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At my GW of 130lbs... right around Thanskgiving 2011

My Starting Point 180lbs 1/15/11


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So it has been slightly over one year since I started my weightloss/healthful living journey. It was January 15, 2011 when I had my reality check @ 180lbs and my final emotional "I'm too fat" melt down! The very next day I decided to take action and set out to lose 50lbs! Today,I weigh in at 124lbs, that's 6lbs under my goal weight of 130lbs and all I can say is: "To GOD be the glory!" I know had it not been for Him and His strength to help me see this thing through I wouldn't have made it! It took me longer than I thought it would to get here, but nevertheless I am here!!! I hope my story is inspiration for at least one other person. If God can help me get it togther, I know He can surely do the same for you, if you only just acknowledge Him and ask for His help, because He cares about EVERY aspect of our lives! God Bless and be encouraged!!!

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Hello Everyone! My name is Raynell and I am here to get a grip on my life and my weight. About 4 yrs ago through the help of the Lord I manage to drop over 30lbs I went from 199 to 163 and I felt great about myself! Although I was still considered overweight, I was still estatic about my weight loss because I have always struggled with my weight and I hadn't been in the 160's since JR High! However, I hit a plateau and I was never able to break out of the 160's; because of my lack of knowledge about weigh loss and fitness I felt hopeless on top of other emotional distress I was dealing with at that time I eventually gave up. While lingering in my self -pity, depression, brokenheartedness,disappointment and licking my wounds I found myself almost right back where I started almost 5yrs ago at 180lbs. March of 2010 I found SparksPeople.com and I thought oh yeah i am going to get back in shape now. However, I never followed through with the program because mentally I was not truly ready. So, here I am, January of 2011, still at 180lbs yet at a place in my life where I need a new beginning. I now know that I cannot dwell on where I was 5yrs ago or the emotional pain of my past. I just have to embrace my now, love myself, and do my best to reach my goals. I still have hopes of getting in a sexy but elegant wedding gown someday and being blessed with children that I can run around the backyard with without being out breath! So, here I am, once again, determined to get healthy, fit, and my confidence back! For real this time!!!!!

Member Since: 3/15/2010

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My goals for 2012 is to maybe go all the way down to 120lbs then maintain my weightloss and tone, tone, tone!!!!

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I will basically do more strength training than cardio this time around. I will get back on my heavy bag, use my hand weights more, make myself use the wieght machine in my garage (blah! lol), and use strength training dvds.

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From: Lancaster, CA by way of New Orleans... yes, I am a southern girl @ heart :).


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