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Hello. My name is Kim, and I live in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am 46 years old and single. I've struggled with my weight for most of my life, and I'm still struggling. But I am a work in progress and learning to love myself as I am now. That's the only way real change can happen.

I joined this site in Spring 2007, however I really didn't get involved until Fall 2009 when I joined the BLC(Biggest Loser Challenge). In winter 2012 around the time of my mom's cancer diagnosis I ...
Hello. My name is Kim, and I live in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am 46 years old and single. I've struggled with my weight for most of my life, and I'm still struggling. But I am a work in progress and learning to love myself as I am now. That's the only way real change can happen.

I joined this site in Spring 2007, however I really didn't get involved until Fall 2009 when I joined the BLC(Biggest Loser Challenge). In winter 2012 around the time of my mom's cancer diagnosis I discovered Zumba and really enjoy that as a from of exercise. Exercise had been a great stress reliever for me. I know alot about nutrition and healthy eating, but it's the emotional eating that's giving me trouble. I'm still working on that. I'm realizing that during this stressful time, the best thing I can do is take care of myself. That means eating right and exercising to manage the stress, lose weight, and get healthy. I lost my mom June 30, 2013, very suddenly actually. From the time we were given the news that the cancer returned, she died about 15 days later. It's still a shock, but her fight is over, she's with Jesus now. I actually did pretty well in June, the worst month of my life, in losing weight although I'm not sure it was done in the healthy way . I simply was too distracted to eat. Now that I'm back in my own place, without the support of my mom's friends, her church, and my brother, I know it would be all too easy to just overeat because no one is around. I don't want to be the girl that gains a bunch of weight because she's lost her best friend, but unfortunately that is what has happened. Shortly after getting the bad news, one of the first things my mom said to me and my brother after being told she was terminal was Be good to each other and take care of yourselves. My mom has said over the years and even in her last days here on Earth that she was so proud of me. I know she's watching me from heaven and I definitely want to make her even more proud of what I've done. It's time to put the focus back on taking care of myself the way I had taken care of her. I rejoined a gym back in July but like alot of things, the membership has gone unused. I'm in the midst of trying to figure out what to do for workouts and hopefully rotate between gym and home workouts depending on weather and energy levels. I did gain some weight since going on insulin in August but that's only because I'm using more insulin to compensate for poor eating habits. Before that I was on another injectable med that had the glorious side effect of taking away my appetite, but it wasn't working that well at lowering my blood sugar. It was also very expensive, about 100 bucks a month. Since going on insulin my blood sugar has been alot better, although now my appetite has increased. So healthy eating is now even more important, not only for weight loss but for health and to keep my appetite in check. I feel alot fuller eating healthy foods that fill me up vs the junk that just keeps me craving and wanting more. And this weight gain has pretty much sapped my energy and made me feel even worse about myself. The holidays have been alot harder with my mom gone since the only family I have left is now my brother, and we are not close. She was the glue that held us together. It's time to get to feeling better. I may not be able to control my circumstances but I can control what I put in my mouth and whether I exercise or not. It's time to regain my power and take back my life! I recently joined Weight Watchers for the progam, the group support, and the accountability.

I completed my first 5k walk in May 2011, and I signed up for a virtual race with some fellow Sparkers for August 13, 2011! I did 15.5-16.5 miles on the elliptical machine that day. The exact mileage is uncertain because I spent the first 10 minutes working out on machines that didn't display the mileage. I also did a virtual 5k walk with my team on November 3.


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I choose to:

Believe what God says about who I am-body, mind, heart and spirit.

Think and speak positively about my body.

Stop analyzing and critiquing other peoples' physicial appearance.

Seek balance with eating, exercise, and how I care for myself.

Infuse truth into negative conversations about eating, weight, and body shape.

Develop inner qualities like kindness, compassion, and integrity.

Break fee from being self-focused, so I can impact the world as God intended.

Trust in God's love for me and communicate that love to others.

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My Goals:
lose 70 pounds

reduce the dose and eventually get off medications for diabetes and cholesterol



My Program:
food plan- lean protein, healthy fats, low-fat and fat free dairy, non-starchy vegetables, some fruit and minimal whole grains

exercise- trying to get back to doing regular workouts again starting with dvd's at home and some time at the gym

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Hobbies: reading, writing, going to concerts,roadtrips, photography, working out

Became a Certified REFIT Instructor on Oct. 18, 2014, on November 20, 2014, I was hired to teach this form of dance fitness at a local studio!

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first 5k walk-May 22, 2011

15.5-16.5 miles on the elliptical machine on August 13, 2011 as part of a virtual race with fellow Sparkers

Virtual 5k walk with my BLC Team Azure Destinations on November 3, 2012




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JUSTTRIING
8/23/2014 6:40:40 PM

Thanks Kim. I went back to BLC last round and did OK. I know I can do better but I agree, it is hard with busy work schedules. Hope things are going well otherwise



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BUTTERFIYEMERGE
7/31/2014 5:55:13 PM

Oh that's just wonderful about the Zumba training! I'm so excited for you. I've never done Zumba. You just wouldn't believe how uncoordinated I am. LOL! I'm awesome at speed walking, but that is as good as I get. :) But, I enjoy that, so I'm good. I just know that you're going to be great with leading classes and God has put such a vision in your heart to work with others. I'm so excited for you! Woohoo!!!! emoticon



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VISUALLYRICS
7/31/2014 12:23:19 PM

Hi there! emoticon
Thanks for stopping by today......my DH is self employed so no gym benefits....except for the fact that I am benefitting from being fit - LOL!!!
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BUTTERFIYEMERGE
7/31/2014 10:11:17 AM

Hi Kim,
I did the Daniel Plan at the beginning of the year and cut out wheat and dairy. Found out purely by accident that I'm gluten intolerant and this is what is causing a large percentage of my migraines. So, not I'm gluten free. I also figured out that having dairy was hindering my sleep at night. I was so congested that I didn't breath as well, so I'd wake myself up. So, I learned a lot. I eat very little meat. Mostly fresh veggies and fruit and non-gluten grains. I just feel better when that's what I'm eating. I'll eat chicken and fish, but just not every day. One of my doctors and his wife are vegetarian, so whenever I have questions, I always go to them. And I have a great farmers market so I tend to eat seasonally. I just have to watch and not get caught up in the gluten free foods in the supermarket. Those aren't all that healthy, just gluten free.

I think you have a great idea about fasting elements from your diet and then adding them back. I know right away when I have gluten and dairy. My body is sure to let me know. Anything your body doesn't want I bet it lets you know too! When we listen, they are so very smart!



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7/30/2014 10:51:06 AM

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