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Right now, this moment...
Are you doing what you need to do
To be the person that you want to be?

Accept what is; let go of what was; have faith in what will be.

Improving my health and losing weight. It's so mental.
When I stopped making excuses, I started making progress.

I know what happens when I stop trying.
I'm gonna see what happens when I don't.

Be silly, be kind, be weird, be yourself.

Take chances, show up, be bold.

10 Reasons I Want to Lose Weight...
1. I want to improve my total health, and I feel that losing weight will help me not only physically, but definitely mentally, and possibly spiritually.
2. To look great in clothes I love and to actually "dress" every day in clothes I love, not just throw on jeans and a big top to hide everything in.
3. To gain energy for future grand-kids and fun activities.
4. To improve my confidence and self-esteem.
5. To improve a few obesity related ailments I've acquired.
6. To avoid any new obesity related illnesses and ailments in the future.
7. To stop hiding from cameras and hating myself in pictures.
8. To make myself proud as well as certain people in my life.
9. To improve my social anxiety that stems from feeling like and/or being the fattest and ugliest woman in the place all the time.
10. To be my own kind of healthy, confident, 'beautiful' me.

One of these days I shall move to the beach... a place that I daydream about daily... where I can enjoy the sunshine, turquoise water, sea salt breezes and release every stress I've ever felt. The beach is a place to release worries, a respite for a weary working girl, a regeneration of feeling alive. I feel like a misplaced islander. I've said this many times for years.
I think I was a mermaid in a past life.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
~Dr. Seuss

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
~Maya Angelou

Member Since: 3/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 21,175

My Goals:
#1 To improve my health.
I want to be healthy and feel good about myself inside and out.

Specific weight goals along the way....
199.5 -it's been too long since I've been under 200 at all.
191 - I go from obese to overweight BMI
158 - I go from overweight to normal BMI
152 - because I think that sounds like a good weight for me.
below 152? - we shall see when I get there.

My Program:
- Keto ... macros % at 5/25/70
- 64+ oz water daily
- 30+ min activity 2 days, rest 1 day
- keeping a food/activity journal...tracking food, water and exercise

- taking care of my mind, body & spirit

Challenge participation...
Winter BL Challenge -Pink Flamingos
5% Winter Challenge -Spirited UnderDawgs

Personal Information:
I love Jesus, my bible, my family, the ocean and beaches, rain, thunderstorms, horror movies, books, writing, daydreaming, coffee, red wine, Halloween, Christmas, giving, fountain pens, journals, planners, the moon, the sun, nature, cats, rock music, art, the colors of fall, the colors of the ocean, things that are hippy-ish, bohemian, things that are strange, unusual, dark, and a bit odd, learning more and more about my health and how to make it optimum.

53, 5'7" Mom of 4 (ages 27, 24, 22, 18), Wife of the best husband in the world, no grandkids yet, live in Arkansas, work full time.

Proud to be Ravenclaw!
Patronus: Fox
Wand: Redwood with a Phoenix feather core 10 ¾" and Quite Bendy flexibility

Other Information:
Back in 2007 when I first joined, I lost a lot, but not to goal, then gained, then lost, then gained...
August 2014 - 195
07/11/16 - 272.5 - highest weight ever
01/01/17 - 249.5
01/01/18 - 230.0
01/27/18 - 224.8
04/07/18 - 230.8 - start weight for '18 Spring 5% Challenge
05/01/18 - started Keto
05/07/18 - 223.8
05/19/18 - 218.4 - final weight for '18 Spring 5% Challenge - 12.4 lbs lost
06/05/18 - 216.6 - start weight for '18 Summer BL Challenge
06/30/18 - 209.8 - start weight for '18 Summer 5% Challenge
07/21/18 - 205.8
08/15/18 - 203.8 - final weight for Summer BL Challenge - 12.8 lbs lost
09/11/18 - 202.0
10/06/18 - 206.2
12/12/18 - 210.0

I didn't come this far to only come this far.

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    Thank you for weighing in for week 1. Glad to hear your blood work came back with good news. That is always a relief! Great job losing a little this week - you are rocking the challenge. Keep up the good work and stay strong! Debbie

    16 hours ago
    emoticon Renee!! Will smile to have you back!! Are you doing the assignments on the Winter 5% Challenge under the Motivational Forum?
    1 day ago
    Hi there. Hope you are doing well. I'm up 1/2 lb this weigh in and I'm not happy. Those darn Swedish Fish got me - I love them and just cannot stay away from them but I have to stop eating them. UGH! Maybe I'll give them away - get them out of the house. Hope you are doing well. Weight is really just a number - it should not upset us so much. We are kicking butt with all our exercise and strength training. Our bodies are getting into better shape and that is all that really matters. You can do it! Don't give up! Debbie

    2 days ago
    I meant I couldn't remember if I had asked during a fall challenge. I made so many new friends so quickly through this site. I just couldn't remember if we had talked about it. I try to get to know team member so this is more real and supportive for all of us. I love meeting people from new palaces ans especially from places that I have been to.
    2 days ago
    Hope you’re first week went well 👏🏼 Go Mingos 🙌🏼
    3 days ago
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