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My name is Carol Im 51yrs old before coming to sparkpeople I had lost 100lbs on my own no surgery no pills just alot of hard work and putting Jesus First in my life. Since I have been here I have lost an additional 110lbs all to the Glory of the Lord!!

I could have not done this without my Jesus I cried out to him and he answered me.

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears."

Psalm 34:17
"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord has truly blessed me during this journey. He has helped me to grow and mature in him. He has taught me what it means to be disciplined, determined and dedicated in his word, in my prayer life and in my walk with him. I found out that when you DO his word you will be blessed.

James 1:22-25
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law,the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,he will be blessed in his doing.

I tried so many times to lose weight to no avail. But when I put Jesus first and I asked him to help me, to give me the wisdom I needed to fight this fight of weight loss in his strength and not my own he gave me the VICTORY!!

I had many crying sessions with him and he taught me to set my eyes on him and stay in prayer, not how much weight I have to lose or how long it would take me. .

Luke 11:1
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Notice they didnt ask him to teach them to preach, walk on water, raise the dead or cast out demons.
When Jesus prayed people saw the difference. Prayer is where the war is fought and victory is won.

Many people ask me what is my secret to weight loss and I simply say prayer. If prayer was important to Jesus shouldn't it be important to us?

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

The only place you will find rest is in Jesus. Seek him in prayer and slip away to your secret place and spend time with him. He longs to hear from you, to talk with you, to spend time with you.

John 5:30
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

How much do we do on our own initiative? Is it not the great sin to take matters into our own hands and we find ourselves in bondage to it. Ask him to show you, guide you, lead you total surrender to him.

I love Jesus, not for what he does for me but simply for who he is.

Luke 18:8
when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Will he find anyone who will take him at his word? Trust him, get to know him, All that you are going through, all the ups and downs of your life, the obstacles, the chaos he knows about them he sees you and hears you. Spend time with him in prayer believe me once you do your whole life will be changed. Jesus is your answer to everything in your life. He loves you more than you know.

Please dont die without knowing Him, give your life to him and seek him while he may be found.

Jesus first


Member Since: 7/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 40,462

My Goals:
To do the will of my Heavenly Father for my life. That he may be glorified in everything I do.

Its all about him


My Program:
Spending time with Jesus everyday talking with him, praying with him, worshipping him.

Its all about him.



Personal Information:
I am a certified personal trainer all glory to the Lord!!

I give unto the Lord everything I am To deny myself and follow him.

Its all about him.


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Weight train 3x's a week.

Boxing 2x's a week

All to the glory of God!!!!




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  • v PHILLIPS661
    Carol...Happy New Year my friend...hope it's a great one for you...I haven't made any new year resolutions as of yet...but probably will...do you do that...I haven't in a while...but I think I might be up to one or two this yr...maybe..I's ccccoooolllldddd here...were not used to below freezing here and it's going on a wk now...bet it doesn't bother you much...your prob used to it..I know when I grew up in OR....most of the year was cold...it didn't bother me much either..but now...it does..going to try and exercise some outside today...maybe tennis...with son-n-law...he loves beating me..I love him trying to..he never takes it too easy on me...we have a good time together...plus it makes my daughter jealous..and she does more exercise when she can. I bought her a pr. of crossfit shoes for Christmas..hope she uses them wisely...haha...any way just wishing you a great New Year...stay well and safe...this world is gettin crazy...like it says it will in the Bible.....Love you in Christ..your friend rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    173 days ago
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    Carol..just wanted you to know I'm praying for you and your family esp. your mother..I know that is a blessing to her to have you taking care of her...I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and felt the urge to pray for you today...Care taking can ware you out..I know it did for my mother when she took care of my dad for over a yr. .I felt like she was the strongest person..he was quite a handful when sick..but in the end..he told her he couldn't believe she hadn't put him in a rest home...when he was finally put in a care facility.he didn't last a wk...I barely knew he was moved..and I know it was hard on him...he was such a strong individual..until he got paralized then he became like a baby...and his whole outlook on life and attitude really changed..and left me with some of my most memorable memories of him...including one phrase.."friends forgive friends"..which has always stayed in my mind and bring back to a mindful of forgiveness no matter what...take care..Carol..remember you are never alone..God is near...
    191 days ago
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    Hey Carol...How was your thanksgiving...mine went great..havent weighed yet...but still fitting into my smaller cloths..and that's what I'm going by more than the scale now adays...Christmas is always a big obsticle for me to maintain around..hopefully the weather will b good and I can be on the move rather than stuck in the house...surounded by food...I finally got over the groin pull..doesn't effect my running..but then I started feeling something in my hip...and started researching on sp about hip pain during or after running..and found out it was quite common...you can stretch certain ways to avoid hurting yourself while running..never would I have stretched my hip this way if I hadn't gotten pain there..but it too is gone now..after only a couple of good stretches...so I'm feeling pretty good now....but I know that it could change at any day..so I appreciate it so much being pain free...I did something I never had...raised money to help a fellow teacher that has cancer...I might have told you this..I used my 3d printers and printed a bunch of pink objects and sold them to children...who helped raise money for this woman..it wasn't but 100 dollars but I think everything helps..we all wear tshirts with her name on it..and a nice positive phrase...I love helping ppl. and the 3d printers have given me a new way to do that...enough about me and my life..how are you doing?...Do you feel retired..I bet you stay quite busy..even though you are retired..I try not to focus on getting close to retiring ..I know it's right around the corner..but I like my job and would like to stay at it for quite a while...I see some ppl. retire and it's the best thing in the world for them..others can't handle it and find odd jobs to fill their days....I want to do fun things when I retire...travel and hunt and fish..but I know that will last for only a time..I have alot of interrests that I would like to work at...do you have things that you have waited until you retire to do more of?..I hope your having the time of your life...stay close to God..your friend in Christ...Rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    198 days ago
  • v PHILLIPS661
    Hey Carol..it's been some time since I have been on sp...but I love to chat with you always...I have been kicking but this wk...ran my best 10k this morn...waded in the river this morn..for about half hr..for my joints...helps alot..can tell big time when I don't ...put on a pr. of 32 pants for the 1st time..straight cut jeans..made me happy...the body 5000 machine I bought at the yd. sale has been awesome..I feel a good workout each time I'm on it..it uses your body wt..to create more tension on pulleys....kind of like my bowflex..which is always covered with stuff on the bk porch..each time i uncover it to start working out again..it gets recovered..I need to move it upstairs..but its a monster.haha....my wife wants us to move all the workout stuff upstairs but that's a big job...took me a wk to put it together the first time...but it's doing me no good where it's at..I'm leading music in the Morning..hope my voice holds up...pray for me..please..I suck a lot of wind while running and that can irritate my vocal chords sometimes..I just pray to do the best I can for God..but sometimes I feel my voice lets me down from time to time..brks..like a teenager...it's kind of embarrassing but what can I do..we only have three song leaders now..wish more would step up..but it's not for everyone and I realize that..Pray for my mom..I don't know if I have told you..but she broke her ankle about 8 months ago now..and she is now only being able to walk again..I try to tell her to b careful..but she has been so active all her life..and her doctor tells her it's not her balance that is causing her to fall..but I'm not so sure..I tried to talk her into doing some balance excercises..which can help her..but it falls on deaf ears..I love her so...she's 78 now and has diabetes and is gaining wt..bcause she can't excercise much..but I try to tell her she can find some that she can do..I can tell she is a little depressed..isnt coming to thanksgiving..bcause of dr. bills..I feel bad for her..but try to talk pos things to her..she loves God and has always been a strong Christian..she just needs to lean on Him more now than ever..I am sorry I vent to you so much but I feel you listen well and always give me such a lift by your words you speak to me..I've been learning 3d printing in my classroom..and am going to do a fund raiser for a teacher who is going through cancer...it's been hard for her..it is for everyone who has it..I have her children in class and can tell how it is hard on them too...they are such wonderful children..better by far than some teacher's kids..mine were perfect.haha..just kidding..but they were always respectful and great students...and now great adults..I love them so much...my daughter is trying to have a baby..pray for her..she's also still in college..and on her 1st yr. of marriage. I can't wait to see a new gchild..I love my
    caiden..he's my only one so far..but is in preschool now..he loves school and is fearless..which can be both good and bad..mostly good..I wish I was as fearless as he is he has two wonderful parents..both who love God..and love him to pieces..well I'll let you go for now..take care..hope your life is well and have a great
    sunday...and enjoy the extra hr. sleep...I'm going jogging in the morn bfore church..with my dog..it's his 1st..hope he does well..me too...take care..your friend in Christ..rico emoticon






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    Hey Carol my Groin pain..has subsided..and I didn't have to change much...I noticed when I sit to watch tv..sometimes I subconsciously...stretch my legs to the side..since I have noticed that and put a pillow in front and tell myself not to move my foot from there the pain has pretty well gone away...I'd say 90% anyway....which is wonderful to me...I can deal with pain..I'd just rather not have to...I have signed up to do virtual races on sp..my 1st is next wk..I thought I'd give myself a week more to run my own..before I run for a race..but they are needed to get myself to increase my times....before I could run...some time back I did virt..walk races..and they were really motivational...and I met some really nice ppl. there too that helped me with my walking..I hope to find some more ppl. to help me with my running..On my way to the river sat after I ran 10miles..I swim in freezing cold water to help w/ recovery..anyway..I stopped by a nice house with a yd. sale..I didn't have much money on me..but I'd see what he had..I bought a full body workout machine...you know that works with your own wt..and pullies and a board that slides up and down..something like a 100 excercises in one machine..I think Chuck Norris used to sell something simular..anyway..I put it on campus..and instead of dn time now I have full body time...haha..they can get that on their spy cameras...I used to do crunches and now I have more to do now..gotta go..hope your well..pray for my daughter and husband they're on a cruise..1st one our family has ever taken..they're so excited..extended honeymoon..and she turns..21 to boot..have a super wk..take care and stay healthy..your freind in Christ..rico emoticon emoticon emoticon
    250 days ago
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