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September 2014.

Me at an outdoor art exhibit in Saarlouis, Germany years ago. I would like to look like this again.

An approximation of what I might look like when I lose the weight.


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My body has been wrecked by overeating. My joints can't handle this. I can't handle this.

It's time. I have to change. I can't live like this anymore. It's enough already.

I'm not giving up on life. I'm giving up on fat.

I once thought fat could protect me. I once thought I could never weigh as much as I do. I never thought it could happen to me -- and yet it has.

My wounds, my internal wounds have wound up showing on the outside. I wear them everyday like a garment I cannot remove.

My prayer:

"Father help me, because I can't do this on my own. Strengthen me, because I am too weak. Sustain me, because it's too easy to give up. Heal me, because I am broken. Deliver me, because this weight is oppressive. Walk with me, because I need you with me. Guide me, because too often I have been misguided. Keep me from injury, so that nothing holds me back. Let nothing stand in my way as I reach toward my goal. Heal my heart and dry my tears. Give me grace for the journey. Lift me up, fill me with life, revive my soul, give me joy and grant me health. Keep me from cravings, and protect me from boredom. I thank you Lord, for even though I have often given up on myself, you have never given up on me. Because of you, I am not beyond repair. Thank you Lord. I love you. I'm yours forever. Let me have my health back, that I might serve you properly. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."

Member Since: 2/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 13,500

My Goals:
My goal is to be able to walk again -- really walk, not just hobble across a room in pain or scared of being in pain.

My goal is to be able to physically stand for more than a few seconds at a time.

I want to be able to turn from side to side in my bed without it being a chore to do so.

My goal is to be able to enjoy life again, to even enjoy the simple things.

My goal is to finally be free of this oppressive weight.

My Program:
Looking first to God for my hope, my healing and my help

Feasting on the Word of God, that my soul may not crave more physical food than it ought to eat

And when I eat, eating a nutritionally dense diet, that my body may not be void of the nutrients it needs

Planning meals in advance, that I may not fall into the trap of accidentally overeating

Exercising my body that I might regain some of the physical abilities that I have lost

Controlling sodium because it is way too easy to get too much of it

Drinking lots of water because I need it

Attending weekly TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meetings

Spending time on SparkPeople

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  • v MAYBER
    Thank you for trying your best to revitalize the TOPS Challengers Team whish I could help you as TOPs is a priority in my life but as previously expressed my first is my DH wishing you success as you continue on your journey one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless Bernice emoticon
    1245 days ago
    You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!! emoticon

    Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out! emoticon

    Again, Congratulations Beautiful emoticon

    1283 days ago
    I'm glad you've joined Hopeful Hearts. I understand the feeling that losing tgis weight is a daunting task. I've been fighting with myself about it this morning. But, we can do it together. You're right. We have to have all the support we can get. Let's just go forward and set mini 5-10 lb goals.

    1286 days ago
  • v GRETA242
    Try focusing on the positive changes you are making. The scale went back up by 10 pounds and has stayed there for the past two weeks.
    1310 days ago
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    Happy Valentine's Day! Whoever you spend it with today may it be wonderful! *~ Paula *~

    Q: What do squirrels give for Valentine's Day?
    A: Forget-me-nuts.

    Q: What did the valentine card say to the stamp?
    A: Stick with me and we'll go places!

    Q: What did the stamp say to the envelope?
    A: I'm stuck on you.

    Q: Why did the banana go out with the prune?
    A: Because it couldn't get a date.

    " Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them." (Francesco Guicciardini)

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    1374 days ago
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