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I am now part of the Black Panthers Biggest Loser Team!!

This is my family around May of 2015, right after my husband left.

I think this is about Nov. 2015. I felt better after losing about 16 lbs from my highest weight.


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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!!!

Update Jan 2017
Still separated from my husband. Still battling my weight issues. The 5th grandchild is here! A possible wedding this year for my youngest.
I did go to Disney World but not at the lighter weight I had wanted to and I paid for that. My feet and legs hurt a lot, and I missed out on the 2nd morning of fun because I had to rest.
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
9/3/16 218
1/9/17 222
4/1/17 217

Member Since: 7/31/2011

Fitness Minutes: 20,181

My Goals:
My goals for April:

I have joined the BL Black Panthers team.
My exercise and nutrition goals are below.

*Have a green smoothie 3-4 times a week. Eggs 4-5 x week
*Drink 10-12 cups of water daily and add hot lemon water and a fiber drink with ACV
*Exercise 6 days a week for 60 min
*Get back to hooping
*Use rebounder for 15 min. daily
*Track my food (no matter what I eat)! This is the only way I lose weight.
* Eat at least 6 Fruit/Veggies a day.
*Walk 30 min 2 x week

Weight Goals:
Lose 5 lbs check ;) June 2015
Lose 10 lbs check ;) July 2015
Lose 15 lbs check ;) Sept. 2015
*Lose 10 % (218) check ;) again! March 2016
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 2 min Jog 3 Jog 4 min Jog 5 min
Walk a 5K
Jog a 5K
Hold a plank for 60 sec. Hold a plan

My Program:
I am utilizing Sparkpeople to track calories (around 1100-1300) and exercise (45-90 min daily).

My motivation:
****I am going on my first cruise later this year (with my daughter) I want to be fit enough and light enough to enjoy EVERYTHING!****

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) $$$ HealthyWager Bet

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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)
2017 Consistency

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