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"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

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My baby when he was a kitten. He's grown into those paws.

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The grumpy box turtle takes her bath

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I am a 4am warrior
I am a 5am swim
I am a survivor, a thriver
In every limb

I am a fighter
The demons won't win
I am a dragon,
A shark, watch the fin

I am an athlete
My strength knows no bounds
I am recovery
This is MY battleground

I'm 33.
I officially dedicated myself to Spark on December 28, 2015. I weighed in at 261 pounds. I had about 131 pounds to lose. This journey has been a roller coaster. I lost 104 pounds and have regained most of it back over the last three (?) years. It's been rough. I've struggled so much with my mental health and it's impacted my physical health tremendously. But we fight on, right? I'm ready for the next round.
Re-dedicated to Spark on January 1, 2021 at 240.6 pounds. I have 100-110 pounds to lose.
I LOVE triathlons, but of course have no gym access during this pandemic and I've gotten terribly out of shape. I'm back to basics and just walking until I lose enough weight to get my asthma under control again.

I live with my husband, along with our three dogs, three cats, and cranky box turtle. Our dogs include a goofy Great Dane, a neurotic rat terrier, and a spastic meagle (beagle/min pin mix). I cannot go five minutes without talking about my dogs. Our cats are a short haired gray and white domestic, an all white munchkin, and a tortie munchkin.

I own a pet care business walking dogs, doing check-ins, and a lot of overnight sitting. I love what I do. I'm also working towards publishing my poetry.

I have a BA in English - professional writing, (minored in political science and sociology) and an MA in technical communication. I realized however, that offices and office politics (and the lack of employment opportunities) were driving my depression and anxiety so I've stepped out of the arena. I created my own job - see above.

I'm a liberal, through and through. I believe in LGBTQ rights, women's rights, abortion rights, health care rights, environmental protections, that global warming is real, that the earth is round, etc.

I was raised an Episcopalian. I considered myself a Christian and was active in the church until late 2016. I now identify as atheist.

I LOVE reading. I love the classics, historical fiction, manga, horror, thriller, mystery, graphic novels, fantasy/sci-fi, etc. My favorite authors include Shakespeare, Poe, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Rowling, Ken Follett, Preston & Child, Douglas Adams, etc.
I also enjoy miniatures, but because of space limitations at home and a couple of naughty cats it's on the back burner.
My favorite TV shows include Bones, Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Melissa & Joey, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Criminal Minds, Psych, etc.

Mental health has always been an issue for me. I've been suicidal since I was five years old. I've lost count of how many attempts I've made. I struggle with BPD (borderline personality disorder). I am seeing a therapist.
I have struggled with eating disorders since 1999. (Anorexia, binge eating, purging, etc.) If I hear one more person say, "I wish I could be anorexic," I'm going to kick them. Food is a challenge for me and every bite is a battle. I am either feeding the disease or fighting it.

Member Since: 7/25/2013

Fitness Minutes: 79,342

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Walk 25 minutes every day

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I have lived in Texas all my life, however I have traveled around the world. I've been to France, Portugal, England, Canada, Mexico and to a few states. I generally LOVE traveling, just never by boat/ship. Experiencing other cultures, lifestyles, food, everything, is the highlight of my life. My favorite city in the US is Seattle. My favorite place abroad is England, particularly Canterbury. I adore Canterbury. These days though, I much prefer to stay home with my pets. I'm away for work so much, that sleeping in my own bed is a luxury.

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    Welcome the to Scarlet Dragons!! So glad you joined!

    Scavenger hunt is going on! I'll share some of my answers and you can reply on my page with yours!

    Do you like your dentist?
    Have you eaten escargot?
    What month were you born in?
    Have you bought a lottery ticket?

    I like my dentist, I was born in March, I grew up in the country, I have had broken several bones.

    Join in the fun and check out the Scarlet Dragons Biggest Loser Page! There are lots of dragons waiting to meet you!

    1709 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2016 5:03:03 AM
    emoticon Welcome to the Scarlet Dragons Team. We are glad to have you with us. Looking forward to getting to know you.
    1709 days ago
  • v KURTZIE1998
    emoticon to the Dragons.

    Here are some questions and answers to the hunt, hope I helped you.

    1. have you been on TV - I have
    2 .Would your bungee Jump
    3. grew up in the country
    4. have you bought a lottery ticket
    5. do you like roller coasters
    6. do you have a collection, I have dickens spoons and fairy tale dishes (tiny)
    My favorite color is blue, hope it is yours
    my favorite season is spring, is winter yours
    have you ever walked out ob the bathroom with tp trailing? I have
    have you eaten escargot. I have
    ever broke a bone, no here
    favorite movies are Casablanca and sound of music
    I was born in Sept when where you born
    have you not traveled by plane
    My hobby is playing computer games and reading, is yours
    my hair is sliver gray and I have hazel eyes, what is yours

    1709 days ago
  • v AMY_1217
    You brave brave soul! lol
    1710 days ago
  • v AMY_1217
    Hi Lauren! I haven't been to the team yet this morning, so I don't know if you've accepted the invite to the dragons yet, but we're in a scavenger hunt so I'm asking questions anyway lol.

    Have a fantastic day!

    I'm still on the hunt for someone who would bungee jump (not if my life depended on it lol), someone who likes adult coloring books (well, yeah, since it's my hobby lol), anyone who's never been on a plane (I have), someone who's ridden a camel or a unicycle (no and no), who's favorite color is purple (deep purple actually, but it's hard enough to find someone to say purple lol), who's favorite season is winter (definitely NOT me lol), who's watched Sleepless in Seattle, trailed toilet paper on their shoe (that's a yes for me, btw), has eaten escargot (bleh, NO lol) or broke a bone (I have a yes on that one somewhere, but I lost it again lol...and I'm a yes on that one, broke my ankle the summer after I graduated).
    1710 days ago
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