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Me in the green and my (11 months older) sister 1 year post op finally I'm lighter than her

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Wow I surely have come along way sincerely do not even look like the same person, most peope I bump into don't recognize me any more it's really an wonderful feeling to know that I did it, it took alot of courage and research on my part, but I'm sure glad I made all the changes in my life, below are notes on my life in short and the progression of things that I'd written to keep others informed.
Hope it helps and encourages you too...

Hi! I've been at this diet thing for many years since 17 yrs old exactly. Took a lot of time to put it on, I've made up my mind, I'm determined, my heart is fixed and I can't turn back the clock, nor do I want to.. I will be going to have a Gastric Bypass on Sept. 30th, 2008. I will finally have the chance at a life I had only dreamed about before, To not carry all this weight I have been battling all my life, will finally be a reality. I will be able to run the mile, jog, and chase my grandchildren through the park. Even play ball and run the bases if I want. I then can say good by to the high blood pressure, high cholostrol, and diabetes.. I won't be ashamed to be seen in public any more and will not feel that people are thinking FAT things about me any more. I will be able to by-pass the plus sizes and go to those sizes I use to be. Clothes shopping won't depress me any more. I may even run a marithon!! Wouldn't that be neat. I may even go back to school take up some courses, Why I know I'll feel like a whole new world is opening up to me for the taking. By January next year I will be looking to a new career. Not sure where or what, but I will press on.. Where ever He leads me, it is... "His Love leads me to change!" I'm excited and know it will be an exciting new season in my life. I'm ready by this time next year I'll be 100 lbs. lighter and ready for anything so I'm going all the way. I can do all things thru Christ Jesus (my Lord) who strengthens me. He will uphold me, He will preserve me, He will sustain me!! And I thank God for my new Sparks friends and all the tools available here on this site!. It has been a SP adventure learning how to count calories and tracking all my foods has really helped me, also running the treadmill has helped in reducing in my downsizing. Looking forward to the thinner side of life!!!!
I had said I woiuld give you my reason's Why and I pray I have enough room in this one blog. I have been on all kinds of diets since I was 16 years old. Thats alot of years. I have lost 100's
of pounds only to have it find it's way back to this body. I have read many books and had memberships in all types of programs. been to lots of gyms. I have done the do... and now its time to take action, I feel God has given me this tool to get me back on the right road to my recovery. I am avoiding heart attack and other things that could come down the line if I don't move on this now!!! I am more than 150 lbs over weight, BMI 46. Have high BP, high cholostrol, early diabetes predestined by genes to retinopthy-blindness due to diabetes. I'm only 54 and do not do as much as I'd like to lack of energy. I have 7 beautiful grandchildren and two step-grands and would like to see them graduate, get married and have children, I pray to be more active and out spoken as to the things I have gone through by being over weight. As I have alot of years experience at it. I pray I could strart a support group for those who are dealing with all these issues in my neighborhood. For those who would like to be supported in their healing and the recovery of themselves for themselves and those who love them. I pray to be an incentive for others contemplating Weight loss surgery.
I will pray for those who want to be included on my prayer blog. I want to hear people say "Wow Nancy you look great!", not just "You have such a pretty face!" I pray my wondreful husband will be more in love with me than he already is !!
I could add more here on this blog but like I figured I've run out of room. God Bless and if'n you want to be entered on my prayer blog...know that I am committed to pray for you and your situations. Or if you want to post private message you can go to and I will put you on prayer sheet.
Gods blessings on your weight loss in which ever way you personelly choose to do it.
Where does my strength come from?
It's all about HIM! Now Ponder this!!
“If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!” - Keith Green

Help me Lord to fulfill the call you have on my life!!
Help me to keep my eyes on the prize!!!

“I myself, for instance, am not especially gifted, and am shy by nature, but my gracious and merciful God and Father inclined Himself to me, and when I was weak in faith He strengthened me while I was still young. He taught me in my helplessness to rest on Him, and to pray even about little things in which another might have felt able to help himself.” - Hudson Taylor

There but by the Grace Of God go I !!!

..for thinking before acting.
..for hearing before judging.
..for forgiving your enemies.
..for being candid and frank.
..for helping a fallen brother.
..for being honest in business.
..for thinking before speaking.
..for being loyal to your church.
..for standing by your principles.
..for closing your ears to gossip.
..for bridling a slanderous tongue.
..for harboring pure thoughts.
..for sympathizing with the afflicted.
..for being courteous and kind to all.
..for looking at others with HIS eyes.

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Member Since: 1/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 9,053

My Goals:
Exercise regularly at GYM and at home here on treadmill, drink more water & above all learn to count calories exercise portion control and watch labels on things I buy, If I cook healthier for myself my husband too will eat healthier too.

My Program:
Plan out my week,
Track my food.
Count Calories learn how to eyeball portions.
Track all exercises.
Be more active all the way around.
Learn as much as I can to stay healthy and also educate my grandchildren.
I want to be an encourager to others, help them through this path of fitness

Personal Information:
I am origianaly from Tonawanda NY, suburb of Buffalo. Kenmore East Sr. High Graduate in 1971. I have been up near Watkins Glen NY since 2002. Beautiful Finger Lakes area.

Other Information:
My favorite Book has been around forever and in print since the 1600's. And it author is my closest friend my counselor. I like quiet times and reflecting over the years. ..See my pictures and the progression of my weight loss through the years. and of course my family!!

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    Just want you to know that my husband passed on Feb 11,2013 from cancer and he is now in the arms of Jesus. I do miss him so but the way things are going in this world it will be soon that I will be with the Lord Jesus and my husband. I am just glad that the Lord reached him before he passed.
    2895 days ago
  • v CINDY-K
    NancyJean, I have been trying to sparkmail you for some time now to no avail. I have a suggestion for an updated greeting message for the Gastric Bypass Sparklers that I want you to take a look at. I think the problem is that you have not friended me. I tried again today to send you a friend request which when you respond I think will take care of the sparkmail problem.
    The current automated message is sent out under your name. The other co-leaders have seen the revised message but we need you to see it and review it and make any suggestions for changes before we can make any change.

    I also have been emailing the others about revising the description on the goals to make them more clear and suggestions for some additional ones to give members a chance to choose some additional goals.


    3646 days ago
    I hadn't heard from you for a while, I hope all is well.
    3759 days ago
  • v NENATO2
    How are you doing, my friend?
    3763 days ago
  • v CATLADY_56
    Thanks for the comments on my blog. I know that you will lose your last little bit of weight. I am looking forward to summer walking as well. The winter seems to last so long. emoticon
    3818 days ago
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