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I was very unhealthy and overweight 2 years ago, then I changed my eating habits drastically, began working out and lost 30 poinds. I now have my hypertension and high cholesterol under control and feel and look much better.

Member Since: 6/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 680

My Goals:
To lose at least 20 more pounds and continue to learn to eat healthy.


My Program:
I work out at the gyn 3 times a week and on the days I don't work out, I walk 1-3 miles with my husband, Cecil, and my dog, Teddy Bear.



Personal Information:
I'm originally from Waco, TX (born and raised). Got married at 18 and began moving around with my husband's job--he worked retail for 35+ years. Now he's out of retail and I work for the Texas Prison System in Huntsville, TX. We've been here for 3 1/2 years. I have 15 years with the system and my husband has almost 6. I hope to retire in 2013 with 20 years service and he hopes to retire then with 10 years service. We live in a golf course resort community next to the second largest lake in Texas. We don't play golf but the view can't be beat!


Other Information:
We have two grown children. Merrik is 32, is multi-handicapped, and lives in a group home in Abilene, TX. Cara is 29 (be 30 October 9th), graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000, and lives in College Station, TX. We moved to Huntsville to be closer to her and to move our son closer so she could obtain guardianship of him when I can no longer serve in that capacity. However, we haven't been able to find the right group home for him in this area, so he will remain in Abilene until that time.




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  • v BEAR_GURL
    Beauty Lies in the Beholder's Eyes

    So many beauties in this appealing world,
    The true beauty lies in the beholder's eyes.
    There is beauty in the child's innocence and in mother's love,
    There is beauty in a friend's affection and in a tender heart.
    There is beauty in a pretty smile and caring eyes,
    There is beauty in the morning sun and a rainy day.
    There is beauty in the flaky slow and a pleasant spring,
    There is beauty in the milky moon and the graceful rivers.
    There is beauty in a hard earned victory and a hopeful soul,
    There is beauty in me and beauty in you.
    So many beauties in this spectacular world and its dazzling life,
    And the true beauty lies in the beholder's eyes.

    Kavitha Krishnamurthy


    As we give thanks this week, let's not forget to count our blessings; remember there are those who are less fortunate. Take the time to really enjoy your holiday and stay safe, especially if you are travelling! As always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way today and EVERY day= )


    Happy Thanksgiving, my SP family!!!!

    Melissa


    3546 days ago
  • v BEAR_GURL
    DIETS

    Give me the strength
    and time to stay away
    from all the goodies in the fridge
    that keep me looking that way!

    The chocolates and the frostings
    that all taste so sweet
    that extra bag of candy
    left from Trick or Treat!

    My mouth is a watering
    and trying to give in
    but my thighs are staring up at me
    WARNING: It's a Sin!

    My tummy sure is growling
    and turning to and fro
    but my sag there just laughs
    it don't need to grow!

    After all of this
    a running through my mind
    Ah Hell, I'll start tomorrow
    for now--It's quitting time!!!

    Copyright: Allison Pitman


    I hope y'all enjoy this poem...I thought it was appropriate for this time of year! I wish you all a FABULOUS week and as always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way= )


    HUGS,

    Melissa


    3572 days ago
  • v BEAR_GURL
    "We must spend most of our lives conjugating three verbs: to want, to have, and to do"~Evelyn Underhill

    "Nothing will work unless you do."~John Wooden

    "There are really only two dimensions to the concept of attitude--you either behave as though you are a victim of circumstance, or you take full responsibility of your situation."~Richard Rudd

    "The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention...A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words."~Rachel Naomi Remen

    "God, grant me the Motivation to get off the couch and MOVE. The will power to navigate a world of fried, sugary, fatty, salty temptations. The peace of mind to not stress about the numbers on a scale. And the Common Sense to chose food for fuel and accept myself as I am." ~Unknown {also borrowed from fellow Sparker, SPARKPIXIE}


    Sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) Your Way emoticon


    Melissa
    3578 days ago
  • v BEAR_GURL
    I asked for Strength...
    And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.
    I asked for Wisdom...
    And God gave me Problems to solve.
    I asked for Prosperity...
    And God gave me Brain and energy to work.
    I asked for Courage...
    And God gave me Danger to overcome.
    I asked for Love...
    And God gave me Troubled people to help.
    I asked for Favors...
    And God gave me opportunities.
    I received nothing I wanted
    But received everything I needed.


    There are moments in your life that make you and sets the course of who you're going to be. Sometimes they're little, subtle moments. Sometimes, they're big moments you never saw coming. No one asks for their life to change, but it does. It's what you do afterward that counts. That's when you find out who you are.


    Attitude controls, rules, affects and directs your career, your family life, your personal life and you. It affects or can impact your relationships, your business success and your health. Attitude has power. Personal Power. And the best part is: YOU CAN CONTROL IT. You determine the way you think about, develop and deliver your attitude. *Source: Jeffery Gitomer*


    As always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way today and every day!!!


    HUGS = )


    Melissa


    3582 days ago
  • v BEAR_GURL
    "Portrait of a Friend"

    I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts,
    or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
    search for answers.

    I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,
    nor the future with its untold stories.
    But I can be there now when you need me to care.

    I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
    I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

    Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
    Yet I can share in your laughter.

    Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
    I can only support you, encourage you,
    and help you when you ask.

    I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
    from your values, from me.
    I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

    I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
    But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
    room to be yourself.

    I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
    But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
    and put them back in place.

    I can't tell you who you are.
    I can only love you and be your friend.

    Unknown


    I hope you know how much your friendship means to me; thanks for the advice, support and laughs you've sent my way. Best wishes throughout your journey and I hope you're having an AWESOME day= ) As always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way, my friend!!!


    HUGS,

    Melissa

    3587 days ago
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