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Hi, my name is Pam. I am 44 years old. I have been absent from this site for a long (too long) time. I am starting over AGAIN. I am an emotional eater. Any emotion and I can eat over it. I have battled my weight for as long as I can remember. I want to be healthy and thin. I am recommitting to this journey. I know it won't be easy, but I suppose there is some truth to that old adage that nothing worth having comes easy. I go again!

"I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become. "~~~~~Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

"Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you." ~~~~~John F. Kennedy

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."~~~~~Audre Lorde

"When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. "~~~~~Greg Anderson

"'Now' is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.'~~~~~Barbara Sher

"Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power--a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment. "~~~~~Marsha Sinetar

Member Since: 12/26/2006

Fitness Minutes: 6,465

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to weigh 130 lbs.

My Program:
1. Exercise at least 45 minutes a day, 4 days a week.

2. Eat 3 meals a day with 2 optional snacks.

3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day.

Personal Information:
I am from a small town in rural West TN. I am a social worker and I investigate child abuse and neglect. I have been married to a wonderful man for 26 years. We have two beautiful children, Garrett, who is 25, and Hillary, who is 24. I am also the grandmother to 3 beautiful grandchildren.

Other Information:
I love photography! It is definitely my favorite hobby. I love to travel and go places that I have never been before. New opportunities for photographs! I also like to read when I get the chance (not often enough). I love to watch crime shows on TV (Law & Order, CSI, true crime shows, etc.)

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    I just read this poem & felt it too good not to share on this CHRISTmas Eve! God bless!

    {This is another version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' }

    'Twas the night before Jesus came
    and all through the house
    Not a creature was praying,
    Not one in the house.
    Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
    In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

    The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
    Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
    And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
    Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

    When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
    I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash,
    Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

    When what to my wondering eyes should appear
    But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
    With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
    I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

    The light of His face made me cover my head
    It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
    And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
    I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

    In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
    Was written the name of every saved man.
    He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
    When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame.

    The people whose names had been written with love
    He gathered to take to His Father above.
    With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
    While all the rest were left standing around.

    I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
    I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
    I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
    Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

    In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
    The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
    There's only one life and when comes the last call
    We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

    (by Reverend Edward M. Gionest, Sr.)

    To those who receive Him, He gives the power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on his name. Repent and declare with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved.
    2166 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon God bless Ameerica & your July 4th! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    2705 days ago
    Hi Pam, I saw your huddle on a team we're in and I stopped by to tell you how I beat the motivation game enough to start again. I don't know if it will help you or not, but it helps me.

    My life is a video game, and I am a level 1. Level 1 is where you start, no matter what condition you are in. Its just the character you roll up. As a level 1 I can't go out and defeat a dragon or a boss, but I can kill a few rats. Each one gives me a 20% bump toward Level 2, so I pick 5 rats to kill and work on them for 6 weeks, then I get to be a Level 2. I can pick up some new armor or a weapon, or buy a new spell...maybe a BOSU ball or a good blender, I've been wanting those, or a new workout outfit so I feel less frumpy working out...

    Anyway, my Level 1 rats are
    1) Walk 30+ minutes everyday, rain or shine
    2) Do five little strength training exercises each day, 3 sets of 12. I can do any I want, just so its five of them. Today I did a park workout.
    3) Stick with my meal plan (I have a meal plan made up that is mainly veggies and fruits, and a little fish. I am boring in that I eat the same foods everyday pretty much). But I did include one "snack" of 3 quarters of a cup of chocolate almond milk and a quarter of a serving of Paul Newman's Orange and Black chocolate bars.
    4) Study Chinese for 30 minutes each evening (I want to learn Mandarin and I have Pimsleur)
    5) Lose 12 lbs over the six weeks, at 2 lbs per week.

    I have made some quests up for myself too, but at the moment I don't feel equipped to do them. One is a Fairy Tale quest, and some of the things I want to do, to complete it is
    --spin, like on a spinning wheel
    --hit a bullseye with a bow and arrow
    --take some sword fighting lessons
    --get woke up with a kiss
    --get rescued by a prince charming
    there's more but you get the idea.

    Sorry this is kind of long. It really helped me to get back on-track, and will hopefully keep me there. If this fitness and health thing were more fun, it wouldn't be so hard to stick with it. =)
    2709 days ago
    Hi Pam, Just dropping by from the Done Girl huddle with some big emoticon and a emoticon !!! Don't give up!!
    2709 days ago
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    Pam, Rome wasn't built in a day--please keep going on your journey! You can absolutely do this--cheering you on!!!!
    2709 days ago
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