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My Purpose?

Sunday, January 05, 2014



A friend and I were discussing about whether or not we all have a purpose in life. She has survived cancer and I have survived not one but TWO blood clots in my lung. That's just not supposed to happen. Now I don’t profess to be very religious…but I do believe in God. (I have my reasons…I was an atheist most of my life but things sometimes change.) Whether or not someone’s purpose is ordained by God or has some other explanation, well, that’s not what I am debating here. That’s an individual right to believe how you want to believe. I do believe everyone has a purpose though…I just don’t think we all figure out what it is. I think for some it is bringing another life into this world. For others it is to be the “rock” for someone else that otherwise couldn’t make it. For others, it may be simply to be a part of this great fabric of life. There are many, many things it could be. And I believe that each person could have multiple purposes in life. I’ve never really figured out what mine is until recently…and I think that just maybe I actually HAVE figured it out. Sometimes I wonder if it is to spread the word about getting healthy. Let me tell you about what happened recently. I went to Walmart the other day to pick up my new aerobic stepper that I had ordered online and the first clerk couldn't get on the register and had to go get another clerk. In the mean time before she could come back a different clerk walked up and said she would help. We got to talking about the exercise equipment I was buying and I told her I had lost 87 pounds. She was amazed and of course we talked about how I did it and how Spark People helped. I gave her one of my Spark People cards (you can print them on here to give out to people – I’ve went through three batches so far) and as I left she told me that when she had walked through the doors of work that morning that she had asked God to either be able to make a difference in someone's life that day or for someone to make a difference in hers. She then told me I was the answer to her prayer and that I had made a huge difference in her life that day! It made me feel absolutely awesome. This kind of encounter is happening to me more and more often. So maybe that is my purpose...to show others that it really can be done!


I hope you find your purpose.


  
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JAE_HENNINGTON1 1/14/2014 7:04PM

  I believe we all have a purpose and I believe our steps are ordered by the Lord. just my opinion. Your purpose that day.. to Spread the Gospel of Sparks.. that person may have needed to hear about your success for herself or even for someone else..glad you could share your testimony that day

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I think we all have purpose, you have purpose. I read the book, Purpose Driven Life. If you like to read, it is a good read.

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MABELL1WFTX 1/12/2014 3:53PM

    So right~ ~ ~ When my daughter was still alive, she always told me "Momma, I have a purpose in life and a job to do. I don't know what either one of them is, but I do know that when I have finished my job and filled my purpose, then I will go Home." We are not suppose to know our job and our purpose for being here, but we are fulfilling both.

Thanks for the blog.

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TEAROSE22 1/11/2014 9:43PM

    A beautiful introspective on your journey. You have a gift for telling others of your success. Thank you for your message, I got my first 6 cards with a SP mdse order.
I did not know template was out there. Thanks for that tip and have a great week end.

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GRLTAZ 1/11/2014 8:36PM

    How beautiful ! you have purpose ! thank you for sharing this. TC

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SEPT124 1/11/2014 3:08PM

    It's amazing how one person can impact, influence and change so many people. This is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    My family was talking about cause and effect yesterday...or more specifically how making predictions about the future is difficult because everything effects everything else. Just think how many lives you have touched, and will touch in the future, and the power for good that is as your positive influences flows through all of those lives and the lives they touch. At church we talk about going out and being God's presence in the world. You are there. Keep up the miracle work!

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    YAY for spreading the Spark!!

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  How great of you to Share your Spark! Thank you so much and Happy New Year!

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    Awesome I want to find my purpose

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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/6/2014 7:24PM

    emoticon I didn't know that we could print off cards. I have shared my story about spark with a lot of people. I have even told my gastroentrologist about it and she has a sign hanging up in her office now. I have lost over 120 pounds and people I run into that I haven't seen in awhile take double looks before they realize it is me.

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ANNETTE117 1/6/2014 7:06PM

    I hope I find my purpose soon. That is awesome that you made her day. I had no idea there were Spark cards to print off.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/6/2014 6:07PM

  I have also had a few of those encounters and they are emoticon !!!!! You were DEFINITELY meant to speak to that woman!!!!! emoticon

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    I love those encounters and purposeful moments to bless or be blessed.


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MRSRIGS1 1/6/2014 5:38PM

    You ARE awesome! I'm so glad you were able to help the clerk. I believe in God and know he works in mysterious ways. The fact the first clerk couldn't open the register is not coincidence. You were meant to speak to the second clerk! You did very good! emoticon

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LIVINTODAY 1/6/2014 4:45PM

    Awesome!! You're making a difference in the lives of the Black Diamonds too! emoticon
It won't be long before you knock down that next goalpost!!

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HAPPYMENOW58 1/6/2014 4:15PM

    Awesome blog! You are finding your purpose! God bless you....What a shining light you are..... emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/6/2014 4:03PM

  I do think this is very true. I do think we might one main purpose, and various others throughout our life times. Sometimes I calle them diving appointments.

That is tremendous what happened to you. When we are aware and open to this, it happens more and more.

Asatter of fact, last week, I came up with a new purpose for this year. I'm going to see where it leads me. I hope it goes somewhere... we will see.

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NONNAOF2 1/6/2014 2:42PM

  You are inspiring others, what a great feeling in knowing that! Way to go!! :-)

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  So true my purpose is taking care of my granddaughter after being abandoned by her mother emoticon

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SUSIEMT 1/6/2014 1:43PM

    Kathy! Yes that was definitely your purpose. Keep up the good work! It gave me goose bumps just reading it!

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  Using your super powers for good! Way to go!

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    Well written. We all have a purpose.

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    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark mail.

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UWPALUM 1/6/2014 9:33AM

    I am so glad that you were able to see/experience that you made a difference in someone else's life. Often times we don't know for months or years, if ever. I struggle to keep that in mind everyday.

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Happy New Year 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The year of the horse!








2013 was a good year for me! I did hit a very frustrating plateau around November. I think a little bit of that is still lingering, but I am losing again albeit slowly. I've lost 87 pounds as of today.


2014 – NOT a new start - I am never starting over! 2014 will be a continuation for me. I have only one resolution…to continue doing what I know is the right thing for my health. For me this means continuing to NOT smoke (Feb 22 2014 will make one year quit for me) this also means continuing with my Low Carb lifestyle. (As a side note: - some on here deride Low carb as a “fad” diet. This is so not accurate. Low carb is the ONLY thing I have been able to stick with for more than a few days…I’ve done it for a year now and it works for me…I will not go back to my old ways…I feel too good now. My high blood pressure went away, my cholesterol has come down over 200 points to normal, my blood sugar is stable and I’ve been able to lower my insulin from 95 units to 55 units. My doctor is so pleased with my progress!) This of course also means continuing my workouts. I work out every day…at least 10 minutes but more often it is over 100 minutes. Some days I have to talk my self into starting to workout, but once I get started I usually don’t want to stop.

My New Year’s wish for you is to have a healthy, happy and productive year. May all your wishes come true!






  
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    Congratulations on your "Featured Blog" award and all of the good work you have done in 2013. I know 2014 is going to be a wonderful year for you. All best wishes! emoticon

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    Love your continuation idea! Great blog...and congrats on your success....Wishing you continued happy and healthy journey...You ROCK! Thanks for the motivation! emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 1/2/2014 9:29PM

    I'm not starting over either . . . I like that--continuing on doing what's right for our health. Couldn't have said it better myself! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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TODDERICKV 1/2/2014 11:14AM

    Keep up the good work. Low carb is very important. The more I read about how bad gluten, sugar, and too much red meat is the happier I am that I eliminate a lot of those things from my diet. They contribute to a lot of different health problems too. Keep up the good work! My goal for 2014 is to get below 300 pounds for the first time in 12 years.

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GRLTAZ 1/1/2014 9:29PM

    Wow, 87 lbs and no smoking. You rock ! Keep plugging away. TC

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    may the new year bring you much joy!!

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ANGELN325 12/31/2013 10:11AM

    I love it...a continuation in your journey. Great goals! Much success and happiness for you in 2014.

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MICKEYH 12/31/2013 6:50AM

    Awesome and way to go for your success and achievement for this year. Love your picture of 2014 year hoarse. I born in this zodiac. So next year is my zodiac year. Looking forward to it. emoticon emoticon

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    May you have an amazing 2014

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  Happy New Year and you're right ! :-)

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    Happy New Year!

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  Good for you! Congrats on a fantastic year!

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ANNESYLVIA 12/30/2013 7:39PM

    Great way to look at it! I think I'll take your idea and continue too!

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ANNABELLISABEL 12/30/2013 7:00PM

    2013 was a definite success for you!!! I can't wait to be in your boat this time next year!!

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DIANNEMT 12/30/2013 6:26PM

    Always--if your doctor agrees and it works for you--THEN DO THAT! Great work!

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  Good for you.

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MACMOM57 12/30/2013 4:07PM

    Happy New Year your doing great. Keep working hard.

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SHANNONY84 12/30/2013 3:14PM

    May your new year also help you with making your wishes come true! Good luck and Godspeed!

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  Go Girl! Go Year of the Horse!! Love the images.

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    Good blog Kathy! Happy New Year to you as well! Keep up the good job!

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LISBETHSALANDER 12/30/2013 12:38PM

    So proud of you and I am glad to have you as an inspiration in my life. People will always find something to criticize, it seems especially so on diet and healthy habits. You have found what works for you and that's great. Continued success to you. I also struggle with "strating" my exercise, but like you, I will usually be fine once I get going. I try to use the phrase, "something is better than nothing," to get me started. Best wishes.

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    AWESOME BLOG. KEEP UP THE AMAZING JOB. YOU CAN DO IT. KEEP PUSHING.

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    Happy New Year

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    You have to do what works for you...each of us is a bit different, as you know. So do what you have to do and be proud of your beautiful self!

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  Stay motivated!

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    Be happy you've found an eating plan that works for you! As someone said, we're all different, so ignore the naysayers.
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  Happy New Year to you and hang tight.

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GLORYB2014 12/30/2013 10:18AM

    Congratulations on the wonderful year you've had!! Awesome!!

Happy New Year to you also!

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    Happy New Year to you also.

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    Happy 2014 New Year

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    Your progress is exciting and wonderful!! Yes, continue and keep up the hard work. I wish you the happiest and healthiest New Year ever!

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    Happy New Year and I love this blog. It makes me so hopeful that my new lifestyle will pay off.

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Merry Christmas to all my Spark friends!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I hope each and every one of you has an awesome Christmas!!!!

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Merry Christmas!!!!!!

  
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    Merry Christmas to you and your horses too

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    I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

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    Thanks so much the warm wishes.

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    Merry belated Christmas to you as well.

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    I did and I hope you certainly had a fantastic Christmas too!

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    Great photos. Hope you had a good day yesterday horsing around.

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    Merry Christmas to you too!

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    Hope your Christmas was great. Love your horse motif.

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    Merry Christmas to you too. Loved the pictures on your blog, esp. the cow with the Santa hat.

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  I hope that you are all warm and cozy today. It started snowing again this morning while I was walking Java. We are very, very cold here in Toronto and some are still digging out from the ice storm. Still loving the winter wonderland! LOL . Wishing you all the joy and wonder of this beautiful season. Merry Christmas!

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Beyond the Scale - BTS registration is live

Thursday, December 19, 2013

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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The challenge will start January 6th.

register now while the spots are still available...this is a small challenge and the spots will fill up quickly

make sure you follow all the rules and make sure you don't start any new threads on the registration team.


I will be co - captain of the Black Diamond team along with LETHA_ as captain and ANNETTE117 as co captain.

please feel free to ask any questions
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to answer the first question asked....
the challenge will differ from the BLC in that there is no team competition...you are only in competition with yourself. the teams are for support and mini tasks and challenges. you will weigh in once a week and you are accountable for your weight losses or gains but only as an individual - there are no team standings so what you do does not negatively affect your team. If you have any question, feel free to email me or post here

thanks for your question ELSAT137...I do believe you could handle both...the tasks and challenges on BTS will not require tracking or keeping points like the BLC...Support in a friendly environment is our main goal. again the only "competition" will be with yourself on the main list of all members together

  
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LADYSTARWIND 12/27/2013 11:59PM

    I missed this last week.... :( but turned in a registration today! We'll see.... I wasn't at all sure what "Link" they wanted copied...but...???? tried something anyway. It might work or not....! Thanks for posting this!


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emoticon I'm really looking forward to this challenge! January 6th can't get here soon enough for me! I'll go back and print out a copy of the rules, so I can make sure I abide by them. Thanks again, for getting my link together for me.

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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LINDA! 12/19/2013 9:54PM

    I am a BLC team co captain this round. But I am also joining the BTS. Looks like fun. I always like to stay motivated and this will help me. I did not know about BTS so I am happy that you posted this blog. emoticon

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    emoticon And good luck to all!!

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ELSAT137 12/19/2013 11:41AM

    There are challenges and tasks but the main goal is support? How much involvement do you think it will be a week? Could I handle both BLC and BTS? (I already signed up for BLC before I heard about this) Thanks

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NASFKAB 12/19/2013 11:26AM

  thanks

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RACEWELLWON 12/19/2013 10:59AM

    I know you will be a great support and leader !! BTW - Merry Christmas to you and your Family - Hugs Karen

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 12/19/2013 10:52AM

    can you tell us more about what it is? is it like BLC? what sorts of challenges/activities etc are involved? is there a description somewhere - I couldn't find anything on the registration team that described what the overall theme/purpose/focus is.

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LETHA_ 12/19/2013 10:50AM

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How did I get here? (pictures)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I sat down the other night to look at my spark page and started wondering back to the beginning. I was a skinny kid till I hit 8th grade. Then I started to gain. I am fully responsible for all the weight I gained and the way I gained it, but there were a few catalysts. My mother for one. May she rest in peace (if I ever let her) When I started gaining weight she used to tell me how fat I was and how I was never going to get a husband or good life being that fat. I believe she meant well. I believe she was trying in her own messed up way to motivate me to lose weight. It didn’t work. It did just the opposite. I decided since I was so fat there was no point in curbing what I ate because it was pointless and I was a miserable failure. This attitude carried with me for years and years. Long after my mother passed away when I was 18.



I finally decided to do something about my weight in 2001 and joined TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly) I lost 58 pounds that first year and another 20 the next year. It was during this time, right after my grandmother passed away, that I met my husband. He was the first man in my life that treated me like a human being and didn’t judge my weight. He lifted my self esteem higher than I thought possible. I fell head over heals and accepted his marriage proposal less than a month after our first date. (We’ve been married over 10 years so it worked out well)

Well, at first I was able to keep off the weight I had lost, even though I quit TOPS. But my new husband loved finding new places to eat out. We would drive for hours just to try out a restaurant he had heard about. I slowly gained and gained. I always wore stretchy clothes so I did not comprehend just how much I was gaining. My scale at the time would not measure me…it only went to 350, but I honestly thought I was just barely above that. Then I had to quit work due to health issues not related to my weight. Now I went nowhere and with my agoraphobia, well…it just got worse and worse. I ballooned to 426 lbs. I had to go on metformin for my diabetes and lost about 40 pounds. Then I put THOSE back on!

At the beginning of 2013 I decided a couple of things had to happen. I needed to quit smoking and I needed to lose weight and get control of my diabetes. I was able to quit smoking on February 22, 2013. I was also slowly losing some of my weight through diet alone. Then in May of 2013 my Daddy was diagnosed with cancer. I knew he would need help, and I knew it had to be me. I got serious in Spark People again at this time. (I’ve been a member since 2006 but never really tried before) I started doing chair aerobics because I could not do regular aerobics. I was finally able to start walking to take Daddy to his appointments and treatments at the hospital.

This has been my year. The year I finally put so many bad decisions behind me. I put the teenage hurt behind me and relished in the love of my family now.

I still have a ways to go. I’ve lost 84 pounds so far. When I finally get to goal I will have lost over 200 pounds. But you know what???? The time is going to pass anyway…I might as well spend it getting healthy. And now instead of finding new places to eat out, my husband spends hours learning new healthy recipes to cook for us and experimenting in the kitchen…he has been my rock through out this journey.

I think reflecting on what started my journey to 426 pounds has helped me. There are other things that factored…things I won’t go into on a public forum. But I’ve come to realize and accept that the past is just that…PAST. I can’t continue living there…I want to live in the present and I want to be healthy for the future.


  
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CATNCAG 6/11/2014 6:58PM

    You r doing emoticon! emoticon I started my journey, this time - my final live changing journey - at 470 pounds! I now have 300 town in my sights! Good for u! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERRIJ7 5/6/2014 11:17AM

    Thank you for sharing all of this. I think there are many of us who can relate to how the things our moms say to us (meaning well) can reverberate in our heads for years and years. Self analysis is a good exercise and is a good addition to the physical exercise we learn to do here at Spark. I wish you well in your continued journey.

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AMANDANCES 2/28/2014 8:50AM

    This is such a great blog. You really are an amazing lady. You're absolutely right about the passage of time. It happens anyway, so why not spend it getting and being healthy! And look how many people you inspire on a daily basis! When you get to your goal weight, you might consider a new career as a motivational speaker. Just knowing how hard you work every day, both in fitness and in your home life, well, that makes ME motivated. I think you are a wonderful influence on so many hundreds of internet friends, and you deserve all the good things life has to offer you!!

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GRAMPIAN 2/27/2014 6:15AM

  Great! emoticon

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BIBS4664 2/17/2014 2:00PM

    Wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing.
Mary

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KDSTAP 1/23/2014 10:36AM

    Inspiring!

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MCJULIEO 1/14/2014 7:27PM

    We can do this!

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CHERIONE 1/11/2014 11:33AM

    Loved the comment about you not letting your mom rest in peace! Especially when their comments may not (unconsciously or not) let us live in peace. I'm right there with you. Stay determined, your comment that time is going to pass and you may as well spend it getting healthy is a great attitude! (((Hugs))) Cheri

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FRABBIT 12/31/2013 10:34AM

  Way to go! Keep up the great work!

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JERICHO1991 12/27/2013 7:47PM

    Good self examination. Glad to hear you are putting your knowledge of your past to good use making a better present and future.

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PATTI345 12/23/2013 8:51AM

  Wow you are so beautiful in your high-school photo. You look like a plus-size model.

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LEANMEAN2 12/23/2013 6:00AM

    Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing.

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IKACEY 12/23/2013 12:55AM

    I loved reading your story! Very inspiring Kathy! Keep on keepin' on lady you can do it for sure! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ENLIGHTENED7 12/22/2013 7:38AM

  I'm glad I read your blog. You have helped me in my quest to get "back in the saddle"---so to speak. Just think of what your future holds!!!! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 12/22/2013 12:04AM

    emoticon emoticon Such an inspiration to me! Keep on going and never give up!! emoticon

See you next year, I am on a winter break, leading into vacation time! Stay strong through the holidays and have a great start to 2014!! emoticon

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CTUPTON 12/20/2013 8:45AM

    emoticon You are on track for being healthy and fit! Congratulations. I know people look at me and how did I let myself get this big. My doctor for sure wonders that. I am trying . That is all I can do. Thank you for this great blog. chris

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/20/2013 7:46AM

    God Bless you, and I hope your Daddy is better! It's so hard when family is ill!

Happy Merry Hoo Hoo.

J


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BEATLETOT 12/19/2013 7:24PM

    Wow...this was such a good read. Thanks for sharing it! Continued success to you!!

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MRSRIGS1 12/19/2013 11:28AM

    You have a BEAUTIFUL attitude! Congratulations on your progress to a healthy YOU! Your hubby is a keeper. How wonderful it is to have such a strong support system! emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 12/19/2013 2:36AM

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AMBER461 12/18/2013 8:29PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/18/2013 4:57PM

    Beautiful, inspiring blog!! Thanks SO much!! Hope springs eternal. emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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TRICIALICI 12/18/2013 2:50PM

    Thanks for sharing your story - your attitude and commitment are inspirational! I love that your husband is supporting you in the kitchen. Best of luck in continuing your journey! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better through the BTS Warm-up Challenge!

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WHOVIAN3 12/18/2013 1:59PM

    Glad you are making a change! It is wonderful to have someone help you in that,sounds like you have a great support in your husband!
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JULES46561 12/18/2013 1:14PM

    Congratulations to you for so many positive choices you have made. How wonderful that you have a great supportive husband. Best wishes

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NANCYTUNBERG64 12/18/2013 8:08AM

    This is so awesome!! You have such a great support member in your husband and that is priceless!! I am recently divorced since I was not lucky enough to get that support that I needed. Messed with my head a bit (much like your Mom had done) and Yes, they do not realize what they are doing to us.

Good for you taking care of yourself and relishing in the glow of your family.

Merry Christmas!!

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EBONYSOL 12/18/2013 7:19AM

    Great journey. Keep up the good work with yourself and your dad.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/18/2013 2:32AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals. YOU CAN DO IT!

HUGS
Pam

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MELYMOUSE3 12/17/2013 10:40PM

    I commend you greatly for how far you have come. I always hear people fail because they see how far they have to go, and not how far they have already come. You are an inspiration to all of us sparkers, and I will be praying for continued success on your journey! One day, one step, one choice at a time. You can do this!

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PRETTYEYES668 12/17/2013 9:52PM

    Congrats on your weight loss.

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MSANITAL 12/17/2013 8:16PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. you are reaching high and moving forward.. keep up the great work.. thank you for sharing


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    What a emoticon attitude! I can't WAIT for an update a year from now!
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LAWANDMUSIC 12/17/2013 6:14PM

    Kudos!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON1 12/17/2013 5:20PM

  amazing..thank you for sharing

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GRATEFUL_BEING 12/17/2013 2:58PM

  You have done so great keep up the good work!

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JCERNEK 12/17/2013 2:15PM

    your an inspiration and congrats to you for letting go of the past. i to had a mother who constantly reminded me of my weight, but then she would give me a cookie, or a bowl of ice cream. like you i believe she had good intentions, but they backfired as i grew up eating my emotions, and i still do. a very hard habit to break. but i have a goal of 100 pounds in one year.
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MJEFFERSON23 12/17/2013 1:36PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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MJEFFERSON23 12/17/2013 1:35PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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