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Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Introduction I used to play basketball for a state championship caliber team in East St. Louis, IL. Five coaches including the volleyball and track coaches helped whip the players into shape. We ran steps and “suicides” and practiced just about every day of the week. After high school, I became rather inactive until I picked up walking years later. Still, I was strolling rather than exercising and all of the baklava, Haagen Dazs, Milka, Sierra turkey sandwiches and tiramisu started to catch up with me. I never felt much overweight angst but in May of 2007 even I felt like I was too heavy. Lucky for me, I went to visit friends in New Jersey and New York in 2007. Since I’m completely discombobulated by the subway system there, I ended up lost and on foot a lot. I also lumbered up quite a few stairs at both of my friends’ dwellings one of whom lived in a brownstone. I probably lost around two pounds trekking up those brownstone steps. When I did leave the East Coast, I left four pounds lighter and decided to build momentum and shed more weight. I am now 44 pounds(or 19.96 kilograms) lighter and looking to get leaner.
Favorite Movies Chaos, Mostly Martha, The Color Purple, Daughters of the Dust, The Shawshank Redemption, Blame it on Fidel, The Lives of Others, Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams, A History of Violence, Beautiful Boxer, Leon: The Professional, The Kite Runner, The Namesake, Charlie Wilson's War, After the Wedding, The Pursuit of Happyness, Enemy of the State, Un Air De Famille, Nobody Knows, Whale Rider, Lord of the Rings, Ray, The Station Agent, Since Otar Left, Ma Vie En Rose, La Promesse, Koyla, Shaolin Soccer, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, I'm Not Scared, The Return, The Man Without a Past, No Man's Land, Goodbye Lenin!, Fear and Trembling, The Best of Youth, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Murderball, To Be and To Have, Mad Hot Ballroom, Life + Debt, Lars and the Real Girl, Eagle vs. Shark, The Matrix, Lost Boys of Sudan, Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11, Fight Club, Cast Away, Kill Bill, Trainspotting, Groundhog Day, Little Miss Sunshine, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, God Grew Tired of Us, Who Killed the Electric Car?, The Gleaners and I, Shaun of the Dead, The Kite Runner, I've Loved You So Long, Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi, Elsa and Fred, Russian Dolls, Conviction, Enlighten Up!
Favorite Music Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Outkast, Wyclef Jean, Parliament Funkadelic, Nina Simone, Tuck and Patti, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Chaka Khan, Ashford and Simpson, Tina Turner, Meshell Ndegeocello, Daara J, Zap Mama, Khaled, Faudel, Cheb Mami, Brenda Fassi, Groundation, Cassandra Wilson, Tracy Chapman, Alicia Keys
Favorite Books Sula, Song of Solomon, Push, A Long Way From St. Louie, The Women of Brewster Place, Dreams in Soy Sauce, Mama Day, The Good Negress, Patternmaster, Mind of My Mind, Parable of the Sower, Kindred, Their Eyes Were Watching God, American Dreams, I Am A Black Woman, Next, Gone Fishin', The Gold Cell, gal: a true life, Poems Across the Pavement, Big Bank Take Little Bank, Bulletproof Diva, You Don't Miss Your Water, Guilty Pleasures, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, Angry Women, I've Been A Woman: New and Selected Poems, Leaving Atlanta