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Hello and welcome to my page. My name is Brenda, and I'm a singe 50 something from central Indiana. I've made it this far with never marrying and never having children, but my nephews, great nieces, and furbabies are the lights of my life.

I'm in the process of learning of what it really means to be an "overcomer":

* I'm a cancer survivor
* I've batted with the extremes that come with being diagnosed with bipolar disorder
* I'm a suicide surivor
* I've dealt with debilitating injuries that have brought my life to a halt
* I've battled with adversity that comes with being unemployed for over a year
* I've battled with trying to keep the basics in life
* And, I've dealt with loss

The one thing I have to say about all of that is that I've fought back through all of that, never giving up, even if I did feel like it, or even try, at times. But, I'm still here. I'm still breathing. I'm still living. I'm still surviving.

No. I'm not just surviving, I'm beating the odds.

Since an injury in October 2016, I've gained nearly 100 lbs, reaching my highest weight of 272 lbs. It was at that point that I vowed that I would not allow myself to go any higher. The process of reversing the course has not been easy, and has been full of obstacles and even pits and valleys. But I'm doing it.

In the process, I have:

* February 2018: Started seeking alternative help for my debilitating injuries, which have completely reversed the effect and pain levels to nearly nothing, and I have regained full mobility
* May 2018: I started a new job that allows me to work from home 95% of the time, with me traveling every 9th week for one week, thus lowering my stress levels

The list is still growing, but those are just the beginning. I'm turning this ship around, and I'm going to totally rock this weight loss!

Member Since: 9/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 38,959

My Goals:
1) To lose 1 to 2 lbs per week (slow and steady wins the race)

2) Implement a 30 minutes of cardio per day (minimum of 5 days per week), plus 3 days of 45 minutes of strength training per week regimen

3) Incorporate 15 minutes of yoga in the morning and evening

4) Keep eating out to a minimum

My Program:
I am choosing to eat smart. I am not following any "specific" plan, other than just to be smart about the foods, how much, and how often I eat. I've tried so many different plans and programs over the past 35 years, and have had various levels of success and failure. So, I'm knowledgeable of what to incorporate. Plus, I do have a trusted nutritionist to turn to when I have questions or concerns.

My fitness program is to keep it simple. I can see the top of the fitness center building from my driveway, so I have no excuses. Plus, there are many fitness/walking/biking trails/paths in my area. My plan is to get in a minimum of 30 minutes per day (with a minimum of 5 days per week). These may include classes at the gym. I also plan to incorporate 45 minutes of strength training 3 days per week. I am also planning on doing 15 minutes of yoga in the morning and in the evening.

Personal Information:
I currently reside in Westfield, Indiana. I work in the Information Technology world as a Software Quality Assurance Analyst. I am not married and no children, but have two furbabies named Sampson (13) and Boots (7). I also have 4 nephews and 2 great nieces.

Other Information:
Psalm 40:2-3 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

2 Timothy 1:7 The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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  • v MARDEG918
    I know you can do this Brenda. Good to see you posting. 💕
    44 days ago
    thanks for explaining. Have a great day
    73 days ago
  • v MARILYNS70
    As the leader of Christian Living - The Official Team = I want to welcome you to our new and revised group

    I look forward to you participating as often as possible = hopefully at least once per week

    May you continue to grow in your faith and may your journey to a better healthy lifestyle not be to difficult of a challenge
    102 days ago
  • v MARILYNS70
    Just stopping by to say hi and to encourage you to come to Christian Living - The Official Group (you have joined the new and revised group) and to post a message on the Chat room - you are currently in the inactive member list for the group so please come and share with the group

    NOTE: Please remember to post on the new and revised group - not the old group of the same name which is now marked private and does not have anyone posting on it - you might want to go to the old team scroll down and click on leave the team as it is now inactive.
    112 days ago
    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Fall? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early September. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Summer Fitness Tune up, Hopscotch and Bowling. I hope that you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Fall challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.
    131 days ago
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