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Calling ALL Sparkfriends...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

emoticon Hey there, thanks for stopping in.

My weigh in was this morning, unfortunately I did not break out of the 250's this week emoticon
I weighed in at 252.0 lbs Its ok because:

emoticon I tracked everything from emoticon food to fitness emoticon

I'm feeling good about my progress, my body is getting stronger, and that in itself is a wonderful Blessing!!!

emoticon 's I need some help, I am wrapping up my college stuff and will be attending Summer Classes. This is exciting but also scary.This is new to me.
Working full time, College... AND a single Mommy to a 6 yr old boy who loves all my attention.

I can NOT allow my health to be put on the back burner.
I started at 314 lbs emoticon Got down to about 230lbs.
Then my marriage crumbled before me, and I went back up to 270 lbs!! emoticon
Its very clear I do NOT handle stress well at all.

I'm doing well now at 252lbs. So I need YOU to recommend a Spark Team that might be of some encouragement .
Something that is NOT very time consuming but is "currently active". emoticon
This might help me stay focused while working, going to school, and being a Mommy.

Thank you so much for your support...ALWAYS!!!
Love and Prayers~Christina emoticon

  
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BOOPSTER69 4/9/2014 11:49PM

    I am so glad to see you back on Spark - with me! I know how motivating you are - and I am very proud of your success. I am working at being consistent with the nutrition plan - getting more veggies and fruits and tracking loyally. I know that when I pay attention, movement happens. Also trying to be more consistent with my fitness as I will be completing my 27th (?) Half Marathon in June at Niagara Falls and I want to feel my best and do my best - so, Sparking my way to the finish line! We can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHANGEISGOOD 3/26/2014 11:46AM

    Christina~
I am so very proud of you! You are an amazing lady! First, let me say that I have been in your shoes, it is not an easy place to be. But I believe in you. It is not easy doing all of that at once, but it is doable, and such a good example to set for your little guy.

I am only on one spark team right now and it is a set team for 10 weeks, but I will check and see what teams might fit what you are looking for. And I will be here, cheering you on and praying for you!
Good luck and God bless,
~Sandy
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STRONGCOURAGE 3/22/2014 11:14AM

    Aw! I don't know a spark team, but hopefully someone will have some good insight for you there. As for general advice though...girl believe in YOU, God does...so why shouldn't you? :) And many others do too! But keep recognizing the progress you've made and how good it makes you feel, not to mention, how wonderful it is for the health of your body! :) You CAN do this. Some adjustments will take place...but keep it simple. Don't overachieve, but don't settle for less. Make some *simple* but realistic goals considering your busy schedule. And be ok with that :) Cheering for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Its almost here...

Friday, March 21, 2014

emoticon Hi buddies!!!

Well tomorrow is my weigh in day. I'm so nervous.
I have been so anxious to get away from the 250 lb. range that I can taste it!!! emoticon

However this is a huge step in my journey... not to mention a milestone that is very difficult for me, for some reason my body does not like to let go at this stage.
In the past I would lose focus in this very moment...

Its so tough to eat the right foods, exercise, and just be mindful of everything you should be doing, then get on that emoticon and see that you either lost NOTHING or gained a pound!!! We all have been through this.

I think in my past , in this very moment of almost pushing into unknown territory I was always going through some kind of depressing moment in my life.
My health can not be put on hold because of "LIFE".

Its almost like if I can push past the 250's then I will be unstoppable!!!

Our success is NOT measured by the scale...This I know.

So at the end of this day I must ask myself if I did all I could do this week...

emoticon Exercise
emoticon Tracked all of my food and fitness
emoticon Prayed for others
emoticon WATER!!! This is a huge part of weight loss. I could have done better with my water... However, I have cut back big time even on diet soda, trying to ONLY drink water (except for my coffee).

All in all I didn't do too bad, I could have pushed myself further... Could have stayed on the low end of my calorie range.
But I stayed the course, and kept focus and that is what matters!!! emoticon

As of last weigh in I was at 252.2 lbs. We will see in the morning!!!

God bless you all...LOVE YOU!!!
Christina emoticon

  
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KNEEMAKER 3/21/2014 11:02PM

  The scale is not important. It is how much better your clothes fit and how you feel. You'll get to where you want to be by taking it one step at a time. Just keep on keeping on and you will succeed. Good Luck emoticon

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On track!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

emoticon Hi there,
Well I sure miss Sparking. I have been able to track my food on my phone... But that is about it. Computer issues are a thing of the past.
With starting college this summer I had to buy a laptop emoticon


OK , so I am on track with my weight loss. I am about to hit a milestone emoticon
I'm at 252.4, I have not been under 250 lbs in a LONG time.
BUT here is the thing... To actually get past the 240's and into the 230's is SCARY... I could cry its so scary.

I do not remember ever weighing in and the scale reading anything around 230lbs. That shows how long I've been obese.
its almost impossible for me...But with GOD all things are possible emoticon

I calculated my hip to waist ratio this morning,and I have went down by like 3 points. My risk is now ~moderate~ before it was *HIGH*... I'm excited emoticon

More to come friends. Please keep me in your prayers.
My prayer for you is this...
That you grow closer to CHRIST, that HIS love for **YOU** keeps you in awe. And that You lean on His strength to become a healthier happier YOU... And know YOU deserve this!!!

Praise Your Holy Name Lord Jesus. emoticon

God Bless~Christina emoticon

  
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CHANGEISGOOD 3/15/2014 8:26PM

    YAY! I am so happy that you got a lap to do you can be"here" more. I have missed you, my friend.

I understand your fear and emotions. But you can do this, we can do it together!!! Good luck and Good bless.
~Sandy

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GOODGETNBETR 3/15/2014 6:17PM

    emoticon on the loss and the better health outlook. It's scary to lose but what we gain might be more joy than we could've ever imagined. God doesn't close a door without opening a window.
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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 3/15/2014 5:36PM

    Keep it up!

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STRONGCOURAGE 3/15/2014 12:38PM

    emoticon emoticon Just take one day at a time! It IS scary to see your body changing--as much as it is exciting. Digest these feelings slowly as you can, and tell yourself its ok. Its part of the process. You'll be just great! :)

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Results are in...

Saturday, September 21, 2013

emoticon And they are GREAT!!!

I have been doing low carb now for about 3 weeks.
I know this isn't for everyone, but its great for me. Being diabetic and insulin resistant my body is extremely sensitive to sugar.
I was struggling big time with cravings that were HORRIBLE. I was pretty much tormented by them...Eating secretly... If I knew someone was watching I was horrified. emoticon
I know this sounds crazy.

My results are amazing! The cravings are GONE!!! I was 264 lbs.(My beginning weight was 314 lbs. that was back in Feb. of 2009)
My weigh in this morning is an awesome 255.2lbs emoticon I could just cry.
But here's the thing... I'm not always starving...
I'm more focused on "WHAT" I'm putting in "MY BODY".

However if I'm not prepared with the right dinner menu, and the right snacks in the fridge then things get REAL tough.

How do I feel? Well I no longer feel "gross" emoticon I just feel better about myself. I'm no longer stressed about FOOD. I know what I'm doing is just what MY body needs.

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So far I have only been exercising 2 days a week... That is why I'm so pumped about the weight loss. This is just crazy amazing. I mean I'm eating my favorite foods that I have stayed away from for years because of the fat and calories, and now I'm eating them AND losing weight.
I'm finding it tough to find a lot of veggies that I "like". I do love my share, I just don't wanna get burned out on my favorites.
Any suggestions would be great.

Last night was tough...I was low on "my food". I was HUNGRY...I could have listened to the enemy which was telling me to eat whatever I wanted,and start fresh the next day.
NO WAY!!! In the name of JESUS I overcame that situation!!! emoticon I was victorious!!!

emoticon If YOUR struggling right now my prayer is that your heart draws near to Christ. That HE gives you the strength to do what is right for you. HE made you, HE knows the number of hairs on YOUR head.
And that the love HE has for "you" be just what you need.

May God Bless "YOU"~Christina emoticon

  
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STRONGCOURAGE 3/15/2014 7:42AM

    wow! congrats! keep it coming...one good choice at a time, one day at a time :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYARTIST1 10/5/2013 10:03PM

    SO appropriate as our bodies are vessels for our souls and we want to keep them healthy so we can continue to spread the Good News. emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 9/21/2013 7:53PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!

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Loving My New Plan

Sunday, September 08, 2013

emoticon Hello,
I hope all of you are well, and going STRONG emoticon
My eating "issues" have been no secret... I have blogged very freely about my struggles emoticon Sorry you have had to read about my whining and all my frustrations.

So I have been Praying... crying... maybe even throwing little tantrums emoticon
During all of this The Lord has led me to a NEW way of eating.

First off emoticon I had to get down to the root of the issue... Those darn CRAVINGS!!!
And how strong they were.
I don't like to talk about it... But I was diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager.
I believe in God's Healing... I have to do my part though.
I am insulin resistant. So I have always been taught to watch my carb intake...

BUT... Never to this level. I believe The Lord led many of my friends on Spark to email me... ALL of you that did emailed me about the SAME THING. emoticon

This new plan is just simply a Low Carb Eating Plan. I am eating foods I have cut out for years because they are so rich in fat.

I was shopping for the foods that were LOW in CALORIES and FATS. Therefor I was ALWAYS hungry...Never satisfied. Even though I stayed in my " carb range" on my Food Tracker I was still consuming too many carbs.

I know that this isn't right for everyone... But this is right for ME!
My body is EXTREMELY sensitive to sugar... And it was ruining my health. Even with meds, even with insulin my blood sugars were CRAZY.

I have been on this now for almost 2 weeks... The cravings are GONE!!!
The first 3 days were rough...I was emoticon emoticon very irritable.

I'm shopping now for: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
WHOLE foods emoticon emoticon
I should have done this all along, but I was just looking for low calorie, and low fat.

Last night I ate, pork chops with a mushroom gravy, spinach and romaine salad, and stuffed mushrooms... It was delish!!!
If you have any tasty recipes let me know.

This takes more time because I'm cooking different, putting everything together myself... Nothing from packages. BUT I must be prepared, because the other foods still call my name emoticon

I'll keep you posted about how this new way of eating is going... This can not be a diet... This MUST be a way of life.
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST!!! So CAN "YOU" emoticon

God Bless all of you~Christina

  
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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 9/15/2013 6:13PM

    I'm so happy for you!!!! Awesome!!! Keep it up you can do it!!! If you fall off the wagon, forgive yourself, you are human, and just get right back on, don't use it as an excuse to blow it all day!!! You are doing awesome!!

Hugs,
Margaret

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EWL978 9/8/2013 7:19PM

    Sounds like it's fun too!! I have discovered that I love cooking, although I have a hard time cooking for one.

Keep on keeping on and let me know how it goes............

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STRONGCOURAGE 9/8/2013 7:09PM

    So nice the cravings have dissipated! Keep up the healthy eating...and taking such good care of you! :)

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