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Breaking Out of Fat Prison

I've been fat my whole life. It's time to live differently.

Reboot... Again:
I was doing very well with weight loss until December 2013. I got sick with some type of cough/virus and just never fully recovered. I spent months coughing and having constant nasal drainage. I was hospitalized in May 2014 with pneumonia and what doctors thought was severe asthma, but I've never had asthma. Then we moved the week after I came home from the hospital (on oxygen). In July 2014 I ...
I've been fat my whole life. It's time to live differently.

Reboot... Again:
I was doing very well with weight loss until December 2013. I got sick with some type of cough/virus and just never fully recovered. I spent months coughing and having constant nasal drainage. I was hospitalized in May 2014 with pneumonia and what doctors thought was severe asthma, but I've never had asthma. Then we moved the week after I came home from the hospital (on oxygen). In July 2014 I was diagnosed with a Spontaneous CSF Leak. So all of my nasal drainage was actually spinal fluid. Aspiration of drainage had led to all of my lung problems. I had surgery over Labor Day weekend 2014 to close the hole in my skull and stop the leak. Recovery was a lot harder than I thought it would be, probably because I had been sick for nearly a year and my body was just completely run down. I didn't feel like myself again until December 2014. It feels so good to be healthy again, and I'm so thankful to be able to breathe "normally". Some things you just take for granted until they are taken away.

Now I'm trying to get back in my groove. It's been slow going, but I'm still moving forward.

Reboot:
I wasn't "sparking" very much for half of 2011 and all of 2012, so I gained back most of the 25 pounds that I lost.

On July 1, 2013, I started back on my journey to better health. This time my whole family is eating on plan, meaning we all follow the guidelines set forth in the book TRIM HEALTHY MAMA. It's been wonderful. We've all lost weight. I haven't started back with exercise yet, but I know that I need to get with it. That will be my next step.

I am so thankful that in 2010 I started this journey to better health and fitness.

I am living the abundant life promised by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
John 10:10 "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

I was honored to be chosen Done Girl of the Day for February 1, 2011.


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Member Since: 3/8/2010

SparkPoints: 72,164

Fitness Minutes: 7,843

My Goals:
Goal 1: Exercise every day for 100 days
(DONE 10/13/10)
(DONE 04/09/11)


Goal 2: Be healthy and active with my family

Goal 3: Get out of the plus sizes

Goal 4: Lose 25 pounds by October 1, 2013
(DONE 12/17/13)

Goal 5: Lose 50 pounds by May 15, 2015

Goal 6: Start and/or complete C25K by October 1, 2015

Goal 7: Lose 100 pounds by March 1, 2016

My Program:
I drink at least 8 cups of water every day.

I follow the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA plan for eating.


Personal Information:
I am 43 years old, and I have been married for 17 years.

I am a Christian homeschooling mother of 2 teens.

My home will always be in Alabama, but I currently live in South Carolina.

My husband is a pastor, and life in the parsonage is quite an adventure at times. Currently, he is working as the Conference Administrator and pastoring a church.


Other Information:
In 2010 I learned how to knit. I met with a group of ladies at a local tea room once a week to knit... and have tea until I moved in June 2014.

I love discovering new tea rooms when I travel. I also love coffee... and all things Narnia!

I'm a bit of a "birth junkie" so I love discussing birth stories, homebirth, natural health care and pregnancy. I would love to be a birth doula.

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**Done Girl of the Day for February 1, 2011

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BLESSEDLESLIE1
4/27/2015 12:15:33 AM

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Happy March! Can you believe it???



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PROMISE2DESIGN
2/11/2015 3:51:59 PM

Darlene, I got your spark goodie and it made my day!!!!! I almost cried! Thank you for your message. I'm getting back on track, better than I've been in far too long. It's nice to have extra energy. Today the kids got home and I had done there chores. I told them, I'm keeping there there allowances. lol That didn't go over well. Thank you for the prayers my friend. Hope you are well, can't wait to catch up on what's happening. emoticon



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1/3/2015 7:00:52 PM

thinking if you! Wishing you a spectacular 2015! :)



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NGCHILD
12/31/2014 10:26:10 AM

Happy New Year!! I hope 2015 brings love, health and happiness for you and your family!!

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