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Hello! I am Preacher, AKA Brenda. I'm here for one reason: to lose weight. I wasn't always heavy and thought I could eat anything I wanted and "get away with it." Over the years, I had thyroid disease. I smoked for 30 years but on March 26, 1995 and haven't looked back. These factors are why I am obese today. I can't blame anyone anymore. I did it and now I am trying to undo it.

I also had Sleep Apnea, which went undiagnosed for years. When I started falling asleep at work and while driving, I figured something must be wrong! I never heard of Sleep Apnea before, but now I am using a CPAP machine at night to keep me breathing. I don't like it, but it's made my life much better. I am happy to report that since losing over +80 lbs, I no longer had Sleep Apnea. I don't have to use that ugly machine anymore!

As if Sleep Apnea weren't enough, I also have hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed with Graves' disease about 10 years ago and had to undergo radiation treatment for it. With all I have been reading about this disease, I don't have much hope of lossing all the weight I've gained. But I feel bad enough about it to keep trying. Maybe I'm fighting a lossing battle (pardon the pun), but I just can't give up. I'm going to a new Endocrinologist who maybe can help me, but that won't be till June. I've asked God to restore the function of my thyroid; that's all I can do. I'm in His hands and if this is my lot in life, then all I can do is try to stay healthy. Even if I don't lose weight, I will have gained strength and confidence I never had before.

In 2009 I had a gastric sleeve procedure for weight loss. Don't jump to conclusions here--this surgery is only a tool, not a magic weight loss plan. You still have to do the homework! But since then, besides losing a lot of weight, I also lost my sleep apnea. I feel so much better than I have even when I was younger. I feel more energetic and healthier.

I was on 2 blood pressure medications. I no longer have high blood pressure and I am off all that medication for it.

I have been maintaining my goal weight since 2009 and it's been hard at times since I have a hypothyroid, but I keep up with my exercise; in fact, I started Zumba classes a few months ago. Wow, now that's what I call a workout!

Watch out! I have a sense of humor!

Member Since: 4/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 26,635

My Goals:
My goal is to be down to 150 by the end of this year and it looks like I am finally going to make it happen! My husband calls me "Thinner." That's a big help. Now that I'm lossing weight, I'm having him call me "Leaner".

I am now setting some new goals that I've been ignoring: to exercise at least 30-45 at least 5 times a week. Wow, what a challenge. But I also said I love a good challenge. Looks like I found it!

I also want to start a Christian Counseling center in my area within the next 2 years.

My Program:
I am going to rely on Sparkpeople to help me with my eating habits and to change what needs to be changed. My doctor put me on an appetite suppressant which
I stopped taking b/c it didn't work! I gave updrinking soda. I only drank Cherry Coke Zero, but from what I've heard about soda lately, I just thought it best not to drink all those hemicals. I exercise 5 days a week, using kettlebells or a medicaine ball, Turbo Jam, Hip-Hop Abs and using an Eliptical machine plus free weights for toning. I'm gonna do this for me.
I've also discovered Zumba. I've read that an hour of this burns over 500 calories. As I am a Senior Citizen now, I can take this kind of class twice a week for free. Getting old doesn't mean I have to learn to knit while sitting in a rocking chair!

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. I just turned 65 but don't feel old!

I hold a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Christian/Pastoral Counseling and recently became an ordained minister.
I teach Sunday School children from 1st to 5th grade and never knew I would like it so much until I tried it!

In the next 2-3 years I would like to open a counseling center called "One On One Ministry" in my home or nearby so people who seek God's healing can have a place to find help. It is my desire to pass on to others what God has been so gracious to give to me.

Other Information:
I have 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.

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  • v GRAMMAP1
    Your Kitty drew my interest to your page. I was reading about the bender Ball and you made a comment there. I love the picture of Kitty.
    I am a former Missionary/Pastors wife and worked with Women during our African years. (13) emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1958 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Praise the Lord!! I am so excited that you have joined "Keep Walking In Jesus". We are so looking forward to walking in Christ and losing weight together as well as getting to know you personally. We can do this together and all things through Christ. I am awespired of your weight loss, You can do this and all things through Christ. Please visit our team leader singinglady's spark page for some awesome inspiration. I know for me that Judi (singinglady) is an inspiration for me!! Praise God!
    Love You Always your sister in Christ
    2547 days ago
    emoticon Brenda on your July achievements! I am so proud of the progress you are making! Sending lots of WOOHOO hugs to you. Have a blessed Wednesday!

    emoticon W = Wonderful role model from turning goals into lasting achievements!
    emoticon O = Outstanding friend that supports, encourages and inspires others!
    emoticon O = Open to new ideas by replacing poor habits with healthy choices!
    emoticon H = Honorable by meeting new challenges and creating effective goals!
    emoticon O = Observes a healthy lifestyle with dedication and completion!
    emoticon O = Overcomes obstacles by mastering positive results!

    emoticon You are a WINNER!! emoticon You are an INSPIRATION!! emoticon

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2552 days ago
    emoticon to the Keep Walking with Jesus team emoticon emoticon
    2554 days ago
  • v no profile image BAMAJAM2
    Brenda--I love that profile picture of that "cute baby"---
    Also, I commend you for your desire to open a counseling center. Indeed, there is a great need for Christian counseling--- Bless you!
    2557 days ago
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