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I'm ready to start the Biggest Loser Swing Into Spring (Team Pink Flamingos) challenge! Can ya tell? lol

I'm renewing my commitment to myself these past two months. My life has changed so drastically since I was here years ago, and I find myself in a place where I can concentrate on being healthy & fit. I've married a beautiful man who treats me daily with love & respect. I've left my job & moved states after marriage, had 2 surgeries on my back & neck, and become an empty-nester of 5 (whose youngest has since returned after graduating college). I also quit smoking June 1, 2014.

I am blessed beyond measure. All things in my life have improved & i am happy. I do still struggle with depression & anxiety, but those, too, are so much better & I'm grateful for good meds & a great therapist. One of my battles right now is that the meds cause weight gain, so I'm going to get this under control with your help. One small step at a time. Happy Sparking!

Member Since: 4/3/2006

Fitness Minutes: 4,420

My Goals:
to be confident & comfortable in my body

to build up strength & endurance for today & for my advanced years, so that i can be self-reliant & disease-free for as long as the Lord allows it

for my husband & kids to be proud of me

to see muscle definition

to fit into smaller clothes

to enjoy physical activity

to have my face back

to maintain emotional wellness

My Program:

I quit smoking 6.1.14. Three places that helped:

Great support:

Great philosophy: & The Easy Way to Quit Smoking by Alan Carr

Great scare tactics & info:

A radio talk show I was on about addiction (episode "Java at Midnight"):

Personal Information:
I LOVE my Lord Jesus Christ, my family, gentle people, good coffee, rain storms & soothing music.

I DON'T love my thighs rubbing together, tornado sirens, dry hands, or chiggers.

Other Information:
As of 1.03.19

Height: 5' 4.75"
weight: 185
BMI: 30

neck: 13.5
chest: 45.25
waist: 44.5
hips: 47.25
r. leg: 26.25
r. arm: 14.5

pants: 16
shirt/dress: 1X
belt hole: 4th

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    Hi Jules - welcome to SparkPeople and good luck with your goals!

    5296 days ago
  • v MSM1127
    hey jules, i'm susan, seems we have some things in common!! i too am 42, and i weighed 163 when i started!! now i am 3 months in and have lost 27 pounds. you want to hear something funny? i am embarrassed to say that to people sometimes, not my family, but other people........... you know why? cuz i can't believe i was "that" fat, that i had 27 to lose. and i want to lose 13 more and 125 is a fair place for me to be, cuz i'm 5'4.

    you can do this, just one day at a time. i'm sure it is hard dealing with depression, not to mention dealing with a weight gain resulting from the meds!!! that would be enough to send me into a depression!!! when i am at my heaviest, i am not really a nice person to be around, i dont' like myself and want to make sure everyone (family) is as miserable as me! that's sad isn't it!!!

    my family would probably say they "like" me much better when i am thinner. i have ALWAYS delt with weight problems, my highest weight was 167 i think, but i tend to gain, only to lose it and then gain it again. At 42, i am now doing nothing but exercise and eating healthy. i have no diet, only watch my calories/fat/carbs/protein. it is really the spark diet, i try to stay in my ranges and just make wise choices!!

    i would love to encourage you in anyway!! how long have you been at it?!!

    you and your daughter are cute!! have a great day!
    5298 days ago
  • v KRISTIE52
    You are so sweet.. YOU MADE MY DAY... THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE Comment.... Good luck on your journey....
    5298 days ago
  • v JPERRY24
    Thank you for the really sweet comments you made on my page, they mean a lot to a very insecure girl :) I was really laughing about thinking the picture was me. Isn't he super cute *sigh*
    Anyway, I hope things are going well for you and you realize the plan that God has for your life as well. Take care.
    5300 days ago
  • v JPERRY24
    Jules, I think its so great that you posted your pictures. I struggle a lot with myself image and I don't think I have the courage to post anything from the neck down, but I too am working on that. I know that depression makes things 1000 times harder but its not impossible. I know that when things are dark its hard to believe, but I know you can do this and I believe in you!
    5301 days ago
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