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My brother Brad, my sister Jenny and me in Atlanta, GA -- February 28, 2009

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Russell and me (cool us) at Lee's Ice Cream in Old Towne, Fredericksburg, VA

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My family at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have always struggled with being "chubby." As a teenager I was pretty slim and trim, but my sometimes carefree personality and need for immediate self-gratification led me in the wrong direction. I have had some successes in loosing weight over the years. I have lost 50 pounds twice in my 44 years of life. This time I want to be realistic and lose the weight as an example of hope for my children in their adult years. I want to be healthy and strong for them and continue an exercise and eating wise way of living for as long as I live. I have high hopes that Spark People will be a big help along the way.

God's blessings to you on your weight loss journey!

Member Since: 5/7/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,222

My Goals:
To stay within the parameters of what I should be doing -- eating a reasonable caloric intake and thinking about what I'm grabbing to eat before it gets in my mouth! Developing a lifestyle change and different mindset. Naming 5 things I'm thankful for every day!

My Program:
I'm participating in this fall's challenge with the Families Fighting Fat team and hoping for extra motivation from it. I'm excited about doing something new!

Personal Information:
I live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, and I love it here! I have a marvelous husband and three wonderful children! God has been very good to me!

Other Information:
I love a good story and love to read. It's hard for me to read motivational-type books, although I do learn from them when I take the time. I enjoy a good movie very much, and my favorites are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Jane Austin movies. I do love hiking and I love to travel!

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    Hey Wes dear,thanks for the sweet comments on my page.And yes,the baby is a sweetie!!!His name is Dawson.I miss them all terribly right now.
    Good luck with your WWs.
    We all struggle at times and need to do other things when we can.
    I have missed you,so stop in when you can.

    3787 days ago
    Hey Wes, how is it going? Come by and say hi, we miss you! Hugs, Lynn
    3819 days ago
    Thanks for the Spark Goodie! That was sweet of you, but then you are a sweet person! Love ya!
    3849 days ago
    Hey Wes,
    Don't worry about not getting to my message. I know life can be busy too. I think I've concentrated too much on Facebook lately, I need to get back to SP. Good luck with the van hunting. We bought a Dodge Grand Caravan 7 years back and have had no problems with it. I hope you find what you are looking for. The family looks great, love the pics on your page. We're all fine here, everyone's looking forward to the summer break! Take care and we'll talk soon.
    3850 days ago
    Yes I did have a good Easter,did you?Thanks for the comment on my pic.I usually don't like pics of me at all because I am so not photogenic!But I love this one,Jim took it as I was laughing at what he said and I didn't even know it!Have a great evening hun.

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    3874 days ago
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