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I am ready to improve my health and pursue some of the goals that have eluded me for years! Spark People is hard for me, because I am not a "sharer" by nature, but with prayer, mutual support and hard work I know I can succeed.

It took a long time to put all these pounds on this 5'6" frame, and it will take a long long time to get them off. I am in it for the long haul, to develop healthy habits, be more vibrant and have the energy to keep up with my family and friends.

I have been using food as comfort for years now, and now I plan to put food in its proper place--as fuel for a fit and healthy body--and not as a panacea for all that ails me.

Now is the time to focus on living life to the maximum every moment and not just scraping by! I realize that I need help and support from others.

My main goal is represent my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this temple He gave me, and being unhealthy is not the way to do that. So, I am going to take each day as it comes, learn from others who have made and are making the same journey, and hopefully be a blessing to them as I go.

I love to read, so I purchased The Spark and am working my way through it. I also know that I need rewards other than food, so I am going to use books, music, new clothes and other non-food items as rewards for meeting goals.

I believe that I can and will succeed in reaching my objectives.

Positive Force.

I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Member Since: 10/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,985

My Goals:
Updated goals

Long term:

1) lose 90 pounds in 18 months

2) lower my hemoglobin A1C to less than 7

3) keep my blood sugar (on average) under 120 per my doctor's orders (almost there!)

4) Do the 5K walk for charity this Thanksgiving

Short term:

1) lose 12 lbs by July 15 (not reached but still going)

2) lose 10% of body weight by Novemebr 15 (I'm really going full throttle on this)

3) eat 5-8 fruits and veggies per day (struggling, but I get at least 5, am working on increasing this)

4) drink 8 plus glasses of water daily and increase fiber intake (work in progress)

5)stop avoiding the camera and take some before an after pictures of myself starting 7-18

6)take deep breaths and measure my vital statistics so I can measure my progress better

(I wish I had done this in the beginning)

My Program:
1) Exercise: Cardio 5x week (water jogging, bicycle riding, walking, SP DVD's)

Strength traing 3x week (SP DVD's and Circuit Training at the gym)

2) Track food relentlessly

3) Drink 8+ classes of H2O daily

4)Log in to SP everyday and interact with all the people are also on this journey

5) Prayer, thankfulness and attitude of gratitude

Personal Information:
Air Force Brat! We moved all around the country when I was growing up, but we always returned to New Jersey where my grandparents lived, so that's where I went to school. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters, 3 cats and a wonderful supportive husband. No children, but lots of great nephews and nieces!

Other Information:
Love to read, knit and travel when I can (a little difficult when you need a wheelchair at the airport, but I do okay)

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    Wow, this year went so quickly. Best wishes and prayers for the New Year! I hope it finds your with many, many blessings of health, wealth, fun, happiness, adventure, joy, kindness with lots of love. Happy New Years, let's rock 2011.
    2631 days ago
  • v LILABE11
    Happy new year! I hope little treats are still keeping you motivated to stick to a healthy calorie range. I will be praying for a joyful start to your 2011!
    2632 days ago
    Have a blessed, safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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    2669 days ago
  • v HONNEE1
    hi queen
    ooh ooh i miss you so much!!!! girly where are you? come back quick, i hope all is well with you and i am sending good vibrations your way along with prayer. i am finally back in the game after a bad bike accident took me out for a while and my knee still has a kink in it (hurts from time to time) anyway holla with me when you can and know i am thinking of you, have a blessed weekend/week.

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    2702 days ago
    Be that joy to someone else. You may be their only smile all day. I know your are!
    2707 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/25/2010 3:01:15 PM
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