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    The Tao of Me.

    My name is Vanessa Adams. I always use the handle 'dvsness' since I am Devious Ness; my nephews had/have a hard time saying Vanessa so we shortened it to Ness or Nessie for them. Ness is always ok with me, but adults should refrain from calling me Nessie.

    The nephews I refer to are actually cousins, the four boys of my first cousin, Dawn, who is like a sister to me, since I am an only child. Their names are Dylan, Shane, Ryan and Kyle - just in case they forget that we're Irish. Those boys are the loves of my life.

    I am currently in a long distance relationship with Danny (he posts here as Deserusan) and we've been together for almost a year. This is the first time I've had a boyfriend outside of my area code, and honestly, it sucks. Though I am a very independant person and we talk a few times a day, some things can't be handled on the phone.

    I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Though I have lived in NV and TX, I always seem to gravitate back home despite the ridiculous cost of living. I'm probably a little crazy for doing so. I currently work in publishing full time, handling distribution/logistics for a major periodical company. I am also sponsored by Prolab and perform demos for them at various Vitamin Shoppes and other sports supplement stores. My 'real' job bores me and the only positive aspect is that I'm very efficient so I have tons of time to play on the forums. I would really like to segway my love for this sport into a full time gig, but only time will tell.

    I'm a member of Mensa and Intertel (well, no longer since I stopped paying my dues, but I qualify, dammit!). I love cooking and eating, and I actually knit and crochet quite well. I have two cats named Dammit and Janet.

    I have a major sweet tooth and on the rare occasions that I remember my dreams, they are always about something I posted pics of in my Food Porn Thread.


    I wish I'd discovered this world sooner. I feel like I started very late and I'm so far behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyMuscle View Post
    I also managed an LA Weightloss Center but quit because I couldn't stomach the BS I was taught to tell my clients. It was a good experience inthat I understand the business side of the weightloss industry a little more. I learned that I can't compromise my principles and morals for $$$.
    Yes the concept was good and I loved helping people but it was just like everything, all about the money. I love sales and working with people, and helping people, but its def hard to mix sales, feelings, esteem and everything. It's just like anything in though with people that overweight, if they actually do it it would work for them. I saw a lot of people lose a ton of weight. It's just hard because, the program is not for everyone and its hard to see people who don't have a lot of money to begin with spend so much money to just not follow it. And your job is to keep making them come back and spend more money regardless. That's what I loved about training I could be open and honest and say if you don't think you're ready don't waste your time or money, because the best program in the world and the best supplements still won't work unless YOU do it. If I said that at LA Weight Loss I would be shot - LOL, but thats why IMO they had so many disgruntled customers.
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    Ah, the diet industry. It's one of the only businesses that succeeds by failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvsness View Post
    I have two cats named Dammit and Janet.
    LMAO! classic
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvsness View Post
    Ah, the diet industry. It's one of the only businesses that succeeds by failure.


    So true!!!

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    Thanks sallyanne for this awesome thread. I want to go back and respond to everyone. lol! I've learned so much about everyone so far. FUN!

    I'll get mines going in a few.

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    We have a lot in common competitevly
    Quote Originally Posted by fitlei View Post
    - Just competed in my 2nd show (USBF Jersey Shore Natural) and won the figure short and overall(out of 15 girls). My 1st comp (NPC Northern States) I placed 7th out of 16 girls.
    I did the seekonk,MA one in April too and also won the short and overall

    Quote Originally Posted by fitlei View Post
    - I'm half Samoan/German.. I look spanish so I'm used to the hola mami como esta comments lol... thankfully 7 yrs of spanish helps me to respond lol
    I'm 1/2 greek, black, and native american so I get the same thing, or people asking me where I just went on vacation when It's my natural color lol

    Quote Originally Posted by fitlei View Post
    I'm working with Mike Davies
    I'm with him too, first time this year and I have seen the most progress with him, I have never had a trainer before always did it myself, and although I truly believe its important to learn A LOT on your own , he is great! I need someone to say do this do that because I go mental sometimes when I look in the mirror and make stupid adjustments when I need to just leave stuff alone. I know he has a lot of girls but I email him a gazillion times and he always gets back to me, changes things for me often (my body is very weird), and when I got a stomach bug three days before my comp he was on the phone with me at 10:00 at night reassuring me and giving me updates every few hours the whole few next days. He's so honest about his opinions which I love! And I love his cardio! I actually feel like I'm more of an athlete than just chugging along getting my 30 minutes in. Plus he actually changes a lot for me and answers my questions and listens to my ideas, I need to know why I'm doing something and he will explain it, short and sweet but still helps.

    Quote Originally Posted by fitlei View Post
    - Interested in taking some jiu jitsu classes... MMA is hott... hopefully it will tone up my stubborn legs...
    LOVE MMA! My husband's cousin actually fights, he trains at Gracie's gym in Derry, NH. We go to watch him fight and its awesome! His last fight he won by excessive strikes, and the fight before that guillotine choke!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvsness View Post
    The Tao of Me.

    My name is Vanessa Adams. I always use the handle 'dvsness' since I am Devious Ness; my nephews had/have a hard time saying Vanessa so we shortened it to Ness or Nessie for them. Ness is always ok with me, but adults should refrain from calling me Nessie.

    The nephews I refer to are actually cousins, the four boys of my first cousin, Dawn, who is like a sister to me, since I am an only child. Their names are Dylan, Shane, Ryan and Kyle - just in case they forget that we're Irish. Those boys are the loves of my life.

    I am currently in a long distance relationship with Danny (he posts here as Deserusan) and we've been together for almost a year. This is the first time I've had a boyfriend outside of my area code, and honestly, it sucks. Though I am a very independant person and we talk a few times a day, some things can't be handled on the phone.

    I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Though I have lived in NV and TX, I always seem to gravitate back home despite the ridiculous cost of living. I'm probably a little crazy for doing so. I currently work in publishing full time, handling distribution/logistics for a major periodical company. I am also sponsored by Prolab and perform demos for them at various Vitamin Shoppes and other sports supplement stores. My 'real' job bores me and the only positive aspect is that I'm very efficient so I have tons of time to play on the forums. I would really like to segway my love for this sport into a full time gig, but only time will tell.

    I'm a member of Mensa and Intertel (well, no longer since I stopped paying my dues, but I qualify, dammit!). I love cooking and eating, and I actually knit and crochet quite well. I have two cats named Dammit and Janet.

    I have a major sweet tooth and on the rare occasions that I remember my dreams, they are always about something I posted pics of in my Food Porn Thread.


    I wish I'd discovered this world sooner. I feel like I started very late and I'm so far behind.
    ok. we have a Mensa member among us.

    I can't even begin to decribe how impressed I am. When did you take the test, and what was it like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fitmomma3 View Post
    LMAO! classic
    I like saying, "Dammit, get off the dresser!" I have had many odd animal names. At one point the cats and gerbil were Chaos, Panic and Disorder. In Tx I had ducks named Ben Afflack and Gregory Peck.

    Quote Originally Posted by sallyanne View Post
    ok. we have a Mensa member among us.

    I can't even begin to decribe how impressed I am. When did you take the test, and what was it like?
    I was 4. I don't remember a thing. I have a whole sheet written by the administrator at NYU where I took it, though. Apparently I was supposed to be some kind of prodigy. That led to many years of ballet, piano and Latin, none of which interested me much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvsness View Post
    I was 4. I don't remember a thing. I have a whole sheet written by the administrator at NYU where I took it, though. Apparently I was supposed to be some kind of prodigy. That led to many years of ballet, piano and Latin, none of which interested me much.
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    As I read this I think of other stuff....

    -I'm 1/4 Irish, 1/4 Kickapoo Indian, and 1/2 Pennsylvania Duetsch (which is German). I get "are you Italian?" No. Greek? No. Not hispanic. Like they don't want to believe that one. In the town I grew up in hispanic was dominant, mostly Puerto Rican. The hispanic guy always walk up to me spouting spanish to which I just shrug. I can only count to 20 in Spanish.

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    Sallyanne, you have the BEST ideas! My name is Brenda, 42, was in the Marine Corps for 4 1/2 years ( heavy equipment operator), and I also have 2 sons ( 19 and 11) and my niece lived with me for 16 years, she's now 18. We share our home with 1-19 yr. old cat, 2 parrots, 3 dogs, and 4 hermit crabs. My mother suffered a stroke nearly 3 years ago which is the main reason my sons and I relocated from Ohio to right outside Camp Lejeune. We moved with only four boxes of stuff, my olympic weight bench, 310# of weights, dumbells, and two xboxes. I currently work in a grocery store, doesn't pay much, but it allows time to care for my mom and it's only ten minutes away(it's also in the freezer ). I can always go back to construction later. My oldest son lives in the Outer Banks now and the youngest is currently homeschooled ( he's the one that threatens to tell Dave if I cheat-it was only 1 chicken nugget!) I have less than 8 months for my BSN-but I have to get mom better before I can finish. She's not really bad off but it's nice to be close by just in case. I don't know what I weigh because I can't think of anything more depressing than getting on a scale and finding out that I only lost 1/2 lb. or that-God forbid!-I actually gained! I wear a size 6 and can't wait for the tourist season to be over so I can start working out again. I don't help people with their workouts or diets anymore, it's like casting pearls before swine. I worked out with one girl, she lost twenty pounds in 6 weeks! Then she quit, told me if she had to workout like that and diet she was going for gastric bypass. So I just don't bother anymore.

    I do have a question for you all though. How do your families handle your decisions to workout and diet? My mom is coming around to it but my brothers' and their families hate it. They don't seem to want to do anything that doesn't involve food. We live 10 min. from the beach but they won't go with us. My boys and my niece are a great support system though and they are all physically active, my boys both lift. Jamie weighs 92# and he can bench 95# (only once) I don't let him lift heavy but he knows how to workout safely. Ok, I have to get off now, it's my day off which means housecleaning, yuk! I'm soooo glad I've found women like me, this is so great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiskeymike View Post
    Sallyanne, you have the BEST ideas! My name is Brenda, 42, was in the Marine Corps for 4 1/2 years ( heavy equipment operator), and I also have 2 sons ( 19 and 11) and my niece lived with me for 16 years, she's now 18. We share our home with 1-19 yr. old cat, 2 parrots, 3 dogs, and 4 hermit crabs. My mother suffered a stroke nearly 3 years ago which is the main reason my sons and I relocated from Ohio to right outside Camp Lejeune. We moved with only four boxes of stuff, my olympic weight bench, 310# of weights, dumbells, and two xboxes. I currently work in a grocery store, doesn't pay much, but it allows time to care for my mom and it's only ten minutes away(it's also in the freezer ). I can always go back to construction later. My oldest son lives in the Outer Banks now and the youngest is currently homeschooled ( he's the one that threatens to tell Dave if I cheat-it was only 1 chicken nugget!) I have less than 8 months for my BSN-but I have to get mom better before I can finish. She's not really bad off but it's nice to be close by just in case. I don't know what I weigh because I can't think of anything more depressing than getting on a scale and finding out that I only lost 1/2 lb. or that-God forbid!-I actually gained! I wear a size 6 and can't wait for the tourist season to be over so I can start working out again. I don't help people with their workouts or diets anymore, it's like casting pearls before swine. I worked out with one girl, she lost twenty pounds in 6 weeks! Then she quit, told me if she had to workout like that and diet she was going for gastric bypass. So I just don't bother anymore.

    I do have a question for you all though. How do your families handle your decisions to workout and diet? My mom is coming around to it but my brothers' and their families hate it. They don't seem to want to do anything that doesn't involve food. We live 10 min. from the beach but they won't go with us. My boys and my niece are a great support system though and they are all physically active, my boys both lift. Jamie weighs 92# and he can bench 95# (only once) I don't let him lift heavy but he knows how to workout safely. Ok, I have to get off now, it's my day off which means housecleaning, yuk! I'm soooo glad I've found women like me, this is so great.
    you are the only other woman I've ever "met" that operates heavy equipment. I've been telling Jeff that we should put together a company of equipment operators that are all women.

    Of course, he wants them all the wear bikinis....
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    oh yeah, didn't think about nationalities...let's see...I am:

    • irish
    • scottish
    • german
    • italian
    • cherokee
    and pretty much in that order

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    Quote Originally Posted by gymdiva View Post
    oh yeah, didn't think about nationalities...let's see...I am:
    • irish
    • scottish
    • german
    • italian
    • cherokee
    and pretty much in that order
    I have chrokee blood, too! On my dad's side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyMuscle View Post
    As I read this I think of other stuff....

    -I'm 1/4 Irish, 1/4 Kickapoo Indian, and 1/2 Pennsylvania Duetsch (which is German). I get "are you Italian?" No. Greek? No. Not hispanic. Like they don't want to believe that one. In the town I grew up in hispanic was dominant, mostly Puerto Rican. The hispanic guy always walk up to me spouting spanish to which I just shrug. I can only count to 20 in Spanish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fitmomma3 View Post
    We have a lot in common competitevly
    I did the seekonk,MA one in April too and also won the short and overall

    I'm 1/2 greek, black, and native american so I get the same thing, or people asking me where I just went on vacation when It's my natural color lol


    I'm with him too, first time this year and I have seen the most progress with him, I have never had a trainer before always did it myself, and although I truly believe its important to learn A LOT on your own , he is great! I need someone to say do this do that because I go mental sometimes when I look in the mirror and make stupid adjustments when I need to just leave stuff alone. I know he has a lot of girls but I email him a gazillion times and he always gets back to me, changes things for me often (my body is very weird), and when I got a stomach bug three days before my comp he was on the phone with me at 10:00 at night reassuring me and giving me updates every few hours the whole few next days. He's so honest about his opinions which I love! And I love his cardio! I actually feel like I'm more of an athlete than just chugging along getting my 30 minutes in. Plus he actually changes a lot for me and answers my questions and listens to my ideas, I need to know why I'm doing something and he will explain it, short and sweet but still helps.

    LOVE MMA! My husband's cousin actually fights, he trains at Gracie's gym in Derry, NH. We go to watch him fight and its awesome! His last fight he won by excessive strikes, and the fight before that guillotine choke!

    I LOVEEEE ur responses!! We have a lot in common, it's so nice to meet ya I hear ya on the cardio. My bf is a bball player so he's used to the constant cardio...I can say that it's nice to try to keep up with him lol I've seen the most progress with Mike too. He's been great to me over the last 12 weeks (since I started) and like you said...even if it's short and sweet, he still does get back to me. He also called me the nite before my show and told me to bring my inner diva out n walk that walk It was the PERFECT thing I needed to hear the nite before! I'm definitely going to start MMA soon....even tho I think it may be bordering a fine line of "overdoing" the cardio... I think it may really help me with my legs... these Samoan bones are holding me down lol... if any of you are familiar with Samoans... then you know what I mean hehehe... lol @ that's my natural color...GOSH I wish that was my problem...I'm usually getting the comments like... why is ur dad so dark and ur so white?? lol

    So nice to meet you and congrats on being such a knockout, a competitor AND a mommy!!!

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