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Hello, my name is Dawn. I am learning to get healthy, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I have bipolar disorder and am disabled. So each day brings challenges my way. But the Lord is my strength!

I have been over weight most my life and am tired of it! I want to get healthy. My weight is so bad that I have problems moving around, so exercising is really rough at times. I am a sweets-aholic but am weaning myself off of them. I don't care for sweeteners like equal and sweet-n-low. I am trying to get used to Splenda but that is slow going. I don't mind baked goods with splenda but to use it in my coffee or in my cappuccino is difficult.

I am looking forward to making new friends and getting ideas and help with this journey! With God's help I will get healthy!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and pray to Me and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you" declares the Lord...
(Jeremiah 29:11-14a)

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do; and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3

Update October 10. 2009

I have almost conquered the sweets! I eat light yogurt or sweet fruit like apples and peaches instead of sugary junk food. The only real sugar I use now is in my coffee, but my coffee intake has lowered quite a bit too. I am also doing pretty good with the emotional eating. If I'm bored I try to find something to concentrate on other than food and if I'm stressed I pray and ask God for the strength and help. I'm still working on the grumpy part. It's a slow go but it's a goin'!

Now that my sweets intake has gone way down I am hoping my weight ticker will start going down instead of up!

Update: Feb. 2010

I have conquered my sweets addiction! I still crave them but I have found low sugar protein bars that fill that void. I feel I am doing well. I'm to the point that if I do eat sweets I get sick from them. This is a good thing because I won't be able to have sweets after WLS.

I am exercising 4 days per week. I ride my exercise bike 20 minutes a day. I am working my way up to 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. It is slow going but I'm pluggin' along. Since Nov. 17th I have lost 12 pounds and am excited to keep going!

I meet with my dietitian every 2 weeks. One goal that I struggle to meet is losing 2 pounds every 2 weeks. But I have made it every time so far.

I thank God everyday for the strength He gives me to keep going and work hard.


I pray for this site and for the people here daily.

Member Since: 11/13/2008

My Goals:
Short term goals: Keep drinking lots of water.
Eat more fruit and veggies.
Eat more protein.
Exercise more.

Long term goals:
Have weight loss surgery.
Lose enough weight to walk the whole Walmart without having to stop because of leg or back pain.

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My name is Dawn. I live in Mars Hill, NC with my wonderful husband and our 2 "kids". Romeo a yellow lab and Gabriel an all white cat.

I love doing crafts! I loom-knit hats for cancer patients, scrapbook and love to rubber stamp. I also play on the computer A LOT! I crochet and do wood-workings and other things.

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Commit to the LORD whatever you do and your plans will succeed! Prov 16:3

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  • v HONEYBEE56
    emoticon Hello friend! emoticon

    I don't know how it is where you live, but here it's that time of year again when a lot of people are working in their yards and are met by slugs! Yucky slimy slugs! Personally I loathe making contact with them. Of all Gods creatures, I can find no use for those leaf devouring creatures. There are ways to rid them from your gardens; but its not pretty. Everyone knows about salt, but salt is not good for your plants either! But did you know that slugs won't cross over copper? Just place strips of copper around flower pots or raised beds and make sure vegetation doesn't hang over the copper because slugs will use it as a bridge!

    Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!
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    2917 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
    Hi Dawn!

    I hope you are doing well and enjoying spring...if you are actually having spring yet where you live. Here its been pretty wet, but the trees are blooming and it's so beautiful.

    I just read in my recent publication of Bottom Line Health that Whole grains are linked to lowering blood pressure. The best amount of beneficial whole grains are approximently 52g daily. Just 1 cup of oatmeal is 30g so it's not hard to do if you have high blood pressure or know someone who does, let them know. Sorry, but I'm an information freak!

    Keep in touch and lets encourage one another as much as possible through this awesome website!
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    2928 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
    Just thought I'd stop by and see how things are going for you and let you know how I'm doing!

    Hey, good job on having lost another 2 pounds! you're doing great! Keep up the good work! emoticon

    Thanks to sparkpeople, I have learned how to clean up my diet. Changing my diet was one of the biggest challenges I faced in the beginning, but when I saw it was improving my health and renewing my energy, it was easier to continue.

    I used to eat processed foods on a regular basis and breaking away from that habit was difficult. The good news is, it wasn't impossible and once I made it a habit to eat clean, it became a part of my life.

    To me, eating clean is the practice of eating whole, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. An easy way for me to remember if a food is clean is: if it came from a factory or out of a box, don't eat it.

    I hope you are having a great week; let me know how things are going for you! Always keep on keeping on!

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    2937 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
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    Most people associate Eggs with Easter because of culture. Whether you eat eggs or not, here are a few facts regarding eggs (that you probably already know, but humor me :))

    We know that the components of serum cholesterol (from a blood test) include HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). People who consume one or two eggs a day show no effects on serum levels. Eggs contain 14 vitamins and minerals and are a source of lecithin and essential fatty acids.

    Eggs contain vitamins, A, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, folate and pantothenic acid (B5) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc. 71 calories, no carbohydrates and five grams of fat! They also contain all nine essential amino acids necessary for proper metabolism.

    The lecithin found in eggs emulsifies fats and improves digestion. It supports liver function, reduces the chance of cholesterol-clogged arteries and prevents the formation of kidney and gallstones. It also serves as a source of choline and inositol, which support proper nerve transmission and brain function.

    Be aware that salmonella bacteria, usually transferred on the eggshell surface, are common in poultry in North America. It’s best to use cooked eggs. Wash your hands when handling eggshells, and refrigerate eggs or egg preparations as soon as possible.

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    2947 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
    Just checking to see how you are doing!

    Always remember emoticon and to keep on keeping on!

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    2952 days ago
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