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Change is a part of life...there can be good changes, bad changes, etc, and I for one need a change. Hi my name is Jo Ann or as some people call me G-Jo, and I am from a small town in Kentucky. I am a day care provider with an education in early childhood education. I need changes in my weight loss, my overall health, my self esteem, and most of all my spiritual life. God has always been a major part of my life, and I know He will continue to be. I just need to focus on putting Him first more, and then everything else will fall into place. With God, family and friends (like you on sparkpeople) I can do this. Right now I am down in the valley, but I am on my way up. It may be a slow crawl but I am going to climb up that mountain and succeed. I am looking forward to my restart and getting back to being an active part on sparkpeople. Feel free to contact me anytime. I look forward to meeting each of you and getting back in touch with those that I met before.

Member Since: 2/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,219

My Goals:
Goals include:
*Gain a more personal relationship with Christ. Return back to Him(this I feel will help me deal with everything else).
*Read my Bible more.
*Pray more.
*Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
*Cut down on my sodas
* Exercise daily (Cardio - 3 times a week, Strength - 2 times a week).
*Eat healthier foods (try to avoid fast food places)
*Measure out my servings.
*Keep a journal.
* Become more active on the message boards and with the teams I'm a part of.
*Use the gift God gave me of listening to others and being an encourager and offering them support when they need me.

My Program:
My program consists of watching what I eat and the amount by measuring and finding new ways to prepare food in a healthy way, exercising by alternating cardio and strength training, reading my Bible daily and trying to live my life in a way that is pleasing to God, cut down on sodas and start drinking water, work on my self esteem and confidence, find ways to improve my mood and outlook on life, and to encourage others which will lead me to feeling good because others are happy. Its a good feeling knowing you made someone else smile.

Personal Information:
As you can see from one of my teams that I am a survivor of sexual abuse. I was molested as a child. This is one of the reasons I suffer from low self esteem and why I have struggled with weight gain my whole life. I have learned that I shouldn't be ashamed to admit this happened to me because it wasn't my fault. I have let anger and bitterness rule my life for so long. I kept the secret bottled up for years. It happened when I was 11 and I didn't tell until I was 25. Without God all those years I wouldn't have made it. Now I have the support of my family and my friends which have helped a lot. The devil isn't going to win because that would be letting my abuser win. God is going to see me through. I really want a change so I can live a life pleasing to God, so I can gain self esteem, so I can be healthy, and so I can feel like I have succeeded at something.

Other Information:
I like collecting snowbabies, singing in my church choir, working with my youth group at church (pretty much anything that has to do with church), being with my friends, shopping, listening to music, watching Dancing With the Stars, Gray's Anatomy, Clean House, How Do I Look, Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, and Days of Our Lives. This is just a little bit about me.

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    Just stopping by to wish you a great week!
    3149 days ago
  • v JENNY712
    Mark 12:30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
    31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. K.J.V. in Public Domain

    3297 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/29/2012 9:59:21 AM
  • v JENNY712
    Dear Friend, Hope you have a blessed week-end.

    3399 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/29/2012 9:59:37 AM
  • v JENNY712
    HUGS! I wanted to share a blessing!


    To your enemy . . .forgiveness,
    To your opponent . . .tolerance.
    To a friend . . . your heart.
    To a customer . . . service.
    To all men . . .charity.
    To every child . . . a good example
    To yourself . . .respect

    -Author unknown
    3428 days ago
  • v JENNY712
    A Poem of Hope
    by Helena Fehr

    I feel the arms of God around me,
    as I lay on my bed at night.
    Asleep, I feel the Angel's touch-
    I'm surrounded and held tight.

    More go to: http://www.thoughts-about-god.com/poems/fe

    I will tell you a true story that happen several years ago.
    I had a dear friend, who was in a bad car accident.
    she was in the Intensive Care Unit and I could not go to her.
    I cried out to God for help!
    I ask Him to give her a Hug and touch her body.
    He gave me a Hug.
    Yes! God gave me the best holy loving hug of my life.
    I am a happy married wife of a great husband but I have never had that much love in a hug before.
    If i had died that minute it would have been OK!
    To be so loved it beyond any words. John 3:15-20

    May the Lord wrap you in His love and bless you today! jenny
    3430 days ago
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