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Words to Live By

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"...You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"...Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

"'All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both.'" ~ 1 Corinthians 6:12-13

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it." ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24

"Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. ... So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control..." ~ 1 Corinthians 9:25-27

"Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..." ~ Hebrews 12:1

"Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed." ~ Hebrews 12:12-13

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ERIN1022 8/16/2009 4:09PM

    These are such a blessing to me, and I needed to be reminded of them. I've copied them down so I can mediate on them. Thanks for posting them!

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Goals Met: My Two-Year Recap!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Joined SparkPeople July 27th 2007
Starting Weight: 240

Intermediate Goals:

* 199 by Christmas 2007 - MET: 12/11/07 =)
* 170 by April 7th 2008 - (Met: 05/01/08)

Monthly Goals:

* 230 by 09/1/07 - MET: 09-01
* 220 by 10/1/07 - MET: 09-25
* 212 by 11/1/07 - MET: 10-22
* 204 by 12/1/07 - MET: 11-26
* 195 by 01/1/08 - MET: 12-31
* 185 by 02/1/08 - MET: 01-29
* 178 by 03/1/08 - MET: 03-01
* 172 by 04/1/08 - (Met: 04-14)

Reward Goals:

1. 225 Pounds @ 9/10/07
2. 210 Pounds @ 10/29/07
3. 195 Pounds @ 12/31/07
4. 180 Pounds @ 2/24/08
5. 165 Pounds @ 7/01/08
6. 150 Pounds (So, close! Made it to 153 before becoming pregnant)

Time for new goals! =)

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EMPRESS8411 7/27/2009 8:49AM

    I'm glad to see you back!!!! ~ L

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/26/2009 12:21AM

    Wow....You are an inspiration!

Hopefully, I can be reporting my goals reached some time soon. Take care!

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Time for an update...

Friday, December 05, 2008

My ticker has been standing still for a few months now. It mocks me, and it frustrates me seeing how close and yet so far I am from my Spark Goal. Why? Because I have gained a couple of pounds, but not for the reasons you might think... I haven't fallen off the wagon and I haven't let the holidays get to me. The reason I haven't changed my ticker, and the reason I haven't reached my goal, is because I'm growing a human being inside of me. :) I am VERY happy about this, but I'm just crazy enough to let it bother me that my "goal" is now in the opposite direction of my long-sought-after 150. Don't get me wrong, I am stoked about being pregnant and it was something we were actively pursuing, but I didn't expect it to happen so quickly, and to be more specific, I didn't think it would happen before I reached my weight goal. I KNOW that it's just a number, and that the sensible and intelligent thing to remember is that my goals really haven't changed at all. I want to live a healthy life, pregnant or not, and I want to make wise choices for myself AND my family. So why am I so frustrated to know that that blessed number is going to start going up again?

To remove ANY shades of doubt gentle reader, hear this: I LOVE being pregnant, I am blessed and privileged to get to bring another beautiful child into our family and I wouldn't trade this baby or this experience for ANYTHING in the world. But as with most miraculous things in life, it's not that simple. It is/will be a enormous challenge for me to balance the "job" of changing my life for the better with my new all-important "job" of being the best expectant mother I can be. I know that the two callings don't sound that far apart, but when high-levels of hormones are involved, things are never as clear-cut as they seem.

Rejoice with me and pray for me, that I will continue to choose the "better part" for myself, my baby, and my family. My health is more important now than ever, and forging a responsible lifestyle is a gift that I can give my children that will last a lifetime.

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JENNIFER124 12/24/2008 1:22AM

    Congratulations!! Kristen!! i hope you will continue to check in to your page and let us all know how it is going for you and your new baby!! It is so exciting!!This is an honest post.. you have worked so hard on your healthy living and weight loss and to see the number reversing on the scale can be a little unsettling.. i pray that you can relax and enjoy this blessing--- knowing it is normal not to necessarily love ALL the changes that go with pregnancy but maybe come to accept them. I pray for you a healthy pregnancy!!! and that you can find some support on SP with other moms that are currently pregnant and have no interest in going back to an unhealthy lifestyle.. stay in touch!! jen emoticon

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EMPRESS8411 12/8/2008 2:52PM

    PRAISE GOD! Congratulations! I am happy for you! I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your weight gain is the "healthy" kind, lol, and a blessing. What an amazing testament to God's grace. I pray a healthy and safe pregnancy and birth over you, and I praise God for the wonderful things He is doing in your life. Thankfully the healthy lifestyle you developed is the best for your new little one. Many blessings! ~L

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ERIN1022 12/6/2008 7:17PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so excited for you, and I completely understand this post. My DH and I have talked about having a baby, and the thing that's in the back of my mind is that I'm nowhere near my goal and if I get pregnant, I'll gain back what I've already lost, and then after I have the baby, how will I lose it again? And yet I know if I were to get pregnant (which we're not actively pursuing right now, for a number of reasons), I would be THRILLED to know that I'm brining a little person into the world. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who's thought this way, and I know that you will be fine. God will give you the grace you need to find time for both of those "jobs" you'll have. :)

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KAYE_K 12/5/2008 9:13PM

    Congratulations! God bless you and your growing family!

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Say "Hello!" to Healthy...

Monday, August 25, 2008

This weekend marked a HUGE milestone in my journey: I weighed in at 154 pounds. What's significant about that number, you ask? One-hundred and fifty-four pounds puts me at 24.9 on the Body Mass Index, at the very tippy-top of the "Healthy" range, but (more importantly) just under the "Over-weight" range. This is a victory probably 20 years in the making, and I couldn't be happier!

As I've been approaching this moment in the last few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about my goals, what they were when I started SP and what they are now, and I've come to a few conclusions... I set 150 pounds as my goal weight at the outset of my time here at Spark and I have changed it a few times in the last few months to reflect what I better understood to be my "ideal weight." But I have realized in the last few days that striving for ideal, may not be the healthiest thing for me (emotionally, personally, spiritually). Idealism is a tricky concept in a world that is clearly not ideal, and trickier still for someone who struggles with perfectionism on a day to day basis. I'm not sure what my ideal weight is, or what it would/should look like, and that means I could very easily become Capt. Ahab looking for my white whale for all eternity. And frankly, I've got better things to do. Do I want to spend my time/energy/productivity on something so (possibly) unattainable and (definitely) unimportant? Does it matter to God if I weight *exactly* the right amount of pounds and ounces? Or does it matter more that I'm healthy? Making right decisions that honor God and respectfully care for His creation? I think the answer is a "no-brainer." I'm healthier than I've ever been and I intend to do whatever I can to stay that way. I believe this is a worthy goal. But being physically "ideal," whatever that is, is just not my business to worry about. So I have returned my ticker to it's original goal, of 150 pounds, and I'll let God sort out the rest...

I am renewed in this victory to live life richly, to keep working faithfully towards the tasks I believe God has called me to, and to fight for what matters! My face is set, my choice is clear, and my victory is certain... Thank You, Jesus!!!

"All glory to God, Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or imagine!" Ephesians 3:20


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JENNIFER124 8/28/2008 12:51AM

    thank you for this !! i really needed to hear this today!! jen

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EMPRESS8411 8/26/2008 8:21AM

    PRAISE GOD! I am so incredibly happy for you! Your perseverance, courage and relience on God as such a huge testament to God's power and faithfulness. I am beyond encouraged by your faith in Him.
I am glad you mentioned the concept of "ideal weight" - it is something I need to consider in my life. I don't want my weight to become an idol, to suck my energy, that as you so rightly mentioned, belongs to other things. You are right: in the end it is not about weight, but about proper care for the body God gave us. Thank you for reminding us of that important fact, and thank you for sharing the things God is teaching you - it's a blessing to learn from others :D.
I am so proud of you! With Blessings, ~ L

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SONSETT6 8/25/2008 10:30PM

    What a fantastic testimony! I'm so proud of you. And, I must admit, a bit envious. I have not made the progress I would like this summer. I am still working in the right direction though!

God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.

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ERIN1022 8/25/2008 3:15PM

    Praise the Lord!! That is such a huge milestone and victory, and I'm so happy for you. I know how hard you've worked and some of the setbacks you've overcome, so you should definitely be celebrating.

I too have thought about the whole ideal weight vs. reality issue, and like you I struggle with perfectionism, so I don't ever want my weight to be an idol in my life. It's such a fine balance, and I'm glad I can find Sparkers who are farther along in their journey so I can learn from them. :)

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One Year SPARK Anniversary!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I signed up for SparkPeople exactly one year ago. I am so excited, proud, and grateful that 366 days later I am still Sparking! I have Sparked through the good and the bad -- through the holidays, birthdays, vacations, and finally, surgery. The tools and information that I have received here have seen me through the ups and the downs, of which there have been plenty! I have worked this program very imperfectly, but by the Grace of the Almighty God, I have remained faithful and stayed the course. I believe with all of my heart that this is a change that will last me the rest of my life, and Lord willing, that life will be a long and healthy one!

In one year I have lost 82 pounds, 13 inches in my waist, 10 inches in my hips, 4 inches in my neck, and 3 inches in my arms (and those are just the measurements that I tracked!) I started a size 24/3XL and am now a size 12/M! But these are just the numbers, the best evidence of a changed life is the smile I now wear on my face, because I feel comfortable in my own skin. I enjoy being healthy!!

I have very big dreams and plans for the next segment of my journey and can't wait to see where God will lead next... One thing I do know: God is good ALL of the time, and He will never leave me to walk this road alone! Praise His holy name! =)

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JENNIFER124 8/6/2008 3:57PM

    Congratulations to you Kristen!! for staying the course!! and continuing to do so... i really like how you pointed out that you have worked this program imperfectly... because of course EVERY last one of us has... and it is by the grace of God that we have and we learn the lessons of this walk... God's plan all the way... i am continued to be inspired by you.. i love your perspective and the fact that "you get it" .... God's Truth makes it possible.. thank you for being you and i pray for your continued healing and strength... hope the summer is coming along fun for you and your little one.. hugs-- jen

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EMPRESS8411 7/29/2008 2:08PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so proud of you. God has truly worked in and thru you and it is amazing to see. Many blessings, my friend! ~ L

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ERIN1022 7/27/2008 10:41PM

    You're the second person I know on SP who is celebrating one year today--crazy! Happy anniversary. You've done an AMAZING job, and I know you're going to achieve even more great things. Great is His faithfulness!

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