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My 5% Spring Challenge exercise commitment: to exercise at least 30 minutes a day

My 5% Spring Challenge nutrition commitment: to make a plan and think before I eat, to keep healthy choices on hand, to eat more fruits and veggies, to limit sugar and carbs, to allow myself the occasional slip up without condemnation because this is a lifestyle change not a DIEt

I am making imperfect progress!

Each day I get up and make healthier choices I am winning! Regardless of what the scale says! I won't let it determine my happiness any more!

Getting back up...dusting off my britches...and getting back in the game! Making simple changes to make a healthier life!

Pray, eat, move! That's my theme! Keeping it real and simple!

Pray more healthy choices...move more!

I know the journey isn't going to be easy, but I promise to NEVER EVER QUIT! I AM worth it! I praise God that He has made a way for me to have freedom from the addiction that tries to keep me bound. I will not fear! I will go boldly into a healthier lifestyle that God has called me to! I will be healthy and free!

Remembering who I am:

I AM a child of God!
I AM beautiful!
I AM loved!
I AM forgiven!
I AM talented!
I AM smart!
I AM healthy!
I AM joyful!

I want to feel strong and energetic! I want to be happy and healthy! I want to be a healthy BMI! I want to look good and feel good! I want to be able to keep up with my kids! I want to be here for their weddings and babies! I want to grow old lovin' my man! ;-)

♥✞♥ I Am HIS & He Is MINE ♥✞♥
"Who are You, Lord?" He answered me: "I AM."
"But who is I AM?" I asked discouraged.
His soft answer filled my heart with fire, because I heard:
"I AM Love; I AM Peace, I AM Grace,I AM Joy, I AM the Way,
the Truth and the Life, I AM the Light, I AM your comforter, I AM Strength, I AM the Creator, I AM the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End."
With tears in my eyes I asked softly, "But, Lord, then who am I?"

While God gently wiped away my tears, He whispered in my ear: "YOU ARE MINE."

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

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~☆~Don't Quit~☆~
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit
rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about
when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
it seems to a faint and faltering man;
often the struggler has given up
when he might have captured the victor's cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and when you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
it's when things seem worst, you must not quit.

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♥When the world says, "Give up."
♥ Hope whispers, "Try it one more time. "
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✫..Look back and thank God.
✫..Look forward and trust God.
✫..Look around and serve God.
✫..Look within and find God!

Member Since: 7/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 69,627

My Goals:
I want to feel good and be healthy! I want to get under 200 pounds! I want to be a healthy BMI.

SW: 261 April 2010
1st goal: 250 DONE! 7/2010
2nd goal: 240 DONE! 9/2010
3rd goal: 230 DONE! 1/2011 DONE AGAIN! 6/2015
4th goal: 220 DONE! 4/2011 DONE AGAIN! 8/2015
5th goal: 210 DONE! 9/2011 DONE AGAIN! 10/2015
6th goal: 200
7th goal: 190
8th goal: 180
9th goal: 170
10th goal: 160
11th goal: 150
12th goal: 140

My Program:
I have to get back to this it worked for me! I've gotten off track but I'm making my way back!

Moving, moving, and more moving is how I did it the first time. I like to walk, do my Wii, and swim.

I have cut out fried foods, sodas, sweet tea, second helpings. I am eating fruits and veggies.

Personal Information:
I'm from North Georgia. I've taught for 23 years. I have 3 beautiful children, a wonderful husband of 26 years, and a sweet Westie.

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Favorite quotes:

If you think you can or think you can't, you are right! (Henry Ford)

I'm not crazy. I'm medicated for a chemical imbalance! (Mrs. Beadle on Barnyard)

DIETS give you a bunch of rules and regulations that you have to follow. A LIFESTYLE is a learning journey to an abundant life. (IMSOOZEEQ)

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  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon My Wonderful Spark Friend !!
    Remember just because it is a Holiday Weekend doesn't mean you can't have a good time and stay on track... just watch be sure to weight the hamburger meat out to 3-4 ounces, layer it with plenty of veggies like lettuce, cucumbers, onions, radishes or your favorites!! Try adding some grilled vegetables to the list... Family BBQ's can be the greatest way to get your family on board to trying fresh grilled vegetables and "Yes" even grilled "Fruits"... Try gilled fruit and veggie kabobs... along with your favorite salsa. Even visit Chef Meg for some of her favorite recipes for grilling!!

    emoticon "Memorial Day Weekend Blessings!!" emoticon
    Remember to Plan for those desserts to, no more than 1/8th of a slice if you put it on your tracker!! You should have plenty of room for it!! Let's be Happy with our choices, not sorry about it later! emoticon
    11 hours ago
    Good Morning thankx for stopping by been without internet for a couple weeks otherwise all is well belated Happy TurtleDay
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    emoticon Don’t completely eliminate foods that you actually LOVE.

    Chances are that if you completely cut out foods you absolutely love, you’ll spring back into old eating habits pretty quickly. Unless your doctor informs you of a health condition that requires food elimination, or unless you choose to eliminate a food for personal reasons, let go of the idea of “bad” foods and learn to enjoy them in moderation instead. Pasta? Rice? A piece of chocolate cake? Enjoying these once in a while won’t derail all of your hard work and they aren’t “unhealthy” in proper portions. It is all about portion control...

    Things do get a bit tricky with this “don’t” though. You have to figure out the best method of non-elimination for you. For example, if you keep your favorite food in the house and know you aren’t able to control how much you eat, then don’t keep it in the house. Instead, enjoy it only when you go out.
    2 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for coming by to see me, I am doing well. I love your page and colors. Very nice in the eye. Terrific on logging in 600! Have a great week. emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/25/2016 1:24:25 PM
    Hey lovely you! Thanks for visiting me. I really appreciate it. Everything is going good for me. I am super busy at work and at home, geeze! But, all is well. Thanks for checking on me.
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    2 days ago
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