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I've been overweight my whole life. I was a chubby child, teenager and young woman. I liked to walk and workout, but I also liked to eat! There were times in my life when I lost weight and felt more attractive and fit, but the norm for me was to gain weight whenever life became hard or a love relationship went wrong. Food was my resource for handling pain, and exercise stopped once I became depressed and started overeating again.

That's been a lifelong pattern, until a few years ago, at the age of 50. I started taking a long, hard look at my life. I realized that I was headed for an early grave because I didn't have a real reason for living. I was just surviving. My health was going downhill, I didn't have a lot of joy in my life and not much hope for things to improve. I felt like a real failure. I couldn't see the good things I had done over the years, but all the mistakes I made were crystal clear and I kept beating myself up for them. I didn't love myself. I was my own worst enemy.

I had a spiritual awakening one day. I was walking thru a beautiful neighborhood (trying to lose weight again) and just felt a wave of peace and this wonderful sense of oneness with God, with nature, and with the world. I felt God telling me that I was exactly where I needed to be and that the mistakes I made were part of my growing up. I learned that I was supposed to keep moving on with my life and to be the best me I could be. I was on the path to cleaning up my life and changing from a woman who had little hope to one who was full of it. I have never been the same since.

Every day I spend time connecting with nature, with God. I have up days and down days...the only difference is that "normal" is now peace, not despair. I have some painful days, but eventually I move back to a place of peace. That's where I am most of the time, and I'm thankful. I have a deep sense of caring for others, and I work every day to renew my spirit, to stay strong and optimistic. My connection to God means everything to me. Life has become a real positive journey that I enjoy taking. Most days I wake up with a smile on my face and looking forward to the day. I hope to live that way for the rest of my life.

I fully intend to reach my goal weight, and to be a healthy and fit 59 year old! My primary desire is to continue to grow spiritually and emotionally. I've been given another chance at life and I'm living it 100%!


Member Since: 7/31/2006

Fitness Minutes: 150,977

My Goals:
My new goals are to exercise every day, and work on my yoga poses and spend time in meditation, deep thought, and reflection. I visit Spark just about every day, and it feels great!

My Program:
I'm eating a cleaner diet, and I can feel the difference. I track my food whenever I can and drink a lot more water.

Personal Information:
I live in Georgia, one of the most beautiful states in the US., with some truly beautiful people.

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Care for one another, even in the midst of unkindness and intolerance.

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  • v KICKINGIT@56
    Hello J,

    Haven't heard from you in a while. Hope you are doing OK even if you are not posting. We all take a break from SP at some point because of different reasons but it is the best place to get (free) support when you are struggling; and trying to replace bad habits with good ones is difficult for everyone. Even though you are not posting or blogging I am glad to see that you are racking up those trophies and streaks. Please stop by my spark page anytime for a cup of encouragement.

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    1000 days ago
  • v KICKINGIT@56
    Hi there, spark friend,

    I see you have been working hard this month, racking up those fitness minutes! You should be very proud of that. I hope the rest of your "healthy lifestyle" program is going just as well. If you find yourself floundering in the motivation department just stop by and I'll serve you up a cup with extra encouragement on the side. emoticon


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  • v KICKINGIT@56
    Internal peace cannot be shaken by external circumstances if your faith is placed in the right person (God)

    You've heard of the 12 days of Christmas...well these are the 12 months of blessings:

    January: may you experience JOY every day.

    February: may God grant you FAVOR as you go on your way.

    March: may you be aware of the many MIRACLES on display all around you.

    April: may God open up Heaven and pour out on you an ABUNDANCE of blessings.

    May: may MUSIC fill your heart even when times are difficult

    June: may you JEALOUSLY guard your time so that not 1 second is wasted

    July: may your summer be a JAMBOREE of luscious summertime fruits

    August: may ANGELIC voices sing you to sleep every night.

    September: may you experience SUCCESS in all your healthy lifestyle goals.

    October: may your home be well ORGANIZED and smoothly run.

    November: may you learn something NEW every day to share with another.

    December: and may Santa DELIVER everything on your Christmas list this year

    Trust Him and press on



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  • v ANGGEL40
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  • v SUCHADIVA215
    Amen! Love you goals! Join the spark team called walking on the right path. Its wonderful!
    1697 days ago
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