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July 2016, 144 lbs, size 10 skirt & medium top

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Playing Horseshoes at my mom's house, July '09 @ 167 lbs

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Christmas 1989 @ 127 lbs; this is my goal skirt

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December 2016

I am officially done losing weight and on the final phase of my permanent change in diet. It feels really good. It's not easy and it's not cheap, but it IS worth it.

My new goal for 2017 is to get stronger and in the best physical condition of my life. I see a gym membership on the horizon for January 2017 :)

July 2016

I am less than ten pounds from goal weight!

August 2013

I''ve been plugging away outside so. I have had some success, but I am not at goal yet. Trying out the new app on my phone to see if it fits my lifestyle!

JULY 2013

It''s been a long break, and it has not been good for me. No excuses; I fell hard, and I need to find my spark again before I end up where I started out all over again.

MAY 2012

Catching my breath and stepping back to evaluate where I''ve been falling short on executing my plan for 2012. It''s almost half over, and I still have pounds to go before I reach my goal. I can see the finish line, but for me it is about learning how to manage my responses to life in general and avoid the pitfalls that put me in the position of needing to lose in the first place. My focus is slowly coming back.

January 2012

The last part of 2011 was so hectic, and I went into 2012 the same way with a big push at work. I have been maintaining for a couple of months now, and I''m ready to get back to it and make 2012 my big year to get to goal weight and continue learning how to make this stick for the rest of my life. I know the biggest challenge is still ahead of me. . .because I''ve done the losing weight thing before, and quite successfully. This time is different; for one thing, I''m taking my time and working on changing habits rather than "dieting." Slow is good! What I have not been able to do is succeed at maintaining over the long haul. I did it once for about 2 years. . .that is my barrier to break. When I can get past 2 years and still be maintaining, I will call it a lifestyle CHANGE, for real.

So, are we ready to rumble???

August 2011

I finally reached my 25 pound loss, and it feels good! People are noticing my weight loss and I''m getting lots of compliments. Now, I just have to keep the momentum going and hit some more milestones. . .the next one is my pre-hysterectomy weight of 145 lbs, which I am less than 5 pounds away from now. At this point, every ounce I lose is a new milestone. I haven''t been where I am now in about a decade :). . .

March 2011

I''ve been back at it about 2 months, and I''ve lost 12 pounds, and more importantly, found my motivation again. I''m excited about the future again, and I can actually SEE myself at goal weight. I had all but given up on it after the car accident, but I''ve spent a lot of time soul-searching and praying. I''ve thought about my reasons for wanting this, and the reasons why I gained weight in the first (and second, and third, and fourth, and on and on. . .you get the picture I''m sure). I''ve had some amazingly simple revelations that have literally changed the way I look at food forever. That is why I can see myself at goal weight. I am finally re-programming myself to think of food as fuel instead of comfort, friend, lover, anger-soother. . .you-name-it. I am looking in other directions for those things, and it''s working! I''ll keep you posted as I travel down this new road. I am very excited to see what the future brings for me!

January 2011

I was doing so well on my life-changing journey until a car accident sidelined me for almost a year. Rather than be depressed with all the progress I wasn''t making on my goals, I started avoiding my Sparkpage. The fact that I suddenly stopped getting all my emails and couldn''t figure out why, seemed to only further confirm that I needed a "sparkbreak."

I''ve finally reached a point where I''m able to *begin* doing all the things I was doing so well before the accident, so I thought it a good time to become active in the community again and try to get myself back into the process of losing all that weight.

I gained some of it back, and lost ALL my fitness gains in the time since the accident, and I''m not even going to try and make excuses. I did what I could, and it wasn''t enough. No whining, no complaining. . .I''m just going to start over fresh and try to enjoy the process like I did the first time.

Member Since: 1/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 3,751

My Goals:
Track my food
Portion control
Drink plenty of water
Get adequate rest
Make better choices
Slowly re-incorporate exercise into my routine

Current Goal:
30 pounds lost: new outfit

My Program:
I'm making gradual changes in my diet and activity level and working to form good habits that will allow me to get to a healthy weight without aggravating my fibromyalgia

Personal Information:
I live in NW Arkansas with my husband and two dogs, and I am fundamental, unaffiliated, KJV Baptist. . .by conviction. I am so glad I gave my life to the Lord back in July of 1978. . .it's a decision I've never regretted!

Other Information:
I love knitting, sewing and crochet. . .and spending time with my family, and my two dogs (Missy and Ginger)

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