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Posted on January 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Hello to anyone out there that may still be reading or checking in on me. I've gotten a few messages lately and it really encourages me to keep fighting the fight! Last year was stinking hard with losing BOTH of my parents whom I was VERY close to.  I did gain a little weight, but that's ok, most of that has come back off. I'm working it and eating well and I'll get back where I want to be. I know I will with His help! You may or may not be wondering what I'm doing now. Of course you're wondering or you wouldn't be reading. Right? ;) I'm still doing the FIRM, currently mostly Firm Express. I love how they are 20 minutes and get it done. I do probably 4 or 5 workouts per week. I'm back into my clean eating mode as I LOVE how full it leaves me feeling. I enjoy feeling full. That might sound crazy to some people, but to someone who LOVES to eat it doesn't. I like to eat volume! I also get my best results when I reallyl watch the junk. :)  This year marks TEN YEARS since I started my weight loss journey. It's weird that I don't really recognize my former self. It was like it was another life. I NEVER want to go back there, however if I' honest with myself I know it would be sooo easy to. Remember....I LOVE to eat!  There are times when I enjoy a workout, but for the most part I do it because I HAVE to. I feel so much better when I do. I'm less stiff, I can think better, I don't feel fluffy, most of all I don't feel guilty when I know I'm doing what I NEED to do.

I keep myself out in the public eye for two reasons. 1- it helps ME. It keeps me accountable! 2- I truly DO want to help you and show you that it can be done. Wait there are 3 reasons. I hope that I can lead someone to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Without Him I would have quit a long long time ago. 

I am on facebook and have a small check in group if you need accountability. Just shoot me a message and I'll add you if I think you're 'Ok". ;) I probably will never update pics on here, but my girls post pics of me all the time on FB, some very unflattering ones! LOL! If you'd like to see where I am currently. 

Oh, and here's a neat site I found lately www.dashingdish.com has some GREAT recipes. I haven't tried one that I didn't like. Her protein peanut butter cookies are really good! I used Kroger chunky natural in mine. 

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24 Comments

Reply Carla
10:39 AM on February 3, 2014 
Hey, Shari!! Thanks for sending me a message. :) I really appreciate the prayers. I'm doing ok, battling a cold or the flu right now, but seem to be on the mend. :) Got get that body you want, girl!!
Shari says...
Hi!! I was just stopping by your blog because I SOOOOOO need inspiration to get healthy and you are always one to point me in the right direction!!!

How are you? I will pray for you today!!

His,
Shari
Reply Shari
4:32 PM on February 2, 2014 
Hi!! I was just stopping by your blog because I SOOOOOO need inspiration to get healthy and you are always one to point me in the right direction!!!

How are you? I will pray for you today!!

His,
Shari
Reply Carla
12:25 PM on August 23, 2013 
Thanks, girl, for dropping me a line. :)
tutfam says...
Just dropping by to say hi and that I still refer back to your blog for inspiration!
Reply tutfam
2:53 PM on August 22, 2013 
Just dropping by to say hi and that I still refer back to your blog for inspiration!
Reply Carla
9:59 PM on July 5, 2013 
Done!
Judy says...
Hi Carla - Well, that is me who posted at 07:17 am on July 4, 2013. This shows just how computer inexperienced I am. If there is ANY way you can remove my last name from that post, I would really appreciate it. I am definitely not technically savvy! I could not seem to go in and edit/delete my post. Thank you very much - Judy
Reply Judy
7:28 AM on July 4, 2013 
Hi Carla - Well, that is me who posted at 07:17 am on July 4, 2013. This shows just how computer inexperienced I am. If there is ANY way you can remove my last name from that post, I would really appreciate it. I am definitely not technically savvy! I could not seem to go in and edit/delete my post. Thank you very much - Judy
Reply Carla
7:56 AM on June 27, 2013 
HEY!!! Good to hear from you!!! Wow! A grandma! I love how you said you are GOING to get in shape. I expect an update soon that you're in the 190s!! :)
Darlene (dhagen 0n WW) says...
I'm re-committing Carla!! Yes, again but I have to, I am going to be a grandma in January(not planned but what can you do?) and I have to be around for my family!!! I am at my heaviest(202.5) and my health is suffering even more but with your encouragement and that of my other homeschool moms that are exercising, I am going to get in shape!!! Miss you girl!!
Reply Darlene (dhagen 0n WW)
6:12 PM on June 25, 2013 
I'm re-committing Carla!! Yes, again but I have to, I am going to be a grandma in January(not planned but what can you do?) and I have to be around for my family!!! I am at my heaviest(202.5) and my health is suffering even more but with your encouragement and that of my other homeschool moms that are exercising, I am going to get in shape!!! Miss you girl!!
Reply Carla
8:54 AM on May 22, 2013 
How sweet, Christina! Thanks for taking the time to leave me an encouraging message. :)
Christina says...
Hi there, just wanted to comment and let you know that yet another soul is always glad to see new posts. I have been following your website/blog since 2005-ish... :]
You are awesome! Keep it up! You are truly an inspiration to many, whether they get a chance to tell you or not.
Reply Christina
1:58 PM on May 21, 2013 
Hi there, just wanted to comment and let you know that yet another soul is always glad to see new posts. I have been following your website/blog since 2005-ish... :]
You are awesome! Keep it up! You are truly an inspiration to many, whether they get a chance to tell you or not.
Reply Carla
11:49 AM on February 21, 2013 
LauraSB says...
I am so glad to see you back here, although I do follow you on FB. I am just never on it, because I just don't really care for it anymore. Anyway, I am so sorry for your losses, those are really hard times. I am glad you are doing so well. Keep up the hard work!
Thanks!
Reply Carla
11:48 AM on February 21, 2013 
tutfam says...
Carla - just curious which WW plan was in place when you lost your weight? I'm not a fan of the PointsPlus and am considering doing an old program.

Hmmm I can't remember? I was on WW from July 03 til' probably late 2005.
Reply Carla
11:48 AM on February 21, 2013 
Naomi says...
What is your name on Facebook? I'd like to have a bit more accountability. I've been coming to your website for years for inspiration.

Carla Carter...maybe try googling that along with the firm .
Reply tutfam
11:01 PM on February 14, 2013 
Carla - just curious which WW plan was in place when you lost your weight? I'm not a fan of the PointsPlus and am considering doing an old program.
Reply Naomi
10:15 PM on February 3, 2013 
What is your name on Facebook? I'd like to have a bit more accountability. I've been coming to your website for years for inspiration.
Reply LauraSB
4:31 PM on January 28, 2013 
I am so glad to see you back here, although I do follow you on FB. I am just never on it, because I just don't really care for it anymore. Anyway, I am so sorry for your losses, those are really hard times. I am glad you are doing so well. Keep up the hard work!
Reply Carla
9:49 PM on January 27, 2013 
Jackie- loss is tough, isn't it? You can lose that 80 pounds if you set your mind to it. Please never give up, never give in, never quit. Always tell yourself that quitting is not an option. Please keep me posted on how you're doing. Let's do it, Jackie! Thank you so much. :)
Jackie Blue says...
I am so very sorry for your losses last year; I lost both my in-laws and my father in the same year in 2008 so you have a special place in my heart! This year I will be turning 50 and pray for the strength to lose the 80 lbs that have been accumulating for many years. Thank you for continuing to feature your blog - you are a beautiful woman with a gorgeous family! Your photos and messages have helped so many.
Reply Jackie Blue
5:22 PM on January 27, 2013 
I am so very sorry for your losses last year; I lost both my in-laws and my father in the same year in 2008 so you have a special place in my heart! This year I will be turning 50 and pray for the strength to lose the 80 lbs that have been accumulating for many years. Thank you for continuing to feature your blog - you are a beautiful woman with a gorgeous family! Your photos and messages have helped so many.
Reply Carla
9:39 AM on January 22, 2013 
I miss you when you don't post! I know it's super super tough losing a parent. I was so close to my mom and dad and at times I get quite sad, but then He lifts me right back up.
Subie says...
Carla, You have been such a blessing to me for several years. I have really fallen off the wagon since my mother died. I miss her but know she is in a better place because she was suffering.
I may not post as often as I need to- but reading how you persevere each week- gives me hope!
Reply Subie
8:58 AM on January 22, 2013 
Carla, You have been such a blessing to me for several years. I have really fallen off the wagon since my mother died. I miss her but know she is in a better place because she was suffering.
I may not post as often as I need to- but reading how you persevere each week- gives me hope!

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