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JESUS FIRST - Seek him while he may be found

My name is Carol Im 51yrs old before coming to sparkpeople I had lost 100lbs on my own no surgery no pills just alot of hard work and putting Jesus First in my life. Since I have been here I have lost an additional 110lbs all to the Glory of the Lord!!

I could have not done this without my Jesus I cried out to him and he answered me.

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came ...
My name is Carol Im 51yrs old before coming to sparkpeople I had lost 100lbs on my own no surgery no pills just alot of hard work and putting Jesus First in my life. Since I have been here I have lost an additional 110lbs all to the Glory of the Lord!!

I could have not done this without my Jesus I cried out to him and he answered me.

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears."

Psalm 34:17
"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord has truly blessed me during this journey. He has helped me to grow and mature in him. He has taught me what it means to be disciplined, determined and dedicated in his word, in my prayer life and in my walk with him. I found out that when you DO his word you will be blessed.

James 1:22-25
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law,the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,he will be blessed in his doing.

I tried so many times to lose weight to no avail. But when I put Jesus first and I asked him to help me, to give me the wisdom I needed to fight this fight of weight loss in his strength and not my own he gave me the VICTORY!!

I had many crying sessions with him and he taught me to set my eyes on him and stay in prayer, not how much weight I have to lose or how long it would take me. .

Luke 11:1
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Notice they didnt ask him to teach them to preach, walk on water, raise the dead or cast out demons.
When Jesus prayed people saw the difference. Prayer is where the war is fought and victory is won.

Many people ask me what is my secret to weight loss and I simply say prayer. If prayer was important to Jesus shouldn't it be important to us?

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

The only place you will find rest is in Jesus. Seek him in prayer and slip away to your secret place and spend time with him. He longs to hear from you, to talk with you, to spend time with you.

John 5:30
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

How much do we do on our own initiative? Is it not the great sin to take matters into our own hands and we find ourselves in bondage to it. Ask him to show you, guide you, lead you total surrender to him.

I love Jesus, not for what he does for me but simply for who he is.

Luke 18:8
when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Will he find anyone who will take him at his word? Trust him, get to know him, All that you are going through, all the ups and downs of your life, the obstacles, the chaos he knows about them he sees you and hears you. Spend time with him in prayer believe me once you do your whole life will be changed. Jesus is your answer to everything in your life. He loves you more than you know.

Please dont die without knowing Him, give your life to him and seek him while he may be found.

Jesus first
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My Goals:
To do the will of my Heavenly Father for my life. That he may be glorified in everything I do.

Its all about him

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Spending time with Jesus everyday talking with him, praying with him, worshipping him.

Its all about him.


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I am a certified personal trainer all glory to the Lord!!

I give unto the Lord everything I am To deny myself and follow him.

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Boxing 2x's a week

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12/12/2014 11:26:27 AM

Well another week almost gone..next wk. I only work 4 days then I'm out for 3.5 weeks...lovely..it always goes by so fast...my wife will have a honeydo list a mile long..and I'll probably get around to half..but that is what there for.haahah..any who..hope your still doing great working hard and enjoying the good life God has given us...Told my wife...my dream was to train and fight just one fight..not a long one..just enough to know I've been in a fight..she was besides herself...you think I'm going to come see you get hurt...no I wouldnt do that..not a good idea....I said I'd like to...-- not that I'd get to...I've been working the bag..watching some teaching boxing on utube..they have a lot out there even Money Mayweather.and Buster Douglas...always liked them.they have a lot of good info out there for fighters..I watch all the fights I can see...mainly old ones..but sometimes they have some good ones...sometimes when you just know someone is going to go down...he doesnt..and he knocks his opponent down...that's what I love about fighting...the offence the defence the footwork..and then there is the will...one will win..one usually looses..or a draw...which I don't like..but that's boxing...anyway by the time I was going to bed..my wife was like..well I could see if you trained with someone well..and knew something about boxing..I could see you doing it.....going to find someone to train me soon...prob. not much around these areas..but I'll see...I think this could be fun....at least a good way to boost my wt. loss..I'll look over the xmas brk...up to 5 rnds. now..still get tired..but I'm pushing hard and trying to use what I see in the videos..about how to punch correctly and balance..which I know is super important..I want to know and use a good defence....which I think is very important... and a good offence....Have you been in any amateur fights yet..or do you mainly train your boxers?...I've even thought of trying to sell it to the wrestling ppl. here in town...to have a amateur fight night...sounds like fun..just don't know if they would consider such a thing...they actually bring professional wrestlers to our town of 1700 every week to wrestle and promote wrestling... great entertainment...used to take my son..then he out grew it...we have a lot of local ppl. who also wrestle there too...I never have wanted to be a wrestler though...more pwr. to them..well I've talked your ear off..I hope you and your family have a wonderful wkend..Love you in Christ...rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/2/2014 12:34:34 AM

thank you Griff for your beautiful prayer..I will go to sleep now knowing God will answer all prayers..thank you for being you..I think that's important to have friends that r there for you..any time..good night..have a good sleep..6am is soon for me...rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Weighed this morning before brkfast and drinking anything..was down 2.2lbs..not 6lbs--sorry.. like you but am very pleased with my body...To God be the Glory for the great He has done in both our lives..More of Him and Less of Me..that is my prayer..that I can show more of Jesus in my life and less focused on myself...but it does take a lot of self focus to loose wt...I find myself looking more into the mirrors and appreciating what God has done for me more instead of avoiding them..like I would have done a month ago...I still can't believe I have only been back since Oct...seems like an eternity already...almost like I had never left in some ways...but I did and I need to never make that mistake over again...I think I have surrounded myself with more motivational ppl. this time around and I'm going to work on not getting hurt while exercising..which could set me back..but push forward..and onward towards the goal...rico emoticon Ps..I did sleep the best last night after reading your prayer...I have made copies of it and have pasted them in my classrooms and in my bedroom so that I can read over it daily and nightly to help remind myself that It's God that's in charge not...me..I am His and He is my Savior...He will not be swayed....He is my strength and my shield...love you in Christ...Carol..your friend Rico emoticon

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12/1/2014 2:13:25 PM

Griff--hope you know I will pray for you--I was too caught up in my own life..feeling sorry for myself..feeling depressed and down because I hurt myself to the pt. that I could not exercise anymore..back in 09..and it has taken me until now...in part by my motorcycle accident and my mother's brutal honesty..that has turned me back to SP..and for that I am thankful..God works in mysterious ways..my wife prayed for our finances..and the next wk. my daughter totaled. her car out..the bank was paid off and she's getting her car back soon..I just asked my wife to be careful for what you pray for ....she is always getting her prayers answered...always has..she has such a great faith in prayer...like we all should but It's scary how God can go about answering those prayers...I love God but my daughter could have easily lost her life when that deer hit her car....and gave it's life so that my daughter could live...so scary if you analyze it all out...I'm sorry I wasn't there for you when you were sick...sounded like from reading your blogs your faith never wavered...you are a great example of living by faith...we are so lucky to have SP..and to be able to connect with ppl. that can give us encouragement like you have done for me...I hope I will be able to give someone else that same encouragement that you have done for me...I feel you constant thoughts and being when I'm swinging away at the punching bag and trying to do more for myself..bettering myself by eating better and exercising better...something I don't want to ever let go of again..even if I get hurt again I want to keep trying to do what I can do..something I didn't do last time...there are plenty of pple. that aren't as mobile as we are and that are staying positive in their wt. loss journey..there is one lady that I've given 4,5 goodies to and everyone she thanks me for then tells me how she couldn't use it in the state of physicalness that she is in....which makes me more thankful for what God has given me....My wife told me yesterday...thank you for being a good example in our family and a good Christian leader...I appreciate what she said..it just caught me blindsided...I've just been trying to do better I never expected that she really noticed but she has...and I know in time she will join me in wt. loss..but I can't wait for her and she knows it...I have to run my race...I have to do all I can today...then tomorrow..One day at a time Dear Lord...my daughter has a big ball game tues..please pray for her and her team that they will be successful....she struggles with eating foods that are bad for the body like most of us do...but because she is an athlete she doesn't gain wt...now...but I worry that she will not change and it will catch up with her later...I love her and don't want that for her...please pray for my family...my wife has been a wonderful person...now I think the wt. is catching up to her psychologically..one day a kid called her a whale....at school today one said she was disgusting..kids can be so cruel....one called me flabby...a sixth grader...I said hey I'm working on it and then challenged him to a pushup contest...in which I won...of course...wasn't going to let him say something like that and not see I can still do a pushup..but my wife..she's not been physical in so many yrs..she even liked it quietly when I got hurt..cause that meant she could slow down and not work on her body...now I'm back and it's a little upsetting to her...and I can understand that too..I love her....so much but won't give in to her..you want a candybar...you want sugar t..ect...she knows those things can put me back at ground zero...and I won't go there...I can handle it...I will work through this...the Lord is my Shepard..I will not fear...God will see me through this...God wants his temple to be healthy and I will do what I can to accommodate...Rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Wow....just when I feel that you have been the strongest example of a person there could be you surprise me so much more...there is nothing you cannot do...with Jesus' help...thank you for the wts..I really am working on my wts. at home trying not to look weak..it's amazing how much muscle a person can loose in just a few yrs..I actually got to the pt..I couldn't lift a bag of dog food...now I'm lifting 50lb bags..like I did before...or almost..It's a balancing act of pushing my body but not injuring myself...that's why I'm walking not running..things that can push me backwards I'm going to try to avoid..at least until my wt. is lower and my body is stronger...thank you for writting me back so soon...I really appreciate you and will keep trying my best... in all areas. and will keep writing you weekly..as well as I can..rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/29/2014 2:49:18 AM

Hey Griff--hope your Thanksgiving was nice...I felt like I did ok with the big meal...allowed myself a fair amount of food..and tried really hard to eat slowly..something that I feel goes back to my millitary days..hurry up and eat...they would give us large amounts of food and little amounts of time..at times in bootcamp I felt like a food hoarder....trying to get down as much as possible in the little time we got..once ate 3 steaks..and 3 lobster tails..in less than 20 mins....never gained any wt. in bootcamp either...was a 6% bf...prob. won't see that again..but I'd like to have a realistic healthy bf..in time..man that goes away slowly..I have been tracking it and it takes forever to loose a pt...dropped a pants size...and I can get into that blazer I want to wear to my daughter's graduation...Have you seen the Movie..Heaven is real?..I read the book then seen it...made me cry so hard...don't know exactly why...just want to goto heaven so bad I guess....I'm up to 4 good rnds..on boxing now and about 10min of jumping rope...fixed the one I broke...my nephew said he'd work me out from time to time...they live 40 miles away so it would have to be once a wk. or so..but that will be good for me...looking forward to Monday's weigh in..think I might have lost some...walking alot..bowled for 4hrs. straight..checked it out was 1450cals. lost..that's a fun workout..so sore..so sore...tomorrow will be a biking day if it is descent weather..and I'll walk with Willie...didn't get to walk with Mom while she was down...she had to go back early..left her diabetic meds at the motel..made me sad..cause I only get to see them once or twice a yr...my bro with schizophrenia.looked rough..but was in a pretty good mood mentally...physically he looks worse then last time..he lives with Mom..and I think that wears on her but it's a good match since my dad passed..she needed someone to take care of..they help each other..which is good..goto get some sleep..take care..sorry I haven't written lately..busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and all..see ya..rico emoticon emoticon emoticon ..



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