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I used to think being fat was not a choice. I thought I was doomed by a mixture of bad genes, slow metabolism and a severe addiction to chocolate. I was embarassed to go out in public because I didn't fit the societal norm. Being thin simply wasn't an option.

I knew how it felt to be ashamed of my body. I knew what people thought when they looked at me. People had long ago stopped saying "You have such a pretty face." But none of these things sparked me into motion.

Some co-workers held a biggest loser competition and invited everyone in my department except me. Humiliated, but mostly angry, I decided to try one last time... But this time I had a bigger goal in mind than simply losing weight. I wanted to learn how to be disciplined.

I am a follower of Jesus and in most respects felt like I was a complete failure in the realm of taking care of my body. I wanted to learn what it meant to truly be disciplined and have the courage to say no to food even when I didn't want to. I was tired of serving my desire for food and feeding an addiction that was killing me. I made a difficult decision: Learn to be disciplined in all areas of my life.

Member Since: 1/22/2011

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To lose enough weight to feel healthy and have a positive self image. Even if I don't reach my goal, I hope to be happy with the way I look and my energy levels.

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I am trying to find the fun in exercise. I enjoy walking, jogging and cycling. Also, I'm loving jumping rope and aerobics. When I get bored of one thing, I find something else. I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle in general, not just doing another diet.

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    Thanks for your comment on my fear blog. I worry about everything, but finally realized there was no reason to worry about regain--I have control over that. At least I hope I do!

    I'm taking all those 5X's out of the house Friday--they will go to the Good Will, I hope someone can get some use out of them. Although the other clothes, the ones from sizes 1X - 4X had less wear. I wore those 5X's for many many years and some of them are pretty faded and worn out. But they don't need to be in my closet anymore. I'm going to save the others for d-i-l however. She seemed to enjoy picking some things out from the stash I had, even though we have different tastes in clothing. I like frilly, feminine things. She is a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl. But she found a boxful of stuff, so I hope she makes use of them.
    2161 days ago
  • v NIMNIX
    Not everyone is willing to admit when bad moods can be good. I was glad to read your post. You have a great day too!
    2202 days ago
    Margaret, may your weekend be fulfilled by GOD's graces with the following:

    emoticon emoticon H = Hope that GOD brings into our lives and HIS belief in us.
    emoticon emoticon U = Unity in worshipping GOD and knowing HIS love.
    emoticon emoticon G = Gratitude for the gift of being GOD's earthly children.
    emoticon emoticon S = Serenity from GOD's will and living HIS spiritual principles.

    Sending blessings, prayers and hugs from my sparkpage to yours. Have a beautiful and spiritual weekend. God Bless you always!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2207 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my pain today, I've have tried a chiropractor and to no avail, darn it. Hope you solve your back issues.
    2209 days ago
  • v BOSS61
    Many thanks for dropping by and commenting on my blog. So, bad genes and a slow metabolism, huh? And you would be - what - alone? Um, no. Not even close!

    Realizing it may be half the battle. I wish you the very best of continued success!
    2216 days ago
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