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My husband & I on our 25th wedding anniversary. December 19, 2011

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Welcome to my journey to better health. In 1986, I used to weigh 120 pounds before getting married & having children. I was never active when I was younger, but I was able to keep my weight down. Over time, my lack of extra activity caught up with me. In the past couple of years, my dad developed high blood pressure, heart problems, and diabetes. As I saw him going through these ailments, I decided to get in better physical shape, so I don't end up with any physical problems. I also want to enjoy doing things with my kids. This website has been a God-send for me. In January of 2007, I had decided enough was enough. I would be turning 40 that November and I was going to lose some weight. I was at the highest I had ever weighed at 178. I got on line searching for recommended calorie intake for women and stumbled across an advertisement for Spark People. I could not believe that it was a FREE help site and all that it had to offer. I quickly signed up and have been around since then. I am not going to lie and say it has all been roses or that I have been faithful in tracking my food and exercise. But I have learned so much & I am more aware of what & how much I am putting in my mouth. Now when I take a notion to "graze", it is only one or two chips, instead of one or two handfuls. I met my original weight loss goal on January 18, 2008. That was eighteen days past the date I set for my goal to be achieved, but I met it and my thighs are no longer "eating my shorts". I have decided to lose 5 more pounds. I will see what my BMI looks like at that time and decide if I am ready for the maintenance level. Update: I reached my goal weight of 145 in June of 2008. I have set my maintenance range at 149 - 141 pounds. I still need to work on my trouble areas (stomach, hips, bottom, and thighs). This is unfortunately where my body chooses to store fat. I hope that I will be able shrink them some more. If not I hope that I can be happy with my body as it is. I started out wearing a tight size 14. I am now wearing between an 8 and a 10. July 2017: I completely let myself go. I am at my all-time highest weight. I now way 188 pounds. That is 10 ponds heavier than when I started my weight loss journey back in 2007. I am back with spark people hoping to get all of this weight off, get back in shape, and get some motivation.

Member Since: 1/16/2007

Fitness Minutes: 26,697

My Goals:
1. I want to stay in maintenance range of 8 pounds of 145 pounds (4 pounds above or 4 pounds below)
2. I want to continue to lose some inches off of my thighs (my thighs are no longer "eating" my shorts, but I would like them to be smaller), tone up my back side & flatten my tummy.
3. I need to figure out a calorie range for maintenance level.

My Program:
1. Prayer & reading my Bible.

2. I am focusing on drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Tea & sodas are only a "luxury" & the thing is I really don't miss them:)

3. Cardio at least 5 days a week & strength training 3 times a week.

4. Tracking what I am eating on the meal tracker. Calorie range 1290 - 1698.

5. Making sure I am hungry before putting any food in my mouth. Focusing on portion control.

Personal Information:
I am a stay at home mom to 3 wonderful children, ages 15, 12, and 6. I have been married to my husband for over 20 years. I have been involved in our church's children's ministry for over 12 years. I was raised in church since I was very young. I am a Christian, who enjoys spending time developing my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have a home day care.

Other Information:
I enjoy reading, cooking, and attending my children's sporting events. My favorite authors are Mary Higgins Clark, Jannette Oke, and Terri Blackstock.

I enjoy watching crime dramas, like Without a Trace, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and Law & Order. I also like some reality shows, like Biggest Loser, Top Chef, Survivor.

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    Tammie, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your encouragement. I think February is going to be indeed a Fabulous month! Enjoy your weekend - woohoo, it's Friday (another good F word!)
    3427 days ago
    Welcome!! Things are going well, just a bit busy. My daughter transferred to another college this semester and is at home. She will commute. She starts this week.
    3445 days ago
    Tammie!!! Thanks for your encouraging "high five" and note! So good to reconnect with my "Fresh Start" buddies again. I've been half-hearted with tracking and even worse with exercise and sadly, it shows in how the clothes fit (rather, don't fit) and how I feel. Sooo, here we go again! God is always good, even when I'm not, and with His help this downward spiral is turning around! Track, track, track...move, move, move!
    Praying for you!
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    3452 days ago
    Happy New Year Tammie! Love the pic. of you & your honey on your anniversary! Sweeeet! How are you? Ready for a "fresh start", haha? I sure am... it's been a rough cpl weeks! We can do ALL things thru Jesus when we rely on His strength tho, right? Hope you have a blessed day my SparkSista! :)
    3459 days ago
    Yes, we just start a new day on His mercies and don't beat ourselves up. I think this journey is on figuring out why we do at times, and to just keep going and not giving up is the key.
    3480 days ago
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