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My name is Carol Im 51yrs old before coming to sparkpeople I had lost 100lbs on my own no surgery no pills just alot of hard work and putting Jesus First in my life. Since I have been here I have lost an additional 110lbs all to the Glory of the Lord!!

I could have not done this without my Jesus I cried out to him and he answered me.

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears."

Psalm 34:17
"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord has truly blessed me during this journey. He has helped me to grow and mature in him. He has taught me what it means to be disciplined, determined and dedicated in his word, in my prayer life and in my walk with him. I found out that when you DO his word you will be blessed.

James 1:22-25
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law,the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,he will be blessed in his doing.

I tried so many times to lose weight to no avail. But when I put Jesus first and I asked him to help me, to give me the wisdom I needed to fight this fight of weight loss in his strength and not my own he gave me the VICTORY!!

I had many crying sessions with him and he taught me to set my eyes on him and stay in prayer, not how much weight I have to lose or how long it would take me. .

Luke 11:1
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Notice they didnt ask him to teach them to preach, walk on water, raise the dead or cast out demons.
When Jesus prayed people saw the difference. Prayer is where the war is fought and victory is won.

Many people ask me what is my secret to weight loss and I simply say prayer. If prayer was important to Jesus shouldn't it be important to us?

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

The only place you will find rest is in Jesus. Seek him in prayer and slip away to your secret place and spend time with him. He longs to hear from you, to talk with you, to spend time with you.

John 5:30
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

How much do we do on our own initiative? Is it not the great sin to take matters into our own hands and we find ourselves in bondage to it. Ask him to show you, guide you, lead you total surrender to him.

I love Jesus, not for what he does for me but simply for who he is.

Luke 18:8
when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Will he find anyone who will take him at his word? Trust him, get to know him, All that you are going through, all the ups and downs of your life, the obstacles, the chaos he knows about them he sees you and hears you. Spend time with him in prayer believe me once you do your whole life will be changed. Jesus is your answer to everything in your life. He loves you more than you know.

Please dont die without knowing Him, give your life to him and seek him while he may be found.

Jesus first

Member Since: 7/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 40,462

My Goals:
To do the will of my Heavenly Father for my life. That he may be glorified in everything I do.

Its all about him

My Program:
Spending time with Jesus everyday talking with him, praying with him, worshipping him.

Its all about him.

Personal Information:
I am a certified personal trainer all glory to the Lord!!

I give unto the Lord everything I am To deny myself and follow him.

Its all about him.

Other Information:
Weight train 3x's a week.

Boxing 2x's a week

All to the glory of God!!!!

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  • v PHILLIPS661
    ps thanks for keeping me as a sp friend..I don't see me in anyone elses friend r always there for me..thank are the best...rico
    1283 days ago
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    carol..hope your sunday is going well..I had a great day at church....I lead the music and will tonight again..only two song leaders in our church now...hoping and praying someone else will step up..make it easier on us song leaders..I'm used to leading once a mth...instead of everyother one...but I'll do what I have to do to keep us a song leader...I have a small problem with my training..and I know you can help since you are a great trainer...I am comming up with what feels like a groin's what caused me to quit running nine yrs ago...fI really don't want it to effect my training now since I'm burning through these pds. each wk..I love running..i do some stretching before I run..but what I felt injured me nine yrs. ago was a stretch..that I used and pulled my leg back towards my back while standing on my one leg...I think I pulled it off to one side..not straight back and that might have caused my initial pull or would get so bad that I couldn't want to run and when you don't want to run you don' only feel some discomfort in that area..sometimes it feels more in my hip...I always cool down in river water 50degree water after long runs..10miles..but small ones I just take a bath after...what can I do to keep from feeling any groin pulling feelings after my workouts...what is the best stretch for my groin area...I'm almost ignoring stretching it now..which might be working against me..I don't know..what are your words of wisdom..I'm still enjoying running and I want to keep it up..a woman fighting cancer at church told me that I was her inspiration to stay active..she says it's hard for her...I tried to let her know that any excercise is better than none...and will probably help her both physically and mentally..I don't know I'm just trying to be supportive..did you feel like excersising when you had cancer?...I'm trying hard to get in better shape..I have now bought and can fit in a pr.. of 32 jeans...I was in 32s when I got son who is 27 now wears will b weird being less than 32s...but I will be in less than a yr..if i keep this up...and I owe it all to God..for giving me the strenth to eat better and give me strength to excercise...I'm enjoying 3d printing in my's a blast..I make everyone something with the's all new to me.. but I can see how it could be highly addicting..but a good addiction...think of anything and I could print it off in 3d...makes my gson happy..a new toy every day...haha...stay well and close to you in Christ..your friend rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1283 days ago
  • v PHILLIPS661
    Hey you doing?..I've been beating the pavement this morning for 10k..then I go home jump on my Suzuki and ride to the river where I swim in 50 degree water for two hrs..I found this really helps my joints..esp after a long jog..I am still loosing wt. which is good and want to keep pushing myself wife complements me about my looks alot..but most other ppl don't seem to notice..unless they havent seen me in a while..which is ok with me..she's my best friend..she works out with my daughter n law on utube videos..loveing daughter has been riding her bike alot and my son jogs with me in the mornings some..but he's hard to keep up with..haha..I have not eaten bread in about 6 months and that is working for was always my downfall..cookies..chips..all that stuff seems like distant memories..but I get faced with it daily...esp at school..there are donuts and cookies and candybars there all the time...I'm ok with not's what I know that I need to last doctor bloodwork was perfect and my doc was really excited about my wt. loss I could tell...I told him that I wanted to see a foot spec. to get corrective running shoes for my feet..but no word back..I'll have to keep at him...Cant believe this yr. is going so fast..gotta go.. emoticon
    1305 days ago
  • v PHILLIPS661 was great to hear that you get to retire...that's a dream of mine dad never got to retire..he was only 58 when God took him...I'm almost you have so many things planned to do when you retire...I have a lot of hobbies and interests ...plenty of Honey do lists to keep me working way into my 100s...haha...I am so proud the wt. is still comming off...Im back to running and swimming mainly...I want to join a gym. Please pray that I can...I know that could keep me motivated through the winter days...the only problem the closest one here is 30 min. away...and I don't know if that is feasible for me...but it has a good pool and raquetball courts...that I used to love to play in of my teacher friends goes to this gym and loves it...I want to do the right thing...I tried on a pr. of 34s and they I didn't buy them...I want to fit well into them before I buy them...can't wait...been 22 yrs..since I could buy 34's and wear them comfortably..can't believe Were back to school here again...I love teaching but with this wedding we had a short summer brk...I really enjoyed my eating habbits during the summer time...I hope that while I'm in school they can be as good..I started off good donuts...for back to school meeting today we have subway....sad to hear of their spokesperson...he could have been so positive for ppl...I plan to eat what's between the bread...that's the good stuff for hardest thing to control is my that i cut them out i feel better...more in control of my eating...I know that some day I will add them back slowly and minimize them..but they can't run my diet like they have in the really is called a bread basket for a reason...haha...for me it's working but not many ppl. see it as pos...but if I do that's all that counts right now....I wish you the best of retirements....your friend in Christ..Rico emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1343 days ago
  • v PHILLIPS661
    emoticon Hey Carol...well the awaited wedding went fine...I loved the preacher...he was the great uncle to my new son and law...Hope he always treats my daughter right....he hasn't had a lot of good roll models...his name is Payton Mcadems...if you would mention him in prayers..him and my son work at different prisons...something I could never do...Colton is my son..please pray for their safety...I do every night...anyway...been watching alot of Boxing ..haven't been motivated to hit the bag yet...but maybe in time...I love a good fight though...I love to see new boxers start out professionally and to see their carriers go up..for some and not for others..which is like life you have to take the good with the bad...attempt getting hit with the bad too much...I am still loosing wt...God is good...I want to keep positive about myself even when I don't see many changes in wt. or clothes..I keep looking for new ways I can feedback myself in positive is the way I feel...stronger, healthier, ect...and look at all the good food I'm now eating rather than the bad food I was eating...the old saying that we used to hear is actually right...we are exactly what we doubt about it...well I've talked your ear off for now...hope your well and doing good...stay strong in the Lord..for He watches over you...rico emoticon emoticon
    1355 days ago

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