OHANAMAMA   90,002
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"If there is a heaven for me, I'm sure it has a beach attached to it." JB

and I'm tan and skinny! :)


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I will dance in the sun with flowers in my hair.

Be consistent, be patient, be motivated.
Dance. Motivate. Dream. Believe. Succeed.

Aloha, My name is Renee'.

Christian, Wife, Mom, would-be islander, would-be surfer, sunshine lovin', off-key singin', crazy dancin', life lovin', horror movie watchin', flip-flop wearin', beach dreamin', rockin', hula girl at heart.

I'm constantly struggling, yet always trying to get off of this weight loss roller coaster. I want to finally, once and for all, reach ...
Be consistent, be patient, be motivated.
Dance. Motivate. Dream. Believe. Succeed.

Aloha, My name is Renee'.

Christian, Wife, Mom, would-be islander, would-be surfer, sunshine lovin', off-key singin', crazy dancin', life lovin', horror movie watchin', flip-flop wearin', beach dreamin', rockin', hula girl at heart.

I'm constantly struggling, yet always trying to get off of this weight loss roller coaster. I want to finally, once and for all, reach and maintain a fit and healthy weight, way of eating and active lifestyle.

I have been on SP since March of 2007. In the beginning I lost 57 lbs and kept most of it off for slightly over a year... then fell back into old habits and it all came back plus some. Last year (2013) I lost 42 lbs... but during the last quarter of the year, (the time I struggle with most) I gained back 18.

But I will never give up.

I am still here to track my progress as I make my way towards the me I want to be, and the me I want to be is fun-loving, care-free, fit, healthy, confident, looks pretty damn good, does not obsess over food or getting in fitness minutes because healthy eating and movement are just something I will do naturally. I want to take surfing lessons, to dance on the beach, to take the stairs without getting winded, to really enjoy life without the constant worry of what anyone else thinks of me, or of being too fat or unfit to do anything I want to do, to feel really good in my own skin and to rock some pretty awesome tattoos one day. :)

"I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body." ~ Dele Olanubi

5% Spring Challenge Commitment
For 8 weeks I will log into my team and post my minutes of exercise, I will do the Living The Good Life Challenges, I will post my weigh ins every Saturday, I will eat and exercise and drink my water according to the rules of my current diet. I will lose weight, I will stay focused.

I will dance in the sun with flowers in my hair.

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." ~Nietzsche

I will dance, even if I have nowhere to do it but my living room.

Be whoever you are extremely loud and be completely fearless when you do it. ~Gerard Way

...Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself and become a new person... ~Gerard Way

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all is right with the world." ~Ada Louise Huxtable

"Dream, and give yourself permission to envision a YOU that you choose to be." ~Joy Page

"Be miserable, or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." ~Wayne Dyer

Slow progress is still progress! Don't Quit!

Don't trade what you want now for what you want most.
Discipline is remembering what you want most.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Never look back, darling, it distracts from the now. ~ Edna Mode

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. ~Goethe

If you always do what you've always done you'll always get what you've always gotten.

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” ~William Gibson ...This might well be where many of my issues lie. :)

"The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized - never knowing." ~Jim Rohn

(Affirmative I CAN statements; an exercise in positive self-confidence)
I can do it because I want it so badly.
I can do it because I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
I can do it because I am determined.
I can do it because I am unstoppable.
I can do it because I am strong enough to.
I can do it because I am a winner.
I can do it because I believe in myself

No one wants me to be healthy, fit and thin as much as I want it for myself, no one. I have to be my own biggest supporter. I have to learn to love myself through this.

1/1/2014: back up to 226.5
1/1/2013: 247.5 got down to 208 by summer's end.
Nov.2012: 252 (my highest weight ever)
1/1/2012: 248.5
2011: more ups and downs
1/1/2010: 244 & ups and downs
2009: began gaining again
2008: kept around 185 - 190
9/30/2007: 178
3/21/2007: 235

Life's too short:
to sleep on low thread count sheets.
to waste time matching socks.
to safely remove usb.
to waste time on people who suck your happiness away.
to waste time on people to whom you are an option.
for my favorite activity to be eating instead of living!
to keep being fat, miserable, & lazy.
to not be on the beach!

How to lose weight:
1. Want it. You have to want it more than anything... more than cheesecake, more than pizza, more than coffee or chocolate, more than any food or obstacle.
2. Believe in yourself. You must believe that you can achieve your dream of a healthy weight. You cannot doubt yourself, there is no room for doubt, only belief that you CAN.
3. Enjoy what you eat. Find a way of eating that works for you. This might require a lot of trial and error, but you will find something that works, then savor your foods, enjoy every bite, never eat just to occupy time or to sooth an emotion. And the closer to the earth that your foods are, the better off you are. Real foods, nothing fake. Taste the food, feel the texture, know that it was once alive. If your food was never alive, then you are eating the wrong things. Eat clean. It allows your organs to do what they were made to do instead of having to clear the toxins out all the time. Investigate. Remember, if your food can go bad, it's good for you, but if your food can't go bad it's bad for you. Good food does not have a long shelf life.
4. Move your body. It feels great to move, being silly or serious, stretching, dancing, walking, swimming, playing or an intense workout... pay attention to your body, enjoy the way you feel when you move.
5. Spend time outside. The sunshine is rejuvenating, the breezes and winds are refreshing, the rains hydrate the earth, soak it up, relish in what God has created for us, SEE the beauty. You just have to look.
6. Maintain a positive attitude. Muster a happy disposition. Smile at the world through trials as well as through the joyous occasions. Wanna feel beautiful? FEEL beautiful NOW. Practice positive self-talk, please yourself with your appearance... like yourself better with make up on... then put it on, wear clothes that make you feel good, fix your hair like you like it, put forth the best you that YOU like. Be yourself and love yourself. If you see your reflection you might say... that is one awesome chick who is changing her life for the better.
7. Roll with the punches. Meaning... weight fluctuations happen. The amount of water you drink (or don't drink) the time of month it is, stress, sodium, all have a part in the dreaded number on the scales... best thing to do here is look at what you've been doing... eating healthy? drinking your water? moving your body? Focusing on the positive? ... If yes to all those, then chill out, it's just a normal fluctuation that will be gone in a day or two... don't think you have to starve yourself or run a hundred miles to get it off... the stress might just make it worse... so chill, keep on keeping on and you will see results. ... on a plateau? Change something up, shake up your system in a good way... that just might get things moving again.
8. Never give up. Set backs happen, gains happen, water weight happens, temptations happen and at one time or another you will likely give in to temptations... it's ok, just pick yourself up from that point and remember rules 1 and 2... how much you want it and how much you believe in yourself.
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Member Since: 3/21/2007

SparkPoints: 90,002

Fitness Minutes: 13,100

My Goals:
~improved self-esteem
~improved confidence
~to look & feel good about myself, even in a swimsuit on a crowded beach!

new for 2014:
start 226 lbs (obese BMI)
weight goals:
lbs lost(weight)date reached
under 200-
overweight BMI- (190)-
normal BMI- (158)

My Program:
The Fast Metabolism Diet
1st Cycle of 28 Days:
Day 1-March 17
Day 28-April 13
~~lost 18 lbs.
2nd Cycle of 28 Days:
Day 1-April 21
Day 28-May 19

Personal Information:
Christian living in Arkansas with 1 wonderful husband, married over 27 years, 4 fabulous kids: 2 boys ages 23 and 18 and 2 girls ages 19 and 13. I am 5'7" tall.

Other Information:
I love... my Lord and my family, beaches & the ocean, horror, fantasy, & sci-fi genre of movies, tv shows, & books, Stephen King, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Buffett, sunshine, rain, thunderstorms, dancing, hula dancing, vampires, werewolves, zombies, dragons, faeries, cats, tribal designs, painting, drawing, crafting, art, tattoos (but I don't have any yet), Halloween, Christmas, dark chocolate, spicy Mexican food, avocados, coconut, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, hot coffee, iced water, muscadine wine, Coconut Rum, the colors of fall, the beautiful colors of the ocean.
My favorite cartoon: Invader Zim, my fave tv show: Supernatural, my fave season: Summer. I hope to be able to travel to many tropical destinations some day... and then I'll decided if I want to retire in Hawaii, Fiji, Costa Rica, Tahiti, ... you get the picture. :)

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4/8/2014 2:28:49 PM

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Mahalo nui for your support and encouagement!! Have a great week!! emoticon emoticon

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4/5/2014 2:26:51 PM

dH & I are planning on seeing that Monday or Tuesday .... glad to know you liked it as I was somewhat uncertain about it.

have a great weekend! Marie

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