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Before and after...although I'm not done yet! This is only 50 pounds gone. I have 50 more!!

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Me and my daughter at our first 5K together.

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Me and my son at our second half marathon the Renaissance at Colony Park. June 2010

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**UPDATE** I started running in February of 2009 and I love it. I have completed numerous 5Ks, 10Ks and four half marathons. I struggle to stay motivated....

I am 53 years old and have struggled with my weight all my life. I have 100 pounds to lose. I need all the encouragement I can get.

I am married to a wonderful man and together we have four grown children. I am a recovered addict and my obsession with drugs and alcohol was removed by God over 18 years ago. I have not had a drink or drug since. I think sometimes I substituted my drug addiction for a food addiction but honestly, I have had this weight problem all my life, even before the drugs. As a child my family loved to eat and we celebrated everything with food. Needless to say, I learned quickly how to comfort myself with food.

In my late 20's I lost down to 128 and after starting on a downward spiral with the alcohol and drugs I gained over 50 pounds and then after a divorce and remarriage I gained another 50! Ouch!


"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
~ John Bingham, running speaker and writer


"Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don't have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism and never, ever, ever giving up."
~ Amby Burfoot.


"Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is....It's your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best."
~ Sir Laurence Olivier


Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle when the sun comes up you'd better be running.
(But, unless you're a runner, you won't understand.)
~ Anon


It won't always be easy. Lots of people want to lose weight, but most aren't willing to pay the price or make sacrifices to get there. You will not be successful with a half-hearted effort or by looking for shortcuts or the easy way out.
~ Jason Anderson, personal trainer.


You can’t become a winner overnight or even in a couple of years - it takes time …You will lose races and you will have to accept that, learn from it and believe that you will win the next one, knowing that you will probably lose that as well. All the time you have to keep believing that one day you will win.
~ Paula Radcliffe

Member Since: 11/21/2005

Fitness Minutes: 20,995

My Goals:
1. Lose 100 pounds.

2. Get healthy and stay healthy.

3. NOT gain it back this time!

4. Run a 5K - Done

5. Run a 10K - Done

6. Run an 1/2 marathon - Done

12/01/12 - St. Jude HM - 3:13:00
11/22/12 - Good Samartian Turkey Trot - 46:00
11/03/12 - biggest Loser 5K - 42:09
11/24/11 - Good Samartian Turkey Trot 5K - 41:41
10/29/11 – Deer Creek Chili 5K – 41:45
8/27/11 Delta Sole 5K - 42:44
07/04/11 - Watermelon Classic 5K - 44:23
05/07/11 - Cotton Classic 10K - 1:33:11
04/30/11 - Resurrection Run 5K - 40:58
01/29/11 - Hot Chocolate 5K - 40:40
12/04/10 - St. Jude Half Marathon - 3:03:40
11/25/10 - Turkey Trot 8K - 1:08
09/18/10 - 300 Oaks 10K - 1:24:16 08/28/10 - Delta Sole 5K - 41:23
08/07/10 - Panola 5K for a Cure - 40:12
07 26/10 - Ms River Bridge 3 mile run - 42:33
07/03/10 - Watermelon Classic - 42:46
06/12/10 -Reniassance at Colony Park Half Marathon - 3:2

My Program:
- Attend OA meeetings
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid fried foods.
- 8 glasses of water a day.
- NO diet cokes.
- Track calories,exercise etc.
- Journal
- And of course.......seeking support and encouragement from other OA members and SPARK PEOPLE!

Personal Information:
I live in Mississippi. I am a group leader for our Celebrate Recovery Program at church and I love it! I am a recovered addict and have been clean for 19 years. Now, if I could just work that recovery into my compulsive overeating somehow!!! :)

Other Information:
I love animals. I have a cat, Moses and a dog, Lillie Bell. I love to read. And I am a NEW grandmother!

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