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July 7, 2013 about 192 lb

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12/4/10 - At my heaviest 197.

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11/12/05 - My healthiest - 141. I saw myself as overweight at this time.

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My Story Goes Something Like This: I've always seen myself as fat, as doomed to be obese. My mother and aunts were proof that that's what life held for me. I was always a little bigger than the other girls, but never realized I was volumptuous and attractive, I thought I was pudgy but in reality I was the real-deal, the "hour-glass." Because I had wider hips I was "Fat." The physical reality was so much different than my emotional reality. The only thing wrong with me was my incredibly low self-esteem. Even in 2005, jogging regularly, riding my bicycle to the grocery store and around town, weight-training - I thought I was fat. (see wedding pic.) Then I got a job sitting in a medical office all day with people bring free food, donuts, cookies to try to get the doctors to peddle their drugs. I gained 30 lbs in 2 years. My pants actually ripped at work one day. But I didn't do anything about it. I always felt hopeless. I had a victim mentality. I was defeated. I found sparkpeople through my cousin. So here I am. Using the success stories on sparkpeople, the nutrition tracker, the positive vibe. 2018 was my year for mental, physical and spiritual change. Through intermittent fasting overnight (cutting out emotional bored night time snacking and journaling instead), counting my calories (1000-1800 depending plus LOTS of cheat days), and exercising 5-7x/week I lost 50+ lbs in 8 months. I've mostly changed my attitude and information about food (stress is still a trigger for emotional eating but now I have more power against it, not always or completely but I am able to STOP and get back on track.) I tell myself "*I'm* in charge, not the food. *I'm* the one in charge." And most of the time it works. Spiritually I am learning that my identity is not in the number on the scale. My identity is not in how much money I make or my job title or my children. My identity is that I was created in God's image to be loved by Him and to love Him.

Member Since: 2/14/2011

Fitness Minutes: 15,524

My Goals:
Be a healthy mama and wife in mind, body and spirit.

My Program:
Exercise 4+ x's/wk
Pray regularly
Journal 1+ x/wk
Eat real food, lots of veggies.

Personal Information:
I quit my FT job to be a SAHM and it is better than I imagined! I have 2 young daughters (3 and 11 wks as of 7/18/13) and am blessed with a supportive hubby who puts his family first. I am blessed! Even the hard days are "good" because I trust God at His Word to always take care of everyone who seeks Him.

Other Information:
God loves you. Period, end of story. No matter who you are, sexual orientation, lifestyle, addictions, fears. GOD LOVES YOU!

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    I agree with you. There's nothing like being a child of the Most High God. With Jesus, we call do all things, He is my motivator. I do a daily blog called Bible Verse for today. God bless you. emoticon
    708 days ago
    Thank you for commenting on my post. Losing weight does seem easier than maintaining -- but both have their temptations to indulge. When I got to WWGoal, I had an emotional freak out. I was a PRO at losing weight, why, I've done it for decades. I've never been good at maintaining more than 5 minutes.

    Here's what I do: I still attend my WWMeetings every week, and I WI every week. I measure, weigh and track what I eat. And I move. That's what I did to get to goal.

    Are you a WWMember or losing weight here in Spark World?

    Your family picture and sign on name makes me happy. emoticon
    781 days ago
    Hi. If you would like to try something different with a little challenge...I have one for you to consider. It's a small private team that competes with others within the larger X-Weighted team. Doing various challenges. Runs for 8 weeks. Main requirement is to post weight weekly...other activities, all though very beneficial, are optional. Drop me a note if you have questions or would like to join us.

    Nancy, leader (Dwindling_Divas team)
    878 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my running post! I didn't start out running a 5k once a week - I started out fighting to walk 2 miles while pushing my then-1-year-old daughter in a stroller while getting her older brother to preschool, fall of 2012! After a few months, the walking got easier, so I started adding a bit of a jog here and there. Fast forward to January 2013, and I started thinking "hey, maybe I could run a 5k!", and that turned into "hey, I love to swim and bike, maybe I could do a triathlon", and that turned into my first triathlon in later summer 2013. I've done one every summer except last summer (went back to work, and wanted to make sure I had time to spend with my kiddos without the pressure of training for a race), and I'm signed up for an Olympic distance one this summer. One step (or swim stroke, or bike pedal) at a time!
    963 days ago
    I would love to give you a Team Spark Goodie but you have not posted on the Conservative Christian Women team for over thirty days.

    Hope you are doing well.

    2326 days ago
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