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This is me with my family: Dec, 2011.

Me, Jim, Crista and Caitlin on Easter 2011.


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I am a mother of 4, married since 1986 and in need of a serious makeover.

My Health Journey

I'm starting this journey for the one hundred and first time it seems. I've always had a little weight problem, but I was able to keep it in check in high school. After I got married that changed. I began gaining weight when my husband went to basic training, about 14 pounds, and I kept telling myself "I'll get it back off soon". But that didn't happen before I gained more weight being alone all the time while he worked such long hard hours at training school.

Then I gave birth to twins weighing in at over 9 lbs. each I kept an added 30 lbs after that and I weighed in at 174. Two more babies over 9 lbs and my weight was up to almost 200. After that I couldn't blame my pregnancies, I added another 35lbs. During those 23 years I tried many ways of weight loss, none very successfull, not for long anyway.

I have decided that it is time to get very serious about becoming a healthy person. I KNOW what I am suppose to do nutrition and fitness wise, I just need to discover HOW to implement what I know.

So TODAY is the beginning of My Health Journey. I am creating a new attitude to go with the knowledge I already have and inviting My LORD in on this journey with me. I can do all things through HIM....
Update 1/8/15

I have been inconsistent. I am sad about that. BUT...Life has given me some strong motivation to get healthy and fit.
My middle daughter got married in Jan and had our first grandson in November.
My middle son married a young lady who already had 2 daughters.
So I am a Grandma!!
Also, my dad needs someone in his life to be a good health example for him, he is not doing well. I want to be that person.

New update 7/3/16
I've had a rough year and a half. My husband said he is no longer attracted to me last May (2015) after many years of struggles. So, we separated. It's been VERY rough, but a time of growing. I have gone down and up in my weight over that time.
Today I start a new weight loss journey and I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I have made a bet that I can lose 50 pounds in 6 months. I have a chance to more than double my money which will help pay for the Disney World trip with my son's family!
I now have 4 grandchildren and a 5th on the way!!!
5/2/2012 232 lbs
1/3/2013 235.5
10/15/2013 233
1/8/15 241
1/23/15 234
4/21/15 241
5/28/15 234
8/4/15 220
12/12/15 217
12/31/15 223
1/20/16 220
3/1/16 214
7/3/16 228

Member Since: 7/31/2011

Fitness Minutes: 15,685

My Goals:
My goals for July:

*Have a green smoothie 3-4 times a week. Eggs 3-4 x week
*Drink 8 cups of water daily and add hot lemon water and a fiber drink with ACV
*Strength Train twice/ wk
*Learn hooping
*Use rebounder for 10 min.
*Track my food (no matter what I eat)!
* Eat at least 4 Fruit/Veggies a day.

Weight Goals:
Lose 5 lbs check ;)
Lose 10 lbs check ;)
Lose 15 lbs check ;)
*Lose 24 lbs 10 % (218)
check ;)
Lose 30 lbs
*Get to Onderland
Lose 50 lbs ( 192)
*Lose 25% (182)
Get to 170
*Lose 30% (169)
Get to 160
Lose 80 lbs (162)
Get to 150
Lose 40% (145)

Physical Goals:
Jog 1 min
Jog 5 min
Walk a 5K
Jog a 5K
Hold a plank for 90 sec.

My Program:
I am utilizing Sparkpeople to track calories and exercise.

My motivation:

1) My dad won't eat right, exercise or lose weight if I don't lead the way.
2) I want to be able to be active with those little ones in the summer and for decades to come.
3) I want to be proud of the person I see in the mirror!
4) $$$

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I don't need easy, I just need possible. --- Soul Surfer

Dieting is hard, Being Fat is hard. Choose your hard!

My one word:
2015 Discipline!!
2016 Intentionality / Self control (I couldn't choose just one)

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    Hi and welcome to the 100 Days To A New You Challenge team. Great to have you with us! Looking forward to getting to know you through your posts to the team threads. See you there! If you have any ideas, suggestions etc. to add to this team, please let me know.

    Please let me know if I can be of any help.

    ~Nancy~ co-leader
    338 days ago
    "So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist.
    For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win."
    -Og Mandino
    Thanks a bunch for the goodie, Laura! I like the name of your town, it sounds so pastoral! And thank you also for the sweet message with the goodie. I'm glad you are enjoying the team and the I did thread. Have an awesome day...see you on the team!
    491 days ago
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    Thank you for adding me as a Spark Friend. I was appy to add you back. emoticon
    491 days ago
    "You have failed only when you stop trying. Until then, you're still in the act of progression.
    So, never quit trying and you'll never be a failure."
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    Hi Laura, thank you for the was so nice to hear from you! I'm sorry you got overwhelmed with things and stayed away from Sparks. I'm glad you clicked on that email today! I hope you'll stick around. I am here anytime you need support.
    506 days ago
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    Welcome to Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.


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