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she became a beautiful butterfly!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, she is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!


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My 5% Spring Challenge exercise commitment: to exercise at least 30 minutes a day

My 5% Spring Challenge nutrition commitment: to make a plan and think before I eat, to keep healthy choices on hand, to eat more fruits and veggies, to limit sugar and carbs, to allow myself the occasional slip up without condemnation because this is a lifestyle change not a DIEt

I am making imperfect progress!

Each day I get up and make healthier choices I am winning! Regardless of what the scale says! I won't let it determine my happiness any more!

Getting back up...dusting off my britches...and getting back in the game! Making simple changes to make a healthier life!

Pray, eat, move! That's my theme! Keeping it real and simple!

Pray more healthy choices...move more!

I know the journey isn't going to be easy, but I promise to NEVER EVER QUIT! I AM worth it! I praise God that He has made a way for me to have freedom from the addiction that tries to keep me bound. I will not fear! I will go boldly into a healthier lifestyle that God has called me to! I will be healthy and free!

Remembering who I am:

I AM a child of God!
I AM beautiful!
I AM loved!
I AM forgiven!
I AM talented!
I AM smart!
I AM healthy!
I AM joyful!

I want to feel strong and energetic! I want to be happy and healthy! I want to be a healthy BMI! I want to look good and feel good! I want to be able to keep up with my kids! I want to be here for their weddings and babies! I want to grow old lovin' my man! ;-)

♥✞♥ I Am HIS & He Is MINE ♥✞♥
"Who are You, Lord?" He answered me: "I AM."
"But who is I AM?" I asked discouraged.
His soft answer filled my heart with fire, because I heard:
"I AM Love; I AM Peace, I AM Grace,I AM Joy, I AM the Way,
the Truth and the Life, I AM the Light, I AM your comforter, I AM Strength, I AM the Creator, I AM the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End."
With tears in my eyes I asked softly, "But, Lord, then who am I?"

While God gently wiped away my tears, He whispered in my ear: "YOU ARE MINE."

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

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~☆~Don't Quit~☆~
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit
rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about
when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
it seems to a faint and faltering man;
often the struggler has given up
when he might have captured the victor's cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and when you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
it's when things seem worst, you must not quit.

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♥When the world says, "Give up."
♥ Hope whispers, "Try it one more time. "
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✫..Look back and thank God.
✫..Look forward and trust God.
✫..Look around and serve God.
✫..Look within and find God!

Member Since: 7/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 69,627

My Goals:
I want to feel good and be healthy! I want to get under 200 pounds! I want to be a healthy BMI.

SW: 261 April 2010
1st goal: 250 DONE! 7/2010
2nd goal: 240 DONE! 9/2010
3rd goal: 230 DONE! 1/2011 DONE AGAIN! 6/2015
4th goal: 220 DONE! 4/2011 DONE AGAIN! 8/2015
5th goal: 210 DONE! 9/2011 DONE AGAIN! 10/2015
6th goal: 200
7th goal: 190
8th goal: 180
9th goal: 170
10th goal: 160
11th goal: 150
12th goal: 140

My Program:
I have to get back to this it worked for me! I've gotten off track but I'm making my way back!

Moving, moving, and more moving is how I did it the first time. I like to walk, do my Wii, and swim.

I have cut out fried foods, sodas, sweet tea, second helpings. I am eating fruits and veggies.

Personal Information:
I'm from North Georgia. I've taught for 23 years. I have 3 beautiful children, a wonderful husband of 26 years, and a sweet Westie.

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Favorite quotes:

If you think you can or think you can't, you are right! (Henry Ford)

I'm not crazy. I'm medicated for a chemical imbalance! (Mrs. Beadle on Barnyard)

DIETS give you a bunch of rules and regulations that you have to follow. A LIFESTYLE is a learning journey to an abundant life. (IMSOOZEEQ)

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    Why you shouldn’t let hunger drive your dietary decisions . Don't believe it? What happens when you go to the supermarket hungry? Well you shop differently, of course, coming home with items you'd have never purchased on a full stomach. And what happens when you sit down to a meal hungry? Well you're still shopping of course, only this time you're shopping from your plate, your fridge, your cupboards, your freezer, or worst of all, from a menu. emoticon
    3 days ago
    thinking about you. hope your meeting went well tonight. hugs and prayers xxxx
    3 days ago
    Thanks for checking in. I've not been too active on Spark for a few months. Time to get back at it. Best to you!
    4 days ago
    What a fun Turtle Post! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4 days ago
    Thanks for dropping by my page with Turtle Day greetings. (I did not know there actually was a Turtle Day until I googled it, so funny!) We all need to 'Keep on Turtling', to get the results we desire. Stay strong and all best wishes to you for a very successful journey in 2016.

    4 days ago

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