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I've been overweight my whole life. I was a chubby child, teenager and young woman. I liked to walk and workout, but I also liked to eat! There were times in my life when I lost weight and felt more attractive and fit, but the norm for me was to gain weight whenever life became hard or a love relationship went wrong. Food was my resource for handling pain, and exercise stopped once I became depressed and started overeating again.

That's been a lifelong pattern, until a few years ago, at the age of 50. I started taking a long, hard look at my life. I realized that I was headed for an early grave because I didn't have a real reason for living. I was just surviving. My health was going downhill, I didn't have a lot of joy in my life and not much hope for things to improve. I felt like a real failure. I couldn't see the good things I had done over the years, but all the mistakes I made were crystal clear and I kept beating myself up for them. I didn't love myself. I was my own worst enemy.

I had a spiritual awakening one day. I was walking thru a beautiful neighborhood (trying to lose weight again) and just felt a wave of peace and this wonderful sense of oneness with God, with nature, and with the world. I felt God telling me that I was exactly where I needed to be and that the mistakes I made were part of my growing up. I learned that I was supposed to keep moving on with my life and to be the best me I could be. I was on the path to cleaning up my life and changing from a woman who had little hope to one who was full of it. I have never been the same since.

Every day I spend time connecting with nature, with God. I have up days and down days...the only difference is that "normal" is now peace, not despair. I have some painful days, but eventually I move back to a place of peace. That's where I am most of the time, and I'm thankful. I have a deep sense of caring for others, and I work every day to renew my spirit, to stay strong and optimistic. My connection to God means everything to me. Life has become a real positive journey that I enjoy taking. Most days I wake up with a smile on my face and looking forward to the day. I hope to live that way for the rest of my life.

I fully intend to reach my goal weight, and to be a healthy and fit 59 year old! My primary desire is to continue to grow spiritually and emotionally. I've been given another chance at life and I'm living it 100%!


Member Since: 7/31/2006

Fitness Minutes: 64,059

My Goals:
My new goals are to exercise every day, and work on my yoga poses and spend time in meditation, deep thought, and reflection. I visit Spark just about every day, and it feels great!

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I'm eating a cleaner diet, and I can feel the difference. I track my food whenever I can and drink a lot more water.

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I live in Georgia, one of the most beautiful states in the US., with some truly beautiful people.

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Care for one another, even in the midst of unkindness and intolerance.

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  • v SUCHADIVA215
    Amen! Love you goals! Join the spark team called walking on the right path. Its wonderful!
    52 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. Hope your meditation went well. It's hard to slow down and get quiet, but the rewards are great. Have a beautiful day! emoticon
    60 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/11/2016 9:26:39 AM
  • v PAMBROWN62
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. I look forward to 'seeing' you on the boards. Keep moving forward.
    63 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2016 8:31:33 PM
  • v KICKINGIT@56
    Hi JAE, Thanks for the encouraging words on my blog. I always do better when I log in to SP and I miss my friends, like you who are always there to lift me up when I'm dragging Hope you have a blessed, successful week.


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    104 days ago
  • v KICKINGIT@56
    Hi there,

    Just stopped by to check on you. I see you are staying active on SP. That's great, and I hope you are working your program. I'm just starting to get back on track with the 30-day small changes challenge. It's all about getting back to basics and building momentum. Keep up the good work.

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    183 days ago
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