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How Valerie helped me as Gloria

Hey there everyone! Lauren here. i Hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to share the true story of how Valerie helped me as the angel, Gloria, on TBAA. She did more than help me. She inspired me, but mostly, she saved my spiritual life and maybe even my physical life as well.

You never know how God will answer our prayers. That is one of the things that is so awesome about our Heavenly Father. He knows what we need and He will give it to us when we need it most.

This true story is an example of just how awesome His timing is.

The day I saw "Two Sides to Every Angel" for the first time and taped it, my Dad had gone off on me verbally. For what i don't know. It was probably for not having a job or something along those lines or for not being perfect. The usual things some parents with disabled kids rant and rave about.

Anyway, he had really said some hurtful things to me. I went up to my room, closed the door and burst into tears. I turned on the TV and rewound the tape I had taped TBAA on that day. I turned it on and started watching it.

I laughed a wee bit at some of the jokes Gloria made about Tess's car, but for the most part I sat there and balled. But it was nothing compared to how hard i was crying at the end of the episode.

When Gloria said, "God is here. And He loves us, in spite of all the mistakes and He has a plan for us all." I started crying all over again.

I then knelt on my knees and thanked God over and over again. I then prayed for Him to make it possible for me to thank Valerie for what she did. I then wrote Val that letter.

I was feeling so dejected and worthless before Gloria's revelation, I didn’t' know what to do. I felt like my Dad had slapped me, but he hadn't, don't worry.

But words can sting more than a slap across the face ever could. Believe me, I know. I've been on the receiving end of those words many times before.

When my Dad had gone off on me that day, he made me feel like all those hurtful things my mother said to me were true. "You're worthless, you're a mistake. I wish you had never been born." That was what my mother said to me most of the time.

Anyway, when I heard Gloria say, "God loves us, in spite of all the mistakes. And He has a plan for us all." It was like God had sent me an angel who lifted me up and carried me into a new day. And for the first time, I saw myself not through my earthly father's eyes, but through my Heavenly Father's eyes. And it was all thanks to God working through Valerie as Gloria. I will never forget that day or the way God worked through Valerie to confirm His love for me.

And from that day on, I never forgot those words of truth. Now, whenever I need a spirit booster or I find myself questioning God's purpose for me, I remember Gloria's words and they give me the confidence and strengthen my faith to face a new day.

And that is why I will always think of Valerie as an angel. The angel who confirmed God’s love for me when I needed it the most. I will always be grateful to Val for what she did for me as Gloria.

This experience has even inspired me to write a song which I am dedicating to Valerie. The song is called “On an Angel’s Wings.” I’m trying my best to get it composed. When I do, I hope Val will listen to it because it expresses the peace, comfort and clarity her words brought me when I needed them the most.

Who? God
What? He loves you
Where? Everywhere
When? Always, forever, without ceasing.
How? Unconditionally, totally and completely.
Why? Because you are His child.

Official Start

Ok so I know I told you I was going to JC last night...I did and...sadly I am up 10 lbs since my wedding. Lemme break it down:

Oct 06 - 159
Nov 07 - 138
Mar 08 - 149

So yeah I've managed to keep off 10 lbs, but still I'm up 11 from my wedding last November. I set a new goal of 130. I can do it! I'm hoping for a steady 1.5 lbs/week rate putting me at goal by June. We'll see! Wish me luck :)

Motivation!

I see no one has posted to this community in 6 weeks? Tell me it ain't so!

Anyway, I'm new here, but not new to Jenny Craig. I joined in October 2006 and lost 20 lbs in 4 months! Then I stopped and just maintained.

Well I got married this past November and between the honeymoon, the holidays and being lazy, some of the weight has crept back on.

So I'm recommitting today! My appt is at 5:30. I will update all my specs and goals after my weigh-in tonight.

Anyone here still doing JC? Willing to do it again?

The Food Journal

I joined Jenny about five or six years ago. In ten months, I'd lost about 70 pounds. Thrilled with my new body, I promised myself that I wouldn't gain it back unti I decided to.
I haven't decided to gain it back yet!
I treat my weight loss as an ongoing condition that I have to take care of, like my mother's hypertention & my father's diabetes.
Mycondition is much more fun, because I can splurge whenever I like. In addition, keeping up with this condition has the potential of warding off the other two.

Two years ago, I was up ten pounds from my goal weight, so I returned my jenny account to active.
I really love Jenny. It's such a good fit for me. I even worked there for a while.

My consultations are on saturdays. This week, my goals are
1. 7 days of yoga(it's a short routine)
2. 7 days of 20 mn walks
3. Journal what I eat

It's been so long since I kept a food journal! I'm bewildered at myself, but proud that I'm keeping it up!

Oo... ya know what would motivate me? One of those weight-loss tickers. I must go find one.
OMG.
I just saw my last post here, made on September 29.

I knew I had hit a plateau, but didn't realize it had been going on so long.
In the last two months, I've lost 2 pounds, because as of last Friday, I am only at 35 pounds lost.

Now I'm really depressed. 2 pounds in 2 months? That is sad sad sad. *bangs head on laptop*

I could just cry.

Anyone know what Valerie is up to?

Hey there everyone! My name is Lauren. I hope everyone is doing well. I was just wondering what Valerie Bertinelli was up to and if anyone knew. I LOVED her as Gloria on TBAA and I would LOVE to meet her in person to thank her for what she did for me on TBAA. I wrote Rachel Ray, asking her if I could be on the show so that i could promote my new book I wrote and meet Val. Has anyone else met Val? If so, what is she like?
Remember, God loves you!
Lauren

Whsat do you do when...

...your counselor is in too much of a hurry to spend any time with you and makes a huge mistake when weighing you? LAST week my counselor was foregtful, frazzled and rushed, and she had to recalculate my weight 3 times before coming to the conclusion that I had lost 3.9 pounds. THIS week she weighs me and is disappointed that I'd gained 3.9 pounds. Is it possible that I didn't lose anything this week, or last week? Or gain for that matter, and simply maintained from last week? She was incredibly stupid... do I reporty this?
I lost 4.4 lbs this week, and I reached my half-way goal!
I'm so excited! Today I'm buying new Abercrombie perfume. What will you do/ or what did you do when you reached your half way goals?

My Latest Weigh In

It's been awhile since I posted about how my weight loss has been going.

This week, I lost about a pound and a half. Which I was quite happy with, as the last few weeks have been an up and down battle. I got in an exercise slump with the hot weather, and just couldn't seem to get back in the swing of things. It seems I've been gaining and losing the same 8 ounces or so over the last month and it's been very frustrating. I've finally gotten back to a bit of a routine with my exercise and I think I may have finally gotten past my little gain/loss pattern. I'm just over 33 pounds down, which means overall I've only lost about a pound in September. How utterly discouraging. *sigh*

I'm shooting for a 2 pound loss for this next week. I hope I can do it.
I am 155 pounds (hopefully less after this week...) and I am currently on the 1,500 calorie plan. My weight loss has been sort of slow recently, and my Jenny Consultant said that I should try eating more than 1500 because I am so active (I am on a cross country team.. and we run. a lot.) I didn't believe my JC at first because eating more obviously gives the notion that I would gain weight. But now I think she could be right. Does anyone have any solid information that can really convince me of this? Because shes not doing a very good job at it. I want to believe her.. but I just need a little more info.
Thanks! and good luck this week to all of you!