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This was me in my sophomore year, about 245 lbs. It's the lowest I've been & my first big goal.





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I'm a 21 year old college student with a degree in youth ministry. I want to lose weight/get healthy so that I can be all that I can be for my youth group one day. I don't feel as if God wants me to be the youth pastor that sits on the sidelines and watches the teens play (although there is nothing wrong with that, I feel as if my desire and calling is different). I wish to one day be able to play a basketball game, flag football game, or volleyball game with the teens and not be out of ...
I'm a 21 year old college student with a degree in youth ministry. I want to lose weight/get healthy so that I can be all that I can be for my youth group one day. I don't feel as if God wants me to be the youth pastor that sits on the sidelines and watches the teens play (although there is nothing wrong with that, I feel as if my desire and calling is different). I wish to one day be able to play a basketball game, flag football game, or volleyball game with the teens and not be out of breath from exhaustion. I want to be a mentor for the teens I will minister to one day in multiple ways -- spiritually, emotionally, educationally, and even physically. To do this, I need to step up and start being all that I can be for God.

I am in love with a wonderful man who I have fallen in love with! We are engaged and even though he loves me despite all my rolls and lumps, I want to look my best and feel confident on my wedding day (May 17th, 2014). I want to be confident that he can "carry me over the threshold".

Currently, to motivate myself and maintain self control, this phrase keeps going through my mind... "Every Calorie Counts" -- to me, this means that even the couple snack cakes I grab and say "Oh, they're small... can't be too unhealthy for me!" counts towards my journey to weight loss and healthy eating. Snack cakes don't belong on that journey ;)

My first goal weight is 270 lbs. I am currently at 299 (and by golly, I refuse to hit 300! Never been there, don't wanna!).
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Member Since: 6/19/2011

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My Goals:
1. To lose 30 lbs by the end of the summer.

2. To feel comfortable when I tie my shoes.

3. To fit into a size 18 pant/dress.

4. To eat healthier and maintain the healthy diet.

5. To strengthen my heart.


6. To be able to play a sport with teens without getting winded as quickly as usual.

8. To feel comfortable in my future wedding dress and look GOOD doing it.

9. To be able to be carried by my fiancee, Brian.

10. To wow my family at Thanksgiving.

Ultimate Weight Loss Goal: -150 lbs (putting me at 15 lbs)

Start date: 6/24/2014
As of now : 299

First goal (270): N/A (YET!)
Second Goal (240):
Third Goal (225):
WEDDING GOAL (210):



My Program:
I plan on doing cardio at least 3 times a week -- either running, walking, or using gym equipment. I also plan on doing strength training at least three times a week but never back to back. Nutrition-wise, I'm using the program "Mom's the cook" -- basically, I'll be living at home so I'm relying mainly on portions.

Personal Information:
I'm from Mansfield, OH and just graduated from college with a youth ministry degree. I love the Lord and hope to do this change in lifestyle with an attitude of praise!

I love to scrapbook, read, write, and meet new people. I have a passion for teens and a passion for Christ. I am engaged to an amazing guy, Brian. We are getting married on May 17th, 2014. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with my Companion :)

I struggle with anxiety issues and other personal mental struggles that God and I are on a journey to rid my life of. I am not called to be anxious -- I am called to trust in the Lord with all my heart! I started this journey in July of 2010 and it's been an amazing ride since.

I want to write a book about my struggle/journey with God one day (weight loss and all). I'm going to tell my story for His glory ;) Let's see where He takes me now! :)

Other Information:
"You cannot be all you want to be for God until God is all that you ARE."

"Don't tell GOD how big your STORM is... tell your STORM how big your GOD is."


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MOSTMOM1
5/10/2013 3:54:58 PM

Howdy! Thanks for the add; I added you too. Hope your weekend is Sparktacular!
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ANDYINBC
3/3/2013 1:36:49 PM

Thanks for stopping by and reading my "Time Travel" blog. Always great to know people are actually reading. Here's hoping this is the year you meet your goals and travel to a time you'll love ... the day you succeed.



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KARENCRANER
2/18/2013 6:13:48 PM

Just checking in, Sparksister! I pray for you daily! emoticon emoticon



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SANDYHAZY
8/3/2012 11:45:01 PM

Thank you for your supportive comment on my blog! I wish you well on your journey. If you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything!



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NAIRAHMAN
8/3/2012 3:31:35 PM

Your comments were not uninvited at all! I love that you have such a great relationship with God.
My relationship with God is... strange, haha. I dont quite know how else to explain it. I grew up Muslim and really had an issue with organized religion (not because of the Muslim religion itself, but because of how it was taught to me). I didnt practice any religion for years, but then met AJ who asked me to try out his church (he grew up Christian). I ended up loving it and started to re-build my relationship with God. The thing is, I am one of those people that believes that you dont need to go to church to have a relationship with God, and that you dont "have a relationship with God" just because you go to church... I find myself feeling very alienated at some church functions, etc. because God and I are on the same page in that he knows I dont run my life around the church (OR the Bible for that matter). Times have changed, and although I believe in the Bible, I also recognize that things that were written in the Bible were written when times were different, so I feel like I have adapted with the times. I also know that sometimes I do things in my life that God might disapprove of (but that make me happy as a person)... I love God, and I want him to be a part of my life, but I also know he gave me free will and I exercise that free will daily.
Like I said, it's a strange relationship... I have found myself going to Him in tough times, though, so I do appreciate the advice. I can't say that I havent felt like sometimes he has failed me... but in the end, I know that God only gives us roadblocks that we are strong enough to overcome... so maybe he really hasnt failed me... he's just testing me to see if I fail him. Thanks for the perspective change :) I feel much better already!



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