WOW!!! GRACE2GRACE,what a great post.Thanks for posting your success!!! Keep up the good work......
I went last night after work and bought 2 pair of jeans for work thinking I could have new pants to wear this morning, I tried them on and they were too big!!! Yea!!! I will return them today and get a smaller size.....I have lost 19 pounds and have 14 to go.....
It's after three in the morning and although I'm trying to hurry through my mail I just had to respond to your post. What a wonderful, happy, uplifting post to read! Thanks so much for sharing it. You left me with a smile to go to sleep with. Congratulations on all your hard work! Here's wishing you continued good luck with everything!
Smilingly Yours, Audrey Larkin
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well done, Grace2Grace! Your post motivates me even more.
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Grace2Grace, I apologize for calling you Heather, my short term memory was sure that was what I read! I hope Heather was encouraged as well. My encouragement is for the tremendous progress you've made! You are an encouragement to many. Keep up the good work!
I read your message and I was thrilled for you. I don't know what you've done, but I'm beginning that you are the tiny minority and the rest of us keep trying, wanting to believe, inspite of the obvious evidence that the permanent weight loss is NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. I'm beginning to believe that this is not a fight worth fighting
Congrats! I am so inspired..and excited! For you and for me! I am so determined to lose what I need to this time! THANK YOU for sharing! I hate fitting rooms, trying on clothes at this moment and time. I want that to change, and it will. Keep it up! Woo-hoo...you go girl!
Excellent! That is worth a perma grin. In the past year I have lost 22 pounds and have my daughter to thank for putting me in touch with SparkPeople. My goal was to someday not having to take blood preasure or Chclesterol meds. anymore. I do not take either now.
Thank you so much for your post. I've just started this journey. It feels different this time. I, like you, wanted it off and off now. But I'm realizing that changing the way I think is key. So far, 9 pounds gone in 5 weeks.
Congratulations on the jeans resulting in the "perma grin" - I love it!
I hope to be smaller again so I can wear those skinny jeans.I used to have some of those,its been many years since I had any skinny jeans.So proud of you for getting there.I never could do a cartwheel,I'll just be glad to move and be comfortable doing it.
You well deserve these congratulations Heather, you ARE an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story :)
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Okay its over the top now..."Couch Nicole".
This is the best day!!!
Thank you so much Nicole for the videos and for being so real.
You have helped me more than you know.
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Great post! Congratulations on your success. I loved the part where you focused away from the scale and on more fun aspects like fitness and challenges. I think that is crucial--and goes a long way to motivating people to stick with it and really reach their goals. Congrats!
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OMG! I'm so excited "The SparkGuy" talked to me.
Thanks sparkguy so much for this site.
By the way I just ran thru the office telling everyone sparkguy talked to me. They are all wearing perplexed, who the heck is sparkguy expressions, but we all know here at spark and we think you are incredible and so generous spark guy.
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What an inspiration! I have so far to go, and it goes so slowly. I have a hard time staying motivated and focused, but after seeing your progress chart and reading your entry, I know I can do it, too.
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I'm so glad if I was able to encourage you. So many people here have done that for me. I do feel amazing and like I said if I can do this....anyone can and its so worth it. I'm having so much fun! Have a great day. Baby steps will get you there. HeatherDawn
GRACE, you totally made my day with this! Way to go!!!
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Its really blowing my mind!
The other day I went shopping and I don't think my feet were touching the ground when I left and I have a strange facial thing happening ...I think its called perma grin.
I used to hate shopping, dressing rooms were depressing...I used to wish they'd light them by candlelight so I couldn't really see what would depress me.
Now...I love shopping, I love trying on clothes and the fun of wondering what size am I now.
The thing that put the perma grin on my face was when I tried on this awesome black tailored shirt with a pair of (no way will these fit) size nine jeans. Low and behold not only did they fit I looked amazing in them (if I do say so myself) My family flipped out too when they saw me.
Ever since then I've been just ...I don't know quite how to express it. Befuddled, Gobsmacked, standing in abject wonder. How did this happen? Why was I able to lose the weight this time, but was never very successful all those other years. Truth is I still can't believe I've done this, I still can't believe thats me I see in the mirror. Why now!!! What made this time so different. Is that really me in the mirror or has my hubby and the suzy shier store teamed up to pull a prank on me with circus mirrors? lol
I really don't know exactly, why or how. What I do know is I owe a huge debt of gratitude to so many wonderful girls on spark who have encouraged me and motivated me, challenged me. Made me laugh some days when I felt like crying. The NEW team with there premise of No excuses you can exercise 10 minutes on the days you specify. I thought well I can do 10 minutes... a week of that and I was off. The great challenges that brought out my grrrr factor and that desire to do well. Then there were some wonderful ladies from I can't do this on my own team and the great ladies from Fit fabulous and 40.
My weight came off and still is coming off slowly about 4 pounds on average a month. Usually 3 weeks with nothing then a week were I'd drop the 3-4 pounds. I had a friend ask me how could I stay motivated losing so slowly and the best answer I could give her was somehow my focus had gone from the scale, to fitness goals, nutrition goals and really rocking the monthly challenges at the NEW team. Also over time I realized how I was losing weight over a months time not each week. So I just got comfortable with the ups and downs of the scale knowing in another month it would be showing a 3-4 pound loss.
As I said in another blog post...at first I wanted it off and fast, but now I'm grateful that it's coming off slow...its giving me time to learn how to live healthy, not just be on a diet for 6 weeks.
The other thing that helped me so much was learning the 80/20 rule. 80 percent of the time make great healthy choices and exercise the other 20 life happens enjoy it all. When things weren't perfect, if I was sick, felt unmotivated, or just went and ate some high calorie foods. That too would pass. There was no thinking I've failed. I'd just adjust my choices for the next bit. Life is always gonna happen...its not failure you just carry on. This sounds so simple so common sense...but I have to tell you this was a major shift in thinking for me. Once that really settled in I found some very real peace about my weight loss journey.
I'm doing so many more things now. I run, I swim, the other day I was doing flips on a trampoline, and get this....I discovered that at 44 I can still do running cartwheels 4 in a row ending in a round up. Whooooo HOOOO I feel like a kid again!
Every where I go people are flipping out and it feels so great getting those compliments....but that pales in comparison to how I feel inside of me. I think I'd be proud of me....and I am...but inside I'm still looking in the mirror going wow...how did this happen. It certainly didn't happen on my own.
To all my dear sparky friends...thank you...with all of my heart I thank each one of you. To the sparkpeople company...thank you for this website it has truly changed my life.
It just totally blows my mind. I'm so happy as I write this I feel tears threatening...but they are good tears, that flow while I'm still wearing this perma grin.
If I can do this....anyone can and you can enjoy the journey. Its soooooo much more than weight loss or how you look. It is litterly a life transformation it touches every area.
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