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I am starting to enjoy eating healthier options now! My mind is back in a good place where I'm thinking is this good for me?

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This is my family around May of 2015, right after my husband left.

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I think this is about Nov. 2015. I felt better after losing about 16 lbs from my highest weight.


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I am a mother of 4, married * since 1986 and in need of a serious makeover. (*see 2019 update below )

My Health Journey

I'm starting this journey for the one hundred and first time it seems. I've always had a little weight problem, but I was able to keep it in check in high school. After I got married that changed. I began gaining weight when my husband went to basic training, about 14 pounds, and I kept telling myself "I'll get it back off soon". But that didn't happen before I gained more weight being alone all the time while he worked such long hard hours at training school.

Then I gave birth to twins weighing in at over 9 lbs. each. I kept an added 30 lbs after that and I weighed in at 174. Two more babies over 9 lbs and my weight was up to almost 200. After that I couldn't blame my pregnancies, I added another 35lbs. During those 23 years I tried many ways of weight loss, none very successfull, not for long anyway. Actually, I'm pretty good at losing SOME weight, I just haven't figured out how to keep it off.

I have decided that it is time to get very serious about becoming a healthy person. I KNOW what I am suppose to do nutrition and fitness wise, I just need to discover HOW to implement what I know. AND make it a lifestyle!

So TODAY is the beginning of My Health Journey. I am creating a new attitude to go with the knowledge I already have and inviting My LORD in on this journey with me. I can do all things through HIM....
Update 1/8/15

I have been inconsistent. I am sad about that. BUT...Life has given me some strong motivation to get healthy and fit.
My middle daughter got married in Jan and had our first grandson in November.
My middle son married a young lady who already had 2 daughters.
So I am a Grandma!!
Also, my dad needs someone in his life to be a good health example for him, he is not doing well. I want to be that person.

New update 7/3/16
I've had a rough year and a half. My husband said he is no longer attracted to me last May (2015) after many years of struggles. So, we separated. It's been VERY rough, but a time of growing. I have gone down and up in my weight over that time.
Today I start a new weight loss journey and I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I have made a bet that I can lose 50 pounds in 6 months. I have a chance to more than double my money which will help pay for the Disney World trip with my son's family!
I now have 4 grandchildren and a 5th on the way!!!

Update Jan 2017
Still separated from my husband. Still battling my weight issues. The 5th grandchild is here! A possible wedding this year for my youngest.
I did go to Disney World but not at the lighter weight I had wanted to and I paid for that. My feet and legs hurt a lot, and I missed out on the 2nd morning of fun because I had to rest.

2018 Update
I hate to say, but I am still struggling with my weigh loss. I only ended the year weighing 4 lbs less than I started it. I didn't win my HealthyWage bet, but I am not giving up on myself and will try again to recoup the money that I lost. I CAN accomplish this!
My husband of 31 years has decided after a 2.5 year separation that he wants to divorce. So, I have been dealing with that and trying to find a way to keep my home. Also I just gave up on my eating plan in Dec with all the goodies. I'll have to make a better plan next year :)
My youngest daughter did not get married, but she's only turning 21 in a few weeks so she had plenty of time. She is, however, in a new serious relationship.
OH, and I now have 6 grandchildren! And Oh how I love them all!!!

Update Jan 2019
The biggest change in my life is that I am a divorced woman. That has been hard for me. But Praise God I am still in my home.
Oh, and there's been another addition, a new grand daughter and her parents gave her my name and her mother's together...Lauralynn.
My youngest daughter is engaged to be wed in October. And I didn't have a good year with weight loss, as a matter of fact, I ended the year heavier than I started. And I would like to be a beautiful mother of the bride so I have some hard work to do.
I really need to stay committed to tracking my food and learning new ways to deal with stress and my emotions.

5/2/2012 232 lbs
1/3/2013 235.5
10/15/13 233
1/8/15 241
1/23/15 234
4/21/15 241
5/28/15 234
8/4/15 220
12/12/15 217
12/31/15 223
1/20/16 220
3/1/16 214
7/3/16 228
9/3/16 218
1/9/17 222
4/1/17 217
9/26/17 226
10/26/17 215
12/7/17 206
1/1/18 219 (UGG!)
1/9/19 239

Member Since: 7/31/2011

Fitness Minutes: 22,694

My Goals:

*Have a green smoothie 5-6 times a week.
*Breakfast: Eggs
*Lunch : Salad
*Drink 10-12 cups of water daily including hot lemon water and a fiber drink with ACV
*Exercise 5 days a week for 30 min
*Get back to hooping
*Track my food (no matter what I eat)! This is the only way I lose weight.
* Eat at least 6 Fruit/Veggies a day.
*Walk 30 min 3 x week

Weight Goals:
Lose 5 lbs check ;) June 2015
Lose 10 lbs check ;) July 2015
Lose 15 lbs check ;) Sept. 2015
*Lose 10 % (218) check ;) again! March 2016
Lose 30 lbs check Dec. 2017
**Get to Onderland
Lose 50 lbs ( 192)
*Lose 25% (182)
Get to 170
*Lose 30% (169)
Get to 160

My Program:
I am utilizing Sparkpeople to track calories (around 1120-1500) and exercise (30 min daily).

My motivation:
****There will be a wedding for my youngest daughter in October and I want to be several sizes smaller than the size 18 I am now!!!

1) My dad won't eat right, exercise or lose weight if I don't lead the way.
2) I want to be able to be active with those little ones in the summer and for decades to come.
3) I want to be proud of the person I see in the mirror!
4) $$$ HealthyWager Bet (3rd time)
5) I want to be a good example in all things for my grandchildren and especially my grand daughters!
6) I don't want to ever be on meds for things I can fix with diet and fitness

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I don't need easy, I just need possible. --- Soul Surfer

Dieting is hard, Being Fat is hard. Choose your hard!

My one word:
2015 Discipline!!
2016 Intentionality / Self control (I couldn't choose just one)
2017 Consistency
2018 Focus
2019 Self-Control (again)

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    :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am happy to hear you have been able to learn along with me. So much great info out there! I really want to absorb and understand this the best I can to give it my best shot and truly make this a part of my healthy lifestyle choices! Look forward to getting to know you better!

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    Hey Laura, Thank you so much for all the support. The app I used to create the 100 Day Challenge picture is called inCollage. Wishing you all the best on your challenge!
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    I am impressed with your Sparkpage. I live in Rock Hill and would love to get to know you and possibly become fitness buddies. I really liked that you've invited God on your journey. I'm glad you made it to Disney World. Have you been on the cruise yet? Feel free to Sparkmail me. God bless you.
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