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I have had some pretty terrible eating habits, and been pretty much sedentary, all of my adult life. I am tired of being tired, and I don't want to be a spectator on the sidelines of life anymore.

I want to love myself as much as I love my family and friends, and I would NEVER treat any of them the way I've treated myself for the past 15-20 years. I want to eat REAL food, not this processed crap that is all around us, and I want to get out into the REAL world to get my activity ...
I have had some pretty terrible eating habits, and been pretty much sedentary, all of my adult life. I am tired of being tired, and I don't want to be a spectator on the sidelines of life anymore.

I want to love myself as much as I love my family and friends, and I would NEVER treat any of them the way I've treated myself for the past 15-20 years. I want to eat REAL food, not this processed crap that is all around us, and I want to get out into the REAL world to get my activity - I've tried gyms and videos, and they just don't do anything for me. ((UPDATE: I've learned to tolerate the gym - Yay!))

I have realized that it wasn't being fat that was making me unhappy, it was being unhappy that was making me fat. I don't think I've ever focused on me, taken care of me, or done things that I needed to do for ME. I have to be happy and healthy to be a good mother, a good wife, a good friend. It's real this time. :-)
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Member Since: 1/1/2010

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My Goals:
1. Lose 52 pounds before the end of 2010. (DONE 2-9-11)

2. Raise $2300 to walk in the 3-Day in Phoenix in November. (DONE)

3. After finishing #1 and #2, get tested for kidney donation. (DONATED 1-21-12)

4. Grow my hair out to donate to Locks of Love sometime in 2011. (DONE 10-26-11)

5. (NEW) Reach my doctor-prescribed TOPS goal weight of 150 pounds by 1-1-12. (DONE 2-1-12)

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I am paying attention to what I eat, and trying not to fall into my old emotional-eating habits. I joined a local TOPS group for weekly accountability and support. I have become MUCH more active - exercise is no longer a 4-letter word or something I'm allergic to!

Personal Information:
My name is Colleen, and I am 39 years old. I am married, with 2 children (ages 6+ 11) and only 1 dog right now, a Boxer! In late 2009, we relocated from Phoenix AZ to Deming NM, and I lost my entire support system. I am looking for help in keeping motivated to reach my goal.

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I taught for 12 years before leaving Phoenix. I adore Jesus and my church family. I am an admitted TV junkie :-) who is trying to unlearn 35 years of terrible health habits!

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LINDAKAY228
9/20/2014 4:03:50 PM

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I've been meaning to answer you and some others I haven't gotten to yet because I've either been busy or tired! I do get tired easier than I used to as well as a few other things. But I am convinced God wants me to make the best out of what has been given to me, even if it may be different than what I had thought my life would be. There are Christian songs to that effect LOL. Glorious Unfolding is one that talks about your life being different than you imagined it would be but the wonderful, glorious unfolding that's going to come out of where it is now! Every Sunday I try to make myself go to church, and maybe tomorrow I'll make it. I would like to go to First Baptist, and there is one about 10 minutes from me. But they are huge churches!! 3 services and I counted I think 6 Sunday School groups for my age just before the last service which service starts at 11. I think there is a contemporary service with orchestra instruments earlier, then a traditional service, then the contemporary with singers like I wanted and more like what you have at 11. Otherwise I would go earlier. I've driven by and they have 2 buildings and one is probably 6 or stories high. The same with other Baptist churches I've checked out around here and some others. There are also churches and schools everywhere. For one, this is part of the "Bible belt" and for another Arlington is a city of about 374,000 people just in this city not in the whole metroplex!
I've missed seeing you so much!! It's so hard to believe (but I think God had a hand in it LOL) that I was at your house and the church singing on Saturday night less than a week before my stroke on Thursday! I didn't like Halloween because of the negative, non-Christian connotations, but now it's even harder because it is linked to my stroke that day. The ads are running and the stores have the stuff and I just don't like it. Maybe in time I'll get adjusted to that. September is 2/3 over and a little over a month till my one year anniversary of when it happened! Hard to believe. I don't have cable or satellite but do watch some things by antenna and I get the Church Channel and few other Christian channels with the antennas, besides the major networks and a few that run old shows or movies. I watch some of the preachers on a couple of those stations sometimes, like Joyce Meyers, Joel Olstein, and several others. But I still need to find a church and get involved with a Sunday School or other smaller group to get to know people. I have signed up for newsletters from the First Baptist down the street, and now need to take that next step and go, even though I don't know anyone! If I make it once, the rest will be easier. It's getting out there that first time I know. Something I need to get over. Keep me in your prayers! As always, so good to hear from you! I definitely need to get on FB more!



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YOGIGIRL58
7/12/2014 5:54:02 PM

Yep, .... :)

God is DEFINITELY like that, too !
He motivates us and uses other people to Grow us some more, in Him and through Him !

So glad you enjoy being with other women in a Bible Study !



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FITTEREVERYDAY
7/9/2014 12:29:44 PM

I completely agree with you here. I look back at my life and realize my weight problems have stemmed from my misery...some of it just me not letting go of the past and my parents' neglect.

I'm also tired of being tired!!

Also, regarding the processed food thing. I've been eating so little processed food lately (lost my first 13 lbs just giving that up). My family has started raising poultry and so I have farm raised chicken and eggs too (no GMOs, no hormones, no antibiotics). I love making my own food too. I've been able to manage making many things that I bought in a highly processed state and some of it is very easy (I make my own soups for instance).



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7/9/2014 7:13:10 AM

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ORCHIDLADY56
4/24/2014 1:48:23 PM

Hey Colleen! The best sites we found were Davita.com for recipes and tips. For lists of do and don't eat foods, menus, and recipes the National Kidney Foundation site at nkf.org was the best help. Hope both of these help them out. Poor guy!



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