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At 250, I think. Not my heaviest at 265.

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begins with a single step. I've taken that step - finally.

I began this weight loss journey alone...on Thanksgiving 2009. I managed through the holidays to lose a little more weight. But then I found SparkPeople in mid-January 2010. And I'm so thankful!

I have been overweight my entire life. I remember with great mortification being weighed in my 2nd grade classrooom, and weighing 80 pounds. I remember weighing 160 in high school and fretting because my jeans were too tight. I remember in college having to have a bridesmaid dress custom made, because I was too heavy to wear off-the-rack. And how odd I looked, because my dress was a different color than all the other bridesmaids.

I remember I weighed 175 when we got married in 1993. And my horror of hitting 190 later that first year. Then a few years later, the babies started coming. After 5 pregnancies, I simply numbly accepted that I weighed 240. After major surgery, and intense grieving, I saw 265 during a long, dark numbness for almost 5 years.

But God woke me up, helped my doctor figure out what was wrong with me (low thyroid and adrenal fatigue), and now I feel like I'm waking up from a long, long, dark dream. I'm so thankful!

I'm a SAHM (for the most part) of two lovely daughters, also known as The Princesses. They are my greatest cheerleaders. They also make great hall monitors, asking me if I should have that cookie or not. :-) My husband-so-dear works in computer security at Purdue University. We are active in our church. I'm one of the sign language interpreters for our budding deaf ministry.

We homeschool our daughters, and we love homeschooling! Both girls need it for the enrichment, and our youngest needs it for the extra care and attention, because she has mild cerebral palsy. She has an amazing birth story. (If interested, email me, and I'll send it to you.)

Most of all, I love Jesus.

Member Since: 1/19/2010

Fitness Minutes: 19,350

My Goals:
-Lose at least 50 or more in 2014 to goal of 140.
-Be able to T-Tapp's MORE workout.
-Gradually increase exercise to 1 hr/day, 6x/wk
-Document calories in/out at least 90%.
-Improve consistency in several areas

275 - Starting point
272 - BMI 47
270 - DONE! May 2014
260 - DONE! June 2014
250 - DONE! July 2014
240 -
233 - BMI 40
230 -
220 -
210 -
203 - BMI 35
200 -
190 -
180 -
174 - BMI 29.9 - no longer obese
170 -
160 -
150 -
145 - "Normal" BMI
140 - What's this?
130 - By God's grace!

My Program:
-Portion control
-Learning SELF-control
-Learning when enough is enough
- Learning contentment and satisfaction with _less_
-Exercise in increasing amounts up to 1 hr/day, 6x/wk
-Progress, not perfection
-Decide: Does this food/movement/whatever please God?

Personal Information:
-I love Jesus!
-I love my husband!
-I love my two princesses!
-We love homeschooling!

In my spare time (yeah, right!), I like to sew, scrapbook, and read. I usually only get some reading done, though.

In addition to losing weight on my body, I am working on losing weight in my house = decluttering! I'd rather take a walk, though, so I'm making slow progress there.

Other Information:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

I'm on Facebook. Sparkmail me, and I'll help you find me.

Every 5 pounds = new music download, Biggies at 25 lbs.
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    I LOVE that you call your girls princesses. I have four beautiful girls of my own and I always called mine "ladies." My youngest daughter's name is Sariah, which means "Princess of the Lord" and we keep buying her clothes and other items that say princess on them. I am also reading Dr. James Dobson's book "Bringing Up Girls" and there is a whole chapter on the Princess Movement and how it's not a bad thing because it helps girls strive for a man who will treat them with respect and love them for life. I have a new respect for the concept of princesses now. God Bless You!
    2109 days ago
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    Thanks for visiting my page! I think we have a lot in common. I love Jesus, my husband, my little prince & my princess!

    It is helpful to set short-term goals. My kids are in public school (thank God we have a really good school system) and they operate on a 6-week schedule. I figure if they can hang in there and do homework for 6 weeks at a time, Big Mama here can stick to a diet & exercise plan for 6 weeks. I remind myself of that often.

    Hang in there and remember that precious verse Phill. 4:13. But don't forget to claim Galatians 6:9 as well "Let us not do weary in doing good. For at the proper time, we WILL reap a harvest if we do not give up!" (paraphrased) I think taking care of our bodies is "doing good", don't you?

    2160 days ago
    Welcome to the T-Tapp team. We are delighted that you have joined us in our effort to Get Fit and Fabulous! emoticon
    2227 days ago
    Thinking of you with prayers and hoping you have a new year of hope and health!
    2269 days ago
  • v IAM_HIS2
    Christmas, my friend, is love in action. Every time we, love ~ every time we give, it’s Christmas. May we celebrate Christmas everyday!

    Have a Blessed Christmas!!!
    2277 days ago
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