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I began my journey with SparkPeople September 28,2011 the day I became sober. I had joined several times previous to that, but gave up......the dangerous pattern I had followed for too many years. The adverse effects of alcohol abuse began to take their toll on my mind , spirit, and body. I became aware of the fact I was slowly dying and destroying my life. I, like other recovering alcoholics, finally sunk to the very bottom of the cesspool of alcohol addiction. Overweight, bloated, depressed, erratic in behavior and thought, i made a decision to get sober once and for all. I sank to my knees in my bedroom and asked for God's help. He provided everything I needed to sustain me through a very difficult withdrawal. During this detox, I made a Bucket List which consisted of promises I made to God if He should allow me to become sober and live to fulfill these promises.

The first thing I did was to search for support groups for alcoholics. I found Living Above the Influence which did play an important role in supporting my recovery. I am currently a member of Recovering Alcoholics which I just joined recently.

After I became sober and well enough to exercise, I focused on weight loss and fitness. i competed in local 5ks and have enjoyed different fitness activities. Throughout this process, SparkPeople has supported and still supports me each and every day. I still track and post each day of sobriety on my SparkPage.

I have lost 100 pounds and am constantly looking for healthy recipes and new fitness opportunities. I think the renewing of our minds is a very important process in the joy of living. In my house there are several Live Laugh Love picture frames and plaques representing the joy of living a sober life. I have joined
The Walking Sparklers and Kettlebells teams.

I wear a pendant daily from AA which is a beautiful silver triangle inside a circle representing the Recovery, Service, and
Unity which creates a whole person, the Circle. I thank God each day for being sober.

I am a member of a blue grass gospel band which ministers monthly to ten nursing/retirement homes. I also crochet hats for local chemo patients. God has provided me opportunities to give back and live a meaningful life. For this I am very grateful. I have joined two Spark music teams, Christian Lovers Music Lovers and Music Makers. I am also a new member of Christian Needlecrafters.

My achievements are minimal, but important to me, when I read the SparkPages of so many SparkFriends who have endured so much more and are true inspirations to me. However, I did want to share a bit of my story with you as a way to introduce myself.

I love my koi pond. As I began my sobriety journey, I gave my newly purchased koi meaningful and symbolic names: Sobriety Rocks, Serenity Bling, Wisdom, Courage, Amazing Joy, Mountain Mania ( a 5k where I placed first for my age group),Unity, Recovery. and Service. It is joy to care for these fish. Their growth represents my growth in the areas represented by their namesakes.

I am new to gardening, but as with my koi pond, I enjoy being outside and watching plants grow. My son bullt me a garden frame last year. This is my venture into gardening along with several large pots for vegetables. I have joined the Spark Team Gardening.

There is joy bubbling in my soul each and every day thanks to sobriety and my Higher Power. I am forever grateful.

Being bililingual, English and Spanish, I have also joined Sparkpeople en Espa�ol & Ingl�s which affords me the opportunity to communicate in both languages. I travel to Akumal, Mexico frequently to savor the beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula and enjoy the opportunity to speak Spanish.

After seeking and submitting to our higher power, the Lord God Almighty, there is no greater strength than that which we find within ourselves. By His stripes we arehealed. Through his Amazing Love (John 3:16) He give us unspeakable joy. allowing us to remain serene in a chaotic world, Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot
change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom
to know the difference.

Dios, conc�deme la Serenidad para aceptar las cosas que
no puedo cambiar, Valor para cambiar aquellas que s� puede y Sabidur�a para reconocer la diferencia.

Member Since: 1/20/2013

Fitness Minutes: 55,402

My Goals:
Live. Vivir.
Laugh. Re�r.
Love. Amar

Glorify God in all that I do.
Glorificar a Dios en todo lo que hago.

Fulfill my bucket list of promises I made to God during alcohol withdrawal!

My Program:
1. Track sobriety daily:
1686 days sober.
2. Track calories and
fitness minutes daily.
3. Stay on food plan daily..
4. Follow lifestyle eating
5. Maintain weight goal.
6. Minister in music with
blue grass gospel band..
7. Be of service to others

Personal Information:
I live in the evergreen state of Washington. I love sports, music, and helping others.

I especially like playing the piano in a blue grass band, Heartbeats for Jesus. We minister musically to eight local nursing and retirement homes each month.

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Wherever God may lead you, may blessings follow you through life. May love be right beside you, and may joy and peace precede you.

Dondequiera que Dios puede lugar, puede seguir a trav�s de las bendiciones de la vida. Puede ser el amor a tu lado y la alegr�a y la paz que puede proceder.

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    Thanks for the goodie but I think you have the wrong person. I am not on your recovering alcoholics team!
    118 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61

    Here is a New Daily Mantra!! Post it Where you Can see it....

    Pound by pound, inch by inch, choice by choice We will become healthy and fit!
    We struggle, but we grow. We fall, We will get up. Even amid adversity, We keep moving towards our goal weight.
    Today our portion size is shrinking and so is our waistlines.
    Today we are beautiful, We are fit, We are healthy; and more so every day!
    Today We are making the right choices and the right changes to have the body We want!
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    129 days ago
    Hi Lynda!
    emoticon emoticon emoticon for the beautiful tiara goodie! You are a wonderful friend and sponsor and I am grateful having you a part of my life. I am more than happy to help out where I can.I wish you a very relaxing and fun weekend. You're an inspiration.
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Cynthia

    138 days ago
  • v PICKIE98
    I have been thinking of you all day today!! I hope this finds you enjoying the weather and your friends! Have a wonderful week!
    151 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    You know I just love the name of my team "Keep Walking With Jesus". It says it all! Walking with Jesus.

    Jesus walked every where and so did His disciples. Jesus set the example for how we should live, eat and exercise.
    He did not need all these fancy machines to stay healthy and in shape.

    Jesus ate fresh fish, lamb, poultry, beef, fruits, nuts, veggies and honey. Nothing was refined or artificial. In Jesus' day they didn't fry foods, it was baked or cooked over an open flame.

    Can you imagine eating like our Lord? Walking in His footsteps? Just think about it, treating our bodies like our Lord treated His. Wouldn't that be great!

    Be Blessed and think about eating Healthy unrefined foods. emoticon
    162 days ago
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