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Refusing to Give up!

*Update February 9th, 2015

SO...August 2014 I hit 156 lbs where I decided to settle as maintenance weight!! woot woot! This is WAY beyond what I had aimed for. (175) I'd say a miracle. :) Since then I've yo-yo up and down but within 4 pounds. I've had a lot of life changes the past 6 months & have started to let the priceless value of myself slide. That is a warning sign to me. Never let that happen! But honestly speaking, it does, or it has to me. So now I'm going back to the ...
*Update February 9th, 2015

SO...August 2014 I hit 156 lbs where I decided to settle as maintenance weight!! woot woot! This is WAY beyond what I had aimed for. (175) I'd say a miracle. :) Since then I've yo-yo up and down but within 4 pounds. I've had a lot of life changes the past 6 months & have started to let the priceless value of myself slide. That is a warning sign to me. Never let that happen! But honestly speaking, it does, or it has to me. So now I'm going back to the things that helped me start in the first place. Courage & simplicity. I'm renewing my thinking with truths. I AM worth something priceless. I AM precious and deserve to treat myself with true respect. Always. I will not forget or mistreat who I really am. I will be true to me & honor the beautiful person God made me as.
So right now, as I started back in 2013, I'm working on simple, small & achievable goals that will continue to help me improve in a healthy ways holistically. (Mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc.) I'm so thankful each day & each moment is another chance presented with a gift to enjoy, embrace & make wonderfully beautiful.

Refusing to give up on the truth of who I really am & my purpose here on earth!

#sparkbeingkindledagain
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*Update March 17th, 2014

I have reached the original GOAL weight I set for myself last April 28th!!! (Starting weight: 248lbs & Goal weight: 175lbs) I'm am so thankful---beyond words-for all the SP family here--your support & love is incredible! & I thank God for this achievement & for giving me that verse about courage--to get up and going & keep pushing on through--through sooo much! So here I am 74lbs down now!!! WOO HOO!!! That said, I'm gonna revamp my goals to get the final touches before I hit maintenace--more to come on that soon (look for it in an upcoming blog!) I *love* Spark People--you guys are one heck of a great bunch of cheerleaders!!!
#feelingblessed
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*Update February 3, 2013*

I am now 15 lbs from my goal weight! Even though I'm dealing with an injury right now that leaves me unable to do cardio, I'm sticking to my motto....I'm sticking to this journey of choosing a healthier life. Giving up is not a choice.

Although it is *VERY* testing on my patience to keep on pushing SO slowly, when knowing how much faster I could be going when exercising....it is strengthening my roots of endurance and determination. I once heard this:
"Be strong. Be brave. Be beautiful. Be you."
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*September 15, 2013

I started this journey late April 2013 here on SP, since then I've lost almost 25 lbs! Sometimes its felt like slow going, but persistence is paying off! :) I'm still pushing forward, with courage--refusing to let fear hold me back from achieving my goals or changing into the better me I know God wants me to be...and that I want to be!

Psalm 27:14
"...Be strong & let your heart take courage..."
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Member Since: 4/27/2013

SparkPoints: 16,582

Fitness Minutes: 10,087

My Goals:
1. Be able to do a 5k
2. Be able to shop in non-plus size clothing stores. (CHECK!)
3.Be able to do walk and talk w/out breathing heavily. (CHECK!)
4.Be able to achieve a healthier diet and fitness level.
5.Lower (one or all!) of: tension headaches, anxiety, depression, and (chronic) fatigue symptoms.
6. Be able to accept who I am.
7. Be comfortable in my own skin.


My Program:
Nutrition: Make sure I drink at 8 cups of water, enough protein, and keep calories in range. Work on getting more freggies in!

Exercise Program Mid- Injury:
Upper arm ST 3x a week.
Walk: 5x a week.
Physio: 3x a day.


Other Information:
Relaxation hobbies: card making & scrapbooking, baking, strumming guitar or fiddling on the keyboard. I enjoy composing my own songs...I simply love music--and am always buying more! (lol) Music is like the air my heart needs to breath!
I'm an RECE...
Children are a huge passion in my life & I'm so blessed with the opportunity to work with them & see them grow!
Having a network of great friends & family mean SO much to me! Finally, I'm thankful for my faith in God & for giving me the courage to get my butt in gear, step up to the plate & take ownership for my health!

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CARRIELYNNG
2/17/2015 10:24:08 AM

emoticon Thank you! I've been on sparkpeople for a while but have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to blogging/messaging. You're story is inspirational. Keep it up!



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LOVINSHERRY78
2/13/2015 11:26:53 AM

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TROY88
2/10/2015 2:17:51 PM

Hey hey! Hope you *SMASHED* those 5 pounderoos into smithereens! They have no business here anyways! emoticon

And a super colossally massive CONGRATULATIONS on hitting your maintenance weight goal!!! AMAZENESS!! emoticon I'm so thankful to be connected to you on here for so many reasons, one being the inspiration and motivation your exude even when directing it towards anyone but yourself. Courage and simplicity is a fantastic way to live. emoticon

Have a superb week!

~ Troy




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FIT4HZGLORY
2/1/2015 11:26:01 PM

You look great!!! Keep up the good work.



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OWL_22
2/1/2015 11:29:39 AM

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply! Thank you so much for that warm welcome! emoticon



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