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8/20/14 11:36 A

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Thank you for your kind welcome. I just gave up on a relationship with a man who proved I could not trust him. I was very sweet on him but I long ago realized that my time is too valuable to spend with people I don't trust. I understand it takes time to establish trust but he had a year and enough is a feast!


God loves me just the weigh I am and too much to leave me this weight!


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8/19/14 5:55 P

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Hi Irene (Renie) and welcome to Hopeful Hearts! Glad you are on board with us. We are a great group of people who are here to cheer each other on. Hope you will drop by the team page and check out the threads. We have a great prayer thread I hope you will feel free to post to. Hope to see you on the threads!! Take care. Eileen

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8/19/14 4:55 P

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Hi Renie, I'm so glad you've joined our team!! Check out the other threads to see what interests you. My name is Dari.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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8/19/14 3:06 P

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Welcome Renie, and I hope you consider us family once you get to know us as well. I know the feeling about self-worth being less than good at times. But as long as we do the best we can, I think we are doing okay. Glad you joined us and get to know the forum and get active! glad to have you in our family!

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8/19/14 2:55 P

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My name is Irene. My family calls me Renie. I lost my entire family when I was four due to my parents alcholism. I had a very chaotic life. When I get upset it is like the dishes are falling out of the cabinet (in my mind). I am a believer in Christ and have experienced much healing. Right now I am obese and need to lose about 150 pounds. I am 66 and still young at heart. I love children, like to play chess and scrabble and try to fight the good fight every day. I believe that I do the best I can each day and then the next day do the same thing. But alas, my best never feels good enough.


God loves me just the weigh I am and too much to leave me this weight!


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Hi and WELCOME Alli to our team. You're in the right place for support and encouragement. We will help you as much as we can!!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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8/18/14 1:59 P

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Welcome Alli, to our group. Let us know if you need anything and read through the forum. We are here to support and motivate you along your weight loss journey. There is a fine group of people here. Welcome again and have a great day!

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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8/18/14 1:52 P

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Hi everyone! My name is Alli. I'm 28 and a newly single mom of 3 young kids. We've had quite the summer trying to find a new normal after what I've known for the last 11 years has been radically rearranged. I allowed myself to numb my feelings in the last very unhappy 11 years through food. Since ending my relationship I've begun to discover just how unhappy I was and have already lost 35 lbs with some positive changes. I'm going back to school soon and preparing to juggle far more than I ever expected. Trying to be a positive role model and keep it together for them and myself as well! I hope to be able to give and receive motivation and support through this group! emoticon

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8/5/14 12:31 A

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emoticon Elizabeth! this team will be an encouragement to you! Glad you joined!

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8/2/14 2:34 P

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Thank you Mara, Ruth and Elizabeth for sharing your stories. We're all here for each other. We all have stories and need the support and encouragement from one another. I'm so glad you ladies are here. Hang out with us anytime!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Hello Elizabeth--- Welcome to this team. Sparkpeople are truly supportive, and on this site there is so much information to help us gain fitness, and reach our goal...
Happy Weekend!
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8/1/14 11:27 A

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Welcome Elizabeth! Glad you decided to join us. I think you will enjoy this team. So many encouraging and helpful people. I'm sure you will find friends here. Be sure to check in the threads and be an active part. I know there is a lot on Sparkpeople to check out so take your time and look around. It doesn't matter how much weight a person has to lose. We are all here for the same reason with our temptations to cheat and sticking scales. If you feel you need help we are all here for each other. Hope to get to know you better. Feel free to spark mail any of us. We are here for each other!! Take care. Eileen

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8/1/14 9:57 A

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Welcome Elizabeth to our family here. Make yourself at home and I look forward to learning more about you and offering support and motivation as we travel along this weight loss journey together. Check out the threads and get to know us and get active!

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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8/1/14 8:42 A

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Hello to all! My name is Elizabeth and I definitely have a hopeful heart. I am so happy to have found and joined this team. I am rather new to Sparkpeople and am still exploring the site and all the great resources it offers. I have 10-15 pounds to lose, and I know that doesn't sound like much to many people, but I am only 4'10" tall! I am looking forward to making some new friends in this group and to being a positive addition to it as well.

"You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind"
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WELCOME Ruth and GLory. I have been pretty busy this week and didn't have a chance to welcome you. As you have been told this is a very supportive and motivating group who will help you along your weight loss journey, and come with prayers and friendship to help you along the way.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Dear Ruth--- I am truly sorry for the hardships you have had to endure in your life. I cannot imagine the wartime horrors you have seen, and I am so sorry about your injuries. I hope that your future surgery is successful for you. There are caring folks on Spark who will pray for the best outcome. --- You say you have clutter in your life, Ruth--- and I guess so much clutter can seem overwhelming. Often on Spark we say, "one step at a time"-- small daily steps can amount to progress. Just try a small goal and then add another...
Indeed, I thank you for your brave service for our country. You should be very proud of your career, Ruth. Please know that you have a supportive team here, and we offer genuine concern--- May you and your children be blessed by God's grace. We cannot know all the answers to mysteries in this life, but God offers us hope--when we trust in Him.

God grant me the strength to reach my goal.


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7/29/14 9:47 P

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Welcome to the team Anlaoch! We are very supportive and here to help you. Glad you joined!

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Hi, my name is Ruth. I am a single mother and a medically retired combat veteran. I have two children ages 15 and 24. I served a combat tour in Somalia in 1992-93 (think Black Hawk Down) and lost a lot of friends. I also served in Iraq in 2007 as a convoy driver. Coming home from Somalia I knew I had changed, but found that alcohol kept everything pretty well hidden. Coming home from Iraq, I wasn't so lucky. I found that I had broken 3 vertebrae in my neck 6 months after it happened and was also diagnosed with PTSD. I had the vertebrae fused, but recently found that it may have broken loose and will have to undergo surgery again. No biggie. Lastly, my ex-husband served 2 tours in Iraq and Kuwait and came home different, but he chose alcohol to medicate, It just made things worse and our marriage began to collapse. Finally on 1 November 2011, I had had enough and stood my ground with him. Needless to say, I got a wonderful ride to the emergency room for stitches. Divorce was finalized a year later.

There is a lot of clutter and garbage in my head, heart, and house. I am seriously trying to work on simplifying things and currently am cleaning as much of the clutter out of my house as I can before winter strikes again.

I know I lost my faith a long time ago after all the atrocities I have witnessed humans doing to each other and animals and children. It confuses me how this can happen. But I know that if I want to make a difference in this world, I need to have my faith back and stronger than ever.

Thank you for the invite to this group. I have no real support or friends where I live, so this will help!! Thanks again and sorry so long.

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Welcome to new members of this team! We are all seeking to achieve fitness and good health. There are wonderfully supportive folks on SPARK-- and lots of information is provided to help us with diet and exercise. We share common goals, and a common desire to improve our lives. Little steps can mean progress----
Best wishes !
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7/29/14 5:35 P

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Hi, Mara! Welcome to the group! Sounds like you have a handle on your weight loss. Keep up the good work!
Being a Christian doesn't mean you have to understand the whole package all at once. Once you accept Jesus as Savior He opens you up to the wonders of all that it includes. Will keep you in my prayers. Hope you will be an active part of our group. We are all here to cheer each other on. Hope to see you on the threads. Eileen

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Welcome Mara! So glad you joined us!

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Hello all! My name is Mara and this looks like an amazing group! I have a lot of weight to lose (about 160, but already down almost 30 since June1st!!). I've really let myself go due to feelings of depression and worthlessness. But I'm improving my diet and daily activities to try and turn those feelings around and feel better about myself. I hold a lot of guilt and feel responsible for everyone's problems and mine, well that's a recipe to be a nervous wreck, which I am, but working on changing that. I have gotten so many invitations to church and so many supportive friends that follow Christ, but I was raised Buddhist and I went to school for engineering and love science, so I still haven't really committed to believe creationism and everything in the bible. I do love Jesus' message of doing unto others and loving everyone. I'm so sorry if I am offending anyone but these are my feelings at the moment! I do attend Christian church once in a while with friends but actually just consider myself agnostic. I am very open minded and really just feel like I still don't have a full understanding of what the universe is or why I am here. Very interested in getting to know all of you!!

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Glory! emoticon emoticon emoticon
so glad you re now a part of our family/tem.





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Hi Jen and Glory! So glad you've joined our team!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Thanks for the welcome RHOOK20047

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Welcome Glory, you will find this site to be supportive and motivational to aid you in your weight loss journey.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Several of my friends invited me to join long ago.

I also look to Jesus. He is the answer for everything and He is my life!

Glory

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Jen, we are glad to have you on our team! emoticon Looking forward to hearing more wen you get a chance!



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Welcome Jennifer, to the most supportive and motivating team here. You will get hours of enjoyment and maybe make a friend to twenty! Get active and tell us what's on your mind. We look forward to getting to know you! Have a great day!

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7/18/14 11:10 A

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Welcome Jennifer. Glad you are part of the team. It's a wonderful group of caring and supportive people. Feel free to post when you can. If there is something we can do to be of help please let us know. Take care.

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Hi - I'm Jennifer, 54, in Texas, still married - ahem - more on that another time, have 3 grown kids and 3 grandkids, and 2 doggies who are my kids as well. I've been wanting to post since I joined recently but being a perfectionist I guess think I have to tell you everything to introduce myself. I guess I've never been extremely overweight, but 20-30 lbs is quite enough thanks - & it's always a fight and I always have to exercise some vigilance over my diet - not that I do -ha.
I've been on Sparks since 2004 - hit my goal weight Nov 2005 - bounced - & never got there again. Close once, but only once.

Somebody sent me an invite to this team at some point and time & I just saw the Sparkmail last week. I've been through quite a bit lately, but I'll talk about it as I need to and as it comes up. I FINALLY got to talk to a counselor yesterday!!! YAAAY! I have hope now that I have an objective (nice) professional type person to talk to that I can be 100% honest with. (I hope) Anyway - glad to be here. I get awfully busy at times, so hope I can keep up & get to know you all. If I neglect to post, please know I just got busy trying to cover my bases here.

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Hi new members, I am pretty new to this team also. I think it is a great team ! I am looking forward to getting to know others here. Hug Sandy

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Hi Annie and Tammy. WELCOME to your new team. So glad you're with us. I look forward to getting to know each of you better. Keep hanging in there. We're here to support you. You are not alone. Dari

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Welcome Tammy to the team, let us know what we can do to help you on your journey. From this team you can expect great support and motivation from your new team. I look forward to getting to know you.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Hi everyone. My name is Tammy and I'm excited about joining this group and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone!! I'm 37, single and my only child is my 14 year old Schnauzer. I've battled my weight my entire life. I've been on and off sparkpeople for years but I really hope I stick to it this time. I've lost 20 pounds the past 4 months but I've been struggling lately. I've been dealing with my mother who has developed a severe mental illness and it's taking a toil on me. I have faith that she will get better but right now it's so hard to deal with.

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Welcome Annie to the group. You will find kind and generous folks here that are full of support and motivation. I look forward to learning more about you.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Hello everyone,

My name is Annie, I am new to the team. My journey started on Wednesday, June 18,2014. With the guidance of God I will be able to achieve my goals.

Wishing each and every one of you a healthy and blessed day emoticon

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Welcome new members!!! So glad to see God directing people to our team. It is the best!! Hope you all will be part of the threads and feel free to reach out to any of us. We are all here to cheer each other on. Hope to get to know all of you better. Eileen

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Hi Theresa, I'm so glad you decided to join us!! God is so good at directing us to where we need to be. I know you'll find a new home here.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

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Welcome to the team, Theresa. This is a great team for support and motivation. We look forward to learning more about you.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Hello, my name is Theresa and I have recently re-started my weight loss/fitness journey on spark people. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and an RN. I would like to lose 50lbs by my 50th birthday in February 2015 and I would like to do so healthfully. I am a Christian and have been asking God for a place to connect with others in my situation for encouragement and to encourage others and for daily devotionals. I had an invite to check out this team and I sure liked what I read. God is putting the right people and tools in my path!!!

Getting stronger every day!!!


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Welcome Amy and Cryssy. Welcome to the team. We all come with our shortcomings, but we are here to help support and motivate. I have high blood pressure, sleep appnea, osteoarthritis, and who knows what else, but with my weight loss things are getting better. If there is anything I can do to help, just ask. That is what we are here for. To support and motivate each other. If this journey was easy, we would have all succeeded already. So get active and bring up any questions or concerns you may have. Thanks again for joining us.

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Good afternoon friends. My name is Cryssy ( PHATCRYSSY), I have been on and off of sparkle s couple times but this time I am here to stay. I have been obese all my life. I have high blood pressure, sever depression, anxiety-change disorder and in November last year I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, I am VERY perimenopausal (sorry gentlemen for the T.M.I.). I live with my husband and his parents. My husband is disables with Marfan syndrome, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, khyfosis, bi-polar, ..etc.. , his father is disabled with COPD, degenerative disc disease, depression, first stage Alzheimer's, ..etc.. his mother works outside the home as a waitress. I do the scheduling shopping, cleaning, cooking. I also listen to their rants and raves, I take care of the 4 pomeranians that our house has, one is mine 3 are the parents.

I am here on spark for the friendly positivity and support, I love the trackers and use them during the day when i have few minutes to log on. I also try to be supportive back. I am a born again christian. I am a non-denominational and as of right now do not attend a church. I do though read my Bible and pray daily.

I falter everyday in what I eat and there are days I DO NOT want to retry. Its then i need the extra support. My live has been filled with failures. I am using this point in my life to change from failure to success. I can succeed, I can change. With motivation prayers. I can do it. I have to change for me. I want to change for my family.

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Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I am here for support on my weight loss goal as well as I suffer from depression and sadness. I want to overcome my depression and live a healthy life in order to be there for my children and husband.

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Welcome, Sandy, we are all here for the same reason, to lose weight, and to support and motivate each other on this journey. I am one of the leaders of your team, and if there is anything I can do for you, just let me know. Welcome.

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Hi my name is Sandy, I am in my late 50's looking to give and receive help in Jesus Name Amen!

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Welcome Barb to a great team for support and motivation. I hope that you can grt some peace in your life and can tackle your weight issues the samevway you have made it through all your other challenges. Let us know how we can help you.

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Hi, I'm Barb! I was just told about this group today. I am still recovering from a serious stroke I had six years ago at the end of July, right after turning 57. (My birthday is on the 24th, and I had the stroke on the 29th.) I have relearned to talk, do some computer, drive only very close to home, think reasonably clearly and write on blogs again. I will be 63 next month, and have been working on my weight for health reasons.

Jesus has helped me through 28 years of a bad marriage, and the divorce. I came out with three wonderful sons who love the Lord and me, and 10 years later I'm still finding God's plan for me. I've also been through several auto accidents. In the first one (in May 1983) I lost my father, and my daughter was stillborn. A year and a half later I lost a six week old son from illness.

In college I was a hippie, then got saved and got rid of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and a spirit of suicide in the order the Lord wanted. Because of the dramatic changes in my life, I was ripe for years in a Christian cult. The Lord delivered my family and me, and ever since I have been seeking the Lord to understand His ways so I can walk with Him more closely.

God bless you all, friends!

My weight is day by day becoming more dependant upon Whose I am than on my circumstances and feelings.

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emoticon Princessv!! You are right! This is a great place for support and encouragement. I look forward to getting to know you!

Lianne, welcome to our team which is now your team. You didn't write too much at all in fact it lets us know how to pray for you. You've had/are having a rough time and I want you to know you can mail me at anytime to vent or just talk. I've experienced some of the same situations you have. Keep going one day at a time. God is with you wherever you are!

emoticon to both of you!!

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Welcome back Princessv. GLad to have you back. This is a great team that I am so proud to be a part of.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Purplerose.........it took great courage for you to share your heart & life with this board. A lot of people have regrets, and the hurt others cause us as children cause many problems as we grow older and we can suffer greatly because of it. I hope you find the acceptance and the encouragement here to meet your goals and to live a healthy life. I am sorry that you have gone through so much tragedy. I'll be praying for you. V

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Not really new, just been away from Sparks since February. I decided this morning that this is the place to be to get the support I need to loose weight and to break free from the festering hurts in my heart. Hurts from my childhood and from more recent happenings. I am an emotional eater. When I was a young woman I was anorexic, all I could control in my life was food so until I escaped from a very, very bad situation I just didn't eat. Now I use it for emotional reasons, I graze when I am sad, discouraged or hurting for any reason. I want to overcome this and use food for what it is meant for, sustaining life, helping me/us to live healthy and to be strong. I find my strength in the Lord even so, it is so helpful to have people around who are or have experienced the same problem and can encourage and support without condemnation. Glad to be back......

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thank you RHOOK20047. it was a little much to write and I usually dont do that at first as i would rather keep silent and not say anything as it was drilled in my head not to say anything.
thank you for the welcome. you are right we can do is the best we can do and I just need to accept that I can not change anything and just accept things the way I am but i am working on me now! thanks for having me.



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Purpleroses, you sound like you have had a rough life. I hope that you can find some peace. Thank you for being so open. We all have things in our lives that we may not be proud of but at the end of the day, all we can do is the best that we can do. Get active on the team and you will see that there are many loving people on this team who will offer support and motivation to you. Just let us know what we can do for you! Welcome to the team.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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hi everyone. I am Lianne. I am 51 years old. I just joined sparkle today. I am hoping to start eating better and loose this unwanted weight that I have put on since I had my second child. I have fibromyalgia, depression, ulcerative colitis and who knows what else. I am married to my fourth husband and we have a 12 year old daughter. I am originially from Mississippi but have been in Germany since 2001. I met my current husband online. I have 3 other children that live in the states. One in Missouri and the other two in Mississippi. We are flying there in August as I have a granddaughter I have only seen in pictures. She will turn one while we are there. Hmm..so, I am going to give you a warning over what you are going to read next so please be prepared.

I was physically, verbally and sexually abused by my father from birth until I left home at 17. The sexually abuse started at 13. My mother found out but didnt believe me. She passed away in 2001 when she went into a diabetic coma and never came out of it. We came to terms with what happened but I kind of kept my kids from him if I could help it. I don't have much self esteem and lived pretty much two separate lives.

I was also sexually abused by a minister when I married my first husband. He didnt know about it as I was ashamed to talk about it. My first husband hit me and I left and filed for divorce. We met in the military, someplace I didnt want to be. My mother decided to put me there at the age of 17. I also tried to commit suicide at the age of 17 when I was in the military. Was discharged and moved to Georgia. I have been from one man to another. My second husband was 10 years older than me and I only married him to get away from my controlling grandmother (father's mother) that I was living with at the time. We ended up being divorced 3 years later and I ended up giving him custody of our son to him with me having visitiation rights. Which he fought me for everytime I turned around. When I met and married my third husband, the ex accused us of sexually abusing my son which almost ended up in court if he would not have dropped it. He didn't want me to have anything to do with my son but I fooled him and wasn't giving up without a fight. My visitations got lesser and lesser which caused me to have panic and anxiety attacks and migraines. He made me literally sick with everything he put me through. well 11 years later me and the third husband divorced and I moved here to Germany. I guess I thought the further away I was the less stressed out I would be and not be so sick. Well, I found out that I have PTSD and fibromylgia. I went to counseling for 3 years and no longer have migraines but the pain is still there no matter what I do and the heartaches and guilt that I have from doing everything I have the last 13 years really gets to me as I gave full custody of the other 2 children to my husband and just ran and came here and started a whole new life so to speak. My ex got married and the step mother doesnt let me live this down either and has spoken so bad about me to my children that there is so much damage done to my youngest son that I really don't know if I can ever make him understand that I do love him and care for him. But anyway. this is me. I have some good days and I have some bad days.

thanks for letting me be a part of this group. so now you know about me. I look forward to getting to know some of you.



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emoticon Hooray for all you folks here!

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BELLAMITZI, I'm so glad you joined us! You're doing great giving up sugar!!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Hello everyone! I joined SparkPeople 3 weeks ago. I gave up my sugar addiction 2.5 months ago and have lost 13 pounds and enjoying eating fresh, healthy food! I love the Sparktools and community! Thank you LACEYKYLE for inviting me to this group! God's blessings to all! emoticon

~Look in the mirror ... that's your competition.
~Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference between weight loss success and weight loss failure.


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Hey Mad Hatter! We are here for each other so feel free to reach out to anyone on the team. Faith is a journey too. Don't hesitate to reach out to God. He is right there with you all along even when you don't feel close to Him. Check out the inspiration threads on the team page. Glad you are part of our team family. Eileen

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Hello MadHatter-- and welcome to our team as we journey together and you will lots of support here!

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Thank you Lacey! I look forward to getting to know all of you as well.

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Krissy you came to the right place for encouragement and support and no one is where they want to be with God. We are here just for those reasons you mentioned. I'm so glad you're here and I look forward to getting to know you.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Thank you so much!

You determine whether today will be good or not.
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Krissy we are all on different levels on our faith journey, so that is between you and God. We are willing to help you on your way, in whatever we can do to help you. Don't hesitate to ask anything as someone has probably thought about it in the past but might have been too scared to ask. There are no dumb questions. We are here to help you however you want us to. We offer support and motivation. And you are free to take as much as you like! Welcome to the team, glad to have you!

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Hi everyone I just joined. I'm nervous about joining because I know I'm not as close to God as I should be, but I would like to change that. My life hasn't been easy and right now I'm trying to, not only lose weight, but better myself emotionally and spiritually. I'm looking for support and hoping this will work.
Have a great day!
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A warm welcome to all you new members!! We're glad you're here!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Glad you are part of the team! We are here to help each other along so don't hesitate to let us know if there is something we can do to help you. Just post to the threads or e-mail any of us. emoticon Eileen

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Welcome, Willpower, to the team which will give the most support and motivation. Let us know how we can help you along the way.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Hello, my name is willpower2014, and a divorce mother of two boys, and I have other kids but they are grown. I been on this yo-yo diet for sometime now. I realize on May 29th of this year I broke down and realize this weight been brought on during my childhood, teenage, and during the twenty years. I have forgave myself and other that cause me pain or hurt. I cover up that pain or hurt thru food. Now for me to move on and leave the past alone I have to shed these pounds. so every pound I lose it will part of my past coming of me.
On a positive side I am very going lady who loves the outdoor, my higher power. I am just looking for support, and making sure I don't fall off the wagon this time.
I can do emoticon and will do it.

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Hi Lesli and welcome to your team! Your are one busy lady with one cute little boy! Awesome you are set to graduate in the fall! emoticon . You're being a wonderful example for Ronan. There are several members who also have MS, you are not alone. You'll find a lot of support and encouragement here in any area of your life. Don't hesitate to participate! I'm Dari, one of the many co-leaders.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

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Hello LESLI, and welcome to HOPEFUL HEARTS Breaking Free. This is a wonderful Christian Team and you have come to the right place for comfort and support. If there is anything you need for prayer and have any questions feel free to ask us. We all have some type of weight and or health issues and fully relate to your concerns. I have raised 4 children while running a business on my own, so I fully understand the pressures of single parenting..... reach out for support when needed. Again welcome! Phylis.

NOW 'FAITH' IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR
THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Hebrews 11:1

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Welcome, Lesli to the best team here for support and motivation. We are glad you chose to continue your journey, with Our Lord and us. Let us know how we can help you on your journey. emoticon

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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Hello Folks,

My name is Lesli. I've been a Spark member for quite a while but am still having troubles. I am a single mother to a very VERY active 5 year old boy, Ronan. I have recently returned to church and am trying to find my way. I am currently a full time Student and am set to graduate with my AA next fall. I have a host of medical problems due to my multiple sclerosis but I'm tired of letting my disability define me. I am a coffee junky and like it light and sweet :). My current weight loss goal is 15lbs before the fall semester. This is my first step to getting my MS under control and stopping the pain.

I wish all of you a happy and healthy week.

Lesli

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Thanks Laceykyle, Eileen, & bob for the warm welcome! I am hopeful that I will find more good friends, too, as well as you good people. I am learning that life is more about good relationships, than anything else - well, other than Jesus! This I never learned when I was younger. emoticon

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest." (MSG, Matt.11:28)


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Hi SGASPERSON and WELCOME to your team!! I too am diabetic, am on insulin and am watching carbs (most of the time). So glad you're with us!!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

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Welcome to the team and I think you will find this a great team for motivation and support. Glad you checked us out. And welcome.

FAITH is not believing that GOD CAN, it is knowing that He WILL.

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I'm retired and still have a lot of weight left to lose. I taught school and worked for AA&T. I have three children who are married and five grandchildren. I have been on Spark People for awhile so the weight has come off gradually. I have been searching for teams that would motivate me to exercise, lose weight, and stay motivated. I have to use a walker to walk but I do get out and walk a lot. I have a small dog also which keeps me going even when I would rather not exercise. I am diabetic so that adds in the element of having to watch carbs as well as calories. I do not take insulin but control mine thru diet.

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Hi Pam and welcome to your team! It's difficult when our past rears it's ugly head but you've done a lot of work by forgiving. You will find a lot of support and encouragement here and if you ever need anything there are many of us to reach out to.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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