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I have been on the journey of weight lose for over 3 years now. I have been as heavy as 217 pounds and as lite as 135. Only time I was under 135 was before I could remember lol. My pour dear husband married a much smaller person, I dieted to get small by taking pills and eating well under 1000 calories. My gallbladder didn't like it much! So all of the weight and more went on with my first pregnancy. I found myself pregnant again within 2 months of first birth, well before any 1st baby weight could come off. So I was almost 200 lb. with the birth of number 2. (He weighed 10 lbs - so I lost at least that much lol.) Three years later came number 3, and I still hadn't lost much weight. Six years later I was pregnant with twins, which caused a lot of gallbladder problems so I only gained a few pounds while carrying them. (Girls caused gallbladder problems, boys caused vomiting - Twins were boy and girl - yuck) I knew by then that if I wanted to lose weight I would need to eat a low fat diet like I was forced to during the pregnancy. When they were 6 I started the true journey to losing weight. I lost 50 pounds and decided I didn't like the 2 hours exercise needed to keep going. So in 2005 when the scale hit 217 I knew what I needed to do. So the hard work of change in diet and exercise began in earnest. I did lose 60 pounds the first year and a half , but once again was frustrated with always having to take out the time to exercise hard : ( Although I have only gained back 10 - 15 lbs I am still determined that I will lose weight yet. In the low times I try to remember the following Bible verse.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Member Since: 9/3/2006

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I have lost 60 pound before finding this sight. Sadly I gained almost all of them back on over the last few years, but want to get motivated again. Then by God's grace keep it off.

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I have been eating less food and exercising a lot. I was(and need to get back to) walking 4 miles in 1 hour each day. I don't cut out my cravings, just try to make sure they are very small amounts, and not very often.

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I live in Northern Illinois. My husband and I have been married for 34 years (on Feb. 14, 2015). We have home-schooled for 15 years, starting with all 5 but only 2 left.
I am now a Grandma finally, sadly she lives 6 hours away.
I also love reading and hate exercising!

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I work as a Comfort Keeper and enjoy helping the elderly!

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  • v DEUCE119
    Hey Kathy! Thanks for showing you missed me! LOL I am back and it is all behind me now. On to other things and trying to get caught up. I need this to clear my head!
    2756 days ago
    Hi...just found you through your Team Rockford Thread...maybe we'll meet up at the YMCA sometime...Nice to get to know you a little! We have some things in common...I had 3 children all in 5 years and by the time my 3rd son came, I was over 250 pounds...I have been up and down what seems like forever in my life...and found SparkPeople to be a great place to share and learn...I also homeschooled all 3 of my sons, and now they attend Universities...hope to chat sometime...

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    2841 days ago
    Hi there! I noticed that you're a member of the Nazarene's team, and wondered if you're interested in getting some activity going there again - I'm going to start checking in on it regularly, hopefully we can get it going again!

    You're doing a great job and have made good progress! Keep up the good work! God bless you in 2009!
    2855 days ago
    One day at a time!! You can do it!!!
    2928 days ago
  • v CYNTHIAS50
    Thanks so much for the comment on my blog :~)

    2954 days ago
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