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My name is Jackie, and I live in Las Vegas with my husband and our 3 adorable cats. I have been a nurse for 29 years, mainly in ICU and post-surgical Recovery, now in Pre-Op.
I herniated a disc in my lower back a few years ago, and combined with quitting smoking, I've put on about 30 pounds. I found SP in December of 2009, and firmly believe that it's the greatest website on the whole Internet!

�Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.� - Coach John Wooden (1910�2010, died a few months shy of his 100th birthday)

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. " (also from John Wooden)

Member Since: 12/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 7,648

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I will stay consistent this time! I have several pounds to release and will focus on 5# at a time!!

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I got the Jessica Smith WALK STRONG 6-Week Total Transformation DVD set for Christmas and am excited about the results I'll be's THAT for positive vision??

I am also using resistance tubes/bands at home for strength training, as well as my dual trainer (combo elliptical/stationary bike)

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I am the youngest of 3 kids, and don't have any of my own, unless you count my cats!! I love to watch sporting events--tennis, football, Olympic sports, and of course, BASEBALL! My family has lived in St. Louis since 1973, and I am a true Redbirds fan--I even have a small Cardinal tattoo on my right hip!!

I quit smoking on May 4, 2009! WOOHOO!!!

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    "In A Bleak Midwinter"

    In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
    Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
    Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
    In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

    Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
    Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
    In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
    The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

    Enough for Him, Whom cherubim, worship night and day,
    Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
    Enough for Him, Whom angels fall before,
    The ox and ass and camel which adore.

    Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
    Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
    But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
    Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

    What can I give Him, poor as I am?
    If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
    If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
    Yet what I can I give Him... give my heart.

    One of my favorite Christmas hymns. Let us remember the baby in the manger who came to give us life, as we celebrate this season.

    Ruthie CML team

    318 days ago
    SOmetimes I feel so discouraged on this weight loss journey. I work so hard and get nowhere. It is those times I have to remember that through Christ I can do all things. this song, written by Geron Davis, says it so well.

    Every road I walked had led to nowhere,
    Everything I tried had turned out wrong.
    It seemed I'd lost a reason,
    To get up every morning.
    I had lot all hope and lost my song.
    Circumstances said I wouldn't make it,
    But that was all before I met The Man.
    He put His arms around me,
    I heard HIm say, "forgiven",
    And I knew I'd never be the same again.

    Then and there, settled and done
    Then and there, victory won
    No more walking on my own,
    No more facing life alone,
    No more struggling with guilt and despair,
    New life began, then and there.

    Now my heart is getting restless,
    Longing for the day he'll come.
    When we've fought the final fight,
    And our faith has been made sight,
    And we'll stand before the throne and hear Him say
    Well done, He'll say well done.

    Then and there, settled and done
    Then and there, victory won
    No more pain and no more fears
    No more death and no more tears
    No more walking through the night
    For the Lamb will be the light
    No more sin and no more burdens to bear
    New life began, then and there

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    Ruthie CML team
    473 days ago
    I have been thinking about Father's Day this weekend. I lost my Dad in 1980. I do not think I will ever get over missing him.
    But We also have an ever-present Heavenly Father. This song reminds me again and again of how much He loves each of us and how vast His love is. It was sung by a group called Sierra.

    Your love is an ocean
    Too vast to comprehend
    Your love is a mystery
    One I'll never understand
    You see what I can't see
    As You watch me from above

    Everything I'll ever need
    Everything I long to be
    The very air I breathe
    Is found in Your love
    Deeper than the deepest sea
    Your living water runs in me
    My very heartbeat
    Is found in Your love

    Your love is the rising sun
    That burns from dusk to dawn
    Your love is the silver moon
    In darkness Your light is drawn
    You hold eternity
    And at the same time You hold me

    I am consumed to think that You
    In all Your Majesty
    Would be consumed with me

    Written by:
    Austin Green; Jermaine Reid; Thomas Williams; Michael Morgan

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    494 days ago
    SOmetimes I feel so discouraged on this journey. I feel defeated and like I am a failure. Some days I feel so unworthy knowing I have not made the right choices.
    At times like those, Christian music can change my focus and lift my spirit. today I share the lyrics of a song written by Geron Davis. His wife Becky does such a touching rendition.

    Mercy Saw Me- Written By Geron Davis

    The years had left scars. The scars had left pain. How could he recognize me? I wasn't the same. I knew I should pay and I knew the price. For justice and law demanded my life. Yet, his tender heart heard my desperate cry. And he saw my past through merciful eyes.

    Chorus: Beautiful! That's how mercy saw me; Though I was broken and so lost, mercy looked past all my faults. Justice of God saw what I had done, but mercy saw me through the Son; Not what I was, but what I could be, that's how mercy saw me.

    Wherever you go, you can't go too far that his eyes of mercy can't see where you are. He loves you too much to leave you alone. You're flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone. Yet his heart cries out for your heart today. See yourself through his eyes and then you will say, you'll say:

    Bridge: Sin has stolen my dignity and all my self-esteem. But I was made brand new again when mercy looked at me.

    Know that when the Lord looks at YOU - in HIS eyes - You are beautiful!

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    633 days ago
    For we are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
    Remember when struggles come, YOU are God's Masterpiece - you are work every effort, every obstacle! God has good things in mind for YOU!!! SO look up and stay strong!
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    641 days ago
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