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Yes, this is me, age 58, Sept. 2013

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I won the 2007 cover competition! PLUS- the painting is in museum tour w/ Van Gogh's sunflower!!

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At Gilcrease Museum- "Out on a Limb," 10" x 8," oil on board - (thanks, Yo, for the title!)

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I've lost -72.8 lbs & over 60 inches since March 9, 2016.
I FINALLY figured out what works for me! Outlined in blog post: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j

I got off-track during the last challenging years and gained -- I allowed the three white deaths back in: sugar, salt, white flour. I'm starting fresh... this thing that we call failure is not the falling down-- it's the staying down!!!

NO EXCUSES: I never get anywhere when excuses pave the path.

NO EXCUSES: There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results.

NO EXCUSES: A person who wants something will find a way; a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

NEW YEAR-NEW ME! I am making this my most memorable NEW YEAR: Feeding my Spirit (instead of my physical body)!

Remember when you were a kid around Christmas time? The anticipation? The nervous excitement? It I s fun watching children live this out each year. It helps remind me of what it I s like to pour emotional energy into a single moment in time, all because of the promise of a payoff.

This realization had me asking myself this question, "Why Am I Giving Up Before the Payoff?"

I was able to think of many excuses - everything from "my husband tempts me away from the healthiest choices" to "I am an emotional eater, and I am going through an emotional crisis". All of the answers were important to work through because they are extremely relevant and can help in keeping my commitments.

Another important question for me to ask is, "What Is the Payoff For Me?" In other words, "Why am I giving up donuts and pizza every day for broccoli and smoothies?" Why would I want to wake up before the sun comes up, strap on sneakers, and go for a half-hour walk in cold when the bed is soooo warm?

Then I realized this...

If my "Whys" are important enough, my "Hows" are easy. If I'm motivated enough to do something, I will figure out a way to do it, no matter how challenging it is.

I need to continually ask myself... What I s that thing that will get me through the difficult places in my health commitments? What drives me to overcome diabetes? What compels me to lose weight? Unless I have something tremendously powerful pulling me through, I will remain over weight and never reach my goal.

In the end, the thing that drives me - REALLY drives me - is the thing I have to keep in the forefront of my mind every single day when I decide what I eat, whether I exercise, what to do when I crave sweets, etc.

One passage in the Bible says, "My people die for lack of vision." I realized that what I need is a vision to prevent my commitments from dying. I need not only a plan, (the How), but I need reasons to stick to the plan, (the Why).

This year, I have given myself an incredible gift!! I finally figured out what my "WHY" is! I discovered WHY I want to do whatever it takes to get into the best shape ever, or to have more energy than I did in my twenties. I MUST have a reason - and preferably a time frame - for accomplishing it. It I s up to ME to figure this out.

Member Since: 2/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 33,571

My Goals:
• To build a healthy lifestyle that I can be passionate about and not look back. Make every day count and live purposefully, live energetically, live completely!!!

(Baby Steps!) -138.8 lbs
10% = -13.8 lbs = 03/20/16
15% = -20.8 lbs = 03/26/16
20%= -27.8 lbs = 04/14/16
25% = -34.7 lbs = 05/28/16
30% = -41.6 lbs = 06/02/16
35% = -48.6 lbs = 06/17/16
40% = -55.5 lbs = 06/28/16
45% = -62.4 lbs = 08/05/16
50% = -69.4 lbs = 08/18/16
55% = -76.4 lbs =
60% = -83.3 lbs =
65% = -90.2 lbs =
70% = -97.2 lbs =
75% = -104.1 lbs =
80% = -111.0 lbs =
85% = -118.0 lbs =
90% = -127.7 lbs =
95% = -131.8 lbs =
100% = -138.8 lbs =

My Program:
• Exercise 3-6 days a week.
• Make Healthy Choices!
• Eat lots of low-starch veggies daily
• Eat veggies for snacks
• Drink Water, Water, Water
• Keep a Food Journal.
• Reduce the "3 White Deaths" from my diet: Sugar, White Flour & Salt.
• Recognize where I need discipline and take steps toward improvement.
• No carbs within 2 hours before bedtime.
• Get 8 hrs sleep each night (I consistently show a gain on the scale with less than 7.5 hrs sleep.)

Personal Information:
• Nashville, TN
• Married to a wonderful, supportive man.
• One daughter & son-in-law.
• Lots of dust bunnies.

Other Information:
I am an oil painter www.camille-engel.com

I am 61 (April 21, 1955).

Diagnosed as pre-diabetic Dec. 2006.

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