LOGOULD
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" I'm not sweating, my fat cells are crying."




That's me before (on the left) @ 177 pounds!




Nine months later @ the Morton Arboretum 5K - Maintaining @ 40 lbs lighter!!!


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I'm nearly fifty and don't want to feel it....I want to LIKE the way I look and feel. I want to set goals and achieve them, and not just achieve them, but build on them.

NOV 11th, 2010
I AM FIFTY - and I feel GREAT!!! Finding Spark has been one of the most wonderful blessings of my life. Since starting SparkPeople, I have lost 43 lbs. and have commenced a journey to become the best me I can possibly be. I am taking better care of my health, exercising and running, continuing to eat healthy and maintain my weight loss. I am also learning to practice the same principles that helped me reach my goal weight to achieve goals in other areas of my life; ie., financially, professionally and with organization and time management. I am just beginning to comprehend how vast my options in life are and what I can do to achieve my dreams while maintaining a balance in my day to day life. I am becoming happier, more content and self assured as life goes on and I intend to keep Spreading the Spark.

Jan. 10, 2013
I can hardly believe I've been Sparking for three years now! Still, I learn something new everyday. Sometimes I think it was easier losing the weight than it is keeping it off, but the rewards are so worth it. My goal this year is to get back of the few pounds that I have gained back and to get more consistently active. I am also planning to then start school and get my certification as a personal trainer and continue on from there to become a physical therapist. It is amazing how many areas of my life that have been Sparked by this program. Eager to find out what new roads it is going to lead me down!


Member Since: 12/28/2009

Fitness Minutes: 55,875

My Goals:
Lose some weight and tone to look and feel better, Learn to cook tasty and healthy to help in keeping it off. Get more fit and trim. Run a 5K by fall of '10. Get my lifes priorities more in line with my lifes goals and set up my need to do's based on my priorities.


My Program:
CONTINUING TO SET GOALS-YEAR TWO
During my first year on Spark I was able to achieve all the goals that I set for myself above, and then some.
My journey isn't over now, I want to keep the weight off and increase my fitness, strength, endurance and stamina. For 2011, I want to run at least one 5K, one 10K, on half-marathon (and hopefully two) and lose 3-5% points of body fat.
My program includes continuing to eat a healthy diet, getting 7-8 hours sleep every night, getting up without hitting the snooze and getting in at least 30 minutes of fitness everyday.



Personal Information:
1/2/2010 Starting weight 177 lbs.

5/22/2010 Spark Goal Weight (146) Met @ 145.5 lbs.

6/27/2010 Personal Goal Weight Met 139 lbs.


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"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin





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  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    WHen things are not going our way and we are struggling, I find what I need most is to praise the Lord. The lyrics of this song help me to do that. I pray they will minister to your heart this week.

    Russ Taff Praise The Lord Lyrics

    When you're up against a struggle, that shatters all your dreams
    And your hopes have been cruelly crushed by Satan's manifested schemes
    And you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fear
    Don't let the faith you're standing in seem to disappear
    Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
    Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
    Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
    Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
    When you praise Him
    Now, Satan is a liar and he wants to make us think
    That we are paupers, when he knows himself we're children of the King
    So lift up the mighty shield of faith for the battle must be won
    We know that Jesus Christ has risen and the work's already done
    Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
    Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
    Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
    Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
    When you praise Him
    Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
    Praise the Lord, for our God abides in our praise
    Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
    Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
    When you praise Him
    When you praise Him
    When you praise Him
    When you praise
    When you praise, you praise the Lord
    Praise the Lord
    Songwriters: HUDSON, MICHAEL VINCENT/BANNISTER, ELLIOTT B.
    Praise The Lord lyrics Warner/Chappell

    Ruthie emoticon emoticon
    636 days ago
  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    The weather where I live has been frigid with lost of snow. It is a time of year when being cooped up due to the weather can cause a feeling of loneliness and perhaps even cause turning to food. Here is a Prayer for MidWinter that I have been saying this week.
    From the rising of the midwinter sun to its setting,

    Scatter the darkness with the light of your love, O Shining One.( I say Jesus)

    Make me short on mean thoughts, long on offers words of comfort.

    Make me short on being driven, long on paying attention.

    Make me short on focusing only on my own, long on looking beyond.

    Make me short on obsessive lists, long on spontaneous acts of kindness,

    Make me short on mindless activity, long on time to reflect.

    Make me short on tradition as a habit, long on rediscovery and re-owning.

    Make me short on rushing a tiring, long on walking and wondering.

    Make me short on false, festive jollity, long on stilling and rooted joy.

    Make me short on guilt, long on being merciful to myself.

    Make me short on being overwhelmed, long on peaceableness as I set forth this day.

    -from The Celtic Wheel of the Year by Tess Ward

    I hope it ministers to you also.

    Ruthie emoticon emoticon
    650 days ago
  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    The prayer of my heart this week is found in the lyrics of a song by Hillsong. May we always seek the ways of the Lord on this journey and in life.

    Show Me Your Ways
    Song by Hillsong Live

    Show me Your ways
    That I may walk with You
    Show me Your ways
    I put my hope in You
    The cry of my heart
    Is to love You more
    To live with the
    Touch of Your hand
    Stronger each day
    Show me Your ways
    Show me Your ways
    That I may walk with You
    Show me Your ways
    I put my hope in You
    The cry of my heart
    Is to love You more
    To live with the
    Touch of Your hand
    Stronger each day
    Show me Your ways
    Show me Your ways
    That I may walk with You
    Show me Your ways
    I put my hope in You
    The cry of my heart
    Is to love You more
    To live with the
    Touch of Your hand
    Stronger each day
    Show me Your ways
    Show me Your ways
    That I may walk with You
    Show me Your ways
    I put my hope in You
    The cry of my heart
    Is to love You more
    To live with the
    Touch of Your hand
    Stronger each day
    Show me Your ways

    If we look upward, it will be that much harder to drag us down!

    Have a blessed week.
    Ruthie emoticon emoticon
    656 days ago
  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    No matter what the circumstances are, we have to remember that the Bible says "Give thanks in all things"
    Don Moen is one of my favorite Christian music artists. Here are the words to one of his songs, that I hope will minister to you this week. I sing it as a prayer.

    Thank You Lord
    Song by Don Moen
    Bible says it's a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, amen
    I come before You today
    And there's just one thing that I want to say
    Thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    For all You've given to me
    For all the blessings I can not see
    Thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    With a greatful heart
    With a song of praise
    With an outstreched arm
    I will bless Your name
    Thank You Lord
    I just wanna thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    I just wanna thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    For all You've done in my life
    You took my darkness and gave me Your light
    Thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    You took my sin and my shame
    You took my sickness and healed all my pain
    Thank You Lord
    Thank You Lord
    With a greatful heart
    With a song of praise
    With an outstreched arm
    I will bless Your name

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    664 days ago
  • v AALLEY2
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    668 days ago
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