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Refusing to Give up!

*Update March 17th, 2014

I have reached the original GOAL weight I set for myself last April 28th!!! (Starting weight: 248lbs & Goal weight: 175lbs) I'm am so thankful---beyond words-for all the SP family here--your support & love is incredible! & I thank God for this achievement & for giving me that verse about courage--to get up and going & keep pushing on through--through sooo much! So here I am 74lbs down now!!! WOO HOO!!! That said, I'm gonna revamp my goals to get the final ...
*Update March 17th, 2014

I have reached the original GOAL weight I set for myself last April 28th!!! (Starting weight: 248lbs & Goal weight: 175lbs) I'm am so thankful---beyond words-for all the SP family here--your support & love is incredible! & I thank God for this achievement & for giving me that verse about courage--to get up and going & keep pushing on through--through sooo much! So here I am 74lbs down now!!! WOO HOO!!! That said, I'm gonna revamp my goals to get the final touches before I hit maintenace--more to come on that soon (look for it in an upcoming blog!) I *love* Spark People--you guys are one heck of a great bunch of cheerleaders!!!
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*Update February 3, 2013*

I am now 15 lbs from my goal weight! Even though I'm dealing with an injury right now that leaves me unable to do cardio, I'm sticking to my motto....I'm sticking to this journey of choosing a healthier life. Giving up is not a choice.

Although it is *VERY* testing on my patience to keep on pushing SO slowly, when knowing how much faster I could be going when exercising....it is strengthening my roots of endurance and determination. I once heard this:
"Be strong. Be brave. Be beautiful. Be you."
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*September 15, 2013

I started this journey late April 2013 here on SP, since then I've lost almost 25 lbs! Sometimes its felt like slow going, but persistence is paying off! :) I'm still pushing forward, with courage--refusing to let fear hold me back from achieving my goals or changing into the better me I know God wants me to be...and that I want to be!

Psalm 27:14
"...Be strong & let your heart take courage..."


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Member Since: 4/27/2013

SparkPoints: 12,571

Fitness Minutes: 6,214

My Goals:
1. Be able to do a 5k
2. Be able to shop in non-plus size clothing stores. (CHECK!)
3.Be able to do walk and talk w/out breathing heavily. (CHECK!)
4.Be able to achieve a healthier diet and fitness level.
5.Lower (one or all!) of: tension headaches, anxiety, depression, and (chronic) fatigue symptoms.
6. Be able to accept who I am.
7. Be comfortable in my own skin.


My Program:
Nutrition: Make sure I drink at 8 cups of water, enough protein, and keep calories in range. Work on getting more freggies in!

Exercise Program Mid- Injury:
Upper arm ST 3x a week.
Walk: 5x a week.
Physio: 3x a day.


Other Information:
Relaxation hobbies: card making & scrapbooking, baking, strumming guitar or fiddling on the keyboard. I enjoy composing my own songs...I simply love music--and am always buying more! (lol) Music is like the air my heart needs to breath!
I'm an RECE...
Children are a huge passion in my life & I'm so blessed with the opportunity to work with them & see them grow!
Having a network of great friends & family mean SO much to me! Finally, I'm thankful for my faith in God & for giving me the courage to get my butt in gear, step up to the plate & take ownership for my health!

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KATHARINA01
7/8/2014 4:50:32 PM

Thank you so much for leaving me comments on my blog and my page and for sending me a goodie. I really appreciate the support. emoticon

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TROY88
7/8/2014 6:32:18 AM

Hey hey,

As always, emoticon so much for your amazing support and encouragement! I find it somewhat fascinating that all of us Sparkpeeps are all in a sort of whirlwind that will, at times, lift us up and take us into a new world of magnificent glory while at other times, it may spin us wildly out of control. I've learned that for me, at least, the more this whirlwind thrusts me in one direction or another, the more I learn about how its force works and the more I learn what to expect and maybe even how to steer it in the direction we want... or at least how to land on my feet.

I'm at a new and exciting stage of my journey now where I'm finding I don't need to worry so much about every day; I can take a day or two (or even three) without pushing myself so hard and still get back on track in no time. I've always allowed for fluctuation with my results, but now I understand my body better and have a handle on exactly what I need to do to get things done. It's a pretty cool phase to be in. I'm not in a 'maintaining' stage yet, but I'm so close now that I figure it must be very similar. It's pretty awesome. emoticon

Have an amazeballz week! Laterz Sparkfriend! emoticon

~ Troy



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HOLLYM48
7/5/2014 9:40:18 PM

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your friendship and support! Hope you are doing well and having a great weekend!
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TROY88
7/4/2014 9:33:45 AM

Hey hey,

I confess: my peanut butter obsession seems nearly limitless! It has really become more like a dessert treat for me than anything else. I have to exercise some crazy self-control if I even just have a taste! Yesterday, I allowed myself just a lick out of the wee traveller I brought with me to work, just enough to kick the crazies! emoticon I was going through a similar craziness while trying to smash through a pancake craving about a month or so ago. I was reluctant to indulge due to the high sugar+calorie content, so I went to my usual "satiators" -- similar items that might trick me into satisfying the craving, healthier alternative recipes, or finally just a small amount of whatever it is I'm pining for -- in this case, pancakes! Nothing was working, so I finally just gave in and had a glorious pancake breakfast! emoticon However, I did come up with a few cool pancake-like recipes along that crazy path using a predominantly egg white base that take the shape of pancakes. I'm still tweaking my oatmeal+protein powder one, but that's pretty darn close to taking my usual oatmeal breakfast and turning it into pancakes! emoticon

Aaaaaaannnndd now I'm craving pancakes. Great. emoticon

Our Canada Day was pretty nice for weather. A bit rough at first, but settled into a nice afternoon. We hit the market downtown for the activities there, including some inflatable bouncy fun for the kids -- hilarity! Then we sparked up an impromptu bbq at my place with my folks and my sister and bro-in-law. It was a pretty solid day.

Hope you enjoy your Independence Day! emoticon Or as some of us closer to the Canada-US border might say, thanks for the extra fireworks! emoticon emoticon emoticon


~ Troy


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TROY88
7/1/2014 8:14:22 PM

Hey hey SparkFriend!

Hope you've satiated your pancake craving! emoticon How goes the biking? Hope you're having an amazeballz kind of week! emoticon

~ Troy



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