Words to Live By
Sunday, August 16, 2009      1 comments

"...You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "...Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 "'All things are lawful for me," but not all thin... Read more
Goals Met: My Two-Year Recap!
Saturday, July 25, 2009      2 comments

Joined SparkPeople July 27th 2007 Starting Weight: 240 Intermediate Goals: * 199 by Christmas 2007 - MET: 12/11/07 =) * 170 by April 7th 2008 - (Met: 05/01/08) Monthly Goals: * 230 by 09/1/07 - MET: 09-01 * 220 by 10/1/... Read more
Time for an update...
Friday, December 05, 2008      4 comments

My ticker has been standing still for a few months now. It mocks me, and it frustrates me seeing how close and yet so far I am from my Spark Goal. Why? Because I have gained a couple of pounds, but not for the reasons you might think... I haven'... Read more
Say "Hello!" to Healthy...
Monday, August 25, 2008      4 comments

This weekend marked a HUGE milestone in my journey: I weighed in at 154 pounds. What's significant about that number, you ask? One-hundred and fifty-four pounds puts me at 24.9 on the Body Mass Index, at the very tippy-top of the "Healthy" range... Read more
One Year SPARK Anniversary!!
Sunday, July 27, 2008      3 comments

I signed up for SparkPeople exactly one year ago. I am so excited, proud, and grateful that 366 days later I am still Sparking! I have Sparked through the good and the bad -- through the holidays, birthdays, vacations, and finally, surgery. The ... Read more
Down to Business!
Sunday, July 20, 2008      2 comments

I'm done living a mediocre, just-enough kind of life. I've been given an beautiful opportunity to do this life-thing right and I aim to do just that. My post-op restrictions are mostly gone, I am feeling pretty good these days, and I think it's ... Read more
The Will and the Way
Sunday, July 13, 2008      3 comments

It's been another good week. Very little pain, slowly getting my endurance back. I've been working out faithfully, and steadily bringing my nutrition numbers back down to the desired ranges. Initially, I was shocked to find how eager I was (lite... Read more
The Road Home
Sunday, July 06, 2008      3 comments

One month ago, I was laying in a hospital bed, recovering from open heart surgery. In some ways the last weeks have flown by, and in some ways it seems like a life-time ago. This last week has been the first taste of life returning to something ... Read more
One Step Back...
Thursday, May 15, 2008      1 comments

This has been an emotional week for me, and today particularly... My prayer time consisted of telling the LORD, "I need You..." over and over again. No other thought, no other feeling made enough sense to me to try to form words out of it. I bel... Read more
Two Steps Forward...
Thursday, May 15, 2008      1 comments

I've made a decision: I am eliminating artificial sweeteners and caffeine from my diet. Not in a universal "never again" sort of way, but in a rational "avoid it whenever possible" kind of way. And I'm not doing it cold turkey either. At this po... Read more
Thursday, May 08, 2008      3 comments

I really need to learn the art of flexibility. Physical flexibility would be nice, but I'm speaking of inner flexibility -- the kind that is able to take opposition and turn it into opportunity. I am *easily* frustrated. And I am tired of expend... Read more
Closet Perfectionist
Thursday, May 08, 2008      1 comments

I once thought that perfectionism was reserved for those with "type-A" personalities, I guess because those wonderful people are the ones who can actually "pull it off." Not that *anyone* is perfect, but let's admit that some at least do a bette... Read more
"As Thou Goest..."
Friday, May 02, 2008      2 comments

Child of My love, fear not the unknown morrow, Dread not the new demand life makes of thee; Thy ignorance doth hold no cause for sorrow Since what thou knowest not is known of Me. Thou canst not see the hidden meaning Of My command,... Read more
Honorable Mention
Thursday, May 01, 2008      5 comments

An "Honorable Mention" is an award given to someone who did not win, but who accomplished something worth giving recognition to. The month of April, for me, is deserving of an honorable mention. I fell short of every weight-goal I set for m... Read more
One of those days...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008      6 comments

I like to be deep and insightful... I like people to think that I generally "have it all together"... I like to be a source of encouragement... But this is not one of those posts... Today has been challenging, and I'm afraid I can't even te... Read more

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