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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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STRONGCOURAGE now 3 doctors ALL say its a pulled muscle that can take 6-12 months to heal :( or longer since I keep reinjurying it apparently. Crazy...Plan B or is it C?!...where theres a will, there will be a way!
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Member Since: 4/27/2013

SparkPoints: 15,321

Fitness Minutes: 8,731

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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LOVINSHERRY78
10/24/2014 7:06:28 PM

LOL! u have a great weekend too :) happy costume hunting...well, and happy eating too of course!



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LOVINSHERRY78
10/24/2014 6:41:35 PM

yeah..chocolate def is a carb load, lol. seems like everything is now days though so it's def easy to over do it on carbs. good to have a plan in motion and i hope the day turned out as you hoped. :) enjoy your evening!



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MELYROD18
10/22/2014 3:46:03 AM

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blogs. You my friend are very motivating, inspiring, amazing and I can keep going on for days. You always put a smile on my face. I am so proud of you and everything you have accomplished. You have such a beautiful soul, you are 1 in a billion. You are the kind of person that should be out there all over the world inspiring people... Front cover of a magazine. You would be amazing at it, you are amazing at it.

You know yourself better than anyone, if you want to change your goal weight then it is totally up to you. But it's great that you're giving it a little bit more time :). You have done amazingly great, you already passed you original goal by a lot.

I have been doing ok, I've been very stressed out while in N.Y.. But I did get to do The Color Run on the 18th, and it was amazing. I definitely will be doing it again :D! I am so happy to know that you have been distracted lately in a good way... As always, I wish you the best my friend... with everything going on in your life ;).
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10/13/2014 7:44:35 PM

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MELYROD18
10/6/2014 3:15:51 PM

Hey, Sorry it took me so long to reply. It must be great to have someone that is into fitness leaving with you. You were definitely blesses, what are the odds that after this huge transformation you end up with a roommate who is into the life that you are learning to live. THE HEALTHY LIFE! :) It's also great because then she would have healthy foods instead of junk food that would only tempt you or sabotage you. Were you ever able to buy the guess jeans, I hope so. :) Thank you for your beautiful words as usual, you always put a smile on my face and make my day even better. You are also a beautiful woman, both inwardly and outwardly. My daughter is definitely a lot like me, thank you so much. She is definitely very sweet and very lovable.
P.S. I so love the "post workout high" also, it's awesome. Just the feeling I want when I'm having a bad day and so I end up working out.
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