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Yes, this is me, age 58, Sept. 2013

I won the 2007 cover competition! PLUS- the painting is in museum tour w/ Van Gogh's sunflower!!

At Gilcrease Museum- "Out on a Limb," 10" x 8," oil on board - (thanks, Yo, for the title!)


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I got off-track during the last challenging years and gained -- I allowed the three white deaths back in: sugar, salt, white flour. I'm starting fresh... this thing that we call failure is not the falling down-- it's the staying down!!!

NO EXCUSES: I never get anywhere when excuses pave the path.

NO EXCUSES: There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results.

NO EXCUSES: A person who wants something will find a way; a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

NEW YEAR-NEW ME! I am making this my most memorable NEW YEAR: Feeding my Spirit (instead of my physical body)!

Remember when you were a kid around Christmas time? The anticipation? The nervous excitement? It�s fun watching children live this out each year. It helps remind me of what it�s like to pour emotional energy into a single moment in time, all because of the promise of a payoff.

This realization had me asking myself this question, �Why Am I Giving Up Before the Payoff?�

I was able to think of many excuses � everything from �my husband tempts me away from the healthiest choices� to �I�m an emotional eater, and I�m going through an emotional crisis�. All of the answers were important to work through because they�re extremely relevant and can help in keeping my commitments.

Another important question for me to ask is, �What Is the Payoff For Me?� In other words, �Why am I giving up donuts and pizza every day for broccoli and smoothies?� Why would I want to wake up before the sun comes up, strap on sneakers, and go for a half-hour walk in cold when the bed is soooo warm?

Then I realized this...

�If my �Whys� are important enough, my �Hows� are easy.� If I'm motivated enough to do something, I�ll figure out a way to do it, no matter how challenging it is.

I need to continually ask myself... What�s that thing that will get me through the difficult places in my health commitments? What drives me to overcome diabetes? What compels me to lose weight? Unless I have something tremendously powerful pulling me through, I�ll remain over weight and never reach my goal.

In the end, the thing that drives me � REALLY drives me - is the thing I have to keep in the forefront of my mind every single day when I decide what I eat, whether I exercise, what to do when I crave sweets, etc.

One passage in the Bible says, �My people die for lack of vision.� What I need is a vision to prevent my commitments from dying. I need not only a plan, (the How), but I need reasons to stick to the plan, (the Why).

This year, I want to give myself an incredible gift!! I want to figure out what my �WHY� is! Discover WHY I want to do whatever it takes to get into the best shape ever, or to have more energy than I did in my twenties. I MUST have a reason � and preferably a time frame � for accomplishing it. It�s up to ME to figure this out.

Member Since: 2/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 32,892

My Goals:
• To build a healthy lifestyle that I can be passionate about and not look back. Make every day count and live purposefully, live energetically, live completely!!!

(Baby Steps!) -138.8 lbs
10% = -14 lbs = 03/20/16
15% = -21 lbs =
20%= -28 lbs =
25% = -35 lbs =
30% = -42 lbs =
35% = -49 lbs =
40% = -56 lbs =
45% = -62 lbs =
50% = -69 lbs =
55% = -76 lbs =
60% = -83 lbs =
65% = -90 lbs =
70% = -97 lbs =
75% = -104 lbs =
80% = -118 lbs =
85% = -117 lbs =
90% = -125 lbs =
95% = -132 lbs =
100% = -138.8 lbs =

My Program:
• Exercise 3-6 days a week.
• Make Healthy Choices!
• Eat lots of low-starch veggies daily
• Eat veggies for snacks
• Drink Water, Water, Water
• Keep a Food Journal.
• Reduce the "3 White Deaths" from my diet: Sugar, White Flour & Salt.
• Recognize where I need discipline and take steps toward improvement.
• No carbs within 2 hours before bedtime.
• Get 6-8 hrs sleep each night

Personal Information:
• Nashville, TN
• Married to a wonderful, supportive man.
• One daughter & son-in-law.
• Lots of dust bunnies.

Other Information:
I am an oil painter www.camille-engel.com

I am 60 (April 21, 1955). R

Diagnosed as pre-diabetic Dec. 2006.

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