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May 29, 2016 -- On a plateau since February 1, but 75 pounds and several sizes slimmer.

One of the color stations at the Color Vibe 5k - April 2016. Some people were rolling around in it!





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I've been fat my whole life. It's time to live differently.

Reboot... Again:
I was doing very well with weight loss until December 2013. I got sick with some type of cough/virus and just never fully recovered. I spent months coughing and having constant nasal drainage. I was hospitalized in May 2014 with pneumonia and what doctors thought was severe asthma, but I've never had asthma. Then we moved the week after I came home from the hospital (on oxygen). In July 2014 I was diagnosed with a Spontaneous CSF Leak. So all of my nasal drainage was actually spinal fluid. Aspiration of drainage had led to all of my lung problems. I had surgery over Labor Day weekend 2014 to close the hole in my skull and stop the leak. Recovery was a lot harder than I thought it would be, probably because I had been sick for nearly a year and my body was just completely run down. I didn't feel like myself again until December 2014. It feels so good to be healthy again, and I'm so thankful to be able to breathe "normally". Some things you just take for granted until they are taken away.

Now I'm trying to get back in my groove. It's been slow going, but I'm still moving forward.

I wasn't "sparking" very much for half of 2011 and all of 2012, so I gained back most of the 25 pounds that I lost.

On July 1, 2013, I started back on my journey to better health. This time my whole family is eating on plan, meaning we all follow the guidelines set forth in the book TRIM HEALTHY MAMA. It's been wonderful. We've all lost weight. I haven't started back with exercise yet, but I know that I need to get with it. That will be my next step.

I am so thankful that in 2010 I started this journey to better health and fitness.

I am living the abundant life promised by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
John 10:10 "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

I was honored to be chosen Done Girl of the Day for February 1, 2011.

Member Since: 3/8/2010

Fitness Minutes: 17,695

My Goals:
Goal 1: Exercise every day for 100 days
(DONE 10/13/10)
(DONE 04/09/11)

Goal 2: Be healthy and active with my family
(DONE 06/02/16)

Goal 3: Get out of the plus sizes

Goal 4: Lose 25 pounds by October 1, 2013
(DONE 12/17/13)

Goal 5: Lose 50 pounds by June 15, 2015
(DONE July 16, 2015)

Goal 6: Lose 75 pounds by January 1, 2016
(DONE February 1, 2016)

Goal 7: Lose 100 pounds by August 1, 2016

My Program:
I drink at least 10 cups of water every day.

I exercise 4-5 days a week.

I loosely follow the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA plan for eating.

I mostly eat low carb and usually avoid sugar; I never drink soft drinks.

I enjoy splurge meals/crossovers on special occasions or when I think they are really worth it. This is a LIFEstyle, after all, not a diet.

Personal Information:
I am 44 years old, and I have been married for 19 years.

I am a Christian homeschooling mother of 2 teens.

My home will always be in Alabama, but I currently live in South Carolina.

My husband is a minister. Currently, he is working as the Conference Administrator.

Other Information:
In 2010 I learned how to knit. I met with a group of ladies at a local tea room once a week to knit... and have tea until I moved in June 2014.

I love discovering new tea rooms when I travel. I also love coffee... and all things Narnia!

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**Done Girl of the Day for February 1, 2011

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    We have a great team leaders and group of folks on the Trim Healthy Mama team and we're all here for you.

    I just started the very end of Jan. 2015. I bought the THM Plan book Feb. 10th and just got the Cookbook Mar. 10th. But I have started losing weight and inches. In 1 month I lost 5.25 inches and 5 lbs. and I'm a slow loser. Most folks lose faster than me.

    I know you must love the Trim Healthy Mama Plan and team as much I do!!! I'm adding you as a friend.
    emoticon Charlie
    171 days ago
    Please join us at the very bottom of Team to: Visit and comment on team members photos 5 team member per week. It's a great way and fun to get to know our teammates.

    Congratulations on reaching your weight goals, losing over 75 lbs. is amazing. I'm so happy for you and just know you will meet any other goals you set.

    emoticon Charlie
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    172 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/10/2016 12:54:53 PM
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy March and Happy Weekend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    178 days ago
    Today will never come again.
    Let us all be a Blessing.
    Be a friend.
    Most of all encourage someone along the way.
    Always take time to care.
    And may the words we say be a healing and not a wound.
    192 days ago
    Hey thank you for your continued encouragement. How is 2016 going for you?
    202 days ago
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