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Hello, this is Iris from DETROIT and I am 31 Years old!

My dream of becoming healthier is slowly working to my advantage. I have been plump all throughout my teens and adult life. My grandmother even made me join the marching band back in high school (I had to get the biggest uniform they had), so I could slim down some...that only tired me out. I've tried every diet that you can imagine, I can not stand the way I look naked. It is totally disgusting. It is EXTREMELY Hard to lose weight, WHEN YOU ARE AROUND FOOD ALL THE TIME! Mind you, I have a best friend who is a size 5/6 and can eat us both out of house and home...and does not GAIN A POUND! My family is very supportive of me, but I think that I have been genetically linked to being plump. I have been around food all my life...barbeque, sweets, fried chicken, mexican, italian...I LOVE IT ALL! But eating all of that has added pounds to my frame. I am here to fulfill my goal of becoming a healthier individual because I am a Pre-Diabetic. I want to live as long as I possibly can. My motivation: my 2 lil cousin featured in my pic gallery, my mom and my grandmother. With the help of my friends, family, and MY AWESOME IPOD. I am well on my way to making my DREAM OF BECOMING SLIMMER A REALITY. Also, with a few lifestyle changes, I have gone from a Size 22/24 to an 18/20. My ideal size is being a 10/12. I no longer want to put off tomorrow, what I can do TODAY!

This Big Girl is so DONE with:

~ Being the FAT friend w/a pretty face.
~ Shopping in the PLUS SIZE sections of my favorite stores.
~ Having a muffin top.
~ Not being able to wear a bathing suit comfortably
~ Having a double chin.
~ Gasping for air, while climbing a flight of stairs
~ Not being able to play w/my lil cousins, because I get so winded.
~ Having men go through me, just to talk to my sister. I can't stand it
~ The flabby thighs and flabby arms
~ Not being able to find out Victoria's Secret
~ Having to lay down on the bed in order to button/zip up my pants
~ Having relations w/my guy in the dark..cuz I don't want him to see my thickness in the light.
~ Feeling trapped in the seats at the amusement parks.



My Plan of Action

~ Thank GOD EVERYDAY for waking me each day.
~ Exercise at least 5X's a week.
~ Incorporate more Fruits/Veggies into my daily lifestyle
~ Logon onto to Spark People daily.
~ Get in my 8 glasses of water a day.
~ Eliminate soda from my diet.
~ Eat within my calorie range.
~ Sleep for AT LEAST 8 hours a night (So hard 2 do).
~ Lastly, Remain POSITIVE, even through all the negative.

My Ultimate gift to myself once I reach my ideal weight of 160 lbs is lifetime of well-managed health. Not to mention a new wardrobe, and a trip somewhere!

One of my favorite poems:

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a model's fashion size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips
The stride of my steps
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please
And to a man
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees
Then they swarm around me
A hive of honey bees.
I say
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth
The swing of my waist
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back
The sun of my smile
The ride of my breasts
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say
It's in the click of my heels
The bend of my hair
The palm of my hand
The need for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

Member Since: 8/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,968

My Goals:
To be in the best shape of my life...

Eat healthier/well-balanced meals...

Exercise more often than I normally do...

Have a normal BMI..currently in the obese range..

Drink more water...

Login into SP daily/check my messages

Finish school..and most of all..


Lastly, to one day become a Spark People Motivator!

My Program:
I am doing Turbo Jam, Leslie Sansone (WATP) and Core Rhythms~Salsa, Merengue Dancing...for Cardio. I use my resistance bands, weights and toning band for strengthening

I try to hit the gym too and I like to walk for relaxation!

Personal Information:
Name: Iris
From: Southfield/Detroit,
School: DeVry Univ.
Birthday: Sept 4
Zodiac: Virgo all DAY!

I have no children by birth (NOT YET)..and I attend Fountain of Truth Baptist Church in Detroit.

Other Information:
I love to shop, travel, read Urban Novels, go to church, spend time w/my godbaby & cousin. My absolute favorite tv show is GOSSIP GIRL-can't get enough of it! I also like to watch a host of other shows too! I love to cook and bake. My favorite colors are: Black, Red, Royal Blue and Purple. Favorite places to visit: Miami & ATL..they know how to party...
DYKT~I am 5'1" tall and I drive a big ole Chevy Tahoe. My license is personalized to say: U HATIN. Shopping is my forte..A girl can never have enough purses, shoes, clothes and hats.

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