GIVENTHANKS
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This is the first book that my best friend and I wrote. Between the two of us, we have 4 on Amazon.



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Hi!
I was scheduled to have a consultation with a surgeon to have gastric bypass surgery, but I cancelled it. I decided that I was going to do this by permanently changing my eating habits. I have tried many diets over the years and I even lost 70 lbs on SPARKPEOPLE, but then broke my back and gained most of it back. I have wrestled with being overweight since I was a child. I have yo-yo dieted but this time, I am NOT dieting! I am creating a new, healthy lifestyle. I am actually really enjoying eating healthy foods. I can honestly say that I am not missing junk food or processed foods. I eat a lot of veggies and fruits and some meat. The weight is not dropping as fast as I would like, but it is a healthy weight-loss. I started this on June 27, 2020 and at my 6 week weigh-in, I had averaged about 3 lbs a week.
I LOVE SP! Tracking my food has become like a hobby! LOL! That might sound strange, but I do enjoy it and it keeps me accountable for everything I eat. Don't feel bad for me, I do enjoy other hobbies as well. I enjoy writing and have recently published 4 books on Amazon. Two of them were co-authored with my best friend. We have many more coming soon so that keeps me very busy. I also enjoy photography.

Pat


Member Since: 11/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 330

My Goals:
My general weight loss goal is to make small goals and reach them one at a time and not beat myself up or set unrealistic goals!

My life goal is to fulfill what the Lord has called me to do and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Specific Short-term Goals:
*Get off some meds for BP and Diabetes.
*Have more energy.
*Be able to shop for clothes in a regular store.

Specific Long-Term Goals:
Get off ALL meds for Diabetes and BP.
Have energy to do what I want to do.
Reach my goal weight and maintain for life.


My Program:
Eat less.
Eat healthier.
Exercise 15 minutes a day to begin and gradually increase that.
Stay positive and motivated!
Support others.
Ask for support when I need it.



Personal Information:
I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Victim Advocacy. I am currently looking for a job that will utilize these and hopefully allow me to work with victims as an advocate. I want to make a big difference in the lives of others.


Other Information:
My favorite book is the Bible. Some of my favorite movies are Overcomer, War Room, I Can Only Imagine, God's Not Dead, and Mountain Top. I also like the movie Pay It Forward because of the message. It is a message that needs to be spread all over.




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  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
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    "There are admirable potentialities in every human being.
    Believe in your strength and your truth.
    Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'"
    -Andre Gide
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    Just stopping by a little early to wish you a happy and healthy Valentines Day, Sparkfriend! Remember to be your own Valentine all month long, because you are so worth it!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
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    Roses are red, yoga is great,
    Who needs a Valentine when I can bench my own weight?
    Violets are blue, and peanut butter is heaven,
    I'll save you a kiss after rep number seven.
    Bananas are yellow, and yogurt is Greek,
    Squats are gonna be the only thing to make my knees weak.
    Oatmeal is perfect, and veggies are divine,
    The dream to be strong is what I'm making mine!
    -Unknown
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    3015 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    “You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away.
    It's not like you have forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away.”
    -Unknown
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    I hope February is off to a healthy start for you, Spark friend! Remember to be your own Valentine! Keep your self talk positive, and love yourself for who you are now, not ten or however many pounds from now. You're worth it!
    Hugs,
    Pixie

    3021 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    “You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. It's possible to treat yourself with outrageous kindness beginning today.
    Compulsive eating is only the symptom; believing that you are not worth your own love is the problem.
    Go for the love. You will never be sorry.”
    -Geneen Roth
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    Visiting your page to wish you a Spark-o-licious weekend, Sparkfriend! Keep working hard to reach your goals, and remember that even baby steps add up as long as you take enough of them. Put forth your best effort, because you are always worth it! I'm here if you need support!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
    3031 days ago
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    "If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination.
    The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying. "Here comes number seventy-one!"
    Richard M. Devos
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    Just stopping by to wish you a healthy week, Spark friend! Keep doing your best to make progress towards your goals. Remember; you are worth the effort...every day!
    Hugs,
    Pixie

    3037 days ago
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    Happy Sunday, Spark friend! I'm just stopping by to wish you a very healthy week, and to share one of my FAVORITE quotes with you. (I love it so much, it has a permanent spot on my Spark page.)Have a great day...do something today that your future self will thank you for. Keep moving forward towards your goals, and be sure to enjoy the ride!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
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    "Think about how different life could be if you stopped emphasizing the end, the fix or getting there, and began enjoying each step of the way. If one moment was as good as the next. If the goal in life was not to fix yourself but to transform yourself. Here, after all, is a miracle; you are already on the journey. You already know and already have everything you need to continue. Relax, breathe, be kind to yourself and everyone else. Oh, there's one more thing; enjoy the ride!"
    (Geneen Roth)

    3044 days ago
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