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Welcome to my Sparkpage!

On 07/20/11 PST or 07/21/11 EST, I'm became a newbie joining SparkPeople like you and so many others. I’ve struggled with my health being asthmatic from childhood, gained ~ 60 pounds over a 6-month period while on experimental medication for severe headaches in 2002, about 13 years ago. Going from 140 lbs to 200 lbs was saddening. Over the years, I’d lose between 12 to 15 pounds, but gained it all back and more. I fault myself for not being able to give priority in this important area of my life, to improve my health and well-being.

Several years ago, I came to the realization that getting into physical shape and fitness meant not being excessively overweight or obese, and it's not about physical appearance, but for optimizing one's health. It has been a fruitless pursuit for quite some time, and I’ve learned to be patient, never quit, and developed a deeper compassion for others facing the same challenges.

Part of the problem of committing to a health and fitness program for any length of time to see results, is due to having moved 6 times, changed jobs 5 times, still taking classes for 11 years straight, and the time it takes to bounce back into action after a friend or relative passes away (lost an uncle, cousin, aunt, great-aunt, and brother in 2011).

In 2013, at 213 lbs, my lab work results were the worst I’ve seen, thyroid problems, triglycerides, low Vitamin D, low B vitamins, and lack of nutrition due to my body not extracting nutrients from certain foods. I’m gluten/wheat sensitive, as well as adversely affected by corn, soy, and dairy products. I’m warned to only allow 20% of those items in my diet. In nine months’ I lost ~46 lbs when I stuck to the nutrition plan and glided 10,000 steps on my Gazelle.

However, I gained back 12 to 15 lbs in 2014 due to not being able to stick with the program as I struggled over two years of holidays, recently changed jobs, and moved. I’m still at 30 to 36 lbs down from my heaviest weight, currently fluctuating between 177 and 183 lbs on any given day/week.

At the end of 2014 I started experimenting with different nutrition and exercise options, not going back to what’s never work or what I grew tired of, but hopefully I'll see positive results with the new changes that I'd like to stick to for my lifetime. I've incorporated the Couch-to-5K program, tracking my steps on my fitbit, plan to get my Gazelle and Total Gym setup again soon, and will keep updating my profile here.

My goal is to get back to 140 lbs, which is my healthy weight without being overweight. I'd be too boney at optimum weight, lol! :)

Praying for improved health, the ability to commit to this health and fitness program, achieve good results, and for God to use me to help inspire others to meet the challenge

God bless, and best of success to one and all.


God bless.

Member Since: 7/21/2011

Fitness Minutes: 32,502

My Goals:
Overall main goal: To improve my health, commit to this health and fitness program, achieve good results. Cook and eat healthy and nutritious foods, drink between 6 to 8 cups of water per day or more as needed, exercise, and get sufficient daily rest.

25% of goal: ~18.325 lbs
(weigh ~194.975 lbs)
Met goal - 08/2013
Exceeded goal - 09/2013
Reward: Weekend Adventure-1 (TBD).

50% of goal: ~36.65 lbs
(weigh ~176.65 lbs)
Met goal - 10/2013
Exceeded goal - 10/2013
Reward: Weekend Adventure-2 (TBD)

75% of goal: ~54.975 lbs
(weigh ~158.325 lbs)
Reward: Weekend Adventure-3.

100% of goal: ~73.40 lbs
(weigh ~140 lbs)
Reward: 1 Week Vacation, Overseas.

Maintain optimal body weight. Continue to cook and eat healthy and nutritious foods, drink between 6 to 8 cups of water per day or more as needed, exercise, and get sufficient daily rest.

My Program:
Just getting started. Will provide update as I get my arms around what I'm doing... a work in progress, for now.

Personal Information:
I was born in a foreign, non-U.S. land, and came to the U.S. in 1990, then chose to become a U.S. Citizen.

Truly believing that "home is where the heart lies."

Other Information:
Skydived twice! ...just for the thrill and a reality check!

Played Chess competitively over a decade or so ago, and play mostly friendly games once in a blue moon now.

Plugged into a great local Christian Church! ...and a small Bible Study group!

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    101 days ago
  • v EDWARDS1411
    emoticon and emoticon to the Gazelle Users Unite Team!! We're glad to have another join us on our healthy lifestyle journey because we're doing this together!!!

    So please stop by often & let us know how you're doing.
    Val :)
    1777 days ago
    Hello! I hope all is well with your goals :0)
    2059 days ago
  • v MARILYNS70
    The team leaders of Calling Christiam Women want to encourage you to come to the group as often as possible to share with us how you are doing
    2185 days ago
  • v HEYCARLA038
    Hi Swayde, thanks for dropping me a line. Hope all is well with you. My fitness program came to a halt last year and I gained back all the weight due to poor diet/nutrition and virtually no exercise. I'm married to my job and school... pretty sad. I plan to get going again soon, but it's not easy. I met a fitness buddy once but she has a family and is busy too... will have to go it alone, but it's a battle with competing priorities. How have you been doing?
    2329 days ago
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