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My mom and her reasons to stay healthy 12 grandkids!

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My brother, sister and I (all of our kids). Boy, am I glad I am in the middle of the rear!


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It started as a nickname back in highschool (thanks mom), I was a thin size 7 to 9 then! sheesh!
Now, I am a 42 year old mom to five, wife to one for 25 years, and still hanging on to baby fat from 23 years ago! I got serious on January 11, 2006. I am determined and I am strong, yet forgiving, cuz who is perfect? Not me!
I had a rude awakening this last Christmas. We all got together and had family pictures taken for and with my mom. We got the proofs back within a day, and I was so excited to see them!
BUT! Someone replaced me with a really fat middle aged woman! OMGOODNESS! Do I have some kind of magic mirror in my house? How come I didn't know I looked like that?! Denial ~ my best friend. I was so depressed. I knew what the scale said, but jeez, do I really look that heavy? I managed not to ruin everyone's Christmas with my sudden deep depression. I made it through the New Year's celebrations. Determined, I made an appointment with my doctor on Jan 11th. I told him that I was fed up! I wanted the lapband! Refer me, do what you have to do, I am NOT going to be this way anymore! He said ok, but I want you to proceed as though your insurance will deny you. YOU WILL WALK 2 MILES A DAY! (still not doing that, but I will start something soon...) I lost weight within the week it took to get the packet from the bariatric surgeon. After reading through the information, and having gotten over my pity party for the most part, I decided that the lapband isn't for me. I was pouting because I didn't want to have to "diet" for the rest of my life. I just wanted to live. Well, guess what sister! Too bad!!
I have come to the realization that I can't just go on a diet and then resume the way I was living (if you want to call it that - I was slowly killing myself and didn't care!) I needed to live my life for God, the way God wants me to, or at least try. I am guilty of gluttony. I was stubbornly eating what I want, when I wanted and as much as I wanted. Did I practice self denial? Heck, no! That word denial made me mad! ( stupid, I know)
I have been following the flex plan since January 11, 2006 with a starting weight of 236 and today when I weighed in I weighed in I saw 211!!! Thank you, God! I have made it to my first 10% loss. I have lost 25 lbs!!! Am I perfectly following the plan? no. Am I beating myself up about the slips I have? well, I am trying not to. I am living now. Really. Really living.

Member Since: 3/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 0

My Goals:
I want to be comfortable in my skin. I don't want to have the humiliation of seeing a picture of me, again, at my heaviest.

My Program:
I crave motivation, so I joined Spark. I plan on starting to exercise as soon as my pity party is over!
edited 5/24/06
I am exercising hit and miss now, But I am doing a LOT of yard work, so I count that too!

Personal Information:
My name is Tami. I am a mom of 5, who homeschools the youngest 2. My oldest daughter is graduating from college and getting married this year. My 25th wedding anniversary is this year, also. I have lost 24.5 lbs since January 11, 2006!!! I know I have a long way to go, so I needed this site to help motivate me.
My email address is saintphilomena@adelphia.net, TALK TO ME!

Other Information:
I LOVE to read. I especially like to read Christian Historical Romance.

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