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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

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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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  • v MAV1729
    2992 days ago
  • v MAV1729
    Hi Josh!!!! Sorry its been so long for me to respond.....been very busy as far as work around here.....Got a break yesterday cuz of the rain....but today is gonna be....well not that fun.....but a job is a job!! The mission trip thing isnt cranked up yet but I was told we will be having a meeting soon.....Please pray for my boy Brandan he broke his femer........yes the strongest bone ya got!!......playing a pick up game of football.......I was so mad at him......but boys will be boys.....he is currently in the hospital in Fort Worth....Angie has been staying with him while I work......We hope he gets to come home today or tomorrow........He had surgery on we missed church.....but we had so many of our church family come out to support us!....Heck one of our Pastors beat us to the emergancy room!!! That made things so much better for us!! Im gonna try to find a video that works and post it for you...of what I do....have a fab wee my friend!!!
    2992 days ago
  • v MAV1729
    LOL!!! Well I'm not sure how the Cowboys will do.......but at least they are still way cool your Mom is here!!! Trust me I understand the $ thing......seems I've been blind sided here of late with stuff.........Our small groups start in a couple of weeks.....looking forward to it!.....I've been asked to join the leadership team for Mission trips for the youth........Registration/planning/"creati
    ve idea"(ME?!????).....I told Scott Id be praying about it..........I'm afraid...Id be stretching myself too thin.......I'm involved in 3 groups as it is.......but I am feeling led.........I'm gonna give them an answer on Sunday.....I'll be praying for your Momma while she is in Texas!!! I've heard that women of Faith conference is awesome!!!!......Every Year I wanna go!!!.....But they always turn me down!!!!! Whats up with that?????......Have a great weekend my beautiful friend!!!!!! emoticon emoticon
    3017 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2010 5:30:14 AM
  • v MAV1729
    The meeting was a waist of time in my opinion....but hey i got a free meal out of it.....yes its still cold here......this morning the temp was 9 wind though .....which made it easier.....I guess!!! i just watched my Cowboys put a whoopin on your Eagles!!!!.......Not that Im pickin........OK Im picken!!!!.....Have a great week Josh and give Noah a hug for me!!!

    3022 days ago
  • v MAV1729
    That's cool!!!!....We copied a church outta Vegas!!!! That's really cool!!!.......I've been changing my answers ever since monday night....(grrrrrr)....It make me mad......I'm that way..........I'm very pleased your house is about finished!!!......Have a great week yourself!!! I'm headed to Oklahoma for a freaking meeting.........and oh yea its freaking cold!!!

    3025 days ago
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