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I have struggled with my weight since as far back as I can remember. I have gained and lost countless times in my 28 years. After we lost our twins in 2006, I never lost the weight I had gained during my 6 months of pregnancy. I quit my job and shut myself off from the world for about 4 months. During that time I used food to push down my emotions, and the only exercise I got was cleaning our tiny 2 bedroom apartment. I finally allowed God to heal the wounds and despite the scars, I pushed myself to move on. Then I got pregnant with my son and added 25 lbs to my already overweight and out of shape body. At my highest I was 211 in November of 2007 (about 8 months after Noah was born ~ before & after pics in my gallery). I managed to lose about 30 lbs on my own over the course of the year with no real effort. So far on Spark, I've lost another 30 lbs. Even more fantastic than the pounds that I've lost, is what I am gaining from SP. With all of the great articles and wonderful advice from other Sparkers, I have learned so much. I am forming new, life changing habits to last a lifetime. I can honestly say that I'm in this for the long haul.

Though I realize that some are starting off here or even lower, I would love to be 135 lbs and/or a comfy size 6. I'm 5'7" so as long as I stay under 158 (just barely "normal weight" according to the BMI calculator), I will be satisfied. But more importantly, I want to be healthy. I want to show my son that being healthy and taking care of oneself is not an option; it's a responsibility; a way of life. If we don't take care of ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically, how can we be of any value to anyone else. God has blessed me with awesome health (despite my girth!), a wonderful family and a newly discovered, though not yet perfected passion for writing. I need to be the best me possible so that I can go out in to the world and shine His light!

"....'NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT,' says the Lord Almighty." {Zechariah 4:6}

Member Since: 10/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 21,655

My Goals:
I want to have more energy ~ I'm tired of being tired! Also, 5lbs a month is good.

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I've been sticking to the nutritional goals given by sparkpeople and doing 2 workouts a day as well as taking walks a few times a week with my son. Hope it's enough!!

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Just moved to Atl from Philly. I have no family or friends in this area which means no close support system. The good thing about that is that we don't eat out that much now!!

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    2864 days ago
    Hello again Hon, I'm just checking in to see how you are doing. Praying for you!! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you
    2963 days ago
  • v MAV1729
    Oh yea start lookin for me!!!!! Im thinkin we are related!!!!.....You will see!!!
    2969 days ago
  • v MAV1729
    Oh your not a terrible friend!!!! Grt over it gets busy!!! We had a great Easter!!! Brandan is doing well.....still call him hop a long....but he is fully released from the Doc and back on the road to being the super star he wants to be!!!lol......Sounds like you had a great Easter!!! i got some great news today!!! My sister callled me to ask if I would mind Baptising her!!!! WELL DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was sooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!! It was a perfect end to the day.....well that and some time with god at the track.....Its been Beautiful here lately.......starting to get warmer......ugggg....but hey better than rain all the time!!! Have a great week my beautiful friend and give Noah a hug for me!!! oh know the first Noah (in scripture) was pretty gutsy.....he traveled in a wooded boat with 2 termites!!!! .......That just proves once again....God is in control!!!! Oh and I love the new pic!!!!!! your sooo purrrrrrty!!!!!
    2972 days ago
  • v CT1954
    Thanks, Joija for stopping by. Happy Resurrection Day to you and your family also. So good to hear from you! Go on and get those last 15 done girl!

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    2972 days ago

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