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Sunday, July 04, 2010

For me, my freedom came when Christ Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice to save me. I know that being free from sin am I able to serve my Lord daily, and live a life as an example of His love. Although there will be many mistakes on my part, I can also call on him to help me, to forgive and to guide me.
What I need to remember though is that with freedom also comes responsibility and I am still learning this. So as each new day begins I start with prayer, for guidance, forgiveness and thanksgiving. For today I will enjoy this freedom that GOD gave to us in being here in this country and opportunities it brings to help others.
Have a Happy 4th of July Sparkfamily

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Aging :( and other stuff

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I've been bad about taking my meds.
I've been without my insulin for 4 days, and my psych meds too (for depression), and now I am feeling weird symptoms because of it. I did start right back on the insulin as soon as I got it and then today my sister gave me some of her psych meds (same type & dosage) and I will get my refill on Monday.
At one time my older sister used to tell me that I should give all this stuff up and to rely on GOD for healing, but I know that it was GOD who helped and created these things to help us and I know for me it has. I just need to be consistent in my care of this body so that I can finish my purpose here.
This past birthday really opened my eyes to what I am to do with this time here on earth and I think I still try to look beyond it to what I really want and that vision gets in the way. I mean I forget how, what I need to do to get there. I think I also get impatient and want to do things the easy way.
GOD does give me reminders to slow down, and when to pick up the pace, it's just my ole human nature to be stubborn. I want a closer relationship with My LORD, but I get distracted easily and then I feel lost. Please keep me in prayer about this.
I have a request for my Christian/Spiritual Sparkfriends, I read a comment and it said "Let GOD be your personal trainer" so I was wondering what kind of program would that be like? I don't know my Bible that well, so I was wondering if anyone can come up with Scripture or knowledge of how to incorporate it into a health program?
I am a part ot the First Place 4 Health (Christian) weightloss program but it's teaching is about balanced living of, Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual areas. I have also read the Weighdown program book but it's not what I'm looking for.
I don't mean to confuse you all, but being Native American, those traditions are just about almost forgotten and if I participate I am condemned by the Christian community (devout family members) that's why I asked about Spiritual guidance as well. To me, a higher power is my GOD, the creator.
Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Be blessed Sparkfriends

I know this a really different type of blog but it's something that has been in my thoughts.

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GLITTERFAIRY77 7/4/2010 9:03AM

  I've never heard "Let God be your personal trainer." I'm taking "The Lord's Table" course on has been helping me to view overeating and inactivity(laziness) as the problem, instead of food in general.
As far as feeling condemned by Christians...can you tell us how we make you feel condemned? That shouldn't be the case. Because John 3:17 says that Jesus didn't come to us to condemn us but that through Him we would be saved. There is a difference between feeling conviction because of sins we've committed, and feeling condemned. Conviction should lead us(notice I don't say YOU-because this applies to EVERYONE including ME)to repentence-turning away from our old fleshly ways and with God's help, doing what HE wants us to do. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, kindness, meekness, faith, and self-control. So the fruits of the flesh are-hate/bitterness, depression and sadness, impatience, cruelty or violence, evil, self-righteousness, doubt, and over-indulgence. Don't get it twisted. Many CHRISTIANS still struggle with the fruits of the flesh(I myself am one of them!)-the hypocrites are the ones who condemn you for the stuff they still struggle with themselves. It isn't uncommon for a Christian to do what they don't want to do. The goal is to keep pressing in to the presence of God-reading scripture, worshipping Him for all He has done, for what He is promised to do-and most of all, just for who He is. That can be really difficult to do when things seem like they're falling apart all around us.
Yes, by His stripes we've already been healed-but sometimes there is a reason He allows us to be be ill or in pain-so that we know that His grace is enough.(His grace helps me get the house clean or walk to the store or cook for my family, or even just to STAND UP in spite of really horrible constant foot pain-so bad sometimes that it keeps me up at night. His grace is enough to get me through the day.) So that He may be glorified.
Let me clarify too, that depression isn't ALWAYS a fruit of the flesh! I KNOW THIS because it is also a chemical imbalance that causes it-my father is chemically bipolar, his mother was on anti-psychotics!-It seems to get less with every generation.
You know where to find me. Be blessed.

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Jazzing it up in July :)

Friday, July 02, 2010

Ok, so I know I need to turn up the motion in my exercise. So for this I will do:
4 days of exercise at 20+ minutes each
2 days of strength training
1-2 day of dancing (15+ minutes) Just because I can!

I will drink my 64+ OZs of water
3-4 fruit/veg per day

I will also blog 3 times per week to check in emoticon

I Am A Fierce, Fabulous & Unstoppable Spark Warrior!

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/3/2010 6:34PM

    Way to go, Warrior!

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XTINAXGX 7/3/2010 2:20AM

    you can do it! :P

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/3/2010 1:47AM

    Awesome goals--you can totally do this, you are a fierce, fabulous, unstoppable Spark Warrior! LOVE your background image, by the way; that is a gorgeous picture!!


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BELLJOANN 7/2/2010 10:46PM

    Good luck to you.

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CAROL3SAN 7/2/2010 10:17PM

    emoticon I'll be joing you in a lot of your exercise activities!! I'm drinking the water also!
Enjoy your Friday evening. emoticon

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Jillian and me

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Well Jillian came back to our community and it was a better response from the people. The family that Jillian was coaching did really well, and of the 5 of them 4 lost 30 pounds each, now mind you that was in 6 weeks. I am very proud of them and if they can lose the weight and stick to a program then I can too.
As for I know I've lost 15 total pounds since March 22, so I know I can achieve something if I put my mind and body to it. I thank you all for your support, comments and cheers ya'll are super fabulous Sparkfriends.
Be blessed emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/27/2010 12:26PM

    Great picture!

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CARLY341 6/26/2010 7:14PM

    Oh I am so happy for you after such loss you deserve all the happiness in the world and these opportunities are just the ticket!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 6/26/2010 1:42PM

    I'm so glad you were able to see her a 2nd time! You can do absolutely anything you set your mind to Joe Anne! emoticon

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WINTER20101 6/25/2010 7:45PM

    Congratulations on the wt loss!! I am so jealous .. i wish i could meet Jullian.....she is awesome.....keep up the hard work you are doing....great job..


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CINDYMCD1 6/24/2010 10:57PM

    I am glad you got to meet Jillian! That's exciting! Congrats on your weight loss!

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HHILDE99 6/24/2010 11:09AM

    Keep up the good work you CAN do it! That is so cool that you got to meet Jillian!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/24/2010 10:23AM

    Congrats on the weight loss and the opportunity to meet Jillian!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 6/24/2010 3:38AM

    What a great picture. I would blow it up and hang it from my refrigerator. Then I wouldn't be as tempted to open it to eat more.

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GODLYMOM_5 6/24/2010 12:41AM

    You can do it! Keep up the great work!


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XTINAXGX 6/24/2010 12:27AM

    congrats girly. thats so neat you met Jillian! emoticon

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KAJUNMOMX2 6/23/2010 11:56PM

    That is awesome!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

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WANNABTHIN53 6/23/2010 11:56PM

    YAY you! keep up the great work.

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20 down. . . . .

Monday, June 21, 2010

I finally did it and have lost 20 pounds. My next goal is to lose another 10 before August.
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Although I changed my calorie intake goal, I have yet to be under it, so it's gonna be a little slow but I will reach it. For now I am sticking with the water especially that I have a water cooler from Sparkletts water. I detest my tap water and had constant stomach problems with it. So here I go to finish my 8+ cups for today.
Be blessed sparkfriends, and I'll see you lighter emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 6/26/2010 1:41PM

    That's fantastic! I'm so proud of you! You can do this emoticon

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CINDYMCD1 6/21/2010 11:29PM

    Great job! Awesome!

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THREEE 6/21/2010 11:23PM

    E X C E L L E N T ! ! ! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/21/2010 6:51PM

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That is a terrific accomplishment--congratulations!!

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