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is back from an evening walk/run...reserved 1/2 mile for each of my children...that way I spent quality time with each one. =)



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"We SPARK to know we're not Alone."

....::::not alone, that is, in our journey to living/maintaining healthy lifestyles. My journey is empowered through the Spark of Jesus!

He motivates me to be Fit, to eat Wisely and to Enjoy this Lifestyle!! I feel so "Alive"....and whole. Maintaining relationships with other Sparkers has also been such a source a encouragement for me...::::to journey in the company of other like minded Sparkers is enriching.

What a ...:::GIFT:::.... it is just to "move"! What a Fantastic Lifestyle I've discovered through Spark People!! ...::::Thank you SP! I am always finding tools and inspiring posts here at SP for whatever season I find myself in...

My name is Laura....and I CrAvE this Lifestyle of Health & Fitness! ...but it hasn't always been this way....70 # ago.


GOAL: August 22, 2008: begin weight loss journey...lose 60# slowly...take it 1 day at a time.

GOAL MET: November 2009 - lost 60#, and 51 inches down!

GOAL: Maintain 60# loss, and increase strength endurance, lose inches too...(my FAV kind of loss!)

GOAL MET: November 2010 - I have maintained my 60# loss, an additional 12 inches GONE!! & I'm CRAVING Strength training and cardio!!!, ...this healthy lifestyle is MY LIFESTYLE now!! I own it!

GOAL: June 2012 - Due to a motorist accident, I gained 8# and lost time during the recovery period....I need to regain strength, endurance and ideal weight....once again!

GOAL MET: October 2012 Made my goal!! ...and even better than before! ...and now 3# away from my FINAL GOAL!

GOAL MET: November 2012 I reached my Final Goal!! ..::::65# gone Forever! Now to range weight is me a 22 BMI.

GOAL MET: June 2013 I reached another goal...::my body fat is now 21%!

SETBACK: February 2014 I developed plantar fasciitis, and had to STOP all fitness for a few months....being sedentary was a sort of prison for me. Then we moved (HUGE life change for my family of 6)...time flew through house remodeling and needing to stay off of my foot - hence 23# gained thru it all.

GOAL: Currently as of June 2015...I'm taking one day at a time and claiming my health...once again. Weight loss through staying on track and implementing those healthy lifestyle habits. One Day At A Time...I Can Do This.

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The following are quotes special to me:

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ''Wow... What a ride!'' ''

And an even BETTER version!

I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.

I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.

I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.

I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden.

I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.

I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.

― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"The Will of God will never lead you where the Grace of God cannot keep you."

"God doesn't Call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called!!!"

Let the words of my mouth & the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength & my Redeemer. ~ Ps 19:14

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - It has no point!

"Success is not a destination, it's a journey."

If you never fail, you're not trying hard enough.

"Successful people have an abundance mentality."

"Integrity is never being ashamed of our reflections. "

Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?

"A good laugh is sunshine in a house"

"Character gets you out of bed; commitment moves you to action. Faith, hope & discipline enable you to follow through to completion."

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it."

Fear is leaving my body as I push myself to do what I know I was meant to do!

Member Since: 7/2/2009

Fitness Minutes: 132,555

My Goals:
...::BUILD a lean & toned body, maintain healthy eating habits.....for a lifetime!

...::Unashamedly ADdicTeD 2 Fitness!

My Program:
...::Major on the fellowship; minor on the food. "Food is simply fuel."

...::Keep a Fit Lifestyle...when life becomes extra busy, ADAPT and carve out time for fitness - even while shopping...Lol. "Fitness is a state of mind."

...::I have adopted several favorite weekly full body cardio/strength training routines that I LOVE 6 days/week. These workouts always keep me challenged! There are always options to change things up and increase challenge levels....all is so versatile & effective!

Personal Information:
...::I live in central Texas, am married to my best friend, and mother of 4 beautiful blessings whom I home school. I also enjoy teaching young cellists to master their abilities and make musical progress.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ~ Victor Hugo

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I also LOVE a nice hot cuppa tea...

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    emoticon my dear sweet Laura! Today's the last of my 30 day step challenge and I'm more than pleased with what I've accomplished in a short time. Thanks for your support. It's made a big difference and appreciate you so much. Hugs, Love and Smiles for you on this wonderfully made day and positive energy for a fantastic and healthy month.

    Metanoia (n) the journey of changing one's mind, heart, self or way of life. Go after what sets your soul on fire and enjoy the journey. Woohooo!!!

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    ... in the end, she became more than what she expected. She became the journey, and like all journeys, she did not end. She just simply changed directions and KEPT GOING!
    -R.M. Drake

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    Comment edited on: 2/26/2017 8:20:06 PM
    You are really, really determined to blast away that next pound! Power walking even in bad weather & going beyond your goals are the precursors of tremendous success! You are "unstoppable"!
    2 days ago

    emoticon and a very good morning to you my dear sweet friend, Laura! Hugs, Love and Smiles for YOU on this most beautiful start to the weekend!

    Some days are better than others and no matter what may bring us down, we find a way to get right back up. Great blessings are a result of great perseverance. DIMINISH self doubt, IGNITE self belief and BE the heroine that you TRULY ARE!

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    The flower that BLOOMS in adversity is the RAREST and MOST BEAUTIFUL of all.
    -Walt Disney

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    3 days ago
    emoticon and good morning to you my dear sweet friend! emoticon

    emoticon for making my day bright and extra special with your gracious presence on my page. I am so grateful and appreciative of YOU, your humor and the support you've shown me. You are awesome!!
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    Love, hugs and smiles on this magnificent and most beautiful day!

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    5 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2017 12:56:26 PM

    emoticon and good morning my dear friend. I am so very grateful for your support and friendship. May your day be filled with blessings that bring joy and smiles to your heart as you have brought to mine. Love and hugs on this most splendid and beautiful day!

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    Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. I have just one day... today, and I am going to be happy in it. - Groucho Marx

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