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Progress not Perfection!!

Our society places so much emphasis on perfection. Looking perfect, having the perfect body, acting perfect. And that is what it is - and act. I have spent too much time trying to live up to and unattainable ideal. I am on this healthy living journey for 2 reasons- to be healthy and to live! I am making progress in each of those things with every bite I take and every exercise I do. I have 5 beautiful children that I want to set an example for. I want them to know they don't have to be ...
Our society places so much emphasis on perfection. Looking perfect, having the perfect body, acting perfect. And that is what it is - and act. I have spent too much time trying to live up to and unattainable ideal. I am on this healthy living journey for 2 reasons- to be healthy and to live! I am making progress in each of those things with every bite I take and every exercise I do. I have 5 beautiful children that I want to set an example for. I want them to know they don't have to be perfect to be loved. I want them to learn to be healthy and LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!!!

I have struggled with my weight and body image for as long as I can remember. I remember being called names like "tubby" and "sumo wrestler" growing up. I have had 4 children gaining about 50 lbs with each child by believing "I could eat whatever I wanted because I was pregnant." Each time I was able to lose the weight before becoming pregnant with the next child.

I recently gave birth to our 5th child. Before becoming pregnant I was at my goal weight and lowest adult weight. Being pregnant after we thought we were done was a mental challenge for me. So I again fell for the pregnancy lie that "You can eat whatever you want when pregnant." I lost motivation and quit exercising, too. So now I am back at the beginning of my healthy living journey with plenty of weight to lose and bad habits to overcome with good habits. But I will be successful! I have done it 4 other times and I know I will do it again! One step at a time!!

I was a part of the Biggest Loser Challenge here on Sparkpeople for rounds 20- 25. I had great success with all the support, accountability and challenges of BLC. I am looking forward to returning to BLC and to my healthy living journey.


Nothing is impossible with God . Luke 1:37

God's strength is made perfect in my weakness! 2 Corinthians 12:9

"God, I recognize that I am made for more than the vicious cycle of being ruled by food, body image, and comparing myself to others. I am thankful that You made my body unique in ways that I can serve You and in ways that turn my reliance upon You. I need to eat to live, not live to eat. So I keep asking for Your wisdom to know what to eat and Your indwelling power to walk away from things and thoughts that are not beneficial for me."
"Our taste buds crave many things to satisfy, but only persevering with God will make us truly full."
Lysa TerKeurst - Made to Crave

"When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and the time that the tide will turn."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Member Since: 2/28/2009

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My Goals:
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1) Quiet time and focus on God
2) 8+ cups of water
3) 5+ freggies
4) Exercise 10 min every day
5) Limit wheat, sugar and caffeine
6) Limit TV, Internet movies and TV shows, story books.
7) Log EVERYTHING!
8) Get to bed by 10 pm


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P90X3 - Completed 4.18.14
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~~My name is Elsa. I am a a homeschooling mom of 5 in rural South Dakota

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When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and the time that the tide will turn
- Harriet Beecher Stowe



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GOINGTODOTHIS2
6/16/2015 8:36:37 PM

You can do this. You can only start from where you are.



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GHETTA
5/25/2015 5:09:10 PM

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SUZHOLLE
5/14/2015 7:21:19 PM

emoticon to the GrOoVey GeCkos!! I'm Suzanne your captain and I'm sooo excited to have you on the team!! Together we can reach our goals!



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KALLIE1958AR
5/11/2015 5:28:09 PM

Thank you for adding me as a friend :)



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SPARKELSTAR
5/6/2015 6:49:32 AM

emoticon Elsa!!! emoticon

CONGRATS on BABY #5!!! emoticon

Left U a Goodie Bouquet!!! emoticon


AMAZING that U do ALL U DO w/ 5 Kids!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


I think U need to take time for a Massage... emoticon emoticon

Surprise!!! emoticon A Goodie Massage!!! emoticon

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