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July, 2010--only about 10 more pounds to go!!!

my mother and me on my 36th birthday--at goal weight!!

September, 2009--definitely a "before" photo--still 25 pounds to lose!


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Updated October 7, 2013!

I had spinal fusion surgery in March, 2011. I did well with my recovery and got down to my lowest in years...156lbs. However, whatever I want to blame...depression, work, myself, life...I gained nearly 30+ pounds by the end of that year!!

Last summer my "baby", Bubba (16 year old cat) died. He had not been sick at all and it was a great shock. Soon, my other boy cat, Tigger began getting sick, too and was diagnosed with a thyroid issue. He did not respond to treatment and he died last November.

Since then I have gained about 10 more pounds. I would say that I entered a time of depression. Being a single gal, my cats are like family to me...losing two of them within months was a sad time. I still have two girls (Ellie-15 and Pepper-8) and I got two new kittens (Ditto and Jesse) and they are sister, 5 months old.

Yesterday I cleaned out the fridge and freezer (pantry is going to be done this weekend) of all the foods I should not be eating. I will replace them with fruits and veggies and lean meats. I will start slow with getting active--short walks and some exercise DVD's. I hope to have some results by the time I visit my family in November.

Here is where the "rubber meets the road"...success is mine--if I am willing to work for it and do what needs to be done.

I am getting back to the basics...

Member Since: 10/28/2009

Fitness Minutes: 11,233

My Goals:
Get to weigh goal by 05/31/2014.

Walk 2 miles - 3 times a week.

Yoga - 1 time a week.

Eat within calorie range at least 5 days a week.

My Program:
Updated: 10-7-2013

Walk 2 miles - 3 times a week.

Do Walk-Away-the-Pounds routine at least once each week.

Yoga - 1 time a week.


Personal Information:
Originally from Indiana--I moved to Houston in July, 1992.
-I work for a non-profit Christian agency--since 1992.
-I am searching for a church home.
-I am learning American Sign Language.

I am single (never married), and own four cats. I pray for the day I get married and have children of my own!

-I am losing this weight to feel healthy and be able to do missions work and raise my children without feeling tired, sick, or overwhelmed.

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I enjoy reading the Bible.

I enjoy magazines and other Christian reading material.

I love crafting.

I belong to Curves.

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  • v JOHNTJ1
    Good Mornin' Erika

    Just stopped by to say hi

    2200 days ago
  • v ANDI571
    Hi Erika, I just saw you pop up on my friends feed. Always nice to see you around. Hope you are much better. emoticon
    2246 days ago
  • v DJS336647
    Hi Erika,
    I see I am still on your page as a Spark Friend and that is nice. It has been some time since we have spoke and prayed for each other. My Father died last March but your prayers were really appreciated. I need to get started again on Spark as I have slipped back a lot. Something to share with you on 7/1/2011 I started as a minister in a small country church in PA. My retirement kind of went out the window but it has been a very satisfying experience so far. I had 2 surgeries recently and recuperating at present but doing well. There are 4 new members joining the church tomorrow, makes me feel good. Hope things are going great for you, keep the faith, good things happen through the Lord. Denny
    2272 days ago
  • v ANDI571
    Hey Erika, I was so glad to see your name pop up on my friend's feed. I have been worried about you.

    When I started on here a couple of years ago now, I was 30 pounds heavier than my orginal weight loss. The good thing is. you know what to do and how to do it. I have complete confidence in you.

    I am here to cheer you on! emoticon
    2283 days ago
  • v SOLUCKY12
    I loved seeing your weight loss on friend feed again. Then I read your new page. While I didn't have the tough year you have had, I can identify with your feelings that caused you to regain the weight. You have had a really tough experience and I'm so sorry you're in pain.

    Your goal is certainly attainable and I will love cheering you on! I've gained about 4 pounds back since fall, and I am experiencing some depression and throwing myself too many pity parties. Reading and remembering what you have been through this year gives me motivation to get myself in gear. We have the tools, but I'm sorry you have to also experience pain. I will pray for your pain to lessen as you work on losing the weight with all of the spark friends to support you. emoticon emoticon
    2291 days ago
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