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That is what I am saying to myself every day! Do this for yourself, Charlene! It is not selfish; it is about taking responsibility and not letting any one else or any thing control my emotions or impulses to overeat or self-medicate or to punish myself by overeating- all of which have side-lined me in the past.

When I started this journey in 2009, I sent myself a text from my calendar on a regular basis - "I am going to do this with or without you." The sentiment was in the same vein - to realize that I had the power in myself and by myself to reach my goals and that I would no longer allow myself to react to hurtful words or events in a way that harmed me.

I am worth so much more than that and if you are reading this SO ARE YOU!!

Member Since: 1/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,147

My Goals:
To reinvent myself for the remaining 45 years of my life (yes, I am up to 98 as a goal age)
Go back to school and finish degree(Bachelor's completed in 2012)- CHECK.
Lost 65 pounds -CHECK.
Lose another 26 pounds - IN PROGRESS.

My Program:
I try to take a couple of what I call "scenic walking bathroom breaks" during the work day. I walk for 15 min straight during mid-morning break and a mid-afternoon break. I also do passive tummy and butt squeezes when I am waiting on the computer window to pop up. (That's how I have lost an inch on my waist during the last 3 months!) Lots of stretching with tension bands (for neck & back issues and for toning). Also use 1 dumbbell for behind the head reps to help the tricep area (aka arm flab). These are my secret weapon exercises that I can do even if I can't fit in a "real workout".

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  • v CARLEEN_1
    Great way to start the new year!! You have inspired me to clean out my closet! Out with the old and making room for the new!!!
    660 days ago
  • v DEB2448
    I am stopping by to wish you a great Day and leave a little luck behind.
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    2778 days ago
  • v SING4YOU57
    No Problem since I stole them from the wall at the Gym and a Kenneth Blanchard book somewhere..... Thanks, its been a wild ride and just keeps getting better. Good Luck with your own ride.
    2844 days ago
    Welcome to the Dave Ramsey Fans team! I'm still amazed at how much managing my weight and my finances go together, hand in hand.

    Let us know how we can give you a helping hand! emoticon
    2868 days ago
    Thanks for the support. I'm really having fun with this. Losing weight is hard work, but having so much support and info has made it easier and much more fun.
    As for the music I play, the band started playing for the childrens worship service on sunday mornings. Now we play at all kinds of childrens events, including Christmas that's coming up soon. We have an annual Harvest Party, Vacation Bible school, rescue mission and much much more. It is exciting and rewarding.
    Good luke on your goals!
    2890 days ago
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