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My name is Beth and I have been struggling with my weight all my life. I have several health problems that are complicated by my weight. I have Multiple Sclerosis, Cardiomyopathy, Asthma, Migraines, Arthritis, Diverticulitis, Acute Kidney Failure, Sleep Apnea and numerous others symptomatic from the MS. I would love to lose the weight once and for all so that I might be able to regain back some of my mobility and not have to be confined to the wheelchair as often as I am at times. B I believe that I can do this and that God has given me all these conditions to make me appreciate the fact that when I can walk that I should be grateful and not procrastinate- but I am a slow learner and at 56 I find myself still needing to lose some weight so I am hoping that I can learn this lesson once and for all NOW and not have to keep going through the same circle of trying to learn what He is trying to get me to see. So far I have lost over 150 pounds and this time I am going to continue until I reach my goals and I Believe I can Achieve it. I am now a Normal BMI I can say for the first time in over 20 something years and am around 5 pounds away from my goal that the doctor has set for me and I feel like I have gained my life back. I no longer can drive because of my heart condition (I will have to get a Heart Transplant I am told before I can drive again) so I am dependent on others to drive me around, but I still feel that the ability to move around without breathing difficulties and oxygen is wonderful. I have lost more weight at this point than I weigh so I have actually lost an entire person. This has been an awesome journey and I know it is never ending so when I get to goal that is only the beginning of another journey.

Member Since: 7/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 110,321

My Goals:
My long term goal is to lose to 130.
But more than the number itself I want to feel healthy at whatever weight I am at.
To glorify and represent God in a positive way no matter what I do

My Program:
(1) Positive Attitude
(2) Staying within Calorie Range
(3) Never giving up no matter what life throws at you, just keep bouncing back stronger each time:)

Personal Information:
I enjoy making handmade greeting cards and love to scrapbook. I worked as a computer programmer for many years and I enjoy both the mental and the creative side that the computer can bring out. I enjoy meeting new people .

Other Information:
My favorite saying is You have to Believe It to Achieve It.

My Short Term Goal:
(1) Lose 120 pounds by Feb 28, 2014.
Achieved 2/4/2014

Goals for 5/31/2014:
(2) Lose 130 as instructed by heart failure specialist
Achieved 4/16/2014

On-going Goals:
(1) Get at least 6 hours sleep daily
(2) Drink 8 oz water daily
(3)10,000 Steps Daily

Obese more than 30

Overweight 29.9-25
(Achieved 3/4/2014)

Normal 18.5-24.9
(Achieved 8/6/2014)

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    1435 days ago
    Beth, your story is definitely an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing. I was wondering if you could give me a couple of tips. In your blog you mention that you challenged yourself to 100 minutes of exercise for 100 days. Can I ask what types of exercise you were doing for your 100 minutes per day? Thank you again.
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    1516 days ago
    I saw your Spark article on my facebook page. I am so happy for you, you are someone I have looked up to for a long time. Congratulations on your victorious milestone for healthy living.

    1516 days ago

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    Happy First Day of Winter! Since it's going to be 62 degrees here tomorrow... emoticon I thought I'd stop by with some warm winter wishes for my spark friends! emoticon Enjoy these last 10 days of 2016 and let's get ready to make 2017 the healthiest yet! emoticon emoticon
    1575 days ago
    TY SO MUCH For sharing your story. Its one of the ones I saw on Spark Coach under Inspirational stories.

    AWESOME !!!! Again TY !
    1612 days ago
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