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Hello! Welcome to my PINK FLAMINGO SparkPage! I am a Christian woman who is also a wife, mother, grandmother, retired teacher now on-line ESOL teacher, tutor and health coach. I joined the VIPKid community teaching English to children in China online, and I LOVE it! I am a writer, and I deliver flowers for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. I thank God for my family and friends and all the opportunities I have been given.
SparkPeople got the ball rolling, and now it and OPTAVIA (previously named Take Shape for Life) is showing me that I can be successful. I had lost 45 pounds and got half-way to my goal weight, but then life happened, and I gained the weight back and another 20 pounds. I joined the Pink Flamingos with the Biggest Loser Team in the fall of 2018 and have lost more than 37 pounds already. I went down at least one size. I like shopping more now because I can fit into more, and it is more of a reward for me than food now. My goal is to eat well through the challenges and to exercise. I would also like to get a handle on my Hashimoto’s and thyroid issues once and for all. All my other medical tests, bloodwork and BP are A+.

Member Since: 7/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,934

My Goals:
~ Lose Weight by Eating Healthy Foods
~ Drink Lots of Water
~ Exercise & Do Yoga & Dance & Hike and Go to Gym
~ De-clutter My Home, My Work & My Life...

My Program:
This is it...I am coaching through SparkPeople and OPTAVIA (previously TSFL) as I heal my own body and mind. I have gotten to the place in my life where I am able to get back to center and FOCUS on what I want and need. As a retired special education teacher with 35 years of experience, I am now able to simplify my life by seriously de-cluttering my junk. I can now become the OPTAVIA coach I want to be. I can write and travel. I can be the daughter of Christ that He created.

Personal Information:
I am a strong Christian, happily married woman (24+ years) and proud mother (of 6) and grandmother (of 7). I am a retired special education teacher as of 2018 with 35+ years of experience. I was the past department chair and the current Student Service Learning Coordinator at the time of my retirement. I was a Students Against Destructive Decisions sponsor for 27 years. I am a member of our local business networking group and an OPTAVIA health coach (previously known as TSFL). I teach English on-line to children in China. I also tutor and deliver flowers. I have been active in my church, Emmaus (now Board Chair/CLD) and in the local theater, Port Tobacco Players (actor, props mistress, stage manager and assistant director). I am looking for simpler pleasures now, so I have more time for me and what is most important to me…my relationship with Christ, time with family and friends, good health, travel, writing and volunteering.

Other Information:
~With Jesus, all things are possible.

~God, grant me the serenity...
The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Amen. (prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)

~"The Joy of the Lord is my strength."

“Give Thanks”
Don Moen

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given

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    2960 days ago
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    I'm sending ghostly greetings from my sparkpage to yours!
    It is the final October weekend before Halloween night.
    BEWARE to avoid the awakened Spirits cemetery tours!
    As each year brings haunted houses, ghoulish costumes and screaming delight!

    The brewing cauldrons are overflowing with healthy potions galore.
    "Hang around for a spell!" the witches always cackled.
    Bats flying, spiderwebs spinning and creepy crawlers soon join the horror.
    Let's just hope, the rattling skeletal bodies do not become unshackled.

    The spooktacular fright night will soon be here.
    It's on October 31st, we will witness Trick-Or-Treat!
    Be sure to watch for the full moon to appear.
    Have a BOO-tiful Halloween without smelling anyone's feet!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2960 days ago
    Thank you for my birthday wishes.
    2961 days ago
    You're so welcome, dear. Keep consistent as best as can be managed and you will rock those shoes. Have a healthy and sunny week!
    2966 days ago
    I am glad that you are feeling in control today and are back on track. Have a great day.

    Thanks for your support on my blog. It was nice of you to take the time to post. emoticon
    2967 days ago
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