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84 down. 34 to go!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today I weighed in and have been able to lose 84 pounds since Jan 2nd 2013. I am feeling great and have changed so much this time around. It isn't about losing weight or shedding the pounds. Rather it is about health! My blood pressure has gone from being marginal treated to average untreated. My energy has grown exponentially and the sleep issues I once had are a distant memory. I have tossed all my "bigger" clothes and am down to the smallest size I had kept and soon will need to go shopping. Thank God! I have been so encouraged that I have now become a health coach and am committed to helping others to achieve optimal health and reach their goals.

Life is so much more full than ever before!

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SANDYJAKE 5/21/2013 5:12PM

    You ROCK ! emoticon emoticon

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PLMITCH 5/21/2013 5:01PM

    emoticon DOUGZ69! I know how you feel!

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CBAILEYC 5/21/2013 4:56PM

    Well done Sir! Congrats on your hard work and efforts paying off!
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REALLY_ROBIN 5/21/2013 4:47PM

  I'm so happy for you Doug! Keep up the great work!

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IMAVISION 5/21/2013 4:38PM

    I am rejoicing with you & for you!

That is a wonderful accomplishment!

God bless!

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DOUGZ69 5/21/2013 4:36PM

    Thank you!

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PICKIE98 5/21/2013 4:19PM

    That other guy looks like your older brother! Not as happy either! Great going!

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DELIA38961 5/21/2013 4:17PM

    that's amazing! congrats!!!

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Sparkpeople, Sparkfriends, and Spark support

Saturday, October 22, 2011

As I sit here beginning to work on the paper that I have to write for school and finishing my "sparking" for the day, I am mindful of just what an amazing place this is. The last few weeks have been difficult and surely more difficulty lies ahead but the input, support, feedback, and encouraging words that perfect strangers on this site have offered is truly a Godsend. As I reflect on the past few days, I realize just how much of a bond we all seem to have here at Sparkpeople because of our desire to be fit and healthy. That's it...that's our commonality. The irony is that society and the view on obesity, vanity, and looks has, in many cases, driven us to this place. Here, to me, it seems that we have all learned something far more important than how to lose weight or become fit. We have learned how to love. What else could it be when perfect strangers, bonded by a desire for good health, can support and encourage one another in our lives and all aspects of it? I think the founder of Sparkpeople had a vision for how he wanted to help people but I have to think that what has happened here surpasses even his greatest vision.

Thank you to but more, thank you to all of you out there that not only support and encourage me but anyone else who lives among us.

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HAPPYNOW26 10/23/2011 12:46PM

    I agree 100%! emoticon

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SPARKGUY 10/23/2011 12:29PM

    Hey Doug -- the simple answer is "you're right" about everything in your post. And one of the top reasons you are right is that people like you make posts like this :).

Thanks for being part of the SparkPeople family! I'm sharing your post with our team to keep us all motivated to keep improving the site.


ris (SparkGuy)

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/23/2011 1:42AM

    I think this realization means somewhat more than one step forward, DOUGZ69. Now, keep steppin' forward : )

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DITZYCHICK 10/22/2011 8:30PM

    Can't hit the "I Like This" button enough times!!!

I so agree with you and too have found such good friendships and endless support here. It's amazing how people who never meet face to face can give so much to each other!

Good luck with your paper!

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Seems like one step forward and two back.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Just when I think I have dusted off and resolved to move forward with "life", I take another couple of steps back. I have to get it reversed to at least 2 forward and 1 back.

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DOUGZ69 10/22/2011 1:16PM

    Thank you to you all for the encouragement! God be with you!

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DITZYCHICK 10/22/2011 11:03AM

    But if you keep working at it, those steps backward will become fewer and your steps forward will add up. Hang in there and stay by day it'll get better!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 10/21/2011 6:10PM

    Just remember it is one small choice at at ime. That all it is. Just one small choice at at time. YOu will get there.

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CASCHWARTZ620 10/21/2011 5:49PM

    I am battling setbacks with you and I believe that there are more out there going through this too. It is hard but the important thing to do is forgive yourself and move forward. Let the past be the past and make a better tomorrow.

The only thing that keeps me focused on my diet plan is keeping my devotions with the Lord each morning and focusing on his purpose for my life.

Take the example of Jesus during his trying time in the garden. His focus was not on the situation but on the purpose His Father had for him. He was victorious and you will be too! God bless, Carol

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As much as I can't, I can't!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

As much as I just want to quit school and start over, to try and figure out this thing that is going on and solve it, and just plain quit, I can't. I saw this quote yesterday..."Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit!" So, as much as I can't see me making it, I can't quit. So, I have to just do the best I can and focus on the fact that the pain of quitting would have been worse.

Lord, please grant me strength, give me desire, and lift me up in Spirit.

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DITZYCHICK 10/21/2011 2:57PM

    LOVE your quote!!! Trying is far more rewarding than quitting...stay positive and keep trying, only good things can come of it!!!

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REALLY_ROBIN 10/21/2011 8:52AM

  I will pray for you Doug...He will see you through!

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/20/2011 11:51PM

    . . . and if you don't 'make it'? Would that be the end of the world, or just a practice run for making it next time? Remember our Lord has promised us we will never be given loads we cannot carry with his help. And that does not necessarily mean the finished load will look exactly the way we anticipated it would . . .

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BAILEE_GRAVES 10/20/2011 7:51PM

    I have chronic pain issues. I take several pain meds. It's not easy. And there are days when it's all I can do to get up and move.

But your blog from 9/29 says it all my friend!! He'll see you through it.

I shared with a friend recently my favorite scripture in the Bible is ".....and it came to pass." Always remember that!! It did not come to STAY. God tells us.....many times......and it came to PASS!

I know you'll find the strength to continue. I know it's in there. One day at a time; one step at a time.

And above all.....know that you are not alone!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I have come to the realization that I am dealing still with the demons of my past and that I can't get over it. It has been 3 1/2 years but I am still fighting it. I search for the Lord and His help, I try to deal with it personally, and I try everything else that I can. Yet, I wake up reliving the past and unable to go back to sleep and then I can't do anything or even feel like I want to the next day. Tomorrow is just a picture of today. I think every single aspect of my life is being hurt by the demons. How can I get thru it and over it? No med insurance, no job just a middle aged pastor wanna be in the beginning of Seminary failing at yet one more thing.

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COMPASS_ROSE 10/19/2011 5:33PM

    Failure only occurs when people give up or quit. You have done neither. Tomorrow is a new day. Get up and start over. Don't worry about Friday until Friday. You can and you will do this. You obviously still care and you still have hope -- it is evident in your words. Keep blogging and keep believing. You have my prayers. Don't ever give up!

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ARTISTKATE 10/19/2011 2:48PM

    One day at a time, one minute at a time Doug!

Take it from me - I know demons. They're a killer if you let them get the upper hand. Just look in the mirror and tell the guy looking back at ya that he will never allow the demons to take control. This is your life, not theirs! Make the choice to not fall into that black hole!

You only fail if you quit trying, you will not fail! You can do this!


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BAILEE_GRAVES 10/19/2011 2:48PM

    Have to agree with AJB. Baby steps. Find success in one area and then let that fall over into another and another and another.

You CAN get in exercise every day; You CAN get in Bible study every day; You CAN drink water every day.

Blog about the positive; keep track of it so it's what you can focus on.

Life is tough no doubt. But start won't happen overnight, but it will happen!!

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AJB121299 10/19/2011 2:01PM

    you need to find something that you can do and start small. Never give up

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