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I have struggled with my weight since as far back as I can remember. I have gained and lost countless times in my 28 years. After we lost our twins in 2006, I never lost the weight I had gained during my 6 months of pregnancy. I quit my job and shut myself off from the world for about 4 months. During that time I used food to push down my emotions, and the only exercise I got was cleaning our tiny 2 bedroom apartment. I finally allowed God to heal the wounds and despite the scars, I pushed myself to move on. Then I got pregnant with my son and added 25 lbs to my already overweight and out of shape body. At my highest I was 211 in November of 2007 (about 8 months after Noah was born ~ before & after pics in my gallery). I managed to lose about 30 lbs on my own over the course of the year with no real effort. So far on Spark, I've lost another 30 lbs. Even more fantastic than the pounds that I've lost, is what I am gaining from SP. With all of the great articles and wonderful advice from other Sparkers, I have learned so much. I am forming new, life changing habits to last a lifetime. I can honestly say that I'm in this for the long haul.

Though I realize that some are starting off here or even lower, I would love to be 135 lbs and/or a comfy size 6. I'm 5'7" so as long as I stay under 158 (just barely "normal weight" according to the BMI calculator), I will be satisfied. But more importantly, I want to be healthy. I want to show my son that being healthy and taking care of oneself is not an option; it's a responsibility; a way of life. If we don't take care of ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically, how can we be of any value to anyone else. God has blessed me with awesome health (despite my girth!), a wonderful family and a newly discovered, though not yet perfected passion for writing. I need to be the best me possible so that I can go out in to the world and shine His light!

"....'NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT,' says the Lord Almighty." {Zechariah 4:6}

Member Since: 10/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 18,831

My Goals:
I want to have more energy ~ I'm tired of being tired! Also, 5lbs a month is good.

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I've been sticking to the nutritional goals given by sparkpeople and doing 2 workouts a day as well as taking walks a few times a week with my son. Hope it's enough!!

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Just moved to Atl from Philly. I have no family or friends in this area which means no close support system. The good thing about that is that we don't eat out that much now!!

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  • v MAV1729
    knock knock!!!!
    2846 days ago
    I know you are completely right about my one-on-one time with God. It seems that, even though I have loads of time, i never really focus on Him any more. You think He's trying to get my attention? lol I'm kind of thick that way I have to admit. I'm sorry to hear that your husband is away alot too. Even though he's usually there every night, it still feels like you live alone when they work that long (Carson worked similar hours for quite a while). So, taking your advice as from the wise woman that you are, I will do my best to dig deeper into my Heavenly Father's heart, and find my comfort there. Thankyou once again for your advice and amazing heart, and I will pray that God blesses your little family as much as you bless others like me. emoticon
    2851 days ago
    Hello friend. emoticon I missed you and I know I've been terrible by not staying in touch, so here's what happened. As you know I moved to the big city last fall, and at first I was just busy, what with hubby working really long hours and me settling in by myself. Then, slowly and subtly, depression worked it's way in. It started with homesickness, but then Carson got a new job in camp. It was an incredible opportunity for us. For the first time we had stability and Carson was given a career that would provide for us for the rest of our lives. However it also means that 8 months of the year, he's gone. And so now I am without my husband most days and sadness is a way of life. I consider it a major blessing that have not gained any weight considering that I am an emotional eater. I know God is here for me, but I feel so alone. Please pray for us Friend, and let me know if I can do anything for you
    2873 days ago
  • v MAV1729
    Brandan is doing well!!! Getting his staples out tomorrow.....and we got tons of snow a couple of weeks ago.......but it missed us today.....all around us ...but none here.....and Im glad your small group is doing good!!! Dont worry about the job thing Josh....God always provides!!!! My week is always grooooooooovy when I hear from you!!!!
    2885 days ago
  • v MAV1729
    Well thank you for the prayers...Brandan is home now......he is very tired and ready for some true rest.....I wasnt there when it happend.....but when we showed up the parametics were there and he looked like a pretzel!!! When they had to straighten the leg to put it in a splint....I will never forget that scream........or that look he gave me........I get very emotional thinking about it......but he is home and well ....we will all be fine!!!
    As far as my roll in the process......ummmmmmmmm all of it........i drive the truck that mixes the put in the home.....I time it.....(telling each cap when I want it to go off)....I sit in the "shooting can" and push them thar itty bitty buttons to make it go BOOM!!!!! Have a great week my friend!!! Mine just got better!!!
    2899 days ago
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