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"Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling." ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

"Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street." ~Grant L Miller

"Joy is not at the end of the journey; Joy is in the journey." ~Myself

Hi! I'm Sandy; I'm 44 and a bible believing, born again Christian who loves the Lord. My faith is quite strong and has brought me thru many trials in life. Jesus Christ is my all in all. I owe my life to Him. My Lord has blessed me in so many ways and one of the greatest blessings is my darling husband.

I'm very happily married to my online sweetheart -- Yes! we met online and we were email buddies for several years before we ever met face to face. Even when we met the first time, we were just buddies... well, until the end of the evening when he asked if he could give me a good night kiss! We've been married almost 6 years now. Ain't love grand!! :o) I have no children of my own (unless you count my two four-legged, tail-wagging babies), but I do have 3 stepdaughters: 14, 15 and 16. Can you say PMS???

As you can see from my picture (well once I get my pics on my computer again), I am overweight; according to the charts, I am considered morbidly obese (my BMI is 51 point something). It's interesting that if you were to look at my blood profile, you would think that I was a picture of health: glucose great, thyroid perfect working order, cholesterol fabulous (both good and bad cholesterol), even my blood pressure is good 110/68. But I have many health problems. I have fibromyalgia and am extremely fatigued most of the time; difficulty sleeping and suffer from depression; multiple allergies and chronic ear infections; asthma and sleep apnea; several bulging discs in both neck and lower back (car accident several years ago).

It seems that whenever I try to do something to better myself, something else flares up and sets me back. I often dream of the day when I am healthy and fit because then I will: do this or do that or be happy or finally live or _____ (fill in the blank). So many times I look to the end of the journey and forget that the happiness is IN the journey; the accomplishment is IN the journey; the joy is IN the journey. I need to live IN the journey. And that is what I'm trying to do!

I am so glad you stopped by. Please drop me a note (below) and let me know you were here.


Member Since: 9/19/2008

Fitness Minutes: 10

My Goals:
My overall goal is to become healthy and fit. I want to be under 200 pounds. I want to be off pain medication and I want to not have to take anti-depressants. I want to take control of my life instead of the government, Big Pharma, etc controlling me. And I want to be rid of all the gunk that is keeping me from being healthy. And that is why I am here.

My Program:
1. Joined Spark for support, accountability and camaraderie.
2. Setting myself up for success by setting small baby step goals.
3. Drink 1 oz of water for every 2 lbs I weigh (currently at 72 oz per day.
4. Reading and learning!
5. Tracking my food intake daily.
6. Journaling daily.

Personal Information:
Name: Sandy
Born: Jacksonville FL, but grew up and spent most of my life in the Midwest.
Residence: Tampa Bay Area
Birthday: 11 August 1964
Height: 5'4"
Starting weight: 297
Marital Status: Happily married!
Children: 3 teenage stepdaughters and 2 hairy four-legged, tail-wagging canines

Other Information:
Favorite music: Contemporary Christian, Praise & Worship; Oldies; Some Country; Some Classical and Some Celtic

Favorite books/Authors: the Bible - especially the book of James
Christian Psychology - Boundaries by Townsend and Cloud is one of my favorites
Christian fiction - Frank Peretti and Janette Oake
Cookbooks - I love 'em!

Favorite TV Shows: Heroes, Chuck, Terminator The Sarah Conner Chronicles, CSI

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  • v CANICE
    I would like to invite you to join the Spring Biggest Loser Challenge!
    If you're interested, go to this page: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_

    It is to the BLC All Team page. The Spring sign up thread is the second thread in the General Discussion Forum. Just add your name to the list

    I'm on the Turquoise Titans Team!
    If you want to be on Turquoise, you need to add that beside your names
    Patty picks those who indicate a specific team to place first.

    I hope to see you there!

    1582 days ago
    How have you been doing the past several days?
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    There, six of them. Six is several, n'est-ce pas? Best of all, each is a fresh start.

    2614 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/26/2011 4:16:52 PM
  • v DRS510
    God bless you sister! I am glad used little ol' me to inspire you! It stemmed from our sermon last week. If you want to listen to it, go to "Garden in your Heart" pt 6 on this page: http://destiny4square.org/#/sermons
    2628 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*
    welcome back to the lap band family................so glad you are here......
    we are now a combined team so would strongly suggest you join both our teams "lap bander" and" lap band surgery".....................
    introduce yourself on the lap banders team........... and feel free to join in as we offer daily challenges to help you get started on your way..............
    play many games on the lap band surgery team and while there check out the library of great articles worth reading and may answer many questions you may have...........
    you will soon be are on your way to seeing the results you have longed for so long......
    wishing you well with you lifestyle changes,as we journey together.............
    we are here for you............if you need any help don't hesitate to ask..............
    looking forward to getting to know you better...............
    blessings and hugs..................lita

    2680 days ago
    Thank you for leaving a comment on the thread I started. You said you were having your first fill on Friday. I will be having my first fill today. How was it? Hope it goes well for you. emoticon
    2727 days ago
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