career alive. I wish I knew then what I know now, I'd have slapped that sales rep and walked out. But I didn't, I turned to magazines, books, and crazy diets to try and rid myself of the terrifying 'fat'. I was 160, I always had been.

The following year I became obsessed with food and my eating habits. I followed diets, some good, some bad. By Jan 2009 I had gained and lost the same 5lbs at least three times, I was still 160. I didn't know what to do. I had taken my first film class, and at the graduating showcase, the head of the academy pulled me aside and told me something life changing. "In real life you're perfect, but for film you're halfway between everything. Now I want you to make it, and I want to help you make it, but here's the deal, you need to either go on the cookies and peanut butter diet and become the chubby best friend, or hit the gym like no tomorrow and become the next Lara Croft. I'll support you either way."

I called a friend that night, he was a personal trainer. He put me on a twice daily workout schedule, he left the food part up to me because he thought I was okay with that. Truth is, I wasn't. In the past year of dieting I'd picked up a really bad bingeing habit, something I had never done before (okay, maybe once a month, maybe), but not to this extent. Sugar controlled my life. He put me on some crazy fat burners. I was working full time and doing a show at nights. I burned out within 3 months, quit my job, finished the show, and holed up in my apartment for a month sleeping and eating. I was down to 155. Three months of work and I was rewarded with a measley 5lb loss. I don't know what I weighed when I resurfaced again. Probably more.

I went to a naturopath/counsellor and started therapy.

In summer 2009 I hired a (better) trainer and a nutritionist, I weighed 167 when I started, and despite high compliance and lots of hard work, the scale didn't budge. My body composition changed. I could lift more, felt stronger and better. But I knew I was heading towards another burn out, fast. Training 4+ days a week to get ready for a photoshoot, carb cycling and tracking everything that went into my mouth, the day of my photoshoot, December 16th, I weighed 166. I had trained for 5 months. After that was the Christmas holidays. I got up above 170 and haven't been under since then.

I was right about the burn out. The depression hit around February and stuck through most of March, I still trained, on and off, maybe 1 day/week in the gym. I cycle almost daily so I was still moving, but I wasn't doing anything fun. It wasn't fun anymore, and I was starting to lose my mind. It all seemed so hopeless. Then finally, finally the lightbulb lit.

My coach mentioned something about an autoimmune disease. I had been diagnosed with gluten intolerance halfway through 2009, my naturopath wanted me to go off dairy because she suspected a casein allergy, and now I might have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Enough is enough. I went 'House'. I decided that all these things were symptoms, the weight gain, the depression, the lack of energy, the sugar cravings, the food intolerances, the digestive problems. I put them all on my little whiteboard and started the diagnostics. I found the answer: Candida.

Now I'm starting treatment. And that's how I'm going to view it: treamtment. I'm recovering from a disease. This is not a special diet to finally lose the weight I've wanted to lose, though I'm sure that will be a byproduct. This is a treatment cycle to get me healthy, balanced and on the right track. Finally I have the answer and finally I can start taking care of myself.

It's going to be hard. Candida die-off has some crazy symptoms. But I know I can get through it, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I see myself: happy, fit, energetic, and sane!

Member Since: 12/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 970

My Goals:
- Get my motorcycle license
- Get signed with an awesome agency
- Have my first professional day on set
- Break my sugar addiction

My Program:
THIS MONTH: I am taking on the Candida Diet to finally tackle and conquer my sugar cravings and lose stubborn weight.

I've also decided to do the P90X Lean Body Program!

Personal Information:
I'm a Toronto actor/singer at the beginning of my career, looking to break into the film industry!

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