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Hello! Welcome to my SparkPage! I am a Christian woman who is also a wife, mother, grandmother, retired teacher now tutor and health coach. I also just joined the VIPKid team teaching English to children in China online, and I LOVE it! I am a writer, and I deliver flowers for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. I thank God for my family and friends and all the opportunities I have been given.
SparkPeople got the ball rolling, and now it and Take Shape for Life/OPTAVIA is showing me that I can be successful. I had lost 45 pounds and got half-way to my goal weight, but then life happened, and I gained the weight back and another 20 pounds. I joined the Pink Flamingos with the Biggest Loser Team in the fall of 2018 and have lost more than 37 pounds already. I went down at least one size. I like shopping more now because I can fit into more, and it is more of a reward for me than food now. My goal is to eat well through the challenges and to exercise. I would also like to get a handle on my Hashimoto’s and thyroid issues once and for all. All my other medical tests, bloodwork and BP are A+.

Member Since: 7/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,934

My Goals:
~ Lose Weight by Eating Healthy Foods
~ Drink Lots of Water
~ Exercise & Do Yoga & Dance & Hike and Go to Gym
~ De-clutter My Home, My Work & My Life...

My Program:
This is it...I am coaching through SparkPeople and OPTAVIA (previously TSFL) as I heal my own body and mind. I have gotten to the place in my life where I am able to get back to center and FOCUS on what I want and need. As a retired special education teacher with 35 years of experience, I am now able to simplify my life by seriously de-cluttering my junk. I can now become the OPTAVIA coach I want to be. I can write and travel. I can be the daughter of Christ that He created.

Personal Information:
I am a strong Christian, happily married woman (23+ years) and proud mother (of 6) and grandmother (of 8). I am a retired special education teacher as of 2018 with 35+ years of experience. I was the past department chair and the current Student Service Learning Coordinator at the time of my retirement. I was a Students Against Destructive Decisions sponsor for 27 years. I am a member of our local business networking group and an OPTAVIA health coach (previously known as TSFL). I also tutor and deliver flowers. I have been active in my church, Emmaus (now Board Chair/CLD) and in the local theater, Port Tobacco Players (actor, props mistress, stage manager and assistant director). I am looking for simpler pleasures now, so I have more time for me and what is most important to me…my relationship with Christ, time with family and friends, good health, travel, writing and volunteering.

Other Information:
~With Jesus, all things are possible.

~God, grant me the serenity...
The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Amen. (prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)

~"The Joy of the Lord is my strength."

“Give Thanks”
Don Moen

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given

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    Dad is most likely going to get a pacemaker. His heart is weak due to AFIB. Thanks for asking.
    3 days ago
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    How is your father doing?
    Sending lots of prayer your way!
    4 days ago
    Sending positive vibes. Hugs
    6 days ago
    Good morning and thank you for stopping by my page. I also ran across a Donna Carroll Fowler on Facebook, I asked to be friends and she accepted. She lives in FL. She does genealogy as I do and she ran into problems with her line and I found the missing link. It's a small world after all. I appreciate your thoughts on the loss of my family member. I'm also dealing with my boyfriend being diagnosed on Jan 1, of this year with lung cancer. It's not how I wanted to start my new year. Have a great rest of your challenge! emoticon Donna
    14 days ago
    Just stopping by to say hi! Hope you are doing well and off to a great 2020! Things have been hectic for me but I'm slowly getting back on track. Don't let one day or one week de-rail you! You can do it! Keep up the good work! Debbie
    19 days ago
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