The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans » Member Bios II


Continued from Part I…

* Nebraska (NE)
*Nevada (NV)

Kirsten- My name is Kirsten and I live in Northern Nevada. I have 3 daughters, age 8, 6, and 3. I school my girls and work part-time at home. I have fallen in love with scrapbooking and trying to take better, more interesting pictures. I started running when I was 5 and completed my first 5-mile run when I was 6. Running has always been my default exercise. I am scheduled to run my second half-marathon this October and my goal is to run the whole 13.1 miles.

* New Hampshire (NH) *New Jersey (NJ) * New Mexico (NM) * New York (NY) * North Carolina (NC)

*North Dakota (ND)


Tera- My name is Tera, I am a happily married 29 year old mom to 3 girls from North Dakota. I found this site just over a week ago when I was searching the web specifically for a 30 Day Shred challenge. I had bought the DVD months ago and was finally wanting to try it, but wanted some extra motivation. I was thrilled to see that you guys were starting a challenge the very next day! So I started the 30 Day Shred challenge on May 11th and am now on Day 10- haven’t missed a day yet, and I feel fabulous! I’ve also joined to track my diet and have made some great changes that way too. My goal is to lose the 5 pounds I gained after each baby, so that equals 15 pounds total. Or of course I’d be thrilled with 20 pounds gone too! I’ve really enjoyed this Sisterhood, it’s been so motivating to read stories of others in the same boat. Keep it up girls!


Erin P. – I am a 30-something mother of a daughter, who’s 9. I work as a PA-C in a local clinic. I love hanging out with my friends (especially my bff cousin, Melissa), drinking beer, running, shopping, and traveling. I also enjoy practicing my long-lost gymnast skills and doing high kicks.


Melissa – I am a writer here at The Sisterhood, which I love immensely. I’m 30, have been married for over 9 years, and have four children. I love to travel, and love photography. I enjoy thunderstorms, books, drinking with friends, games, and adventures. I love to be impulsive and see where life takes me.


Kristin- I am 28 year old stay at home mom to four, wife and also a full time college student. My family and I live in Bismarck, North Dakota where I was born and raised.

I have always struggled with my weight even in my childhood, but because of the Sisterhood I have been able to lose weight (even if it is only a small amount) and have been able to keep it off.

I love anything to do with my family and being able to spend time with friends as well. My children are my life… and they are also my motivation to get and stay healthy. I don’t want them to grow up having the ‘fat’ mom…

Thank you sisterhood for the motivation and support to stay on course with my getting healthy!


Emily – I am an import to ND – lived here about 20 months now.  I grew up in OR and lived in KS for 10 years from college and on.  I have been married 5 years and am a Stay at Home Mom to two energetic little girls Alexandra (3.5) and Taylor (18 m).  I started Weight Watchers 4/14/09 following my 2nd miscarriage in March.  To date, I have lost 21 lbs and am only 4 lbs away from my goal weight.  We are also embarking on trying again for a 3rd child, hopefully a boy to even things out!

*Ohio (OH)


Kim M. -My name is Kim and currently my husband, daughter and I live in Cincinnati, OH. We recently moved here from Louisville, KY, which has allowed him to further his career as a tax accountant. I currently work a temp job grading standardized tests for states all across the country. Our daughter is 8 months old, and we have a dog and a cat. I am currently trying to lose the baby weight. I gained at least 60 lbs when I was pregnant, and up until about a month ago I was not motivated to take it off. Now I’m going strong and can’t wait to get to know everyone better on here. My Blog is called Fit By Fall 2009 because that is my big goal this year.


Mendie– My name is Mendie, I am 31 years old. I’m married with a dog we treat like a child, living in Ohio and work in finance. I like scrap booking, college football, watching movies, cookouts and cornhole, and roadtrips. I love spending time with my friends and family.

My main motivation towards losing weight, besides wanting to feel comfortable in my own skin is to start trying to have a baby within the next year.

I recently started a weightloss blog. I am half way to my goal weight and hope with the support of strong women like the sisters, I will make it there this year!

* Oklahoma (OK) * Oregon (OR)

*Pennsylvania (PA)


Sheila- I’m Sheila (posting as ShellyLosing). I’m 37, and I live in Philadelphia. I have a 13 year old daughter, two stepdaughters who are 6 and 7, and wonderful partner of three years who is always supportive of me (even though he forgot Mother’s Day!) In addition to shrinking with the sisters, I love cooking, gardening and reading. I think it’s wonderful to have such an awesome support system online, and I’m looking forward to getting to know them all a bit better. I’ve been blogging on my weight loss(?) so far here.

* Rhode Island (RI)


Liz- I am currently an unemployed working mom trying on my SAHM shoes (until 3 weeks ago I was a robotic engineer). I used to do yoga and kayak like they were my life line, but since having kids my workouts have decreased considerably, and I am trying hard to get my motivation and my pre baby body back. When I am not playing with my boys I am sewing my heart out and trying to get my Etsy store up and running!!

* South Carolina (SC) * South Dakota (SD)

*Tennessee (TN)


Becca– I am from Murfreesboro, TN. I am currently a nursing student, married to a computer science student. I enjoy scrapbooking, singing, reading, and hanging out with friends.


Brooke– I’m Brooke from East Tennessee and I blog . I’m blessed to live near the national park so me and my husband (we’ve been married 6 months) love to hike, or just ride through the park. We love it so much we chose an old settlement church in the park as where we wanted to get married. I love to read, and am trying to read a book a week, 52 books for 2009. I’m a baseball fan (Yankees!) as well as football (whoever Brett Favre is currently playing with at the moment – although I’m not sure I can bring myself to root for the Vikings). I ran my first 5K race the first weekend in May, and now want to train for a 10K. The picture is of me at Yankee Stadium(he proposed in Central Park the day before).

*Texas (TX)

Ann- I live in a Dallas/Ft. Worth suburb and am a 43 (almost 44) year old stay at home mom, who also homeschools her sons, a soon to be graduating senior, and a 5 year old who will be starting kindergarten in the fall! I know I’m crazy!! but most days I love what I do, even though there are days I wander about my sanity! lol

I love to read blogs and write on my mine, and watch my boys play ice hockey! I have been overweight — even obese for around 10 years and I have been unhappy with my appearance since that time. But I am finally taking charge of that and I know that this time I will have success and keep off the weight that has plagued me and my family for years.

Angie– My name is Angie and I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I’m 35 and a SAHM to a 3 and 6 year old. I am currently watching the calories and loosely following Weight Watchers (I still have the materials from being on the plan a couple of years ago). I’m also going to Jazzercise four days a week. I have about (gulp!) 50 pounds to lose…and boy is it coming off at a snails pace! I love taking pictures and reading and stuggle to keep up with scrapbooking, but also like that. I’m really enjoying the posts on Shrinking Jeans – thank you!


Lisa- My name is Lisa and I am one of the contributing writers for Shrinking Jeans. My screen name is “Skinny Lisa” because I envision myself skinny one day. I live in Central Texas and my personal blog is My screen name there is Mommy Mo.

Are you having a hard time keeping it straight?!

I have three children, ages 5, 3 and 8 months. I have lost 15 lbs so far, since January, and my goal is to lose another 15-20 lbs. My hobbies include laughing, reading, scrapbooking and trying out new recipes for the food blog I contribute to at Mom Central.


Christy- I am a work-at-home-mom to BJ, born in September 2003, and Mia, born in November 2007. Born in Dallas and transplanted to Houston, I now reside, with my family, in a small town in Texas with a population of 387. I worked in the financial services industry for eight years as a marketing specialist and then graphic designer. In 2006, I left the workforce to become a stay at home Mom, and I am now a co-owner of ruby & roja design, as well as a writer here at The Sisterhood! When I have spare time, I spend it reading, gardening, blogging or reading blogs, and apparently eating!

*Utah (UT)


Jolynn– I live in southern/central Utah. I am a stay-at-home mom to three kids (bookend boys ages 10 and 3 and a girl in the middle, age 7). I am also a part-time clerk at the local livestock auction. I enjoy scrapbooking and reading in my spare time.


Tirah- I live in Salt Lake City Utah and work full time as a Research Coordinator in Cardiology. I married my High School sweetheart in January of 2006 and in May of 2006 we brought a Miniature Chihuahua in our lives. I am the kind of person that thinks animals are a part of the family and I definitely refer to Roxie as my daughter. I am addicted with buying movies. My favorite thing to do is cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie.

* Vermont (VT)
*Virginia (VA)

April – I’m almost 31 years old. I live in Roanoke, VA in a tiny little house with my two dogs and two birds. I’m a tech geek and a bit of a nerd. (I have my BS in Mathematics, so I know I’m a nerd. I’m fine with it.) A few of my hobbies are painting, drawing, hiking, reading, hanging out with friends, and working out. Okay, those are a lot of hobbies. I love animals and would give my left arm to own a giraffe. (I’m not kidding about this.) My nephew is a little over a year old, and I’ve made it my life mission to spoil him rotten. I found Shrinking Jeans in January, and I love the people I have met and the friends I’ve made here!

Jennie D.- I am 35 years old, a wife and mother to Kelly, who is 20 months old.

Goal: Exercise is like an anti-depressant for me. When I’m active I feel great! I know this, yet like most people, I constantly make bad choices. I love the SSJ. You all have helped keep me motivated lately. My goal is get back to about 135 to 140. Roughly the weight I was before I married and had my daughter. I am currently at 151 lbs. I am also training to run a 10k. I like running, but it’s hard. I hope to keep going with it and do some other races. My ultimate goal would be to run a half marathon. No walk breaks. I currently take a lot of walk breaks when I run!

Some stuff about me: I LOVE cookies. This is kind of a problem when trying to lose weight. I also love coffee with my cookies. And beer. Not with cookies. Although, that might be good. I should try it sometime. Professionally I am a Graphic Designer, a working mom. I was a Fine Arts major at Longwood College in Farmville, VA. I graduated from college in 1995. (Holy cow. I’m getting old.) I met my husband, Ted, at Longwood. He’s awesome. He’s a great dad and husband. We both love Metallica. It’s probably what brought us together in the first place. That and beer. I started a blog about a year ago – Becoming a mother was my reason for starting it, and I love it. My hope is to someday share it with my daughter and give her a glimpse of her mom that she would otherwise never get.


Michelle K. – I am Michelle, 27, married to Thomas. Met and Married while in high school. We have been married for 9 years, together for 10. We have 2 beautiful girls, Liz age 8 and Mary age 5. My husband is a Gas Turbine Electrician in the Navy and is currently on recruiting duty. I work at a recycling facility full time in Account recievables. I have had a weight issue for as long as I can remember and that will soon be in my past. I have a very supportive husband who is cheering me on as best he can. My children are also excited at the changes they are seeing and that I have also quit smoking. I am looking forward to a new me in 2009 and especially with all of you! I love this group!

*Washington (WA)


Heather D.– Ok, here are some basics on me:

1) My name is Heather 2) I’m 30 – 31 on Tuesday (gulp) 3) I have a 16 month old son named George and have been married for almost five years to Brian 4) I live in the greater Seattle area (read: ‘burbs) 5) I was laid off in February and am totally having an identity crisis as a stay at home mom – I love it, but some days it’s just so strange not contributing to the family income!

6) My blog is

* West Virginia (WV)
*Wisconsin (WI)


Saj- I’m 32 years old and live in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’m a physical therapist My Interests: photography (I have a Nikon D40 that I’m in love with!) my 2 boys-5 1/2 and 3 1/2 years old (chaos at all times!) my hubby of almost 8 years-but we’ve known each other for about 23 years having met in 3rd grade (high school sweethearts with a few breaks in college) reading blogs-too many, but it’s so fun! reading books-pretty much anything reality TV-Amazing Race, Survivor, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, Ace of Cakes, Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey, etc. running-though it’s taken a bit of a backseat to Shredding for now

traveling-especially to Disney, which I’m doing in a few weeks because I WON A CONTEST!!!

*Wyoming (WY)


Ace– I’m known on my blog as Ace. My husband is Superman (really! Er, to me anyway) and we’ve been married almost 13 years. We have an 11 year old daughter and 8 year old twins (boy/girl). My hobbies are knitting, I make baby blankets for a ministry that houses unwed pregnant girls for a time and would love to sell online too. I also love movies, all kinds! And just hanging out with the fam. And have been trying to avoid Jillian Michaels for quite some time but that stupid workout is strangely appealing!

Thanks for letting me join in the fun… I mean pain.

Melissa L. -My name is Melissa aka Proud Mommy. I live in the midwest and am a sahm to 2 great kids ages 7 and 3. I enjoy the beach, coffee, time with friends and my real passion is photography. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 12 years and we have been together for 19. There are no more kids in our future so I love the support I get from the sisters at Shrinking Jeans to get rid of this baby fat!!!!

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