By the time my marriage fell apart in 2015 and I got divorced, I was around 415lb and I knew that I wanted to change. Right now, I hover at around 280lb-290lb, but for one powerlifting competition I got down to 275lb.
I bought the bus in April for a bargain price of $4,360 (£3,250). I've spent about $5,400 (£4,000) on top of that so far, but I think altogether I'll spend about $20,000 (£15,000).
If people don't have an accepting family, I want them to be able to see what a trans life could look like, and to know that if they aren't comfortable in themselves, I can also relate to that.
My father's monthly income was the equivalent of U.S. $200 a month. We would have to think several times before buying a single item, and we only bought new clothes on special occasions. We never had the chance to dine out or go to malls.
We made between 20-40,000 large and small cheesecakes in the first year including two cheesecakes for the Queen, and I've now reached 1.7million followers on TikTok.
There is only about 4ft of earth above us, but the whole structure is built with two feet of reinforced concrete. We have a 3,000lb blast door at the front, a 2,000lb blast door at the back and an escape hatch that leads to a full stairwell that you can go up and leave through.
There is such a market for mature "MILFs" and I hadn't known that previously. I have older fans, but my core fan base are aged 25-40. I suspect these younger men are not going to date someone my age, but they like the fantasy.
We are very aware that meeting other partners could happen. I don't want to speak for Lindsay, but I'm fairly certain she would agree that our priority is our imminent child.
I collapsed and when I briefly regained consciousness I remember seeing the terror on the faces of my teammates and coaches as they desperately tried to help me. At this point the blade was lodged in my brain.
"When did you start hating Black people?" I asked Daniel. "It's how I was raised," he said nonchalantly. "But I just hate how they act. What they look like. I hate that they breathe."
I wasn't being fed the answers when I was winning and I didn't throw the game when I lost. I was doing well, and then I lost. My buzzer was working fine, the only thing that wasn't working was my brain at full capacity!
My mom's side of my family is Mexican and my dad's is Jewish. I am not visibly Mexican American, a fact that has afforded me many privileges in life but also has been a source of conflicting and isolating feelings.
Tony's mercurial temper probably caused my hair to go a little greyer a little prematurely, but he was never, or very rarely, mercurial or tough for the sake of it. It was because he was always pushing the show and pushing us.
I try to be balanced, but it is really cool that I beat Matt Amodio. It makes me feel justified for sitting on the couch watching TV and yelling, "I could be on Jeopardy! I knew that one!"
I almost didn't want to cross the finish line. It was very emotional, and quite poetic. I could see the finish line and, just like life, the end had come too soon.
Darren was walking behind me in a ghillie suit; dressed like a giant bush and I had a false eye stuck to my cheek. I remember thinking, I have no idea who you are or what you look like.
By the end of 2020, I had crossed $100,000 in total sales revenue. January was the first month I made $100,000 in one month. I cried.
I miss the mundane. I will miss sneaking desserts with him, long before dinner starts. I have an insatiable craving for those pockets of joy that my father and I worked so hard to create in the last years of his life.