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Leaning on self-effort (the flesh), I'd been unable to develop a healthy diet and maintain regular exercise (or much of ANY exercise, really), no matter how hard I tried. The more I understand who The LORD is and the gift He has given me, the more transformed I become.
Since last summer (2011), after making the decision (inspired through God's grace) to stop putting my trust in the antidepressant pills I'd swallowed every day for 25 years, and to instead put my trust in His finished work, I have been transforming into a "new creature," such that it's hard for me to grasp the reality of all the changes taking place.
I used to struggle with much more than just the issues relating to my weight and physical health. I repeatedly suffered from such severe depressions that I could not maintain function in any area of my life. At any given time, I would have weeks worth of dirty dishes and laundry, be practically buried in unopened mail (or piles of opened mail), not leave my apartment for weeks at a time, have several bags of garbage piled up in the kitchen, and on and on.
Since I stopped swallowing those antidepressants each day (which I now refer to as capsules of lies), and instead began swallowing God's truth, I've been resurrected in all those areas of my life where I used to lay dead... and The LORD raises me higher and higher the more I feast on who He is.
I'm no longer buried in dishes or laundry or paperwork...... and most importantly, I'm not buried in darkness. I now accomplish more in a day than I used to accomplish in a month!!!
When I begin to experience symptoms of that all too familiar depression, as long as I stand on God's promise of wholeness, something new and amazing sprouts from the perfect seed that He has already planted in my garden.
I've hardly touched on what I originally intended on posting about..... that being the healthy eating and regular exercise that's now part of my life. I've maintained a vegan diet since early January 2012, and I'm now exercising 5-6 times a week since early May 2012..... and I'm enjoying the many benefits of both. In fact, I now can't fathom NOT eating a vegan diet.... and I feel disappointed on the days that I can't manage to get in my exercise.
I thank God for the life He has breathed into me.

Member Since: 3/28/2008

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My Goals:
Continue to increase my duration of exercise, with the goal of reaching 60 minutes.
Redo my fitness and nutrition plan here, since I hadn't used my Spark account since 2009.
Use my Spark account on a regular basis.

My Program:
Vegan diet
Exercise 5-6 times per week
Feast on God's bread daily

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I live in the Chicago area (south suburbs). I work from home part-time as a medical transcriptionist.

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I'm studying the Hebrew language, which is giving me a much deeper understanding and appreciation of bible scripture and of my Jewish heritage.
I'm a "recovering alcoholic", sober since January 6, 2005.
I love music, I sing, I have 2 pet rats, I enjoy arts & crafts, I've been fairly active with a "Christian Reformed" church for the past few years, and I recently started attending a Shabbat service at a Messianic Jewish congregation.

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    I'm so sorry I haven't been the best sparks friend. Life.... But I did want to come and check on you and see how you are doing. I have no more time to waste. My DD is graduating in May and my goal is to be 150 pounds. So I need to really focus now.
    I hope your journey is going well.


    3552 days ago
    Today is a good day. I have almost been here for a year and I'm still here. I"m not as far as I wanted to be but I'm ok with that. This is a long journey and we are here for the end of the line.

    I do hope you are doing ok. Getting healthy is the best gift we can give ourselves. Let me know how you are doing.


    3623 days ago
    Hi, i just came across your page. Are you still here? I hope so this is the best place to be. We can all do this together.

    3644 days ago