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1/1/14: My starting weight of the new year 182.2 (See, I'm not ashamed to tell it!) My goal weight by July 1: 160 lbs. That's a measly 22.2 lbs in 6 months time. Who can't do that? I WILL DO THAT! Now, y'all watch me work!

10/14/13: Guys I'm here and so we'll start there. Life has been so stressful for me lately. I mean the kind of stress maybe you can't even imagine and I've been using that as my crutch. Since I became a published author earlier this year, my life has revolved around writing, promoting, more writing, etc. It's been a whirlwind kind of blessing that I am enjoying, but along with the other stressors of my life, it's been keeping me from things. Today I ate like crazy. I don't know why I ate, I just wanted to eat. And eat I did. I even told my husband and child to come and go with me to Olive Garden at 10:30 pm tonight to get me a kid's pizza (at least it was a kid's meal, right?) But I ate that, too and at that un-Godly hour! I know better (but I did it anyway).

Well, I'm writing a health and fitness guide and I along with some other dear friends of mine are going to be my guinea pigs. I'm going to take before and after pics AND i'm putting them in the book! What better motivation than that to get yourself ready and right?

So, here I am starting again and you see that picture there to the left dated 2/10/2012? That will be me again by Christmas. This isn't rocket science, it's all in my mind and my mind doesn't control me, I control IT and that's how it will be from here on out. If I want to do it, I WILL DO IT! It's time to stop TALKING ABOUT IT AND JUST BE ABOUT IT! Gracie's been acting a fool and now Gracie is about to make better choices. Here goes...
As I sit here, contemplating all the changes that have occurred in my life since, really the summer of 2010, I am proud of the things that I have accomplished. And although "I'M NOT WHERE I WANT TO BE, I AM TRULY THANKFUL THAT I'M NOT WHERE I USED TO BE!".

I remember when all I did was drink soda. Coca-Cola to be more exact. I drank it when I woke up in the morning, all day in between and it (sadly) put me to bed at night. I would eat just to have an excuse to have a Coke. How sad was that? Whereas most people would wash down their breakfast with a glass of O.J. or milk, I washed my bowl of cereal down with a red can (filled with poison. Coke).

So, today, not only do I not drink Coke, I don't drink anything but WATER! Yep, that clear H20 that I used to hate. I will admit to having a little help with it now (lemon juice and those little packets of propel powder), but as long as it makes me LOVE water, who cares!!!! I'm so proud of ME!

Some of the other choices that I have made that are now HABIT in my life are listed below::

a) I exercise daily. My alarm goes off every morning at 5am and without hesitation (when I'm not in a funk for some reason or another), I head to my closet and dress in my workout attire.

b) I eat vegetables. Yes, I still can't say that I LIKE them, but now, I do eat them. It's funny how every trip to the market these days involves me starting off in the produce section. And the majority of what's in my basket by the time I get to the checkout counter, is "from the ground". I also now look for different ways to cook that colorful stuff from the ground. This, I would never have done before. I'm so proud of ME! (UPDATE 4/4/11: I do enjoy baby carrots now! Eat a serving of them at least twice daily.

c) I am mindful of EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth. Even when it's something I know I shouldn't have, I tend to mull over "it" and the consequences of having "it" before it even hits my tongue. I'm so proud of ME!

d) I no longer let the scale rule my life or my moods. If I get on it and the number is something I don't want to see, I simply shrug it off, say to myself "no big deal, just get moving!" and I move on. In the past, I would have allowed that darned thing to get me so upset and depressed, but no more. I am so proud of ME!

e) Every magazine that I read now is health and fitness related. It's funny how when you change your life, you really get into the things that have prompted you to change. My DH says that all I do now revolves around health and fitness, and ......he is so right! I am so proud of me!

f) I am STILL a sugar addict. BUT, that being said, I have it under control to the extent that if something has more than 5 grams of sugar in it, I won't touch it. I was reading the ingredients in Imperial Sugar today and was shocked (but happy!!!) to find out that there was only 4 grams of sugar in each tsp (serving).

g) I no longer go into WalMart for "nothing" kinds of things. Yes, I will admit to just walking through the door "looking" for things to buy. Now, every time I go in to the big W, no matter what I'm there for, I always end my visit with a trip to the Health & Fitness department. What's not so funny to my DH, is that I ALWAYS leave with something from that department: whether it be a workout DVD, or a little (or sometimes not so little) piece of exercise equipment. But it's nice to know, that I'm still in this place where most thought I would only stay for a minute.

So there you have it! THE NEW ME, (this perfect work in progress) all summed up. So I'm gonna say once again (because I like saying this)..."I'm not yet where I want to be, but I am so thankful that I'm not where I used to be!!!"

Keep Sparking and Stay tuned because I'm going to surprise you guys with some serious AFTER pics within the coming weeks!!!

May 18, 2011
My background picture is the foyer in my house (before one more person asks). And yes, that's my junky desk and office you see on the other side of the stairwell. It's where I sit and spark most of the time.

November 26, 2010
OK! THE JIG IS UP! THIS IS IT! "MY" TIME IS NOW! I started with December, 2010 as my goal and by golly, I plan on reaching my goal but with a new date of January 10th. Why that date? Well, that is the date my sister passed away back in 2000. And since that is when I started to put this weight on, it's significant to me.

Now, reaching my goal by this time, may require me being a bit more diligent about all that I'm doing, especially on the food intake side. For the past 3 days, I have been feeling a bit "round" in my middle section. The only time I've been round in my middle section, is when I've been pregnant, AND I KNOW THAT I'M NOT PREGNANT! So, something has got to give!

I have to admit that i've been a little lax with my exercise lately, skipping days and such.... but NO MORE! I take a flaxseed oil pill 3 times daily, I drink my 3 cups of tea 3 times daily, I'm drinking more H2O than I ever have my entire life and now, add the fact that i'm putting 3 tablespoons of cayenne pepper into my system (beginning 3 days ago). Please tell me, what am I doing wrong here? Again, something has got to give! AND IT HAS TO GIVE BY 1/10/11! I want to have removed AT LEAST 10 lbs from my frame by the above date. Got it? You guys with me? I need your support now. Ok then, GAME ON, BABY!

Monday, August 2, 2010
It's time for a re-vamp! Re-vamp of my page, re-vamp of some of the things that i'm doing, just little changes to get me where I need to be. We all know by now that my "mind" is set on the right track, just getting everything else to follow along with it. You know, i ride around with my SPARK book in the car. Why? Because when I see people on the street, exercising, or people just sitting doing nothing that should be exercising, I introduce them to SPARKPEOPLE. Introducing, Motivating and Encouraging keeps me Engaged, Motivated and Encouraged! So, I'm doing this for me, can't do it for anyone else. I can only offer the place where the resources live (FREE) and extend my hand when they ask for help. But watch me work this! I'm gonna do it......and I'm starting NOW! By December, 2010, I WILL HAVE REACHED MY GOALS!!!!

Hi, i am a 40 something yr old lady from Texas, have been here my entire life, have no desire to ever leave. My sister died in January 2000 after turning 35 yrs of age, and that's when I started to gain weight. I have been naturally thin my entire life (the skinny-minny) of the family, so when they see me now at this current weight of mine (186) they freak. When i got married 20 years ago, I was a size 5, after the birth of my 1st child i was a size 7, and after the birth of my 2nd and final child, I was a size 9. Perfect size! Then, my sister........and it's been a struggle for me since then. I will have to be honest and say, that I don't look "that" bad to me, and not bad at all to the ones who know me, who constantly say ("that weight looks good on you"....." you were too skinny," and my all time favorite "you had room to gain"). I have decided, no more talk, ALL ACTION. I know that people are tired of hearing me say that I'm on a diet, so I have decided to share what I'm doing only here, with my online "buddies" (that I hope to gain). So, wish me luck. My goal: lose 23 lbs by the end of December, 2010!

Member Since: 1/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 30,280

My Goals:
My goals are to work hard to maintain so that when I actually turn into an old lady, I'm not looking like an old lady. I want to be one of those 60 yr old, fit & fine grandmothers that you see running/walking in the park every day.

Goal 1: Stay away from fast foods, fried foods, junk foods, white breads, white rice and sodas. Allow myself 2 "TREAT meals" a week (within reason) on the weekends.

Goal 2: To get up and workout between 5a and 6a each morning. It does make me feel great!

Goal 3: To log into Spark every day and get a minimum of 50 points per day

Goal 4: To keep my SP FRIENDs list at a minimum so that I'm able to stop by and encourage and motivate at least 10 of them per day (on rotation, of course).

Goal 5: To find a Sparkbuddy who lives nearby to become my work-out buddy.

Goal 6: To be in FULL maintenance stage of this journey by August 1, 2013.

My Program:
I work out for a minimum of 60 minutes per day doing cardio, 20 min of strength training (3X per week, upper body one day, lower the next) and I always begin with 10 min of Pilates or Yoga. My cardio always entails at least 30 min on THE BEAST (my treadmill), and 30 minutes of any of a number of dvds that I have in my collection or a combination walk/run in a park.

I am moving some of what started out under GOALS up above, down here, because now they are a part of my actual daily program. Here are the things I put into my body daily:

At least 8-9 bottles of water;

Vitamin C, 1 Vitamin D weekly, Multi-Vitamin, Hawthorne Extract, Iron, CLA, D-Ribose & Magnesium

Whey Protein powder (w/a scoop of BCAA powder), Flaxseed Oil, Chia Seeds, Bee Pollen, Wheat Germ, Non-fat Greek Yogurt, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, Turmeric...all inside of my green smoothie;


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Mom, Wife, 2 dog/1 turtle/1 horse grandmother, Writer, Child/Parent Advocate, Wanna-Be-Singer, Drama Queen and all around GREAT FRIEND!

Other Information:
Favorite Book: "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

Favorite Actresses: KAMI & Julia Roberts

Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman

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