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Happy New Year 2013


Friday, January 04, 2013

Hi everyone--boy do I MISS my SparkFriends and SparkPeople! One of my goals is to be MUCH more involved with the community in 2013--2 1/2 years have passed since joining and I was so much more involved in the beginning of my journey, but BOY can I tell a difference in my life [and body! emoticon ] without the continuing involvement!

First off, CONFESSION time--I've gained 16#'s from my 'weight maintenance' number, but 20#'s from my lowest weight on SparkPeople. NOT a happy thought!

Here is me hitting my goal weight:


me with my mother

Just took this as a BEFORE picture for my NEW weight loss effort



But check out this CLOSE up of my face--I swear I gained all 16 pounds IN MY FACE! Ugh!!!!!



But AT LEAST I don't look like this!

[my before picture on the left]

Okay, I'm SET again with my SparkPeople buddies and tools, and I WILL lose this weight in 2013! Just PRAISING GOD that it's only 16#'s and not 63#'s! RIGHT! emoticon

I wrote this on one of my teams today and wanted to share it here:
I just wanted to say how much I LOVE the spirit of the Spark Community! SO ACCEPTING and there is SO MUCH FREEDOM to become the person *each* is meant to be. There is no one-size-fits-all mentality! And I just LOVE it!!!!! Thank you!

Recently, I've been aware of a metabolic issue that I have, and I've tried to go a lower carb route, and this seems to be the route my journey is taking me, and I LOVE the fact that there is so much freedom on Spark! You can do Weight Watchers and be a Sparker. You can do Low Carbs and be a Sparker. You can go 'Clean Eating' and eat absolutely no sugar and be a Sparker. But SPARKPEOPLE itself doesn't try to control or take away your freedom to find exactly what works for your particular body! Love, love, love that!!!!!

Right now, I'm on an 8 week step of being very limited in my carbs, but once this 'resting mode' is done, I'll be back to just being moderate with my carbs, and hopefully my metabolism will once again kick in.
====================end of my note to team members-=================

Okay, so now you also know my plan for the next 8 weeks--low carb plus Strength training daily, and my ultimate goal [with my doctor's RECOMMENDATION [if you can believe that! emoticon ] is to get my walking back up to 6 miles daily. I know that sounds intense, but it's what works to kick my sluggish metabolism in the butt! ha!
And there are SO many more advantages than just my size 4 jeans! ha! I can memorize and meditate on Scripture, and pray--very good for my life all the way around!

Here are a few pictures from our Christmas celebration. I don't know if I told you, but we were hit ALL MONTH with 3 different viruses! It was a nightmare, but thankfully, we are all on the mend! NOT a good celebrating month, though! We literally had NO ONE over for cookies, dinners, OR ANYTHING!



My poor Sammy still VERY sick! He finally feels better now!



Mary playing with her Barbies. She lost 6 WHOLE POUNDS during the sickness! We almost had to put her in the hospital!



Jonathan got new goggles from his grandparents:


Stephen was given Jonathan's bird [Jonathan leaves the 22nd for bootcamp, and he wanted Stephen to have his bird. Stephen started crying he was SO happy!]



Nate got a compass watch from his grandparents! VERY happy!



Here's me feeling fat! ha!


Our Butterscotch Crescent rolls

Don't you love the boys wrapping job! ha! Nicholas opening Andrew's gift to him.


LOVE this picture of Nicholas w/Mary. She got this hoodie from him.


Sammy's new tractor:

UPDATE on job--THis is our 8th week of no employment. Pretty stressful, but God is FAITHFULLY meeting us EVERY step of the way!!!! Thank you for your continued prayers.

Oh, I love you guys SO MUCH!!! I'm SO glad to be back 'home'. {{{{HUGE HUGS}}}

Susan
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PRESBESS 1/10/2013 12:54PM

    Great blog. I just love your spirit!
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ABETTERSOUL 1/8/2013 6:48PM

    Huge emoticon back. Glad that you are motivated and getting back outside walking. Walking is so good for you. I've been cross-country skiing a bit...love it. Jim and I just got a juicer, so we are experimenting with that...at least I am getting in my veggies and fruits.
Still praying for employment for your husband. Love you, Karen

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PANSYLADY2 1/8/2013 3:26PM

    You are in my thoughts often. God BLESS you and give you FAVOR as DH searches for the job that God has chosen for him. I love your pictures of family!!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 1/8/2013 4:26AM

    Susan, I'll be thinking and sending up prayers for you as I walk my weight gain off, too. Leaving you with this: "The Lord has a thousand ways to work things out that we know not of".
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Always enjoy your family pics ;)

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PAULKNUTH 1/7/2013 9:52PM

    You can do this!!! Good Luck!!!!



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KATHYKIM 1/7/2013 9:33AM

    So happy to see you back Susan. You are such an inspiration to me in so many different ways. I want you to know that. Especially in matters of faith. Thank you.

Kathy
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ZAHNASGRANDMA 1/5/2013 11:21PM

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SAL1512 1/5/2013 9:58PM

    Missed you! Glad that you and your whole family is on the mend!
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MJ7DM33 1/5/2013 5:42PM

  emoticon I'm glad that you are back! Those Butterscotch Crescent rolls look yummy!!!

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KADULAC 1/5/2013 4:32PM

    I'm glad you are back. I missed you and your family. I'm glad everyone is feeling better. It is no fun being sick, especially during the holidays. Praying God sends your husband a new job soon.

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RUNNINGOMA 1/5/2013 1:51PM

    Glad to have you back too! You were missed!

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SHARON2014 1/5/2013 10:31AM

    emoticon You are so blessed with your family and your faith. Thanks for sharing with us!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/5/2013 8:15AM

    Thanks for sharing your family holidays! What a great group. And a great motivation to take care of you! To spend time with your loved ones and be able to truly enjoy every minute!



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D-ABBY 1/4/2013 11:18PM

    Praying for you. You and your family are beautiful as always. Hugs!

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ERIECANALGAL 1/4/2013 11:17PM

    Susan,
You will get there, Just be patient and stick to your plan. *Praying* for you all for the job thing.
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CLASSIC1949 1/4/2013 10:53PM

    What great pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us. I use to think praying was done in my bedroom, rocking chair, kitchen sink , church . Like you I discovered prayer walking and it has made walking more enjoyable ...it is kind of like walking with The Lord. God Bless. Paula

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/4/2013 10:18PM

    You are beautiful Susan with or without the weight. The extra weight will GO! It doesn't have a choice. Being back and being accountable will help a lot. Walking will really jump start things for you. emoticon

Praying that God continues to hold you close and helps you through all the challenges that you guys have been facing for the last couple of months. There is a mountain top after this valley.

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BECKYSFRIEND 1/4/2013 9:14PM

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RAINBOWMF 1/4/2013 9:10PM

    emoticon I know you can

You have had your hands full , you will deal with you now.
Make healthy choices.
We are here for you

Hugs Mary

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MARTHAWILL 1/4/2013 9:05PM

    Susan!! So good to hear from you again! Sorry about all the stresses you've been going through but love hearing about your positive attitude and faith. I'm also above goal but finding my way back again. I also took a bit of a break from Sparks.Wish you all the best in 2013 and hope to hear more from you.

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DMSPEER93 1/4/2013 8:59PM

    So glad to hear from you again! I've been praying for you and your family's situation. Love Sammy's John Deere tractor. Our family farms and bleeds green!!! I feel your pain on gaining weight. I am 30 pounds above my lowest (which was too thin) and 20 pounds above where I want to be. May we remain faithful and obedient to God's will! emoticon

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PARKERB2 1/4/2013 8:46PM

    We also had sickness in the family during Christmas. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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DAWNESS0404 1/4/2013 8:42PM

    Good luck! emoticon

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ELISADENK 1/4/2013 8:42PM

    Thanks for the update. Was thinking that I haven't seen one of your blogs in a while.

Are you on the Atkins diet?

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Saw some American Girl knitted/crocheted clothes and thought of you and Mary. Wish I had one of those dolls. ~sigh

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CHUM48 1/4/2013 8:37PM

    Thanks for the great update! Good luck with each goals! Happy New Year!

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