MRSBETH99   23,866
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Me on Elegant Night on our cruise. I look happy. :) That doesn't always happen in pictures of me.

12 Week 20 min. Walk to Run Program. Found at

Me at 183 lb. in my awesome cruise dress that I sewed using the lines ON the pattern. Score!

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Taking Back My Health One Step at a Time

2/15/14 - Entered the 170s!
1/18/14 - Started the Winter 5% Challenge.
1/10/14 - Stepped on scale after holidays - 0 lb. gain!
11/28/13 - Ran first 5K at our local Turkey Trot

Read below for my goals, my monthly weigh-ins, and to learn more about me.



Winter 5% Challenge (1/18-3/15)
Run @ least 3x per week.
Plan to be active: Exercise clothes out the ...
2/15/14 - Entered the 170s!
1/18/14 - Started the Winter 5% Challenge.
1/10/14 - Stepped on scale after holidays - 0 lb. gain!
11/28/13 - Ran first 5K at our local Turkey Trot

Read below for my goals, my monthly weigh-ins, and to learn more about me.



Winter 5% Challenge (1/18-3/15)
Run @ least 3x per week.
Plan to be active: Exercise clothes out the night before,
MP3 players charging overnight, Headphones are found the night before.
Drink 8 cups water a day.
Eat 5 fruits & veggies a day.
Stay within SP Range (1550-1900 cal.)

07.22.08: 230.0 (Original Starting Weight)
01.31.13: 218.0 (Re-Spark Starting Weight)
02.28.13: 214.6
03.22.13: 211.4
04.01.13: 209.6
04.05.13: 207.2
04.13.13: 206.4
04.18.13: 204.2
04.30.13: 202.6
05.06.13: 201.0
05.12.13: 199.8
05.25.13: 197.8
06.29.13: 193.8
07.15.13: 189.0
07.27.13: 191.2
08.16.13: 187.0
09.09.13: 183.4
10.26.13: 183.0
11.03.13: 181.4
01.10.14: 181.0
02.14.14: 179.4
Goal Weight: 130


1.31.13 - Resparked at 218 lb., 0 fitness minutes
2.01.13 - Started SP Spring into Shape Challenge. 10 min. cardio
2.08.13 - Upped cardio to 25-30 min.
2.15.13 - Upped cardio to 45 min. Started tracking 5 fruits & veggies.
2.22.13 - Upped cardio to 50-60 min. Started tracking water.
2.28.13 - COMPLETED SP Challenge. Monthly weigh-in, down 3.4 lb.
3.01.13 - Increased strength training intensity. Upped fitness goal to 325 min. per week.
3.18.13 - Monthly Measurement. Lost 2.5 inches!
3.18.13 - Started daily Nutrition Tracking. Conquered the anxiety!
4.01.13 - Monthly weigh-in, down 8.4 lb. total.
4.01.13 - Upped fitness goal 350 min. per week.
4.05.13 - Met 5% Challenge weight loss goal: loss of 11 lb.
4.07.13 - Got my two youngest kids moving with me!!
4.11.13 - Completed Week 1 of Running for Beginners
4.14.13 - Upped fitness goal to 400 min. per week.
4.18.13 - Monthly measurement: lost 5.35", total 7.85"
4.20.13 - Completed 5% Challenge!! Lost 6.4% of my body weight!!
5.01.13 - Monthly Weigh-In, down 17 lb. total
5.24.13 - Monthly measurement: lost 4.5", total 12.35"
7.06.13 - Completed 5% Challenge. Lost over 4% of my body weight.
7.17.13 - Restarted Running for Beginners Program at Week 2
7.27.13 - Lost 2.75" in past 2 months, total 15.05"
11.3.13 - Registered for first 5K ever, on T-giving Day
11.28.13 - Ran every step of my first 5K EVER!!!



I am a mom to 5, wife of 25 years, and serve in ministry with my husband in the Christian & Missionary Alliance. I work part-time as my husband's office staff. I also have a small craft-based business as a soap maker. We live in south-eastern Ohio. Our 5 children, 4 pets, jobs, and life keep us very busy!

You've found me here on SparkPeople because I am on a personal journey to overcome anxiety, SAD, and my poor health habits. I've overcome a lot: my husband's battle with addiction, our damaged marriage, special needs children, the pressures of ministry life... On the whole, I'm pretty good at overcoming. But it's time to take care of me and overcome the damage I've accumulated over the years.

My efforts to lose weight in the past did not end well, mainly because I couldn't see the forest for the trees. Rather than giving myself credit for the progress I was making, calorie counts and weekly weigh-ins became my fixation. This led to an emotional rollercoaster, stress eating, binge eating, then finally defeat.

This time I'm going to be honest and loving towards myself. I have to stay away from the nutrition tracker (update 4/1/13 - I conquered it!!) and scale (update 7/15/13 - conquered it!!)...for the most part. I will focus on other indicators of progress such as fitness streaks, inches lost, lifestyle changes, and my mental health.

I'm going to add one new behavior at a time. When I've conquered that goal, I will add another. I pray that I will get to a place where the scale and calorie counts are helpful tools and not my enemy. But I may not, and that will be okay.

Thank you for stopping by my Spark Page and taking the time to read this! I'd love to meet you, so please leave a comment! Every person who stops by, every comment, every goodie encourages me on this journey.

I pray that you are loving yourself and finding your personal way to better health!

Beth in OH
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Member Since: 7/23/2008

SparkPoints: 23,866

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My Goals:
...Complete Winter 5% Challenge (1/18-3/15)
...Increase my energy level
...Decrease my anxiety, stress, and depression
...Be happier
...Have a stronger core
...Have more muscle mass
...Increase my metabolism
...Lose weight along the way

My Program:
Add healthy lifestyle changes one at a time. Below are the habits I'm currently working on:
...8 cups of water a day
...Eat 5 servings of fruits & vegetables a day
...Run @ least 3x per week.
...Track my progress using measurements, stamina, streaks, etc. NOT just the numbers!!!

Personal Information:
...Me - Beth, 40ish Pastor's Wife, Office Administrator & Soapmaker
...PB (Pastor Brian), 40ish pastor, husband, dad
...J1 - son in college soon to earn his bachelors' degree
...J2 - son in AF National Guard and college studying computer engineering.
...J3 - autistic son, starting college, who loves video games, computers, and endless lists of trivia
...J4 - Enthusiastic middle-school son, a percussionist who loves Lego and Minecraft and swimming
...EA - Growing too fast middle school daughter who plays tuba and loves animals, art, and swimming
...Cutie - EA's pug-tzu doggie
...Mr. Kitty - our senior tabby cat
...Patches - EA's newest pet, a domestic short-hair cat
...Smokey - Our outdoor feral cat that adopted us :)

Other Information:
...Rebecca by Dauphne DuMaurier
...The Visitation by Frank Peretti
...A&E Pride & Prejudice mini-series
...O Brother Where Art Thou?
...Old Time & Bluegrass
...Duck Dynasty
...Vicar of Dibley
...Keeping Up Appearances

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Member Comments:
4/12/2014 10:28:41 PM

Hello! Just stopping by to say hello and let you know I'm thinking of you and hoping all is going well in your world. Hugs to you!

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4/1/2014 11:00:24 PM

Mischiefboi's Quote of Motivation :

Motivation is like a car. emoticon
When it stalls, just let it coast down hill a- ways.
Then pop the clutch, give it a little gas &there it goes
Ready to drive up the next hill. emoticon
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3/30/2014 10:40:17 AM

Hope all is going well my friend!! emoticon

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3/20/2014 2:26:41 PM

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Ah, Spring is in the air. Lovely allergies come in from everywhere.
A young lad's dream of cookin' vittles outside..WHOOSH went the fire with flames as tall as the house. Well, you don't really need a set of complete eyebrows, do ya?
Happy Spring!
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3/18/2014 5:31:06 AM


Work like you don't need money, don't know how much things cost. emoticon
Love like you've never been hurt, love like you've never lost. emoticon
Dance like no one's watching, as often as you can, emoticon
And when you drink, drink like, you're a true-blood Irishman! emoticon

Live every day like it's your last,
They're going by, way too fast! emoticon

~Gaelic Storm
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