BTRTHANEVA   30,454
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Phoenix rising

Talk about a fortunate accident. While I was researching books on amazon.com, many people commented on this website, so here I am!

I guess I should start my introduction off by sharing with you who I am ~ but I honestly don't know. I can tell you about my job, my kids, my fill-in-the-blanks _____. So I'll begin *me* as honestly as I can.

I'm Christelle and my life felt like it was ending four months ago. The stress of my job combined with lack of sleep for the ...
Talk about a fortunate accident. While I was researching books on amazon.com, many people commented on this website, so here I am!

I guess I should start my introduction off by sharing with you who I am ~ but I honestly don't know. I can tell you about my job, my kids, my fill-in-the-blanks _____. So I'll begin *me* as honestly as I can.

I'm Christelle and my life felt like it was ending four months ago. The stress of my job combined with lack of sleep for the past eleven years took its toll on my physcial and mental health. A sunami of depression and anxiety attacks almost wiped me out. It was make it or break it time. I'm currently on a medical leave.

The potential of Christelle is up to me. I refuse to live in the past, play the victim, not speak my mind, take care of everyone and everything else first. I have made myself my #1 priority. The only thing that matters is right here, right now. Living in the moment. Thankfully, I am married to a man who has stood by my side and has helped me become a believer ~ in me!

Update: 9/16/10

I've been going through a major depression where I actually lost 20 pounds ~ and not in a healthy way. I simply had no appetite for food or life. When I stumbled across SP, I did not realize that the *spark* was originally geared towards weight loss. However, I did find many teams to aid me in my journey of discovering myself and of being better to me - inside and out.

I'm not a healthy eater. I'm trying to make peace with food and become more aware of when/why I'm eating. The accountability factor - the daily logging of my food and fitness have been a major source of success! The mind, well - that's where my therapist comes in. One day at a time.

SP has helped educate me on so many levels! I'm constantly reading articles that interest & inspire me, taking poles, reading emails.

Most importantly ~ it's been the support from my new SP family who reach out that have truly made the biggest difference. I am humbled...

My depression has actually become my awakening!

Update 6/20/11
Got fired from my job a couple of months ago. Left SP and all that matters wallowing in my loss. Fell back into old habits that never worked. Lost control. Felt like I was falling into a black hole.

Occasionally I'd receive SP postings, but didn't feel worthy enough of the love and caring that was coming my way. I forgot how uplifting being connected to my virtual friends made me feel. I've been eating anything and everything I could put my hands on. Two months later and 15 pounds heavier I got hit by a lightning bolt. A handful of you reached out to me within a few days last week and the SP love light began to shine. Thanks to you, I am rekindling my spark. Thank you for not giving up on me by reminding me how precious living and feeling alive is!

I once was lot, but now I'm found. I'm baaaaack in the driver's seat of my life. Thanks to you!!!




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Member Since: 8/16/2010

SparkPoints: 30,454

Fitness Minutes: 54,028

My Goals:
Getting to know me, getting to know all about me... Starting to like/love me, hoping you'll like me too... lol.

My Program:
Bellasizing 4 miles 7X/wk
LTT 1/hr day 7x/wk
Upper body: 3X/wk
Lower body: 3X/wk
Pilates 40 min 3X/wk
Sauna 30 min 7X/wk


Personal Information:
A late bloomin' 55 yr old, wife of the worlds most understanding husband, Paul; mother of Randy, 35 & Stephanie, 29; Mother-in-Law of Charity; NanaTel to GRANDsons Trey (7) and Corymonster (4); Mom to 3 furbabies: BellaBug and GidgetGoober (dogs), and gerbel Red.

Other Information:
Laughter is the best medicine. So if I seem a little *unique* (ok, most people just say I'm weird) it's because I like to make people smile. I'm practicing *mindfulness* living in this moment. It only took me 55 years to understand the importance of right here, right now...

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DOLLBABE56
1/12/2014 2:08:37 PM

Hi Christelle,

Been a long time, I know. I'm going to do Spark again. Lost my weigh (get it?) again. Looks like you are doing great by losing over 8 lbs.! Anyway, I'm going to try to get all this extra weight off, I will probably be calling on you for support again.

Love to you,
Debs



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MSANITAL
7/31/2013 8:39:55 AM

Just stopping by to say Hi emoticon hope all is going well, keep reaching high.. emoticon



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SUZYMOBILE
7/21/2013 11:54:19 AM

Glad I inspired you to take a break and enjoy life! Wear your new FitBit while you're doing it!



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MSANITAL
7/21/2013 10:59:46 AM

ugh I hit the button too fast on my note with the goodie I sent I wanted to say in no time you will be back to your ole self.. keep reaching high..
Hugs



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LUCKYDOGFARM
7/20/2013 10:30:15 PM

Stella, scary stuff going on! I will keep you in my prayers. I hope that they got all the bad stuff out and that you are now cancer free! Do you have to do chemo or anything? I hope not! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/20/2013 10:31:36 PM

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