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At the point where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands come together

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"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen Covey 8/15/17 -- I added two photos today: pictures of my right and left hands showing my rings. I love my rings and don't want to take them off, but if I had to, I couldn't. That's how much weight I have gained. So I have to change. No alternative. I need to live by words in the next paragraph that I wrote a while ago: In the power of God, it is time to give up old habits that have lead me down a path of destruction. Every day, every moment is a new opportunity to follow God in healthy living! A fellow pastor's wife has a motto: Giving up is not an option. I like that. I can't give up when I've come so far! I was made for more: "God, I recognize I am made for more than the vicious cycle of being ruled by food. I need to eat to live, not live to eat. So, I keep asking for Your wisdom to know what to eat and Your indwelling power to walk away from things that are not beneficial to me." Lysa TerKeurst, "Made to Crave" I was made to worship God. All I do should be to give glory to Him. Live life with no regrets. If you do, you'll spend more time thinking about what you should have done rather than what you can do. Instead, bloom where you're planted! There is no reason you cannot reach your goals! These are not my words, (and if the author of them happens upon my SparkPage I'd love to credit you!), but they are so inspiring to me I wanted to post them here. It's another way to think about rainbows: "It reminds me of God's promise not to flood the earth again. I'm thinking maybe He's wanted to a time or two since Noah.....but He always keeps His Word. So, I'm using this little rainbow as a model for my prayer as I start this weight loss journey (again) and asked God for the strength not to "flood" my body w/ stuff that's not good for me. I'll want to from time to time......but I'll try to remember how my Father keeps His promises and draw from that strength"

Member Since: 10/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 128,122

My Goals:
For the week of March 27th:

1. Track everything I eat.
2. Stay within calorie range for 5 out of 7 days.

One day at a time to:

Stay close to God.
Eat mindfully.
Eat healthfully.

My Program:
Track what I eat.

Strength training 3 times a week.

Do cardio for 30 minutes 2 days a week, and at least 10 minutes a day for the rest of the week.

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Personal Information:
My husband is a pastor, and we are empty nesters now, with one son living in Germany and the other in another city.

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It's hard to work at my desk with a cat on my lap.

It struck me as funny that "Shoveling Snow" is under Favorites on my fitness page. Shoveling snow! It's my favorite thing! Hahahahahaha!

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    Hi, thanks for visiting my page. I need to tell you I'm not starting a new group.

    I began a group many years ago when I first started with Sparks.

    The group I began is called "I want to get fit, I hope you'll join me". I hope you'll join us there! love, Darlene
    3548 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by with the compliment on the no smoking. It's being hard my friend, but with God all things are possible. I smoke for well over 36 years, this is the first time I've quit this long. God get all the glory.. Anyway how are you? With that ticker moving that way, I'll say you're doing emoticon . God bless you and yours, enjoy the rest of this beautiful day in the Lord..

    Much Love,
    Diane emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3557 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/21/2010 12:17:03 PM
    Thanks for reading and bringing to my attention about 911, you're absolutely right. emoticon God bless you & yours, enjoy the rest of this beautiful day in the Lord..

    Much Love,
    Diane emoticon emoticon

    PS: I'm going to edit it, Thanks again!
    3559 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2010 3:05:39 PM
    Great! Good work! emoticon
    3655 days ago
    emoticon to Spark People!
    Good Luck on your Weight Loss Journey emoticon
    - emoticon MaryAnn emoticon

    "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right".
    Henry Ford

    3665 days ago
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