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May 29, 2016 -- On a plateau since February 1, but 75 pounds and several sizes slimmer.

One of the color stations at the Color Vibe 5k - April 2016. Some people were rolling around in it!


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I've been fat my whole life. It's time to live differently.

I did not make any measurable progress in 2016. I did not lose weight, and I actually put back on almost 10 pounds by the end of the year. I increased the intensity and variety of my workouts, adding in some strength, yoga, and pilates; but my weight still didn't want to go down. I also dealt with lots of pain in both feet, hopefully cured now thanks to custom orthotics. My clothing size has stayed the same. I will admit that I did not adhere to my low-carb eating nearly as often as I should have. So maybe it's true what I've read... that what you eat matters a lot more than how you workout. Now I'm back to my Trim Healthy Mama eating plan and continuing with my workouts. As for my health, other than my feet, I feel great; and I have none of the problems that I was dealing with a couple of years ago. I'm still very thankful for good health.

Reboot... Again:
I was doing very well with weight loss until December 2013. I got sick with some type of cough/virus and just never fully recovered. I spent months coughing and having constant nasal drainage. I was hospitalized in May 2014 with pneumonia and what doctors thought was severe asthma. Then we moved the week after I came home from the hospital (on oxygen). In July 2014 I was diagnosed with a Spontaneous CSF Leak. So all of my nasal drainage was actually spinal fluid. Aspiration of drainage had led to all of my lung problems. I had surgery over Labor Day weekend 2014 to close the hole in my skull and stop the leak. Recovery was a lot harder than I thought it would be, probably because I had been sick for nearly a year and my body was just completely run down. I didn't feel like myself again until December 2014. It feels so good to be healthy again, and I'm so thankful to be able to breathe "normally". Some things you just take for granted until they are taken away.

Now I'm trying to get back in my groove. It's been slow going, but I'm still moving forward.

I wasn't "sparking" very much for half of 2011 and all of 2012, so I gained back most of the 25 pounds that I lost.

On July 1, 2013, I started back on my journey to better health. This time my whole family is eating on plan, meaning we all follow the guidelines set forth in the book TRIM HEALTHY MAMA. It's been wonderful. We've all lost weight. I haven't started back with exercise yet, but I know that I need to get with it. That will be my next step.

I am so thankful that in 2010 I started this journey to better health and fitness.

Psalm 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

I was honored to be chosen Done Girl of the Day for February 1, 2011.

Member Since: 3/8/2010

Fitness Minutes: 21,336

My Goals:
Goal 1: Exercise every day for 100 days
(DONE 10/13/10)
(DONE 04/09/11)

Goal 2: Be healthy and active with my family
(DONE 06/02/16)

Goal 3: Get out of the plus sizes
(DONE 03/01/16)

Goal 4: Lose 25 pounds by October 1, 2013
(DONE 12/17/13)

Goal 5: Lose 50 pounds by June 15, 2015
(DONE July 16, 2015)

Goal 6: Lose 75 pounds by January 1, 2016
(DONE February 1, 2016)

Goal 7: Lose 100 pounds by May 1, 2016

My Program:
I drink at least 10 cups of water every day.

I exercise 4 days a week.

I usually follow the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA plan for eating.

I mostly eat low carb and avoid sugar; I never drink soft drinks.

I enjoy splurge meals/crossovers on special occasions or when I think they are really worth it. This is a LIFEstyle, after all, not a diet.

Personal Information:
I am 45 years old, and I have been married for 19 years.

I am a Christian homeschooling mother of 2 teens.

My home will always be in Alabama, but I currently live in South Carolina.

My husband is a minister. Currently, he is working as the Conference Administrator.

Other Information:
In 2010 I learned how to knit. I met with a group of ladies at a local tea room once a week to knit... and have tea until I moved in June 2014.

I love discovering new tea rooms when I travel. I also love coffee... and all things Narnia!

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**Done Girl of the Day for February 1, 2011

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  • v MEL-243
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    Hey there sweetie!!
    I hope all is well!
    I am good and trying to keep the "spark" going
    How about you?
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    37 days ago
    Hey there!! I had a bit of a set back in February but still making good choices. We went on a mini-vacation and I gained all that I had lost in Feb. Oh well, it was a good time and I don't regret going but wish it hadn't taken us 10 hours of travelling both ways! I can't get my water in and with all the eating out, the salt just KILLS me. No matter how good of choices I make.

    So glad to see you are doing so well. You look fabulous!! Keep up the good work. We can and will do this!!

    55 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. I, too, need to watch more closely what I am eating. I am at the very top of my goal range, and I want to be in the middle. Sometimes I wonder why I care when I'm already 84. Health, I guess.
    No, Spring is not arriving's supposed to be 0 degrees tonight. The days are getting longer, however.
    56 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by with the encouragement.

    I see you are doing a new program. Congrats on the 6 pounds.

    57 days ago
    Are you interested in a Challenge?

    The Biggest Loser goes for 10 weeks. It consists of 10 teams participating in weekly Fitness and Nutrition challenges. The Spring challenge will be getting started the beginning of March. It consists of fitness and nutrition challenges that are often in a form of a game. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Winter we had Help Santa Fill His Sleigh, Run Rudolf Run and Super Bowl. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Spring challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Frosted Fitness Fun Chit Thread.

    86 days ago
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