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I am trying to lose weight to be healthier. I had lost all my baby weight about 4 yrs after having my first son. Then I got pregnant again. I was up to 182. I lost about 20 lbs but then quit logging my food intake and exercising. I gained back about 15 lbs. So frustrated and upset but not doing anything about it. Then I read a book that changed my thinking. Basically, it encouraged a vegan lifestyle that I am really not interested in. But the one thing that hit me was that I kept putting the same junk in my body and not exercising and yet I somehow expected to have a different result. Not going to happen. That's insanity!! So after reading the book, I decided to cut meat completely out of my diet and my family's diet. I feel great. Before, when I was logging my food, I had trouble staying within the goal calorie range as well as the other ranges. Now, I have no trouble. I'm most often at the middle or lower end of the range. I feel much better. I have started exercising again. I've been walking 3 miles on my son's school days and doing yoga. I've also taken to cleaning more by hand instead of using tools to help me. My current project is scrubbing my kitchen floor. By the time I'm done I know my arms will be a lot stronger and more fit.
One of the main reasons I feel the need to lose weight and be healthier is that I have asthma and my symptoms were more under control when I had lost the weight before. I want to be and feel healthy again.

Member Since: 5/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 8,680

My Goals:
Lose 38 pounds
Sleep at least 8 hours a night
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

My Program:
Trying to eat healthier
Drinking more water and less soda

Personal Information:
I am from Benbrook, TX
My husband and I have 5 kids together. We are a blended family with two each from previous marriages and 1 together.

Other Information:
My favorite verse is:

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55: 8-9

I love this verse because it has really helped me lately while dealing with stressful situations. It helps me remember that God has a reason for all that we go through. Usually reasons that I don't understand but after going through the fire, I can look back and see that it has worked for my good and has made me stronger.

I hope this verse will bless your life as it has mine.

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon So wonderful to see you having your First Sparkversary. emoticon

    Do you realize how many people who started with you QUIT? They all wish they'd have done what you have and been a success! Bless your heart! emoticon
    4313 days ago
    Hi, I'm new here and read that you are cutting meat out. I cook a lot for my family and we are, silly term, "flexitarians", meaning we mostly eat veg and fish, with some meat. I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you to hopefully help you on your journey. I made it tonight, it is so easy, and it feeds a big family like yours: Easy Meatless Manicotti [from cooking light magazine--it tastes rich, not light!]. My variations: I add a 1oz more Parmesan for a cheesy top and sometimes put in fresh herbs like basil.

    Yield: 7 servings (serving size: 2 manicotti) **nice portion size

    * 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
    * 1 (16-ounce) carton fat-free cottage cheese **gross by itself, amazing in this dish!!
    * 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry **I use canned "fresh cut" spinach which makes prep even easier and adds a bit more spinach to the dish
    * 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese **make it 2oz for more cheesy top
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    * 1/4 teaspoon salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    * 1 (8-ounce) package manicotti (14 shells)
    * 1 (26-ounce) jar fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce
    * Cooking spray
    * 1 cup water

    Preheat oven to 375°.

    Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, cottage cheese, and the next 5 ingredients (through black pepper) in a medium bowl. Spoon about 3 tablespoons cheese mixture into each uncooked manicotti. Pour half of tomato-basil pasta sauce into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange stuffed shells in a single layer over sauce, and top with the remaining sauce. Pour 1 cup water into dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella evenly over sauce. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until shells are tender. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
    Nutritional Information

    328 (25% from fat)
    9g (sat 4.8g,mono 2.2g,poly 0.5g)

    4323 days ago
  • v DEB2448
    I am stopping by to say Happy St. Patrick's Day and leave you some luck.
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4370 days ago
  • v MELENA77
    Hi buddy! you lost 10 pounds! congrats!
    I am trying to starting from where I was again with exercise and tracking foods ... I lost a bit the control in these last 2 months.
    Yes we can do it!
    4474 days ago
  • v KEHWIE
    Hey! I knew we were on the MK Consultants team together, but I didn't realize you were also a yoga lover and a Dave Ramsey fan! ;)

    Anyway, congrats on your leads! :)
    4497 days ago
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