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My name is Danielle, I've been here on sparkpeople a long time, and this place has changed my life. I'm not gonna get into every detail about my journey because I could write a book. Through the use of this site and the will of God, in all my ups and downs, I've lost around 160 lbs- that includes weight I've had to re lose after gaining in my pregnancies. I've tried to leave and use other ways of weight loss and always end up back here because this is ...

My name is Danielle, I've been here on sparkpeople a long time, and this place has changed my life. I'm not gonna get into every detail about my journey because I could write a book. Through the use of this site and the will of God, in all my ups and downs, I've lost around 160 lbs- that includes weight I've had to re lose after gaining in my pregnancies. I've tried to leave and use other ways of weight loss and always end up back here because this is the only place that has worked.

I use sparkpeople as a tool that supplements my plan of eating in Overeaters Anonymous. I'm working those 12 steps, and being apart of sparkpeople helps to do that.
For me this journey has been a very personal spiritual one. I've found over the years that I have binge eating disorder, which is basically like bulimia without the purging, and that one of the reasons I struggle with it so bad stem from traumatic events in my childhood and teenage years. Through my recovery I've had to face these things and ask for forgiveness from people I've hurt with my disease, and forgive those who hurt me
People have often asked me what I've done to lose weight, here's what worked for me:

1. Start slow. Don't try to do it all at once, you will burn out and likely quit... At least that's how it went with me. Do one thing at a time, like make a goal to walk 3 times in one week and meet it, that's it. The next week keep the Walking goal and add in eating more vegetables. So on and so forth.

2. Look at the process as a positive thing. Not "I can't eat this, I need to avoid that, I failed here" say things like, "I'm going to move more, eat more vegetables, eat more fruit."

3.weigh once a week, record it and own it. Do it in the morning, butt naked if you can, before you've eaten anything. Ignore all other scales (like the one at the gym or the doctors office). Remember its just a number, a number that only measures how hard gravity pushes on you, that's all. Go by other measurements if you can.

4. If you don't like running, don't do it. If you don't like the gym, don't go. If you hate work out videos, don't do them. I've found that I will exercise longer and harder doing something I love vs. something I dislike. I like swimming, i like hiking, i like playing with my kids... I get most of my exercise that way.

5. Get connected. Make friends on here. Join a challenge (the 5% challenges are awesome). Participate. When you are struggling, come here and vent. Aska question in a forum. Reach out and read others blogs and posts, answer them.

6.Get educated. Read the articles spark has on the main page. Sign up for daily emails, read them, collect points for it. I know so much more than I ever learned as a kid about healthy eating and exercise, and that knowledge empowers me.

7. Get inspired. I read scripture every day and meditate on it. I check out people on here who have succeeded and read their stories. Watch biggest lower while doing jumping jacks and pushups.

8. Reward yourself. Make goals and a reward for yourself when you reach it that is not food.

9. Tell people about what you're doing. You might inspire someone to join you or at least have to be accountable because you know they might ask you how you're doing.

10. Lastly, have FUN. Enjoy yourself. Feel the changes in your body. Allow yourself to be excited. And never give up, no matter how many times you slip up, get up and keep going.
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Member Since: 7/2/2006

SparkPoints: 26,659

Fitness Minutes: 32,015

My Goals:
Quit drinking pop

Eat more fruits and vegetables

To eventually cut out most processed carbs

Get down to 200 lbs

Get to my goal weight of 175

To switch over to an organic diet

To walk every day with my family

My Program:

Plan WHAT and WHEN I will eat, and ONLY eat then.

at least 10 minutes of movement a day

strength training every other day

Personal Information:
I'm a huge Jesus Freak.

I'm a stay at home mom.

I have 2 children:
Isaac 10.18.09
Abigail (Abby) 4.26.12

I'm an avid reader. I love the library and the bible!!

I LOVE to cook and try new recipes.

Columbus College of Art and Design Alumni 2008- Bachelor's of Fine Art

Sylvania Southview Alumni 2003

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In Gemini the Sun is active, restless and changeable. You like plenty of variety in your everyday activities, in your friends, and even in your diet. Your interests are many and diverse--almost anything will attract your attention if only for a brief time. Truly, this is the sign of the jack-of-all-trades. As the story goes, you may find that unless you can develop your powers of perseverance, you may be the master of none. Your varied interests can result in a tendency for you to spread yourself too thin, sometimes failing to follow through on projects you've begun.
The Gemini child is most often born to a father who is well respected in the community. Gemini is often the baby in the family and thus grows up fast learning to talk early in order to keep up with the older kids. Gemini gets along with Libra, Aquarius, Leo, Aries and Sagittarius.
Being very curious, you want to know and experience as much as you can. Gemini is the sign of duality. You find it difficult to limit yourself to one job, to one relationship, or one hobby, as you constantly seek variety and mental adventure. You scatter your energies because you don't want to miss anything. You are a lifelong student, never tiring of learning new subjects. You collect facts and tidbits of data, but you may not always have the big picture.
To the Gemini person, communication is of utmost importance. You flourish on ideas, with a mind that is ever so quick and curious. You are a person who enjoys talking and writing. All sorts of communication ideas appeal to nature. You are aware of all that is going on around you, and you want to understand and participate in it all. You are hard to pin down, and even harder to beat in a debate. Your abilities of combining quick comprehension , and the communication of this comprehension to others, are the hallmarks of your sign. You can talk yourself into and out of situations with ease. Often Mercury people (Gemini's ruling planet is Mercury) take mischievous delight in disconcerting slower minds with their fast paced mental antics. You like to be around people, and you never do well working alone or on any routine type job.
Gemini can have problems with their nerves and experience anxiety or depression. They should never smoke as their lungs are their health area of concern. Gemini can have injury to their shoulders and hands. Since they love to be active they must learn to watch and take caution.
Extremely friendly, you enjoy companionship, and really thrive on it. Just as you don't like to be without activity, you don't like to be alone. You are likely to have a very wide circle of friends with whom you enjoy many activities--movies, games, conversation, and such. You are naturally outgoing and possess a sparkling wit. You are apt to become quickly bored with conservative types that can't make a decision or agree with your need to impose change. Not being very introspective or reflective, often you don't understand your motivations or the motivations of others. So in many ways, relationships can be shallow and superficial. Your restless mercurial nature requires constant excitement and change, or you'll becomes very dispirited and morose.

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