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2011 FOCUS

Ok here's some updated background from our trip to Hawaii, yes I did exercise while there! It was fantastic!

I started SP when someone at my Bible Study shared what a great resource it was. The Bible Study First Place 4 Health has been awesome, and Spark People has been a priceless tool along in my journey. I am committed, determined, and pressing on toward the goal to win the prize, which I have been called heavenward in Christ Jesus!

Well after 12 weeks of an awesome Bible Study our assignment this week is to review and answer a few questions from each week, really developing a testimony of what has happened in my life since the beginning. So here, for all of you is my testimony because what God has done in my life these last three months is unbelievable... It begins with so much more than the 10 pounds... They are really just the icing on the cake compared to everything else. Some of the benefits I have gained during this study... I have realized that all along in my life I have been a ME PLEASER, If I wanted to get something, I got it... If I needed it or not. On the other hand if I didn't want to do something... I wouldn't.. after all I didn't want to make myself do anything I didn't want to do. Hence, no exercise.. If I needed a treat .. clothes, ice cream.. I got it "treating " myself.. I see that and appreciate it as a major turning point in a brand new lifestyle. I don't want to be that shallow in my life anymore.
How I have changed mentally is almost comical. To be recognized as an "exercise person" for our group is almost rediculous sounding to me. It is such a different way of seeing myself... I still need to work on that but I am open to being this new person, since God really has put into my body an unexplainable desire to exercise more and more. For the past 8 weeks or so I have been determined and committed to this in a way that has never,ever, happened in my life; even when I was involved in competetive sports in school.
The relationship to my God has also transformed itself in a major way. For about a year I have felt a real disconnect from Him. Not because of Him, but b/c of me. I didn't know why, or how I got there, but I really wasn't making any progress toward mending it either. So I can say that since January, when I began this study, I have been given just what the doctor ordered for what had ailed my spiritual life. Just the other day I realized that it feels like I have "reconnected" with a long lost friend. Like one you went with to college or high school, or knew from childhood that you've fallen out of relationship with. Imagine the satisfaction of rekindling that deep friendship once again and knowing the excitement it brings to you. That's how it has been journeying through this Bible study, only its been a renewed friendship with my Lord and that tops any other buddy I could ever hope to have!.....
Emotionally I have realized that the most important thing about me is not a number, good or bad , high,or low on the scales. Not that it was the most important thing b4, but it was a big part of what I thought about. Now I can feel great about where I am going, even though I'm not there just yet. I can enjoy the journey to my goal because it's not only about the number on the little white idol on the bathroom floor, but about a healthy me all together!
As far as my physical changes, they are at the beginning, but they are changes. First of all 10pounds is a good start. It also happens to be my 25% mark toward reaching my goal weight. My measurements no doubt have changed; maybe even more than the scales show. I'll be posting them in 2 Tuesdays from now. Okay here it is a grand total of 10.5 inches. We only measured: bust,waist,hips,and thighs. I know I have lost a pant size which is always a fabulous feeling. My body is more alive,charged, and ready to roll . It's not such a chore to do the mundane anymore, and my back pain is not as great. For all of these reasons I can claim an obvious physical change!
To those who have been most insirational and encouraging along this journey...well... first I must thank the Lord for calling and wooing me back to Him. Secondly, the person who invited me Gwen, what an awesome gift she has given to me. Next, Heather, You agreed to come along. It may not seem like much, but I don't know if I would have gone it alone. You know how that fear comes to trip us up. When I got to class I met Allison, our leader, what an inspiration, and encouragement. Her probing questions challenged me. Then, the gang started coming along. Marianne, has been my buddy at school where we teach, motivating me and sparring me along. Ms. Sue has inspired me to find joy in it all and keep on keepin' on even if you're not at the top of your game. Jackie, & I have shared deep things that God is dealing with in our lives and we kick around what it is that he wants to teach us each week. Emily, has been a great friend I have connected with even more since she started coming, and we are eager to see where He is taking us, all along holding eachother accountable. Liz has just been with our group for a tiny bit of time but what powerful words she blogs, which causes me to reflect on my own self. Her committment and determination move me to do more too. Sandy is faithful with a smile and a trusty pen to listen to my memory verse and log my weight each week. Lidia is passionate. Linda's sense of humor sparkles at the most unexpected time. Lisa, I can glean from, and relate to. All of our members are so important to me and our study. Much like a family, I love them all! I never want to miss class, and I am thrilled we are continuing into the next book. Thank God He has provided such a wonderful, wonderful blessing in my life.

Member Since: 11/19/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,373

My Goals:
10 pounds in the next 12 weeks!

My Program:
*Bible study every Tues accountability
*8-10 glasses of water a day
*5-6 servings of fruits & veggies a day- Yum

Some exercise every single day!
*1200 -1500 calories a day

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My name is MSJESS, I teach 2nd grade and that's what all the kids call me. I live in Southern Delaware, fondly referred to as slowerlowerdelaware.

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I've learned to love setting goals-They hold me accountable!
I love to travel the U.S. So far we've been to ME, PA, MD,& DE Where we live NC,SC,GA,FL,MN, NY, DC, NH, WV, VA SD, WY, CA,& #49 & 50 Alaska & Hawaii 2 of our absolute favorites! we have a lot more to see!
The Success Stories are a great motivation for me!

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