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I have struggled with my weight for as long as I remember. On my wedding day and for the first few years of my marriage, I was the happiest and healthiest than I've ever been. I was eating right and regularly going to the gym.

In 2001, I had my first child and gained 65 pounds with that pregnancy. The weight came off fairly easily thanks to exercise and nursing, but when I found myself pregnant again in 2002, not prepared for that at all, I started gaining weight again. Sadly, that ...
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I remember. On my wedding day and for the first few years of my marriage, I was the happiest and healthiest than I've ever been. I was eating right and regularly going to the gym.

In 2001, I had my first child and gained 65 pounds with that pregnancy. The weight came off fairly easily thanks to exercise and nursing, but when I found myself pregnant again in 2002, not prepared for that at all, I started gaining weight again. Sadly, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage and I went on to have two more miscarriages after that, gaining more weight with each one. (I was pregnant five times in five years!) After the birth of my youngest child in 2004, I had ballooned up to 202 pounds. I am only 5'1" and wear a size 6 shoe, so it's a lot for me to carry around. I have tried unsucessfully to get all of the extra weight off, and have been continually frustrated.

After receiving an email invitation from MyPoints, I joined Sparkpeople in September 2007. I was a member for nearly a year before I really started using it to my benefit. In June of 2008, I got serious and lost 10 pounds my first month, mostly thanks to the nutrition and exercise tracking tools. I pretty much stagnated with the weight loss after that, although I was definitely healthier and had more energy than before.

I began co-leading a weekly "Thin Within" Bible Study group at my church a few years ago. We also worked through the "Made to Crave" study. Both studies are similar. I recognized the reasons why I eat when I shouldn't, I identified my strongholds, and am TRULY making God #1 priority in my life.

Another WONDERFUL book addressing the root cause of weight gain is "Faith and Fat Loss" by Ron Williams. I highly recommend it. He also has a website to help with success beyond the tools in his book.

In July of 2013, I started following the "7 Principles of Fat Loss" plan after a friend recommended it to me because of her success with it. Following that plan, I lost 18 pounds in a short amount of time. But it was difficult for me to continue because it is basically only protein and veggies. No fruit or carbs. I got really bored and frustrated. In February of this year, I saw Haylie Pomroy on the Dr. Oz show, and she talked about her book "The Fast Metabolism Diet." The food plan sounded great. It consists of all natural foods including lean meats, veggies, healthy fats, some carbs (like brown rice and sprouted grain bread) and lots and lots of organic fruit. I read the book, and I started closely following the diet. Oh my goodness...this is the plan for me! I started dropping weight again, and I feel so great. I think the plan is easy to follow because there are three phases during the week, so I don't get bored. I also can't believe how much food I eat compared to what I was eating before. I am never hungry!

If you struggle as much as I do to get and stay at a healthy weight, I recommend to keep trying different things until you find what works for you. Just because someone likes something and it worked great for them does not mean it is right for you. I also recommend viewing your eating plan as a lifestyle change and not a DIET. In my experience, maintaining can be as difficult, or even more challenging, than actually dropping the weight. You have to find something you can live with for the rest of your life. I recommend something healthy and not a fad or pills. I believe in the healing power of natural foods, and in an amazing and loving God.
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Member Since: 9/20/2007

SparkPoints: 37,440

Fitness Minutes: 37,537

My Goals:
After 10 pounds lost: "Mom Day" without kids
After 20 pounds lost: "Mom Day" without kids
After 30 pounds lost: Buy one new lingerie outfit
After 40 pounds lost: Get a professional massage
After 50 pounds lost: Hire cleaning service for one day

My Program:
MADE TO CRAVE! I am also daily tracking my exercise, drinking 8-10 glasses of water and choosing my foods wisely. Whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and veggies are mostly what I eat. And I take daily vitamins.

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I have been married for 15 wonderful years. I have two girls, ages 13 and 9. I also work as an elementary school librarian at a Christian school. We live in North Carolina.

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1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (The Message) "You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally.I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself."



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SAC-6582
4/26/2014 11:45:40 PM

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JUSTLYLE
4/18/2014 12:45:08 PM

Welcome Beth to the C/R team, bunch of great people here. Sketter emoticon



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LAROSEBAUGH
2/20/2014 4:30:08 PM

I'm originally from Ohio, so I'm used to it! We love it here! Maybe we should meet for a healthy lunch one day :)



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DJ4HEALTH
12/11/2013 12:38:38 AM

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NEWLIBRARIAN
8/22/2013 8:09:00 PM

love the shirt in your profile picture!!!



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