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It's been a while, but I'm still on a mission

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I am just realizing that I have not blogged since June of 2013, so I felt it was time to give an update. I made excellent progress in 2013 even though the months of November and December featured a gain. I exercised faithfully, and I can't blame it on holiday food because I didn't even have any. Between the holiday blues and some medical test results that came back on December 16, 2013, I just started to spiral into an emotional chocolate eating frenzy. However, there is one thing about me. I might get down, but I will not stay down. That's for sure. Even while I was eating crazy, I kept working out and I have managed to get back on track. I'm not going to beat myself up about being "human" and making poor decisions. Onward and upward is the only way to go. Instead of focusing on what I regained, I am going to celebrate the 42 lbs that I lost and are still off. I'm also 100% recommitted to my health and well-being. emoticon

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C67241 1/3/2014 9:15PM

    You look great. Keep up the good work. I love your motivation and enthusiasm. emoticon

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BEYOURBEST1 1/3/2014 8:35AM

    It's great to see you here. You have made a lot of progress and you look great. You are right, don't let a bump on the road slow you from your goal. You are getting there, that is very clear to me every time I come to visit your Spark page.
Good job, CShell!

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FITWITHIN 1/3/2014 6:30AM

    Great attitude! Stay positive and move forward. This is your new beginning. emoticon on the 42 pounds lost! emoticon

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GR8TAWK 1/2/2014 7:31PM

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NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hebrews 11:1 King James Version (KJV)

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

I want to focus on the NOW (not tomorrow). Right NOW is when our faith has to kick in and take us to the next level of living. Many dieters have the "I'll start on Monday mentality." But when you are really ready to embrace a lifestyle change, you start the moment you make that decision. Will obstacles come? Sure. But we have everything that we need in us to be successful.

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JLEMUS1 6/21/2013 12:24PM

    Amen!!! heck yeah!!

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MJRVIC2000 6/21/2013 11:40AM

    Live and walk by faith and not by sight. For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

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God showed me who I was

Monday, March 11, 2013

God showed me who I was, and then I was really able to be my best me. It started on July 27, 2012, when I got on the scale and it said 303. I was in pure shock. I'm not going to say it was rock bottom, but it was definitely a wake up call. But instead of relying upon pills and fad diets, I began a three-part process of spiritual, physical and mental transformation. I began to seek God like never before to heal that which was broken in me. I began to exercise with more intensity than I had in the past. I worked with a free health coach provided through my job for 12 weeks. Then I was off on my own starting October 22. However, I then created a support network through my job and through my friends on facebook. My strategy for eating is no dieting and deprivation. Just balance and moderation. There are no "bad" foods. I eat on smaller plates and watch my portion size, but I eat food that I like. The spiritual transformation was also important. I began to decree and declare blessings into my life, including weightloss. I read the Bible often. I also read and share posts from inspirational figures, some of whom are real people in my life. If I had to pick one key to success in terms of the mental transformation, I would say it was truly embracing the concept that I am "worth the work." I am worth it because of who I am in God. I don't go to food when life hits me with curve balls anymore. I go to friends and to God. I also use exercise to relieve the stress and anguish. I'm grateful for all the free resources that are available. We just have to use them. The main reason I love sparkpeople is because it helps me set realistic goals. There was a time in the past when I would drop 5 to 7 pounds in a week through extreme dieting or pills. (And of course gain it back plus some.) However, I purposed in my heart that I would do this au natural this time. No pill, no diets, no gimmicks. And the result is that this is the best sustained weightloss that I've ever experienced in my 14 years of "dieting." It's coming off slow. On any given week, I may lose 0 to 2 lbs. Occasionally, I might even go up for a day or two. But I keep pressing toward the mark, and I see that for me slow and steady is the best way. I have definitely adopted a lifestyle approach, and I am so happy these days. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEYOURBEST1 5/30/2013 6:20AM

    You are doing great CShell. I think you found what really works.
All the best to you and keep on Sparking.

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TBABY_8 3/13/2013 11:38AM

    Thank you for posting this blog. I never looked at going to God for my weight loss. I know I've asked him to help, but I don't feel like I was, I guess, being sincere or really wanting his help. I've always felt like. I could do it, but I never did. By you stating this, I realized what I've always known deep down in my heart. He's been waiting on me to sincerely ask him for his help. Thank you for your blog being my "light bulb"! LOL Keep pushing.

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LILSHINE 3/12/2013 3:42PM

    Great job and great blog. God is so wonderful even in something like weight loss, He is still able to help us out.

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BEYOURBEST1 3/11/2013 7:48PM

    Great job CShell! Slow and steady is the way to go. Keep on going and never give up.

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LADYGSC 3/11/2013 4:58PM

    Well said!! My journey is very similar to yours, I also depend on God to help me. He is where all my help comes from. I too am going slowly. but steady and when I don't loose I don't get discouraged. This is a lifetime journey and with God's help and the help of sparks, I'm going to make it! Be blessed and spark on my sister!!

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NIKKICOLE83 3/11/2013 2:18PM

    Good for you! That is amazing. I have heard a lot about people incorporating God and prayer into their weightloss journey and I never had done that for myself. Yesterday I began praying for my health and began telling God what i needed.I already feel more capable and empowered.

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MZLADY77 3/11/2013 11:27AM

    Take one day at time. Ask God for wisdom...also check the website out called.
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FITWITHIN 3/11/2013 11:17AM

    One step at a time and each step will help you reach your goals. Small changes equal big changes in the end. emoticon

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63KEEPONGOING 3/11/2013 11:16AM

  This was inspirational. Thank you my sister in Christ and friend for such a blog.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

I celebrated my 38th birthday on 2/22/2013 and had the absolute best birthday weekend ever. I don't usually do much of anything for birthdays, but this one felt special because I'm truly embracing life. So I literally celebrated Friday through Sunday. I ate what I wanted (but watched how much I consumed), went out to eat a few times and even had birthday cake. However, the best birthday present was when I got on the scale this morning, and it showed that I still had a 1.8 lb loss for the week. God is good, and I thank Him for giving me wisdom. I am truly in the lifestyle phase where I try to have balanced eating and consistent exercise. It's WORKING!!!!

This weekend also featured a non-scale victory. This picture is taken from the first open mic that I've ever participated in (2/24/24 at Gallery Bohemia). I did two of my poems. The awesome thing is that this shirt is a 14/16W from Ashley Stewart and the pants are an 18W. woohoo!!!!!

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CSHELL75 3/11/2013 10:59AM

    Thanks, all, for the birthday wishes.

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BEYOURBEST1 2/26/2013 6:43AM

    Yay for you, CShell!
Happy Birthday!

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TACONES 2/25/2013 8:56PM

    Happy belated birthday. emoticon

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LADYGSC 2/25/2013 4:32PM

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SPECIALGURL7 2/25/2013 12:05PM

    Happy birthday. So glad you had a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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LILSHINE 2/25/2013 11:41AM

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Coming out of that shell with a BANG!!!

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Balance and Moderation, not deprivation or starvation

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I see that I haven't blogged since August 7, 2012, and I hadn't logged on since some time in October. However, I just wanted to let you all know that God is good and He has been keeping me. I guess you can say I was busy living instead of "die-ting." I no longer diet; no deprivation for me. I practice moderation, and it has worked out so well. They are no foods that are off-limits; I just limit my intake. Sure I could be losing like 5 to 7 lbs a week doing low-carb, but that's not a lifestyle that I desire. So basically, I lose the doctor recommended 1 to 2 lbs per week. And some weeks I don't lose any. However, I'm discovering that slow but steady is winning the race for me. :) Plus, it doesn't feel like I have to work at this. I just live it. Last summer, I registered pure shock when I got on the scale on July 27, 2012 and saw that I weighed 303 lbs (all time high). I never thought I'd be in the 300s. smh. I started working with a free health coach through my job who stressed the balanced approach that I'm engaged in now. Thank God, it has worked. In fact, we did our yearly screenings for the Healthy Lives program at my job in November. Would you believe that I had reached the goal weight by January 1? So I am already well ahead of the game for our 2013 Annual Screening. Today, I weigh 268.4, which is a loss of 34.6 since July 27, 2012. :) All glory goes to God!!!!

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MOTIV8N2LOSE 2/22/2013 10:44AM

    emoticon Great Attitude...Never Give UP emoticon emoticon

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TACONES 2/21/2013 8:25PM

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LILSHINE 2/21/2013 12:16PM

    That's truly awesome. You're right - you got to do what works for you. I agree with moderation and control. It's how we live, not depriving ourselves and feeling alienated from life because we've put these restrictions on ourselves. Congratulations on losing the 34.6#s

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KA_JUN 2/21/2013 11:12AM

    Slow and steady wins the race, congrats on your progress to date, that's awesome! emoticon emoticon

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