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4/6/11 4:57 P

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I am way behind on my team's activities but reading all about you is so inspiring. I just love your attitude and ability to throw your life out there for all of us to see that anyone can change their life if they put their mind to it.
THANKS A BUNCH!!!

God Bless!

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Forgive as soon as possible.
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4/3/11 11:18 P

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I have been successful going from couch to 5k without having any significant aches or pains. My trainer is real big on working out smart to avoid injury. There were a couple days when my ankles were uncomfortable and a couple times my upper arms felt strained (when it came to my arms i knew what i had done to cause the discomfort). If I were experiencing that kind of discomfort I would consider (1) focusing on moving my upper body for exercise for a few days to see if pain is alleviated and (2) having a doctor check it out.

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4/2/11 7:04 P

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Hi there. Quite a story and it sounds like God isn't through with you yet.

I have a question. For the last week my heels have been hurting to the point where I just have to limp along when I walk. They are sore on the back of the heel and it is not at all a sharp pain. Is that just new aches and pains that occur after you first start to exercise? Do I just keep walking and eventually it will stop?

Hope you can help. Cheryl

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3/31/11 4:03 P

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Thx Jennifer! I try to be honest with myself even when it is painful. There is so much growth to be gained when we can honestly and transparently assess our situations.

Some of the things that I have accomplished or done that are in some ways "colored by trials and pain" that my friends see as major accomplishments are:
--Graduating with honors from Umatilla High School in 1981.
--Graduating from Knox College with a four year Bachelor's degree, after only four years of study in 1985.
--Earning a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Georgia in 1992.
--Overcoming alcohol addiction and choosing not to perpetuate the cycle of alcohol abuse that was prevalent in my family of origin.
--Living a victorious life in spite of setbacks like alcoholism, sexual abuse, chronic unemployment and underemployment.
--Maintaining personal integrity in spite of being the targeted individual in a child's death that gained national attention. (I once worked for the Department of Children and Families in the State of Florida. After closing my investigation, a father murdered his child and blamed it on "The Department". "The Department" and a particular state representative in turn passed the blame to me in the media frenzy. I maintained my innocence throughout the ordeal and covered coworkers and colleagues by maintaining that "Every individual involved in the case did the best they could with the information and the circumstances they confronted".
--Having the opportunity to participate on Mission's teams on three continents, and in seven countries: Guatemala, Haiti, Costa Rica, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Kenya. In each country God allowed me to use the circumstances of my life to minister hope and healing to many others, some of whom had never even considered the idea of God as the Creator of the universe much less as a personal Savior who was interested in their everyday life.

Needless to say, I accept the Truth found in Jer 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. "As well as those found in Rom 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose and Php 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!



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3/30/11 9:59 P

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WOW! Thanks for opening up and putting yourself out there. Very touching... made me tear up =) emoticon

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3/30/11 3:44 P

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My greatest personal achievements:
Wow! You seemed to have stumbled upon my Achilles heel without even trying! I find it difficult to acknowledge my achievements, probably because some of them have been wrapped in pain and trials.
In all honesty. I believe that my greatest personal achievement, was not an achievement at all but a surrender! My greatest achievement has been submitting my life to Jesus Christ 27 years ago and walking with Him the past 27 years. In November 1983, on the day after Thanksgiving, I gave my heart to the Lord and I have never turned back! I have stumbled and fallen more times than I care to admit. For that reason I am thankful that the Lord tells us to forgive seventy times seven...Afterall, He doesn't ask us to do anything He is not willing to do!
The choice to surrender my life to Christ has enabled me to do many things and overcome many trials. I endeavor to walk with integrity in all I do.
On a very personal level I was able to make amends with my parents long before they passed away. As a result I was able to be the primary caretaker for them in their last days/years. When my parents died I could rest in the knowledge that I had done all that I could do for them in this life and I had NO REGRETS.

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ragamuffins--The unsung assembly of saved sinners who are little in their own sight, conscious of their brokenness and powerlessness before God, and who cast themselves on His Mercy!!! (Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

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3/30/11 1:52 P

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What has been your greatest personal achievement?

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3/29/11 10:11 P

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So... as would be the case...I did not realize I was on the podium until I was checking out a Spark Goodie...Thank You TangyTangerine for mentioning it!!! If you read my latest blog you'll know that this has been a hectic week even though it has just begun! But hey, c'est la vie!

On finding SparkPeople:
My trainer introduced me to SparkPeople on January 4th of this year. We were meeting for the first time to discuss my plans to begin working out and getting fit and she thought I might like the website because she knew how much I enjoy FaceBook. She was correct!

On the moniker RAGAMUFFINKEL:
Several years ago I read through most of the books written by Brennan Manning. Brennan is a former Catholic priest who got married. He is author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child, and the preface to Rich Mullins Biography. He defines ragamuffins as the unsung assembly of saved sinners who are little in their own sight, conscious of their brokenness and powerlessness before God, and who cast themselves on His Mercy!!! (Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel) The definition resonated with my spirit! I am a multi-talented individual, little in my own sight and powerless before God, I know that without Christ I can do NOTHING!!!

My weight loss goal:
I am totally NOT into the idea of losing weight! I am, however, all about living a long and healthy life. That being said it is necessary for me to take off somewhere between 50 and 80 pounds. I say take off because it is a deliberate decision for me to take off weight. I am not losing it, misplacing it, like I did my glasses on Saturday. I am choosing to take it off ounce by ounce and pound by pound. I thought I wanted to take off 75 pounds in the beginning that would leave me with 115 pounds. The healthiest I ever remember being was a year after I graduated from college, and at that time I weighed 115-117 pounds. However, at that time I was inactive and not particularly fit, I just did not weigh much. My trainer thinks that I should aim for 135-140 pounds and that weight would put me in a healthy weight range.
My goal is to be able to maintain a healthy weight which minimizes the likelihood that I will become insulin dependent, and which allows me to come off medications for high cholesterol and major depression. If that ends up being 140 pounds, so be it. I personally like the sound of 120 or lower, but I am learning in this journey.

The breaking point:
I remember being at the doctors office and weighing 197 pounds and thinking. I need to get this under control! It was just that though, a thought. I did cut back on sweet tea a little and incorporate more vegetables, but I was not invested in getting healthy. that was March 20101
On December 20, 2010 I went to the doctor for a med check to discover that in March my fasting blood sugar was 110! I was furious! I have been paying to monitor my blood sugar for 20 years because of the prevalence of diabetes in both sides of my family. Prior to that result my doctor had always said that if he didn't know the history he would not know why I had it tested every year. Nevertheless, despite a 20 point jump in results, the doctor did not notify me at that time because it was "not in a diagnosable range". Fortunately, the PA who was seeing me that day highlighted the results and told me I really needed to take it seriously.
I chose then to NOT obssess on the failure of the doctor to give me the results, but of the necessity for me to DO something about it. I recognized I needed to take control. I insisted on having labs drawn that day, not a good move given the stress I had just endured. When I returned to the doctor ten days later I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. That was my decisive moment!!!
I had been my mothers caretaker from 1994-2007. She was a brittle diabetic who was never really successful controlling the disease. She died from end stage renal disease on April 17, 2007. I am determined to honor my mother by taking control of my health and doing all that is in my power to stay the course of the disease!!!

On Building Confidence:
Interesting I should encounter this question today. I am slated to run a 5K on Saturday. Today I did my walk/run on the course that the race will take and I went from being sure that I could run the race successfully to totally psyching myself out! As I thought about it thouhg, I realized that there was nothing about the course that was daunting. I ALLOWED my THINKING to psych me out. I walked more during today's walk/run than I had any exercise session in the last two weeks. I heard myself thinking "I can't do this, I'm not gonna make it!" Fact is many days I walk five miles without thinking at a rate of 15 minutes a mile. I can certainly complete a 5K race! I can run three minutes and walk one minute if that's what it takes! But I CAN do it.
I have spent the balance of the day reminding myself of the FACTS and REHEARSING RIGHT responses to the situation. W.I. Thomas, a noted sociologist, said "Whatever we perceive as real is real in its consequences!" The Bible says that what a person thinks in their heart is who they are.
Confidence comes from taking thoughts captive and exchanging untrue thoughts for truth. Confidence in an activity comes with completing the activity or a phase of the activity successfully. With every success or partial success there is a growing awareness that WE CAN DO IT!!!

On Inspiration and Motivation:
At this point in my journey every small success motivates me to push for another success. I am inspired by people who overcome situations and circumstances and continue to LIVE. I am motivated to be a role model for others to follow. I am an OVERCOMER. Life has not necessarily been easy, but the Lord still has me here. I believe that He will use every situation in my life and every circumstance for His glory. People who live Jesus filled lives inspire me!

On Weak Moments, Cravings, and Working out when I just don't want to:
The first line of defense when it comes to weak moments, cravings, and working out when I just don't want to is my cell phone and prayer!!! I have a cadre of friends who I text in moments of weakness so that I can get Jesus in the flesh speaking to me. There are times that my prayers are sufficient and I can talk myself out of temptation, ignore cravings, and just plain GET A GRIP!!! Too often, that is not enough. Fortunately I have a number of friends and family who WANT to see me SUCCEED! They have been willing to send me an atta girl when needed! Sometimes I am strong enough to say "I Will Not Sabotage Myself today; l will not go drink a large Sweet Tea from McDonalds." I immediately get anywhere from 1-10 responses saying "Hang in there! Don't Sabotage" or they will text me a quick prayer or call.
I have also used both sleep and exercise to ward off cravings. Sleep is not the best option for me because it is one of the symptoms of depression, but at night it is very appropriate!
When it comes to exercising, I am accountable to my trainer for fitness activity: cardio, strength training, and flexibility/stability exercises. I text her after each session to let her know how the workout went, what was accomplished.
NATURALLY, sometimes I give in to temptation...in that case, if it is food related, I honestly track what I have eaten! If it is not exercising--I text the trainer and tell her it did not get done or it is not getting done. I don't beat myself up about it either way!!! I try to keep a moment of weakness limited to a MOMENT!

On Christian Music:
I have loved Keith Green's music since the 80's. I enjoy a wide range of music and artists. A lot just depends on the mood. I like Stephen Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, John Michael Talbott, Martha Munizzi, Hillsong, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Third Day. Lots of others...

On Books and reading:
I enjoy the classics of English, American, and World Literature. I enjoy Christian fiction. I enjoy fiction set during WWII. I enjoy fiction set in other cultures.

Whew!!!
I'm caught up for the moment. Feel free to follow up on anything I have said. Or ask any other questions that come to mind....

For Now
Kelly, an aspiring ragamuffin!!!

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3/29/11 8:55 P

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Hey Kelly,

I noticed on your Sparkpage that you are on a team called Christian Music Lovers. My question for you is, who is your favorite Christian musician? I know this has nothing to do with weight loss but I too love Christian music. My personal favorite is David Phelps.
Have a great day!!

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What is your solution to coping with weak moments or cravings?
How do you motivate yourself if you don't feel ike working out?

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what gives you inspiration and motivation?

The power to change, the courage to do, the will and drive to be exceptional lies within me, and by leaving my fears, my doubts, and my excuses behind, I embrace all that lies within me.
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If I asked how would you build confidince what would you say?

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This week . . . On The Podium will be . . . .

RAGAMUFFINKEL

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Feel free to ask your questions, I will start off by asking:

How did you find SparkPeople?

How did you choose your SparkPeople ID?

What are your weight loss goals?

What was your breaking moment, that made you say, you have to loose weight or else?

Hopefully this week will be better than last week!

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