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Update: 2/17/10
Last year I fell completly off the wagon, and as a result my body fell ill, do to lack of exercise and proper eating, so now I feel that I'm forced to do right and take care of my body. I've been ill for about a month now, but I've been dealing with this illness off and on for more than 10 yrs. So now it's time to get in Gods order and get my body under control. I've realized that when anything thats in this world is out of order, then things get out of control. My eating habit and lack of exercise has been out of order for a very long time and now my body is going out of control. So my plan is to follow Gods order and the doctors order. Which is eat right and exercise. That's it, no more crazy eating plans or work outs, just plain ol' doing the right thing for my body.

As of 12/31/09
Start weight 300lbs
Goals for 2010
I will post my weight loss every 3 months

Jan-Mar 15-25 lbs
actual: on 3/17/10 285lbs

Apr-June 15-25lbs

July-Sept 15-25lbs

Oct-Dec 31, 15-25lbs

Update: 3/18/09
Last year when I f
ound sparks, I had not a clue on how to use it's diet program, so I just got on teams and did weight loss challenges and I got plenty of motivation and keep myself moving. But when I hit my first bumb, I fell of the wagon, and I feel that if I would have been traing my body on what foods to eat and the calorie intake, I would have not fell so hard. I also meet people last year who was 50-100lbs heavier than me at that time and since they have followed sparks, they have made some serious improvments in their health, so I decied to learn how to use sparks and follow the calorie intake plan and exercise plan. The results are good, but most importantly I'm learning on how much my body needs to eat every day, and how to calm my cravings and overeating, which is my biggest problem. So, I'm going to follow the plans on sparks, and hopefully by the end of this year I ccan finally say that I made a healthy improvement in my body, mind, and spirit.
When I first found this site I was sooo happy, I knew that I had found something great, with the hopes of losing weight. Well, I have found something special. Everyone who has commented, or people that I read and commented to, has been a lifetime of growth for me. The mind set I have today is not the same as a year ago , not even a month ago. What I have learned through this journey, is that life is unpredictable, and I can't beat and abuse myself with negative thinking to a smaller me, that's just setting a trap for failure. I use to think that my negative thinking was a way of being honest with myself, but what I have learned on Sparks is that negative thinking does just the opposite. You can't lose weight with a negative mine. You can't lose weight while worring. You can't lose weight carring others burdens. You can't lose weight and keep it off without peace in you.

Starting Weight: 305lbs in Dec 2007 lost 45lbs in 08, then gained 20lbs back, for a total weight lost of 25lbs in 08. I have never kept off that much weight in a year, I use to gain back what I loss, and about 10-30 more lbs. So, i'm pleased with 25lbs : ) But it's time to make some much more healthier changes, in my body, mind , and soul.

Weight Loss Goals For 2009 (lose 50+lbs)
280 start 1/09
275 mini goal 2/09
270=3/09 on 3/17/09 yeah !!!!! : D
265= 4/09( actural 268 on 3/18/09) Finally back in the 260's

Update: 5/15/09 Current Weight 275lbs
4/09-5/09 = gained 12 lbs ( 280lbs ) Joined ymca 5/4/09 (I need extra help)
********* New weight loss goals for May-December 2009***********
5/09= 270lbs
6/10=140lbs (undecided)
5/6/08 update:
I've been on and off for about 6-8months now, and gained 20lbs back. But, I not out the race, I have joined the YMCA b/c it has lots of fitness programs and gives me a chance to work with people face to face, and I also keep track of what I eat.


I fell off the wagon durning hurricane Ike, and I did not completely fall at first, but it was like a down ward spiral, and just when I could not pick myself up, my sister became strong, and it still took me a couple of months to regain my mind. Today Feb 28- 09 I feel totally rejuvinated and ready to do this for real this time. I don't want to hear anymore weight loss aids or any technical unreachable, fanatical weight loss scares and tares. I have realized that eating less is the key, and you might be hungry the first couple of days because your body is use to eating more, but when you stand up and say I'm going to let my body go through the withdraw and hold on untill the next day, then you will see that eating less ( but healthy) is OK. This year, I started to follow Sparks, and take it's advice, and I feel hungry at times, but my body is getting use to it. Another weight loss craze is exercise, how much is enough? Last year I was exercising they way I use to eat, like it was my last, and when I got weak, I could not get up because, I did not feel like working out that hard anymore, but I felt that doing a few minutes was not enough. My point is , I have spent at least 16 years of my life trying to figure out what was the best work out plan, and meal plan ect.. And now I feel that, that is part of the reason I could never be successful, I was totally confused, and loved food. Not a good combo. But now i'm like, eat less, and moderate exercise, is more realistic and reliable, than these weight loss programs that teach you how to lose weight but not how to make it apart of your life, but of course, how would they make millions. I was listening to the news the other morning, and before I heard it I was thinking about this and I heard them say the same thing, EAT LESS, LOSE WEIGHT, it's just that simple. I am done with confusion.

I am Done being the fat girl
I am Done being confused about who I am
I am Done being confused about how I feel
I am Done waiting to dress nice when the weight is gone
I am Done making this weight more inportant than my sanity
I am Done hiding
I am Done not speaking
I am Done being afraid of having an opinion
I am Done worring about who's watching me
I am Done worring about what people think of me
I am Done being last
I am Done feeling disconnected
I am Done waiting for happiness to knock on my door LOL
I am Done being SHY, which has chased opportunities known and unknown

Thank You RAMONAZF's

Malachi 3:3 says:

"This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver, and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: 'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.' She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully refined?'

He smiled at her and answered, 'Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it.'

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you."


Member Since: 4/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,150

My Goals:
Update 3/18/09 Lose at least 5lbs a month and be 225-220lbs by Dec 09.
My goals for 09 are prety much the same as last year except, I've learned that eating healthy is the only thing in this life one can truly control. So, I'm putting my best foot forward and telling my body what to eat, instead of my body telling me what it craves.
303 November-07, started life style change December 3, 07. Lost 10lbs first week and another 10lbs by Janruary 08. Stayed 280 from Jan-April 08. 270lbs in April 08. Currently 268 May 5, 08. My plan is to take it slow and reach between 145-155 by next year August.

My Program:
Update 3/18/09
3miles of walking/jogging. strength traing, and elipitical.
Eating more fruits, whole grains, veggies, little meat, protein supplement, and ocassional sweets and treats. As for exercise, I'm following sparks this year, with the calorie intake and the calories that need to burned each day to reach my goal.

For the past month and a half my diet has changed a little. I try to eat mostly veggies, fruit, nuts, and lean meats. I had to change my plan because I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrom) which could be an effect of insulin resistance( which means that I need to stay off the carbs, especially high GI foods( processed foods). My doctor warned me that I need to eat this way for the rest of my life, because this disease leads to diabetes and heart disease, so regardless of weight loss I have to stay away from high GI foods( refined processed foods) and I learned thath wheat has gluten in it so I'm looking for alternatives

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in Los Angeles ,Ca. Graduated from Lynwood HS, and got a BA from Grambling St Univ. I live in Houston, and I moved here to find a teaching job, which I was blessed with in 06. I teach 3rd grade and I love it, I'm very happy and extremly blessed to be able to work with children. I'm married to a beautiful man who loves the Lord and his family.

Other Information:
I love reading about history, specifically christian and african/and african american history. I also like inspirational books, and spiritual life readings. I try to read the bible everyday, but it's still a struggle for me.LOL

I like to play/excerise outdoors, which is strange to me because I've spent so much time in the house, but once I started to get out there I just can't get enough of being out there.

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