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I am a 47 yr old wife, mother of 3, and grandmother of 5 beautiful grandchildren. I have always struggled with my weight and have been overweight all of my adult life. In October of 2012 I finally realized that if I didn't do something about my weight that I might not be here very long. I decided that I DO NOT want to die...I have way too much to live for! So, I started looking around online for something that could help me to lose weight. That is when I found sparkpeople. I joined sparkpeople on Oct 16, 2012 and have not looked back.

When I decided to start this journey I went all in and decided to give it my all. I immediately started to use the nutrition tracker and when I started being accountable for what I eat and paying attention to the nutrition values of all the food I was eating, I couldn't believe what I had been putting in my body all these years. So, I made a DRASTIC change in what I was eating and drinking. I decided I didn't want to drink my calories, so I went from drinking 2 or 3 sodas and several sweet teas every day to drinking only water. That was really tough...I hated water and was a sugar and caffeine addict...but I am so glad I did it. Now, I will occasionally drink sweet tea or soda, but very seldom, and when I do, it's not very much as I can't hardly stand the sugar anymore.

Between Oct 16 and now, I have lost 90 pounds (in about 7 mo). I started BLC 21 in January 2013 with a goal to lose at least 20 pounds during the 12 week challenge and finished strong by losing 25. Now I am looking forward to BLC 22!

When I reach my goal weight of 145 pounds...hopefully before my birthday on Feb 1, 2014, I will have lost more than 1/2 of myself...190 pounds....I can't wait to see what my life will be like when I reach my goal weight...but in the meantime, I am enjoying life more than ever because I can do so much more than I have been able to do for so many years, and I know that I will be around to see my grandbabies grow up, and hopefully some great-grandbabies too someday!

Member Since: 10/15/2012

My Goals:
Today is May 17 and since Oct 16th, 2012 I have lost 90 pounds. I am almost 1/2 way to my goal weight of 145. When I started on Spark 7 months ago that goal seemed so daunting, but now I know I will get's just a matter of time. I never could have dreamed that I would be this far along this soon. It has been a lot of hard work, but it has been well worth the effort.

My goals:

1. Lose 120 lbs by my 1 year Sparkversary on 10/16/13.

2. Make it to Onederland by Christmas.

3. Make it to 180 by my 48th birthday on Feb 1, 2014.
4. Make it to 160 by 4/1/14

5. Make it to my goal weight of 145 by 6/15/14.

My Program:
I am tracking my food every day and and am eating somewhere around 1500 calories most days.

I try to go to the gym 6 days a week, but always go at least 4 days a week. I have started doing strength training using the activtrax program along with at least 40-60 minutes of cardio every day, usually on the stationary bike or treadmill...(but now that it is starting to get warmer I will be outside walking or playing tennis a lot more)

I am trying to get more rest. I am working on getting 8 hours of sleep at night, but I am not quite there yet. I think this is my biggest challenge because I am a night owl and have to get up to get my granddaughter ready for school every morning at 7:30. I am working on it, but this is a tough one for me.

Personal Information:
I just celebrated my 47th birthday in February. I have been married for 21 years and have 3 children and 5 beautiful grandchildren.

I was born and raised in Bloomington, IN and have lived in Terre Haute, and Indianapolis, IN and in Tulsa/Broken Arrow, OK. I am currently living in Bloomington.

I went to Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, OK from 2004-2006 and graduated with a degree in children's ministry.

My husband and I eventually plan to go on the mission field in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • v CAT125
    TODAY'S VERSE That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. II Corinthians 4:16 (NLT)

    TODAY'S THOUGHT Have you ever felt like giving up? You are trying to do the right thing. You have put your faith in God. And yet everything seems to go wrong. You ask yourself, "Why try?" "What difference will it make?" You feel like throwing in the towel, but then the Spirit of God, the comforter, comes and renews your heart and mind. Paul experienced this. He wrote, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed." That is why Paul never gave up. God renewed his inner being over and over again. God will do the same for you. Come to Him today. Tell Him your burdens. Let Him know your worries and cares. Pour out your heart to Him and let your spirit be renewed.

    TODAY'S PRAYER Oh Lord, help me today I pray. You know my burden. You know my need. Renew me in my inner being, so that I will never give up being who You want me to be. AMEN
    1623 days ago
  • v 1STMOMMY1991
    We've missed you on chat, is everything ok?
    1643 days ago
    Hope you had a wonderful day in the Teddy Bear spotlight and that you are doing well in the Fall challenge! Smiles Barb
    1656 days ago
  • v TEDDYBEAR662
    emoticon Hope you enjoyed your day in the spotlight (sorry I'm late)! emoticon
    1657 days ago
    Hope your day in the Teddy Bear spotlight was awesome
    1658 days ago
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