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This is the first book that my best friend and I wrote. Between the two of us, we have 4 on Amazon.

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I was scheduled to have a consultation with a surgeon to have gastric bypass surgery, but I cancelled it. I decided that I was going to do this by permanently changing my eating habits. I have tried many diets over the years and I even lost 70 lbs on SPARKPEOPLE, but then broke my back and gained most of it back. I have wrestled with being overweight since I was a child. I have yo-yo dieted but this time, I am NOT dieting! I am creating a new, healthy lifestyle. I am actually really enjoying eating healthy foods. I can honestly say that I am not missing junk food or processed foods. I eat a lot of veggies and fruits and some meat. The weight is not dropping as fast as I would like, but it is a healthy weight-loss. I started this on June 27, 2020 and at my 6 week weigh-in, I had averaged about 3 lbs a week.
I LOVE SP! Tracking my food has become like a hobby! LOL! That might sound strange, but I do enjoy it and it keeps me accountable for everything I eat. Don't feel bad for me, I do enjoy other hobbies as well. I enjoy writing and have recently published 4 books on Amazon. Two of them were co-authored with my best friend. We have many more coming soon so that keeps me very busy. I also enjoy photography.


Member Since: 11/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 330

My Goals:
My general weight loss goal is to make small goals and reach them one at a time and not beat myself up or set unrealistic goals!

My life goal is to fulfill what the Lord has called me to do and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Specific Short-term Goals:
*Get off some meds for BP and Diabetes.
*Have more energy.
*Be able to shop for clothes in a regular store.

Specific Long-Term Goals:
Get off ALL meds for Diabetes and BP.
Have energy to do what I want to do.
Reach my goal weight and maintain for life.

My Program:
Eat less.
Eat healthier.
Exercise 15 minutes a day to begin and gradually increase that.
Stay positive and motivated!
Support others.
Ask for support when I need it.

Personal Information:
I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Victim Advocacy. I am currently looking for a job that will utilize these and hopefully allow me to work with victims as an advocate. I want to make a big difference in the lives of others.

Other Information:
My favorite book is the Bible. Some of my favorite movies are Overcomer, War Room, I Can Only Imagine, God's Not Dead, and Mountain Top. I also like the movie Pay It Forward because of the message. It is a message that needs to be spread all over.

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    Hi GIVENTHANKS! emoticon SparkPeople and To Team 300 lbs. Plus! Thanks for joining us! We've got a fantastic team with lots of support and we're looking forward to getting to know you, and you us!
    4619 days ago
    Hi Pat! It is a pleasure to welcome you to Diet Buddies and a privilege to be the first to post a comment on your page! I look forward to getting to know you - we are a great group of people, and we will support you all we can. If you need any help - just ask! Carole
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