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I keep telling myself this... have you ever been more determined. This year I turn 40 and WOW putting it in print is something!

Right now I have a mantra going on in my head, 40 pounds to hit my first mini-goal toward losing the 75 total... and then I can re-evaluate to see if I need and or want to lose any more. But it all begins with the first 40. So for now I am losing 40 before 40!

(See my history below)
JUNE 1, 2011:
AUGUST 1, 2010:
I come and gone so much but I am back and this time I must do this for me, for my life, for my health. My mind, my body, my soul, and my spirit are in My Father's hands. "I can do all things through Christ who strengths me"

Philippians 1:6 (King James Version)
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I am confident...
APRIL 2006: (When I first got the spark....)


In all the world there is no one else exactly like me... I am me and I am OK!

My Project is me…
My name is Maria, and I am an engineer (well really I am an accountant) but for this journey I am my own architect and engineer. My weight has lead to a lot of things, including depression, stress, and low self esteem. However now I am seeking to free myself of my heavy load. I recognize that I am in control of my destiny. I deserve to love and be loved. I deserve respect and I should respect myself. But one important element to my success is being validated and having support and that is what I have found here.

Beginning in January I started telling myself that you need to do something about your weight. The stress from work and all the emotionally eating associated with it had packed back on the few pounds that I had lost from my last “exercise phase.” The scale at the doctor’s office read 250, and I just felt awful. The final straw was when my “fat pants” started getting tight, spandex was a requirement, and shopping trips for clothing were like mad scavenger hunts, where all the clothes in my sized looked like moo moos, and felt even worse on, I knew that I was not happy being the size that I was, and I knew that it was time for me to take action.

Seek and you shall find…
Finding has been a God send. This site is packed with information, support, and all the tools that I need to succeed on my project. Getting this weight off has always been a dream of mine and now I realize that it is possible. However I have to realize that this is no quick fix, this journey is about life change, and it is a journey I plan to enjoy, and I plan to be successful. I welcome you as my friend and I am happy and thankful to have found some wonderful friends, who are very supportive, and who are on the same journey as me.

Progress to date…
I have been with Sparkpeople since April 2006. To date I have lost over 39 pounds! Since actively pursuing this journey into healthy living I now drink at least 8 - 12 glasses of water a day, from barely drinking 2 glasses. My clothes are fitting much looser. I have more energy, I want to exercise more, and I feel so much better. Other benefits, my oldest son has also lost over 12 pounds, he feels better about himself, has become more active and more aware of what he is eating. My ultimate goal is to reach 155 - 165 pounds, be healthy, and fit, and I know that it is doable I just have to believe, so I firmly believe that I am capable of meeting this goal. I have tried and fallen many times, but the battle is not over. This time I am going to win, because this time and am armed with love, I have all the tools I need to focus not just the physical aspects of this journey, but also on my mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. By taking this holistic approach I know I will be victorious.

Thanks for visiting my page and I wish you nothing but the best in your weight loss journey.



Member Since: 4/4/2006

Fitness Minutes: 7,970

My Goals:
1. Loose two pounds per week.

06/27/2011 - 252.5
07/04/2011 - 247.5
07/11/2011 - 247.5
07/18/2011 - 244.0
07/25/2011 - 244.5
08/01/2011 - 243.0
08/08/2011 - 242.0
08/15/2011 - 239.0
08/22/2011 - 242.0 OUCH!
08/29/2011 - 239.5
09/05/2011 - 237.0 YES!
09/12/2011 - 237
09/19/2011 - 238.5
09/26/2011 - 237.5
10/02/2011 - 234.5
10/10/2011 - 232.5
10/17/2011 - 235.0
10/24/2011 - 232.5
10/31/2011 - 230.0
11/07/2011 - 227.5
11/14/2011 - 232.5 (don't know what that was about)
11/21/2011 - 237.0 (OK, GOING THE WRONG WAY - U OUT OF CONTROL!)
12/05/2011 - 237.0 and holding :(:
01/01/2012 - 240.0
01/09/2012 - 238.5 (Progress! Yes!)

2. Drink 8 or more glasses of water a day!

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables (raw) 5 - 8 servings a day

4. Excercise at least 10 minutes per day.

5. Be on time! (This means get up and don't snooze!)


My Program:
LOSE 40 IN 90 - 01/01/2012 -

6/1/2011 - Lose 30 in 90 SW 255 GW 225 ACTUAL 238.5 09/01/2011 16.5 LOSS

2. Exercise 10 minutes a day.
2. Strength Training 3 day per week.
3. Cardio 3 days per week.
4. Eat 4-6 servings of vegetables per day.
5. Drink 8+ glasses of water a day.
6. Read 4 Books this year.
7. Daily, Meditate, pray and read the Bible.

Personal Information:
Charleston, WV

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Favorites Shows:
Grey''s Anatomy
anything with Tyler Perry

I love reading... Zane, Omar Tyree, Terry Mcmillan, Eric Jerome Dickey, Maya Angelou, favorite poem by Langston Hughes “From Mother to Son”, book that helped to change my life "For women who love too much" by Robin Norwood

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    Just Because...

    Today is not a holiday
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    But I still thought I'd like to send
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    Love, Teresa
    3293 days ago
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    3296 days ago
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    Thank you for you: for who you are,
    However far away;
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    Yet thinking much of me,
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    I am so Blessed by your presence in my life!
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    3313 days ago
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    Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.
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    ~Dale Carnegie~
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    3314 days ago
    Your friendship has helped me grow.
    Your encouragement has helped me
    gain confidence in myself.
    Knowing someone as caring as you has
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    Your friendship has made me see life
    as something to be enjoyed. . .
    especially with someone like you.
    Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend!
    Hugs, Teresa
    3320 days ago
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