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I am particulary motivated to do be an active part of this community and develop a lifetime health living style mainly because over the past 2 years I have been in and out of the hospital a total of 7 times, with 6 time alone from Sept 2010 (weekend before labor day) to November 17, 2011 ( I remember it well1). The first time was for my kidneys which had shut down..I had displayed no symptoms and a routine doc's visit dx the problem. the more major problem was the complete and according to doctors' irrevisble damage to my liver. Praise God, contrary to the doctors' opinions that was not to be and now my liver and kidney are back at almost a 100% healthy function. Now I am determined to do whatever I can and need to do to keep my body functioning properly. Jesus came and took all our inquities and diseases on himself, but we...I... must do my part. That's my goal, to glorify Him by doing my part with my health.

Member Since: 5/18/2011

Fitness Minutes: 626

My Goals:
My goals are simple:
to develop a new lifestyle plan that incorporates:

a healthy eating plan focusing on keeping healthy my liver and kidneys

Having a stady exercise plan including
Walking 5x weekly with no more than 1 day in between

Including a strength and cardio plan using P90x for min of 3-4 days a week.

Keeping track of both

Sharing my success story on this as well as my blessing on now having a healthy liver and kidney after complete shut downs of both.., Praise Be to GOD!

Sharing with others ieas, tips, techniques and resources on various issues that impct your health, including how to find cost saving ways to pay for healthcare.

My Program:
Joined SparkPeople!

Currently waling 3-4 days a week 2-4 miles per day

Doing P90X plan 2 - 3 days a week for cardio, strenght rxercises and yoga

Created a blog on How to Choose the Best Healthcare plan for your family.

Finding/researching & joining various online organizations relating to healthcare issues and sharing these via various social medias

and as primary models for development of my Healthcare Plan blog

Personal Information:
Married 30 years to a wonderful Houston Firefighter with one son following in his fathers footsteps. Love to read and travel.

Most important is the time I spend daily in prayer and mediation with my Father, listening and learning from the Holy Spirit and again keeping in mind that "greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!

Other Information:
I can do al things through Christ who stenghtens me!

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    I don't believe I ever made it by to thank you for you visit and blog comment! Please forgive me.

    Your testimony about pressing in to believe God for your total healing was inspiring. I also believe that salvation includes healing and restoration in every area of life.

    God Bless and I add my faith to yours for life and life more abundantly.

    2381 days ago
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    Thank you for the prayers for my mother (Christian Living Group board request). I really appreciate it, more than words can explain. I have added you as a emoticon , I hope that you don't mind. Please feel free to add me back. Thank you again.
    2429 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already!

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    2435 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

    1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

    2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

    The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
    *~ Paula *~
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    2436 days ago
    emoticon to SparkPeople! Best wishes to you along your journey to a healthier you!

    Be sure to use all the tools available to you. I know  there is a lot to this site, but take your time and check every nook and cranny. The extra motivation of interacting with SparkFriends is invaluable. SparkPages, SparkTeams, and community message boards play a significant role. The site's articles on health, fitness, and motivation are extremely helpful. The Success Stories inspire!

    Your ‘my SparkPoints’ page is a page worth visiting every day.  It’s a quick link to many of the areas you should familiarize yourself with.  Accessing the links will help you navigate the site, communicate with other members, and earn SparkPoints. 

    Be active and be well!
    2436 days ago
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