MOREPOTENTIAL
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I back slid after this photo September 14/06 My goal is to look like this again.




Cruise formal night February 03. Trying to hide behind my lovely daughter. highest...Pushing 300?




My start weight at Biggest Loser 274. September 14/05


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Chapter One
My start was unexpected.
A bad doctors appointment followed by a Pity Party then my reality check.
My health was being adversly affected by my lifestyle and weight.
THIS IS A RECORD OF MY JOURNEY
I started Scared, Sad, Ashamed, and Fearful of yet another failure.
My inspiration and hope came after watching The Biggest Loser.
I joined BL online and TOPS in my home town the next day.
Day by day in the beginning I tried t o make just one little change. First it was three reasonably balanced meals per day Then it was a serving of vegetables, a piece of fruit , and maybe a few glasses of water. I barely made effort beyond this and my weight had started to go down. I had just decided to cancel my BL Membership and do this "Diet" on my own. I posted and a Angel responded. She helped me belong to a community that would turn into a "life line." She gave me hope in my heart "This time would be different"
By late October I thought about finding my running shoes. Several weks later I gave up and bought new ones. Shortly after I actually walked into the gym and started walking. BOOT CAMP had started.
I stumbled onto a secret ...DIETS DON"T WORK!!
Darn all that time, money spent, and ballooning weight to find out there is no magic. Putting myself on the priority list, good nutrition, exercise, "dealing with"- not eating "to stuff feelings or problems" is the answer!
A solid support group you trust and can support while being supported is the only Magic I've discovered.
Who would have thought!!

September 14.2006
One Year Anniversary
Here I am 60 pounds lighter and so much more than that. I've re discovered myself and have passion for life again. I'm confident and yes a bit more selfish.
I don't feel I have to compensate for being so heavy and make myself a big doormat. I value people and treat them well but also value me.
I shared my anniversary with ALICE ...
My first Angel and Special on line friend.
We were neck in neck to the pound and the same anniversary date.
*2006 anniversary note.
My dear friend Alice continues to lose and maintains membership in the under 200 club

CHAPTER TWO
A HEALTHY MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT

This is a journey.
Be patient and ready to re navigate when lost.
Ask a fellow Sparkperson for the map or directions, YOU WILL FIND YOUR WAY!

I celebrate knowing this is an ongoing LIFE STYLE CHANGE. A total attitude adjustment that is a work in progress.
I still learn everyday not to give up, and recommit when my attitude sucks. It's tough to manage me, but I keep at it! (with a little help from my friends)

2009 I'm focusing on keeping it simple and public recording of my progress through the year.

THIS IS HARD TO ADMIT BUT IN DOING SO I MOVE FORWARD...
During 2007 and 2008 I GAINED 40 plus POUNDS BACK
I tried a detox diet in January of 2007 to quickly lose the 12 pounds I had gained through the festive season...
I gained more , panicked and returned to old habits that I thought had been broken.
I purged everything I had learned about the LIFESTYLE CHANGE .

MY DIET MENTALITY REGULARLY REWARDED ME WITH 1 and 2 POUND GAINS


I have fallen many times but my very special on-line friends keep picking me up and dusting me off!!
We have continued to connect almost every day through thick and thin.
They won't let me hide from myself or duck out on them and truly believe that I will shine on and achieve.
My SP Biddie friends...
YOU CONTINUE TO TOUCH MY HEART
LIFT MY SPIRIT
AND KEPT THE HOPE AND SPARK ALIVE
ONE MORE DAY
WHEN I NEED YOU MOST!!!


I still believe
IF IT IS TO BE,
IT IS UP TO ME!


The lifestyle change and journey continues

2009

Goal- 212 by November 30

01/23/2009 263

02/23/2009 259

03/17/2009 257

04/2009

ONE DAY
ONE WEEK
ONE MONTH
ONE POUND
ONE AT A TIME





Member Since: 12/26/2005

Fitness Minutes: 6,684

My Goals:
Updated and edited in notes May 22, 2008
To reach my 50th Birthday in 07 Looking and feeling better than I did through my mid thirties and forties
(I did)
Big goal to weigh under 200. It''s been 19 years!!
Got close in 2006 then panicked and back slid.
Goal this year (2008) reach- 210.
39 pounds to lose....


My Program:
Taking one day at a time. Regular review and planning for me is a huge key for staying on track.. Recording each day with friends and it''s ups and downs keeps me focused and accountable to myself.
Fitting fitness into my day even if it's domestic activities.



Personal Information:
I love my life and want to live it to the fullest for a long time. I'm a slow learner on living my best life by taking care of me. To my credit, I continue to review the material.


Other Information:
Why do I call myself More Potential?
I broke my neck in December of 1975. I was not expected to live, walk or ever have children. it was like a lottery for odds, but I won it all.
I''ve remained grateful but allowed the lessons I learned back then go to the back of my heart and mind.
When God gives you the gift of a second chance,. you have a responsibility.
My duty for payback is to live my Life to it''s fullest Potential.




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  • v MYTIME
    Hey there! Wanted to let you know I am starting being vegan (sorta- will use milk & eggs) again after 20 years tomorrow, Dec 1st.

    Would love to get a strategy with you for challenge or encouragement to each other.

    We have both gained back a lot, BUT, we did it once & CAN do it again.

    I have been thinking about starting a new team, but not sure what to concentrate on. Any ideas, let me know.
    2130 days ago
  • v TKD2972
    Hey Terry!! Just stopping by to let you know I'm thinking of you and hoping you get your new computer conquered and working for you. I'm looking forward to soaking up your insights and encouragment! HUGS
    2510 days ago
  • v KEKEIKO
    Hello Morepotential,

    You have a wonderful story that shows some of us fall. It takes a wise person to stand up, brush themselves off and begin again. You've tasted sweet success and will have it again I'm sure. I wish you well on future and current goals.

    Hugs,
    Keke
    2751 days ago
  • v BABYFACE26
    Just stopped by to send some encouragement. ..Hope u are well, and you are knowing, you can do this!
    2799 days ago
  • v SWEETPEA5260
    Hello and thanks so much for the gift of candles. At first I just simply didn't know what to do about them .LOL But now that I have gotten ahold of myself a great big thank you will have to do for now as in my hurry to learn I bought myself a mat. Sorry . Feel free to stop in anytime and I owe ya one. Have a happy and blessed day. emoticon LOL
    2847 days ago
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