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Refusing to Give up!

*Update March 17th, 2014

I have reached the 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 ...
*Update March 17th, 2014

I have reached the 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


*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: 10,334

Fitness Minutes: 4,936

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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80SBABY90SKID84
4/17/2014 9:48:26 PM

your welcome!



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80SBABY90SKID84
4/17/2014 7:46:47 PM

Congratulation!



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JENNIFER0807
4/11/2014 3:17:06 PM

Aw thank you! Your comment was so very sweet and appreciated! emoticon



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TROY88
4/11/2014 10:37:47 AM

Hey hey,

Y'know, that's a very interesting observation about getting "attention/compliments". I know from past experience that some people will feel obligated to say something in observation of your efforts and physical changes. I think weight loss and improved health must be a very different experience for women compared to men. There is such an extreme over-obsession in our society for women to look a certain way. Don't get me wrong, men most definitely have pressures, as well. It's just such an extreme for women. While I too have received overdoses in compliments from friends and family, I can't say that I've received any extra female attention (or male attention, for the matter emoticon ), or at least not that I've noticed. emoticon

The important thing is you have it figured out: when it comes down to the essentials, the only opinion of you that matters is your own. The main source of affirmation and inspiration I get comes from my own accomplishments and staying very much in tune with my body's needs and wants. There was a huge learning curve when I was so much heavier (pun intended emoticon ), but over time I've learned how to keep my antennae up to stay zoned in on my health. Taking charge and ownership of yourself is very empowering.

I've been saying the same thing for a long time: being healthy is in the body of the beholder! Someone who looks skinnier than me but eats poorly and is sedentary is not likely healthier than me.

Ultimately, we are each in control of our own body and, by extension, our own destiny. While some folks can lend knowledge and expertise, they can't give you control over your own health or happiness with the you that is YOU! emoticon

Now go enjoy a spectacular weekend! emoticon

~ Troy



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BLUEYEZ182014
4/10/2014 11:38:37 AM

thanks for the add back. I found your story inspiring and motivational!!



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