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My name is Charlene and am from Texas. I have been battling my weight problems for twenty seven years. I haven't always had this problem. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer twenty seven years and ago and that totally changed my life. I was given a fifty percent chance of survival. There was not much in the way of treatment then. By the Grace of God, I was living at the time in Humble, Texas and was sent to M.D. Anderson hospital in Houston. The hospital had some major breakthroughs in treatment of cervical cancer. The fifty percent chance of survival rate was given to me because of the new treatment. The survival rates before this was much lower. This new treatment was a new type of radiation. (It looked as if everyday I was being shoved underneath a car everyday for the treatment only to be pulled out and turned over and shoved back underneath the car. This contraption was HUGE.). I also had several radium implants that they laid on the tumor itself. Your were kept in a lead room for three days. The AWESOME part of this story is that I am still here today to share it. The downside of it was that every one of us who received this new treatment gained over sixty pounds and the doctors don't know why. I was for many years in a program of us ladies that went on many different diets. I have been I think on just about everything from Adkins to Southbeach, all with the same results for everyone in the program. Lost ten pounds...maybe fifteen at the most and then stop. Nothing budged after that.

Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I was twenty eight years old and had just run a half marathon in Houson. I was totally fit. I ran five miles a day.

The weight gain destroyed my self esteem. I kept telling myself that this is a gift from God. You are alive and you are here to see your five beautiful children grow up, go to college, get married and have children of their own. I have been truly blessed.

Now back to why I am here. I want to throw all of past junk of weight loss failure behind me. To become more fit, one day at a time and hopefully with God's help, lose all those pounds I want to. Keeping my eye on losing one pound at a time. Since I am aware this will be a major challenge for me, I am committing myself to five hundred days and then after that....I am determined to go on from there. I am excited about finding this site, the tools and most of all the motivational support from everyone else out there.

ASAP - "Always saying a Prayer"

Member Since: 3/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 219,938

My Goals:
I am starting off my goals with wanting to lose ten pounds by May 2nd. As of April 5th, I have lost 4

Then to continue setting goals of losting fifteen more. And to continue setting and meeting those goals until I have lost the whole 100 lbs.

I would like by Fall to compete in a 5K run/walk. (DONE!!)

Sometime in the Spring of 09 would like to complete a 10K

In January 10 compete in a half marathon run/walk in Houston with my daughter Jami who is a marathoner.

SW - 240
Goal: 140

1 - 230 DONE
2 - 215 DONE
3 - 200 DONE
4 - 185 DONE
5 - 170
6 - 155
7 - 140

5K 9/27 Race for the
Cure - DONE!!

ASAP - "Always saying a Prayer"

My Program:
1200 calories
30 minutes of exercise, 4Xwk (building up from there)
8 to 10 cups of water

ASAP - "Always saying a Prayer

Personal Information:
I grew up in Amarillo and moved to the Houston area twenty eight years ago. I have been married to the same wonderful guy for over thirty five years and have five children.

Tauna our oldest, lives in OKC. She is going to school and a stay at home mom. She is married to a Captain in the Air Force and has two boys. Bill lives in Plantersville, Tx. He is a truck driver, married and has a daughter. Andrea lives in Humble, Tx. She is an account rep for an import export business, married and has two children. Her son just finished boot camp in the Air Force. Jami lives in The Woodlands, Tx. She is a partner in an insurance firm, married and has a one year old son. Brandi lives in The Woodlands as well. She is an attorney, married and no children (We are praying for one soon). Brandi and Jami and their husbands are Texas Aggie granduates. Brandi is also a graduate at University of Houston. We have a total of six grandchildren and praying for more.


Other Information:
My husband and I love to go to Sprint car races when we can. The World of Outlaws circuit is our favorite. We feed our racing passion in the meantime by watching NASCAR. "Go Tony Stewart!"

I am also an aspiring writer. I have written a young adult book and a romance one. I am working on a couple more at this time. Working to get the two I have noticed and published in the near future. Only thing I know to do is keep plugging at it. "Even a blind hog will find an acorn every now and then".

I also like to cross stitch.

ASAP - "Always saying a Prayer".

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