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Me at my heaviest of 300

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50 lbs down! Feeling great at 250 (doing my theater thing)

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I'm kind of a big deal. You may not know this, but... people know me. I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books, and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. I'm beginning to think the foliage is out to get me. Apples make me nervous. Well, I'm pretty much always nervous, it's just that I've got into the habit of blaming fruit. I consider myself a nerd proudly, but at the same time, I go to the mall, wear makeup, and own WAY too many pairs of shoes.

I act, I sing, I dance, I run a successful theatre company in Seattle. I have training that has allowed me to perform any number of soliloquies on cue, as if I'm some sort of Shakespearean monkey. If that's not enough for you, I shower.


I had always struggled with my weight. Also fitting in. As a kid, I was active but horrifically made fun of, so miserable. I thought diffierently than others. I loved art, classical music, said things like "Indubidably" at the age of 9. I also weighed more than other kids (the bi-product of another childhood horror I won't discuss here). So naturally, I was the butt of everyone's jokes, which made me need comfort, which made me need mac and cheese. Add the compulsive eating to growing up relatively poor (read: wheat and processed foods are cheap), I slowly ballooned to 300 lbs. And stayed that way. No matter what I did.

I couldn't understand why I looked different than other kids at school. I starved myself on salad like the pretty girls in the lunchroom. Then binge ate pizza after school because I was hungry. I played sports, but was slower than anyone else and was embarrassed when someone pointed out that I couldn't do as many sit ups as everyone else. I was talented on stage with singing and acting, so much so that I was almost always singled out by It was hopeless. I was hopeless.

Enter college. Gone were the days of being targeted by other kids. I had thrown myself into my music during highschool and got pretty good. In college, my new friends didn't care that I was fat. I was good at music, we had things in common, we were all funny and we liked eachother. The weight gain stopped... but didn't reverse. I stayed at 300. I was happier, but still chorus bound.

I tried all manner of things, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine. But at the end of the day I was just not going to give up what I wanted the most. I was going to eat that popcorn chicken dipped in ranch, dammit. And I was going to wash it down with a beer and then eat some ice cream while watching episodes of Lost.

I finished college, saw some moderate stage success with my singing and acting, and even visited New York, Italy, and Washington DC just because I sang well. But I noticed that, just like high school and college, other people were getting picked in leads while I was just as talented, but relegated to the back in the chorus. It wasn't because I wasn't any good, it was because I was too big.

But what could I do? Everything I tried to lose weight, I failed.

Enter Yulia and Mark's Daily Apple. I leapt at the chance to give it one more go. I started eating Primally in February 2011.

It's been a struggle, I've quit and restarted to so many times you'd think I was an engine on a '68 Barracuda. Unlike my PrimalPal Roomie, my weightloss has been more of a 'deflating.' I'm definitely less puffy. I'm down 50, but mostly, I look healthier. I feel healthier. I am healthier.

Recently, I experienced some real life let downs and I am almost nothing if not incensed to make this work.

In this 2014 year, I am looking to really crack down and find out what I can do. I recently broke my leg and this will help the rehabilitation process, though I imagine it may slow my loss. I'm looking to lift twice a week, do moderate movement daily, and add swimming to my exercise rep.

I cannot wait to feel better!!

Member Since: 12/20/2007

Fitness Minutes: 3,365

My Goals:
I need to lose about 130 lbs. I'm really looking forward to feeling my collarbones again!

My Program:
I have given up soda completely, as well as beer (just don't ask me to give up wine!!). I eat Primal (www.marksdailyapple.com) I get in a walk every day as well as a nice alternate weight and cardio workout 3 days a week. I take in about 1200 calories a day (that's just right for my tiny bone structure).

Personal Information:
Seattle, WA

Other Information:
I have a goal of eating 1 avocado a day when I can afford them Since I've started, my skin and hair have never been more beautiful!

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