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Linda's Incredible Journey

My life has changed so much over the past two years and I have really learned to see it as an amazing journey with endless roads to explore. I started working on getting fit in July 2009 after getting on thyroid medication and starting to feel a little better than I had been. My mother had also passed away 2 months before from a lot of problems that were related to her weight. I had done a lot of caregiving for her the last several years of her life. When she was gone I had two reasons to ...
My life has changed so much over the past two years and I have really learned to see it as an amazing journey with endless roads to explore. I started working on getting fit in July 2009 after getting on thyroid medication and starting to feel a little better than I had been. My mother had also passed away 2 months before from a lot of problems that were related to her weight. I had done a lot of caregiving for her the last several years of her life. When she was gone I had two reasons to start working on myself. After trying to balance work, other family commitments, and taking care of her I finally had the time to work on myself. And I didn't want to go through the things she went through from diabetes, heart failure, some loss of eyesight due to diabetes, and severe osteoporosis that left her back very twisted and painful. I have lost 65 lbs and try to eat healthy and do exercise. I have 5 grown children and 12 grandchildren. I've been overweight most of my life and weighed 240 in high school. Starting this healthier journey in July I weighed 225. I've lost some weight numerous times in the past but always gained it back quickly. Now it's been over a year and I've not gone back to my old ways. I still want to lose another 20-30 lbs, and it's slow going now, but this is the longest I've ever been able to keep off the weight. I know that the main reason is because I have so much support here on SparkPeople that I never had before. The people and the tools are invaluable to me.
My favorite form of exercise is hiking. I like living in Southwest NM because there are so many days year-round that it can be done and so many places to do it.
recently I added running to my new list of physical activities I like. I've never been a runner before in my life but now am loving it and signing up for races to keep me motivated and compete against myself rather than the other runners. I've done a few 5ks, a 10k. a half marathon, and a 15 mile course at the annual Bataan Death March Memorial at White Sands Missile Range. I can't run all those yet but I walk them fast when I can't run. My goal is to be able to run the whole things.
I've found on this journey that other things in my life have changed and I'm trying new and different things and it's exciting. As you can see from my pics, one thing I did was go from a blond to a redhead LOL! Something I never would have done before but I love it. I'm thinking about lifetime dreams and goals to do different things and actually believing that the possibilities are endless and I'm not limited to a very small little world like I always felt I was before. Dare to dream and go after things you never thought possible before! You'll be surprised at what you can do.
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Member Since: 11/8/2009

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My Goals:
My goal is to get down to 140 to 150 lbs. I have never been that small in my teen or adult life Passed that mark sometime in junior high I think,. I said 140 but my doctor says 150. I'll see after I get to 150 how I feel and what I can live with.
My other goal is to be a runner, which I've also never been. I'm making progress on that!

My Program:
I drink lots of water every day, at leat 64 oz and often a little more. I go to the gym and do the treamill or the bike. My very favorite form of exercise is hiking, and there are lots of places to do that around here when weather permits. I m back to doing a little running too although I didn't all summer and now I'm trying to build it back up again.I've really come to love exercise (surprise suprise) and miss it terribly when I can't do it for some reason.

Personal Information:
My name is Linda, and I'm originally from Denver Colorado but have lived in Silver City New Mexico in the southern part of the state since 1969. I have 5 grown kids and 12 grandkids.

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My most recent passion has become running. Who would have thought at at 56 I would become a running fool! I have decided to train for a half marathon near me in December 2011.
I also love reading mysteries and watching documentaries about various people including athletes.

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JOANIE69
4/18/2014 11:56:15 PM

May you continue to indulge me my dear SP friend, and read my (allegory) blog today please? May you be richly blessed, too. emoticon



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JUDITH316
4/18/2014 5:18:44 AM

Good Morning Linda

Dropping by to wish you a Blessed Easter Weekend and share a special Easter Poem....

Easter Means Eternal Life

A perfect God demands a perfect justice;
He cannot let us get away with sin.
We used Godís gift of our free will to trespass,
So heavenís gates were closed; we couldnít get in.

Our sin required our blood, a sacrifice,
To atone for all the wrongs that we had done.
"But I love them!" cried our Father, filled with sorrow;
"Iíll send my only Son to be the one."

Good Friday marks the slaying of our Jesus,
The unblemished lamb, the perfect sacrifice.
He took our guilt and blame upon Himself,
So we could be with Him in paradise.

On Easter morning, he came back from death;
He vanished from the tomb, the empty grave.
His resurrection means eternal life
For us, the ones he came to earth to save.

This summarizes all the Easter story
And because of it, weíll be with Him in glory.

By Joanna Fuchs



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MARILYNROBERT
4/17/2014 3:54:15 PM

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JUDITH316
4/17/2014 4:06:08 AM

Good Morning Linda

emoticon so much for all your prayers the past 2 days since I have been ill, I am getting better but not totally there as yet, I so appreciate your support on my blogs, your friendship is so appreciated, Indeed you are a blessing in which I thank God!

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I leave you with a special Easter Poem, hope you enjoy!

Easter Love

On Easter we celebrate love,
love coming down from heaven,
love blanketing the earth
in a transforming embrace;
unique and infinite love,
giving more than we can imagine
for us, to cleanse our sin,
a perfect sacrifice, Lamb of God,
the walking, talking Word.
He is teacher, role model, friend,
this God in human form,
dying, then rising from the dead,
proving all who believe
will also rise
to have eternal life, with Him,
Lord of all.
Oh, Happy, Happy Easter!

By Joanna Fuchs



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IMLOCOLINDA
4/15/2014 1:51:01 AM

emoticon Movement is a medicine emoticon for creating change in a person's
physical, emoticon emotional, emoticon and mental states. emoticon - Carol Welch

Thanks to PATRICIAAK for sharing this quote!



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