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FAWM - Fearfully And Wonderfully Made! No matter my size or fitness level, I recognize that GOD gave this fearfully-and-wonderfully-made body to me, and my gift to Him is healthy maintenance of it. I have not been good to it in my adult life (so far) but HE's given the tools and resources to repair the damage, so now I'm determined to listen to HIS instructions. With HIS help, I CAN DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY!!!

I was never a "thin" child, but I was never fat, or even chubby. I am built "solidly" though, y'know, one of the ways to say to a young girl "big-boned, not delicate, or well-muscled." Because of my basic body structure, I was always told that I was fat though, so my self-image suffered most of my life. I fluctuated between a size 10 and 12 from pre-adolescence to early adulthood because I inherited the family genes of thick limbs, even though my waist always maintained its trim size 8 status.

I gained the "freshman 15" within the first two months of college and kept them on, but turned them into muscle very soon afterward by venturing into the weight-training arena. Oh, I loved that! I was always physically strong, and now I could use it to stay healthy too!?! Whoa, no stopping me now! I did lose 20 lbs in my junior year (got chicken pox on Valentine's Day, no less!) and was a size 6-8 all over for the first time in my life. That was too hard to maintain, so I regained 15 of those pounds to get back to a comfortable size 10.

Then I started getting debilitating migraines (I'd had migraines all my life, but adulthood took them to a whole other level) and was told to stop all activity, as well as try an experimental drug. This all contributed to a 100-lb weight gain in a 9-month period of time; the subsequent inactivity and depression added another 50+ pounds which finally sent me seeking for help and support. I found that help and support here at SparkPeople.

Even though there is support and encouragement here on SP, I recognize that people still have to live their own lives and may not always be able to be here to support and encourage me. Accountability ultimately is still mine, and seeing "me" in writing will spur me to further action. GOD started me on this journey, and HE will see me through it, because when all is said and done, HE is the only ONE WHO will always be here.

GOD gave me a love of dance, and I've begun to use that desire to help get me through this weight loss and depression "valley" and on to the goal "mountaintop!" I'm also capitalizing on my love of weight-training, and using the physical strength that I've never lost to help get me to a healthier place.

Member Since: 5/15/2009

Fitness Minutes: 16,352

My Goals:
To be happy no matter what shape I'm in. I may not be satisfied during the transition, but I at least want to be content at whatever stage I am.

I'm trying to learn and relearn what pushes my buttons and sets me up to give into triggers for failure. I am still such a work in progress, but again, I will be content at whatever stage I find myself. I want to live in the now, not always in the "hoping for," 'cause the journey has so many wonderful lessons that I've learned to enjoy the ride and not concentrate so much on reaching the finish line...Oh, I'll get there, but I'm gonna enjoy the ride!

My Program:
*At least 10 minutes of activity daily (cardio or strength training).

- Finding better dessert alternatives, my weakness.

- Snacking more sensibly. Pack a snack bag each day (fruits/veggies/yogurt)

- More fruits and veggies! Fresh, frozen or canned!

- More whole grains, whether oatmeal, oat bran, flax seed, chia seeds, whatever is good and works!

Personal Information:
I accepted Jesus Christ at a very early age (7), and though there are times when I've stumbled, I've always been a "good girl" so I've never really strayed. I didn't recognize the gift of song until the 7th grade. When teachers, professors and voice coaches started featuring my voice in multiple events, I finally clued in and saw that GOD had given me a real outward gift and I have been singing HIS praises ever since.

I was born in the West Indies (Jamaica), moved to New York (The Bronx) as a child, went to school in Virginia (UVA) and live in Delaware (Newark). On any given day, you may hear any one of those accents. I've been told that Jamaica emerges when I'm angry, The Bronx when I'm excited and VA when I'm tired; otherwise it's a conglomeration of all.

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    Hey, girl! LONG TIME, right? Trying to stay put. Always had great motivation in SP. We gotta try to keep it up!!!

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    33 days ago
    Hello old friend! I've been away for a LONG time and I'm finding my way back. Most of my friends are no longer active here but that ok. I'm working on finding my spark and I'm ready for this journey. I've regained most of the weight I've lost but that's ok. I'm ready for this journey and I know I can do it!! Hope to hear from you soon as I need all the motivation I can get.

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    42 days ago
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    I hope you have a great weekend!!!
    109 days ago
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    610 days ago
    Hi And Welcome to the Team INDYGIRL,

    You have picked an awesome team to become a member of..... Beth (INDYGIRL) has so very much to share and so much knowledge from her own personal battle with weight loss and health issues.
    The team at large is very supportive and encouraging and always willing to share what they have learned, heard, or lived through....... Dive in, post, ask questions, and support others so they can support you as well!
    Welcome to the team and WE are all so glad you joined!

    Debbie / NEWTEXDEBBIE/ Co-Leader of INDYGIRL Team

    1045 days ago
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