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Refusing to Give up!

*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 ...
*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!!!
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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: 15,682

Fitness Minutes: 9,120

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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MELYROD18
12/20/2014 3:07:17 PM

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emoticon I'm trying to catch up here... I want to thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog, "Glutes!". I appreciate it. Having to be patient, waiting for a pulled mucles to get better must really suck. I hope you get better soon and I hope you enjoy your weekend and holidays.
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JENNIFER0807
12/16/2014 12:57:20 PM

Aw thanks for your sweet comment. It means a lot to me because you are so inspiring!



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RUDITUDI2000
12/3/2014 11:39:11 PM

Loving the updated page quotes and especially your stunningly beautiful profile pic! I'll keep on praying for you sister, these winters are tough on my mood too. Hoping Friday brings some solutions with the belly. God Is so good, all the time! emoticon



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MELYROD18
11/26/2014 11:05:32 PM

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I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. I really, really am very sorry. I promise you that I didn't forget about you, at all. Thank you for all your wonderful words, as usual. You are such a dear, yourself. And yes we are each so unique, special and bring something rare to this world that no one else can! I'm very sorry to hear that you had to break up with the guy but I'm glad you did. You had very huge reasons as to why and I'm sorry you had to experience that, it must have been scary and very confusing. I'm so glad that you are such a strong woman and got out before things took a turn for the worse. Yes there are always great memories in a relationship but when the bad ones are really messed up, then it's best to walk away before your emotions for that person grow stronger.

Don't ever feel like you're a bother for letting all your feelings out when you speak to me. I love that you can do that, it makes me feel even closer to you that you can confide in me that way. You will definitely find the man you need and deserve and you are valuable, lovable and worth it. You are too beautiful and too awesome of a person to be alone. I wouldn't be surprised if you told me that you had to walk around with a fly swatter to get these men away from you, hehehe.

I'm glad you liked the cute black dress... A little red dress sounds like something we really need to get. :) I'm so proud of you and very excited that the dress you got half a year ago finally fits, that is amazing. I'm always looking for a reason to shop ever since I started losing all the weight, my confidence has definitely sky rocketed. Thank you very much, quitting smoking was really hard at first but it's gotten easier, not that I never think about it but I can brush the cravings off a lot easier now.

I'm saddened to hear about the pain you've been experiencing due to a pulled muscle. I really wish you a speedy recovery my friend. Sending you warm hugs & happy smiles just for you! :)

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LOVINSHERRY78
10/24/2014 7:06:28 PM

LOL! u have a great weekend too :) happy costume hunting...well, and happy eating too of course!



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