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Hi: I'm Irene and I started my journey on the 12th of February , 2007 and reached my goal weight the 15th of November 2007.
My missionary work calls for some traveling and I actually lost weight on a 4 week trip. We can do it.
I live on the Mexican border after living in the country of Mexico for 20 years and have worked with the Mexican people since 1962
Plan to keep the weight off as I gave away all my big clothes. My reward for reaching goal was new clothes.
P.S. Did gain about 10 pounds back although lost some inches and my bmi improved after I started exercising. Now need to lose the pounds I gained. I have begun losing it now. I can't let it creep up on me little by little.
UPDATE On the 9th of September of 2010 I hit my goal weight.
Now I plan to keep it off and go a little lower.
I am so happy to be back down there and each time you gain I understand your body makes more fat cells and it is harder to lose the pounds you gained.
It has been possible to maintain my goal weight or under since then which is a little over a year now.
Well, this is April of 2012 and I have still been below my goal weight.
It is not so easy to maintain since I retain fluid but not impossible.
I'm doing it again without exercise since I hurt my knees at the gym.
As you know in 2013 I had 2 knee replacements.
Recently I started a streak along with the four teams I am a leader on. I had gone w/o sweets for almost 300 days before I went to rehab for my knees and their diet had a lot of sweets in it. When I got out I kept eating sweets and when I eat them I cannot stop.
So I decided I had to do something about it and this on May the 18th of 2014 I started a streak of not eating sweets .
Several have joined me in a streak. They choose something they battle with and see how many days they can go.
Several days ago I lost down to 143 and the doctors are happy.

Member Since: 6/7/2007

Fitness Minutes: 20,587

My Goals:
Maintain my goal weight.
Be sure and drink my water and eat my veggies (which I do).
Encourage others as much as I can.
Keep a smile on my face and know God will help me do what I can't when I have done all I can. My diet has changed because of illness and I am trying to keep it as much as I can. DIFFERENT NOW
Since I am in an assisted living facility things are different food wise and most everything else wise but was to dangerous to go home.

My Program:
I have reached my goal. I watched my portions, chose nutritional food, pushed my plate away when full if at a buffet and asked for a carry out at other restaurants. I eat out at least once a day and you can do it.

Personal Information:
For over 50 years I have been a foreign missionary after ministering in the US for a few years.
Recently I had knee replacement. (March 8, 2013)
Now I am getting ready for the next knee replacement.
In October of 2013 I had my second knee replaced. It is taking longer for me to get over that one
Then in 2014 I fell and broke a vertebrae in my back and then they found out I had high ammonia levels which is hard to deal with. They also said I had a small heart attack which they are treating with medication.
Praying and trusting the Lord. I fell again and really hurt my back bad this time. I suffer much with it and also the one knee that didn't heal right.

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Track your calories
If you bit it write it
If you snack it track it
If you nibble it scribble
If you hog it log it
Grab your pencil before your utensil.

Ask yourself: IS IT WORTH IT?

* Is it an occasion?
* How often do you eat this food? Can you get it any time?
* Does it look delicious and amazing?
* Do you have the calories to "spend" on it?
* Can you control how much of it you eat?

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    Hi Just a note to say hi and Thank You for stopping by and making my Sunday great. Thank You for the nice comments and Thank You for being you. It's people like you and the Lord that keep me focused and going on. I wish you a Blessed week and a Healthy one. Love Always emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4019 days ago
  • v HUZZAH39
    Amen, sister! You inspire me with your wonderful Christian attitude! Keep shining God's light! emoticon
    4020 days ago
  • v RMVAL52
    God Bless You Irene. Even though I've been a member since May, I'm still learning how to move around some of these pages. Anyway....what a blessing to hear that you are doing missionary work in Mexico. My husband and I pastor a small church in Southern CA and have a close friend of ours that does missionary work near Encinas Johnson (about 50 miles from Mexicali). We are always blessed whenever we go and visit them. We are believing for revival in Mexico!! Our friend also speaks very good Spanish since he has been there for about 45 years ago. Continue the work of the Lord for your labor is not in vain.

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    4042 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog! The Lord is truly amazing and so very kind to us! I am truly in love..... :-)

    i know, this tender heart is most often a blessing i am thankful for, but sometimes it can feel like a curse :-) lol! i tend to take on others' pain instead of standing along side them in support.

    God is still working in me, that's the good news! :-)

    Happy Tuesday!

    By the way....You look great. Congratulations on the weight loss and the hard work you put into it!
    ....and I love that you do missionary work. I would love to hear more about it! I have it in me to do something similar. Can't quit execute it, cuz it's not God's time yet! I love to hear your kind of stories tho, as it brings so much inspiration!

    Have a great rest of your day!

    4045 days ago
    Hi Irene! ran by your page on the Christian Living team and just wanted to stop by to say hi! Congrats on all of your success, and for seeing things happen at the gym!
    I think that is so awesome that you teach a Spanish Sunday school at your church, praise God for you! Looks like you have done some amazing mission work.
    I am in a course right now called Perspectives, it is really amazing to see all of His plans for us and I know after this course It will completely let me see things differently . I hope to always live for the same purpose and significance that He did. Have a blessed day!
    4053 days ago
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