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I am a divorced, working mother of a wonderful 9 year daughter who lives in the suburbs of Baton Rouge, LA. I made a lot of progress over the last year and half with 42 lbs lost.

I got a wake-up call on On July 27, 2012, when I got on the scale and it said 303. I was in pure shock. I'm not going to say it was rock bottom, but it was definitely a wake up call. But instead of relying upon pills and fad diets, I began a three-part process of spiritual, physical and mental transformation. I began to seek God like never before to heal that which was broken in me. I began to exercise with more intensity than I had in the best. I worked with a free health coach provided through my job for 12 weeks. Then I was off on my own starting October 22. However, I then created a support network through my job and through my friends on facebook. My strategy for eating is no dieting and deprivation. Just balance and moderation. There are no "bad" foods. I eat off smaller plates and watch my portion size, but I eat food that I like. The last and most important part of the process is the mental transformation. I began to decree and declare blessings into my life, including weightloss. I read the Bible often. I also read and share posts from inspirational figures, some of whom are real people in my life. If I had to pick one mental transformation that was the key, I would say it was truly embracing the concept that I am "worth the work." I am worth it because of who I am in God. I don't go to food when life hits me with curve balls anymore. I go to friends and to God. I also use exercise to relief the stress and anguish. I'm grateful for all the free resources that are available. We just have to use them. The main reason I love sparkpeople is because it helps me set realistic goals. There was a time in the past when I would drop 5 to 7 pounds in a week through extreme dieting or pills. However, I purposed in my heart that I would do this au natural this time. No pill, no diets, no gimmicks. And the result is that this is the best sustained weightloss that I've ever experienced in my 14 years of "dieting." It's coming off slow. On any given week, I may have 0 to 2 lbs loss. Occasionally, I might even go up for a day or two. But at the end of the day, I keep pressing toward the mark and I see that for me slow and steady is the best way. I have definitely adopted a lifestyle approach, and I am so happy these days. I will keep going until I hit my goal weight (160 lbs), no matter how long it takes. I'm not on anyone's timetable except my own. I thank God in advance for victory over obesity and declare that I am healed, whole, and well.

Member Since: 1/4/2010

Fitness Minutes: 13,209

My Goals:
Personal: To truly embrace all of who I am and walk in my purpose with healthy mind, body and soul.

Weightloss: Regain my athletic body and reach a goal weight of 160 lbs.

My Program:
Stay within the calorie range recommended by SP.

Work out with a combination of cardio and strength training 5 times per week.

Personal Information:
I am 38 years old. I live in Zachary, LA (a suburb of the state capitol Baton Rouge). I'm a Saints fan and music lover. I enjoy playing tennis and working out.

I am a divorced mother of a 8 year old daughter, and I work as a University Administrator. I have been going through a process of reconstruction. I'm blessed to report that life is really good these days. I'm making myself a priority and embracing gradual changes.

Other Information:
A Requiem for an Unclean Spirit

Overwhelmed with feelings of joy and peace
I listen as my soul responds to the presence of the Lord
My soul writes a requiem for an unclean spirit
That has sought refuge within me
A spirit of defeat, doubt and destruction
My soul calls it by name
A notice of eviction is served
Effective immediately
A scripture seals the agreement with a kiss
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
An end is accompanied by a beginning
Genesis 1:31A
And God saw every thing that He had made
It was very good
I can now see myself as God sees me
Wonderfully carved by the hand of a master sculptor
Sent to this place at this appointed time with a purpose
Divinely destined to prosper and bring forth good fruit
I bury that which has bound me
I birth that which will bless Thee

Copyright 2000 Cshell75

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