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Day 1 of my Body By ViSalus 90 Day challenge! SW: 204.4

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Day 1 of my Body By ViSalus 90 Day challenge! SW: 204.4

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INDIANA_SWEETIE is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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Hi! My name is Marlena! February 11th 2013 was my 5 year spark anniversary!! This has been an amazing journey thanks to ALL OF YOU! MY SPARK FRIENDS! MY SPARK FAMILY!!! Thanks to Body By ViSalus shakes....I have lost 10 lbs in 29 days of my 90 Day challenge Body By ViSalus!

I am a single mother of 2 beautiful girls that are 11 and 17. I have a step son that has given me a beautiful grandbaby girl! Aubrie! Which is now almost 14 months old. Love my girls with all my heart. I am a Medical Assistant that works in Home Health Care. Also attending college once again to get my 2nd Associates in Health Care Support. Once semester left in the fall and done! I love working with people. I love encouraging others and helping them to succeed and in turn it helps me as well! I thank all my wonderful spark friends that have been there for me! Without you all I would not have came this far!!

I lost 35 lbs and had gained about 25 of that back and now Im down 43.2 lbs. After a little over 3 years I finally seen ONDERLAND for the first time in 16 years! This journey has not been easy! It has had its ups and downs. What is got me where I am is REFUSING TO GIVE UP!!! Im not where I want to be (YET) but Im not where I used to be either! I have learned a lot along the way. I have learned determination, motivation and a new way of life.

I have also learned that the scale is only a number. I measure my achievements in many different ways. The way I feel, the way my clothes fit now and I also take measurements once a month.

I am happier with myself than I have been in a long time! Im not where I want to be yet but Im not where I used to be! The key to winning this battle is to never give up. We have our bad days, weeks and sometimes even months. But as long as we hang in there and dont give up in the end WE WILL WIN!

I FINALLY GOT to ONDERLAND on MARCH 18, 2011! I This is MY YEAR!!! I met my 1st mini goal! STILL NOT GIVING UP! I CAN DO IT!!! I WILL GET TO MY ULTIMATE GOAL! And hope to NEVER see the 200's again!

To everyone just beginning, My advice to you is: Use all that Spark has to offer. The trackers, articles and work out videos. And of course (MY FAVORITE PART) the people, the support and motivation! It makes a world of difference!

On March 18, 2008 I started a team called "CHALLENGE + MOTIVATION = WEIGHT LOSS! It started out small but now over 16,000 people have joined. Its not just a team, its an amazing team. Its like God brought us all together! They are all so awesome! Someone could not ask for a better support system, for better friends.

Everyone is welcome! Come and join us!

"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Thomas Edison

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,
so love the people who treat you right,
forget about the ones who don't,
and believed that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance, take it.
If it changes your life, let it. "

"People too weak to follow their own dreams. Will always find a way to discourage yours."

"God didnt say it would be easy! He just said it would be worth it in the end!!!!"
Never underestimate yourself or what God can do in your life because remember professionals built the titanic, but amateurs build the ark!

Member Since: 2/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 147,075

My Goals:
My long time goal is to lose 100 lbs. My short term goal is to weigh 199! GOAL ACHIEVED 3/18/11!!! WOOHOO!

My next short term goal is 175lbs.

My other goal is to help as many people as I can by encouraging them because we are all on this journey together. A journey of hope, self esteem, health and most importantly a goal of being happier with who we are!

My Program:
I do my best each day to stay within my calorie range, drink my water and TRACK EVERYTHING I eat and drink each day!

I have learned to not be hard on myself when my day does not go perfect and that tomorrow is a brand new start.

Track all successes no matter how small and let the mistakes go! You can not change what has been done all you can do is do better after. So no sense in beating our selves up, it wont change a thing!

I WILL NOT GIVE UP!!!! This is a one day at a time journey! Not an overnight miracle! Sometimes I even have to take it one hour at a time. Some days we run through and others we have to trudge through or crawl, but the most important thing is to NEVER GIVE UP! We are worth it!!!

Personal Information:
My name is Marlena.
Im 35 years old.
I am a Medical Assistant. Also back in college for a 2nd Associates in Health Care Support.
I have 2 beautiful daughters. SP has been an inspiration to me!
I have lost 43.2lbs with spark people! WOOHOO! I have made so many WONDERFUL FRIENDS here!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

Other Information:
2/11/08: 240
3/11/08: 226
5/11/08: 218
8/11/08: 213
12/11/08: 216
1/11/09: 213
2/11/09: 214
6/11/09: 214
8/11/09: 207.8
1/11/10: 229
2/11/10: 230
3/11/10: 230.6
4/11/10: 228
6/11/10: 223
8/11/10: 215
10/11/10: 215
12/11/10: 217.6

1/01/11: 219
1/11/11: 213
2/11/11: 208.4
3/11/11: 204.8
3/18/11: 199.6 ONDERLAND!!!!
6/11/11: 199
7/11/11: 199
8/11/11: 198.2
9/11/11: 197.8
10/11/11: 197
01/11/12: 194.2
02/11/12: 195
03/11/12: 194
04/11/12: 192.6
05/11/13: 201.8
06/11/13: 204.4
07/11/13: 204.4
08/06/13: 193.4

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  • v RAINICE37
    Hi welcome to the 100+ team! CONGRATULATIONS on your success so far. You have come to the right place where there are tons of support, motivation, and at the same time you can have tons of fun. Be sure to always use the nutritional tracker at all times. It will help you a great deal with your weight loss along with drinking lots of water. Also, make sure you post all the time and ask questions when needed. Someone will always be here to help you along the way. Continuous luck to you on your journey to losing the weight and keeping it off. God bless you!
    4805 days ago
    Hey there! Welcome to the 100+ Club!! Congratulations on taking the first step to the new and improved you. This is a very active club with great members who are always there when you need them. I strongly suggest you get involved with some challenges. They are so fun that you don’t even realize you are working hard at getting healthy. Hope you are having a great week and see you around the boards! Karissa
    4807 days ago
    HI there!! Welcome to SP and to the 100 plus group! You have made a wonderful decision for a healthier you and come to the best place to do it! There is so much help and information on this site, take advantage of it all!! If you happen to love 80's music, you should check out our group 80's Music Lovers.... We have so much fun, are very energetic, supportive and will give you all the inspiration you may need or ask for. Remember, YOU CAN DO THIS!! Post often and most of all have fun!!


    4807 days ago
  • v JANDERS36
    Thank you so much for the goodie! Oh, and I have a particular weakness for Big Reds too!! I thought I was alone in that fight. LOL
    4809 days ago
  • v no profile image MAMILLS1
    Great job, Marlena. Your commitment to taking care of yourself is really paying off. It's also a wonderful example for your two beautiful daughters!

    4810 days ago
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