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I have had some pretty terrible eating habits, and been pretty much sedentary, all of my adult life. I am tired of being tired, and I don't want to be a spectator on the sidelines of life anymore.

I want to love myself as much as I love my family and friends, and I would NEVER treat any of them the way I've treated myself for the past 15-20 years. I want to eat REAL food, not this processed crap that is all around us, and I want to get out into the REAL world to get my activity ...
I have had some pretty terrible eating habits, and been pretty much sedentary, all of my adult life. I am tired of being tired, and I don't want to be a spectator on the sidelines of life anymore.

I want to love myself as much as I love my family and friends, and I would NEVER treat any of them the way I've treated myself for the past 15-20 years. I want to eat REAL food, not this processed crap that is all around us, and I want to get out into the REAL world to get my activity - I've tried gyms and videos, and they just don't do anything for me. ((UPDATE: I've learned to tolerate the gym - Yay!))

I have realized that it wasn't being fat that was making me unhappy, it was being unhappy that was making me fat. I don't think I've ever focused on me, taken care of me, or done things that I needed to do for ME. I have to be happy and healthy to be a good mother, a good wife, a good friend. It's real this time. :-)
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Member Since: 1/1/2010

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My Goals:
1. Lose 52 pounds before the end of 2010. (DONE 2-9-11)

2. Raise $2300 to walk in the 3-Day in Phoenix in November. (DONE)

3. After finishing #1 and #2, get tested for kidney donation. (DONATED 1-21-12)

4. Grow my hair out to donate to Locks of Love sometime in 2011. (DONE 10-26-11)

5. (NEW) Reach my doctor-prescribed TOPS goal weight of 150 pounds by 1-1-12. (DONE 2-1-12)

My Program:
I am paying attention to what I eat, and trying not to fall into my old emotional-eating habits. I joined a local TOPS group for weekly accountability and support. I have become MUCH more active - exercise is no longer a 4-letter word or something I'm allergic to!

Personal Information:
My name is Colleen, and I am 38 years old. I am married, with 2 children (ages 5 + 9) and only 1 dog right now, a Boxer! In late 2009, we relocated from Phoenix AZ to Deming NM, and I lost my entire support system. I am looking for help in keeping motivated to reach my goal.

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I taught for 12 years before leaving Phoenix. I adore Jesus and my new church family. I am an admitted TV junkie :-) who is trying to unlearn 35 years of terrible health habits!

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YOGIGIRL58
7/12/2014 5:54:02 PM

Yep, .... :)

God is DEFINITELY like that, too !
He motivates us and uses other people to Grow us some more, in Him and through Him !

So glad you enjoy being with other women in a Bible Study !



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FITTEREVERYDAY
7/9/2014 12:29:44 PM

I completely agree with you here. I look back at my life and realize my weight problems have stemmed from my misery...some of it just me not letting go of the past and my parents' neglect.

I'm also tired of being tired!!

Also, regarding the processed food thing. I've been eating so little processed food lately (lost my first 13 lbs just giving that up). My family has started raising poultry and so I have farm raised chicken and eggs too (no GMOs, no hormones, no antibiotics). I love making my own food too. I've been able to manage making many things that I bought in a highly processed state and some of it is very easy (I make my own soups for instance).



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7/9/2014 7:13:10 AM

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ORCHIDLADY56
4/24/2014 1:48:23 PM

Hey Colleen! The best sites we found were Davita.com for recipes and tips. For lists of do and don't eat foods, menus, and recipes the National Kidney Foundation site at nkf.org was the best help. Hope both of these help them out. Poor guy!



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1/19/2014 10:27:10 AM

My inspirational quote of the day:

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