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My beginning profile (300 Lbs) January 2 2013

My beginning profile (300 Lbs) January 2 2013

My wife and children February 2012 (my motivation)





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  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon Spark Friends,

    If you or anyone you know are having trouble tracking or are stuck in a plateau, then please read this or share it with your spark friends.

    Remember attaining weight loss is possible and permanent weight loss is absolutely doable. If you are will to start changing your life and lifestyle one habit at a time. After all that is how we learned how to talk, walk, dress, bathe and eat. Was one step at a time. Our Mothers and fathers were very good at teaching us what they knew.

    But, most of them did not know what healthy eating was. Not really. Nothing like a dietician would know. So remember when starting out you want to set up small attainable goals. Even if you are having trouble anywhere in your weight loss journey, you may just want to take a step back and look at where you are actually at.

    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    1) Are you where you want to be?
    2) Are you losing weight?
    3) Are you really tracking everything that you eat?
    4) Are you being completely honest with yourself?
    5) Are you setting realistic goals?
    6) Are you drinking your daily water?
    7) Are you eating at least 2 fruits daily?
    8) Are you eating at least 3 vegetables daily?
    9) Are you getting at least 10+ minutes of exercise daily?
    10) Are you getting any me time? This is the most important one.......

    Drinking 8 cups of water.....every day is very important to stay hydrated.
    • Eating at least 2 fruits and at least 3 vegetables every day will help keep you full longer and ensure that you are getting enough fiber
    • Not eating in front of the TV....you do not want to be distracted, enjoy your meal and put down your fork or spoon between every bite, while sipping water. It takes at least 20 minutes to ensure the brain starts to signal the stomach that you are getting full.
    • No soda or sweet drinks....you will want to cut out as much refined sugar as possible, lowering your risk of diabetes.
    • Eat breakfast every morning: This is the most important meal of the day, you need at least 300 - 400 calories to start your day and get your metabolism reeved up for the day.
    • No candy, cake, potato chips or other high carb junk food, instead try a piece of fresh fruit, granola, veggie slices or nuts. Sometimes even a glass of water can keep hunger at bay. Try it infused with slices of fruit or veggies.

    And if you are stuck in a plateau, try mixing up your exercise routine. A strength training program, with some cardio and walking the pounds away may be just what the doctor ordered. Talk it out with a trainer, a dietician, your doctor or weight loss buddy may also be an answer too.

    Just do what it takes for you..... what works for one, may not work for you.

    I love all of you and want each one of you to be successful in your journies! KEEP ON SPARKIN'
    Jill emoticon
    588 days ago
    emoticon May your weekend be filled with blessings that energize for the new week to come!
    1097 days ago
    No matter what the circumstances are, we have to remember that the Bible says "Give thanks in all things"
    Don Moen is one of my favorite Christian music artists. Here are the words to one of his songs, that I hope will minister to you this week. I sing it as a prayer.

    Thank You Lord
    Song by Don Moen
    Bible says it's a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, amen
    I come before You today
    And there's just one thing that I want to say
    Thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    For all You've given to me
    For all the blessings I can not see
    Thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    With a greatful heart
    With a song of praise
    With an outstreched arm
    I will bless Your name
    Thank You Lord
    I just wanna thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    I just wanna thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    For all You've done in my life
    You took my darkness and gave me Your light
    Thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    You took my sin and my shame
    You took my sickness and healed all my pain
    Thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    With a greatful heart
    With a song of praise
    With an outstreched arm
    I will bless Your name

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    1111 days ago
    Hello Brother: i am a semi-retired pastor who studied for the ministry when I was in my early fifties. I struggled with my call for ten years thinking all the church involvement I had was enough. I was finally ordained and have pastored several small churches. I now pastor three small churches which meet together. The Lord keeps me busy-this weekend I have two business meetings, a seniors Bible study, a church 'fun day,' a nursing home service and a Sunday morning worship service. My wife is active with our Sunday School and Missionary Society. We have four grown children and five grandchildren. We live on the east coast of Canada. Thanks for sharing your testimony. Blessings.
    1114 days ago
    I really struggle with feeling good about myself, trying to enjoy the way I look, even if I am not yet where I want to end up weight wise. This week I share this prayer with you.

    Lord, sometimes when I look in the mirror I’m not too happy with what I see. Please let me see me the way you made me, beautiful and perfect just as I am. Help me to hold this image in my mind and heart as I follow my life’s path. Allow others to witness your light shining through me as I walk with confidence, grace and a smile on my face. Amen.

    May we all gather strength and confidence and see ourselves as HE sees and loves us.

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    CML team
    1131 days ago
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