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LOVELIFE45 SparkPoints: (11,029)
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10/30/08 8:57 A

Your success proves that this can be done without deprivation. So many people look at this lifestyle change in a negative manner. I can never eat such and such again. The key is moderation in some cases and making healthier choices in others. You have done an awesome job on your journey, and I wish you continued success.
Christine emoticon emoticon

SHIRLEYDILLARD Posts: 1,346
10/30/08 8:52 A

Your story has encouraged me to keep at it. The big picture can sometimes look too big! But we just need to keep working away - 1 good choice at a time.

Keep up your great success.

RRRNDA SparkPoints: (3,648)
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10/30/08 8:48 A

I have to say that you have really inspired me! I have not been that high, but any weight loss is a challenge and I have severe depression to add to my challenge.

You are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work, I know you can do it!

All my best,
Rhonda


MSKIRBY1 Posts: 10,442
10/30/08 8:47 A

Wow you are great and have done a wonderful job

DAVISLOGIC Posts: 28
10/30/08 8:47 A

What a wonderful inspirational story. You are helping all of us as you help yourself! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

Edited by: DAVISLOGIC at: 10/30/2008 (09:14)
AUNTKATHY Posts: 207
10/30/08 8:47 A

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSPIRATION! I AM NEEDED A LOT AT THE MOMENT.

CROWELBR Posts: 1
10/30/08 8:44 A

Your post was really inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

KESALESA Posts: 13
10/30/08 8:42 A

I like some of the rewards you describe, like playing with the kids or not worrying about breaking a chair. These are sweet rewards, better than buying a new outfit, even. You are proving that it takes a life-style change and not a diet to lose weight. Your story is inspirational! emoticon

JULKEL Posts: 108
10/30/08 8:42 A

WOW!
WHAT TERRIFIC MOTIVATION! WITHOUT SURGERY OR DIET PILLS YOU HAVE PULLED OFF THIS TERIFIC WEIGHT LOSS! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DESERVE IT!

JERRIGRIFFIN Posts: 196
10/30/08 8:40 A

You are awesome, and doing an awesome job! Keep up the good work. Life is all about choices and you are making good one.

WENCH21461 Posts: 1,843
10/30/08 8:38 A

Great job , emoticon

BOGUSIA2 Posts: 2
10/30/08 8:36 A

Congratulations. Great job. Keep going

CHRISTINARIAB Posts: 847
10/30/08 8:35 A

Congratulations on you success, wow you have lost a lot of weight. Your story is so inspirational, thanks for sharing.

TOPTWISTER Posts: 7
10/30/08 8:30 A

Your story is so inspirational. Congratulations on your success, SO FAR!! I just know that you will accomplish whatever you set your mind to do. Keep the faith and keep at it. I would love to hear updates. Thanks so much for sharing!!

KWOLLNY Posts: 88
10/30/08 8:28 A

Wow! Your story is such an inspiration! That is so fantastic...I like that you do not deny yourself but instead say, "Just one bite"...I am going to try that!
Thank you for sharing your story
Kathy

ANGELAGAR Posts: 1
10/30/08 8:25 A

Tina,
Thank you for sharing your story. What an inspiration!! I'm glad to hear that little changes make a difference. I've only been on here for about a week and am making those little changes. I can't wait to start seeing the changes.
keep it up, you're doing great!
Angie

DAWNMARIE70 Posts: 164
10/30/08 8:24 A

That is such an inspirational post Tina. Congratulations on your first 111 lbs. and the new "Life" you are enjoying. Small baby steps are the biggest payback and you are living proof! Keep up the good work!

CHANELLE423 Posts: 354
10/30/08 8:18 A

you are truly amazing and an inspiration!

SWILLIAM621 Posts: 2,184
10/30/08 8:17 A

Wow! What a great motivation you are, I have been having a hard time getting back in to my routine of getting up early to exercise before work. I know this will help me get to where I want to be but let excuses get in the way. Thanks so much for sharing and keep up the good work.

ARMYMOM2002 Posts: 40
10/30/08 8:17 A

Wow! You are doing an awesome job. I never have replied to these messages before even though I read them all but yours is truly inspirational! Keep up the good work, the reward be all yours. If nothing else, you've inspired me to quit finding excuses as to why I don't have time to exercise. Good luck!

BEVIE123 Posts: 13
10/30/08 8:15 A

YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION. I AM LIKE YOU WERE. I AM NOT SWIMMING AND I CANNOT DO ALOT OF EXERCISE, BUT I WILL NOW!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK & GOD BLESS. emoticon

JOANNEC27 Posts: 335
10/30/08 8:15 A

Wow! You are awesome! What an inspiration to us all! It sounds like you have such a great attitude and willpower. I am sure you will have no problem reaching your goal. Thanks for sharing your story.
I wish you all the best. Hugs! Joanne

SHARONWARD1 Posts: 1
10/30/08 8:00 A

Thanks for sharing your success. I have been struggling with getting in my exercise, but if you can get up at 5:30 and go to the pool, I think I can get up at 4:45 and go downstairs to my workout room. Keep up the great work! emoticon

PEACHZ3673 Posts: 440
10/30/08 7:58 A

stampintina,

YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!! I needed your story...here I sit wondering how I am gonna loose 50lbs. Your story has given me something to think about. THANK YOU emoticon

KAYDEE16 Posts: 39
10/30/08 7:58 A

You're doing WONDERFUL! Great for you, and what a terrific example you set for the rest of us! Thank you!

MSINGH Posts: 3
10/30/08 7:47 A

Wonderful. Keep up the good work. YOU CAN DO IT

BUBBLES43 SparkPoints: (70,961)
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10/30/08 7:46 A

Way to go keep up the great work you are awesome. The sky's the limit. We have the same nick name mine is also the Energizer Bunny. emoticon emoticon

HEALTHYMARIAT Posts: 5
10/30/08 7:43 A

Super!!!! and Congratulations!!!!! Keep up the work, your goal will be here before you know it. Sending positive thoughts your way. Your an inspiration to me at the moment, I have been lagging, but now I know it will get better. Thanks emoticon

MAMAGOSS SparkPoints: (61,725)
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10/30/08 7:35 A

Wow what an amazing journey becasue it is just that and you are moving toward the end of the journey called success! I am so happy for you!

You are an inspiration to us all!

Deb

JOEBSKI Posts: 232
10/30/08 7:19 A

Congrats!!! Keep up the great work. You can do anything once you set your mind to it. emoticon

MARYMARY611 SparkPoints: (40,160)
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10/30/08 7:18 A

Congratulations on your weight loss! What an inspiration to everyone on this website.

BEVERL3Y Posts: 3
10/30/08 7:08 A

I am so proud of you, thanks for such an encouragement, I just want to cry reading your note. I am really trying hard to do my best I have a nine years old autistic son, it takes everything out of me to give him the best care and lots of love even with his temper tantrums. God bless you as you try to reach your goal. Thanks again for such good encouragement.

SKITTLES50 Posts: 1
10/30/08 7:02 A

Thank you!!!!!!!! I have been in a slump lately and after reading this I am renewed with the "get up and get after it" motivation.
You are an inspiration to us all.
Have a Blessed Day!

DINGDONG55 SparkPoints: (28,369)
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10/30/08 6:56 A

I am so proud for you!!! emoticon

BEV1616 Posts: 370
10/30/08 6:54 A

WOW! You are doing it!!! Many people think about doing something, but you truly are walking the talk! Stay the course! You can do it! Thanks so much for sharing.

GRANDMA502 Posts: 40
10/30/08 6:49 A

Thanks so much for sharing your story. You have really been an inspiration to me. Keep up the good work. I'll be cheering you on.

IWADOTOKH Posts: 60
10/30/08 6:44 A

You are an inspiration to a lot of us. I love your outlook on life now and you need to pat yourself on the back for doing so good. Keep up the good work and keep us all posted we are cheering you on!

SLOONEY1969 Posts: 5
10/30/08 6:43 A

Oh My God! That is great. I am so happy for you. Keep going you are a inspiration. Thank you for sharing you story. emoticon

MILESMOMMY SparkPoints: (23,056)
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10/30/08 6:33 A

Way to go! You are an inspiration!! congrats!!! emoticon

HENNEKE Posts: 28
10/30/08 5:00 A

Well done - you are truly an inspiration! Keep it up, those other pounds will go too the way you are living!

MAGGIELOU4 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/30/08 4:14 A

Congratulations on your accomplishments, you are truly an inspiration to others. Thank you for sharing the information with others. Good luck in the future..... emoticon

STAMPINTINA Posts: 1,911
10/22/08 7:39 P

Thanks everyone. I totally am just grateful for the progress of each day. I can and will make the changes each step of the way. I was down another 1.6 today at TOPS.

Hugs, Tina

CAILLIA Posts: 794
10/22/08 1:37 P

You are an inspiration! Congrats for all your progress and motivation to keep me going.

SMALLTOWNMOMMY Posts: 2,661
10/22/08 12:32 P

Wow Tina, I love your energy! Very positive. You have truly made some life changing lifestyle choices and have got the bug! I was moved by your story...then I read you were a fellow TOPS member and it put a bigger smile on my face! TOPS and SparkPeople are a formidable pair! That in combination with your drive and spirit are going to take you straight to your goals!

SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (55,116)
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10/22/08 11:14 A

Woohoo Tina - thanks for sharing your update! Keep this up one step at a time and you'll reach your goal - and be in position to reach many other goals in life!

SparkCheers!
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ELENAWEBER Posts: 234
10/22/08 9:29 A

you are awesome. thanks 4 sharing

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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10/22/08 9:27 A

Tina,

THANKS for sharing your FANTASTIC journey with us! Wow, what an inspiration you are to everyone here at SparkPeople...you are well on your way to the destination to a healthier you! LIFE IS GOOD!!!

I wish you well!
Nancy

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
10/22/08 5:15 A

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That's the key. Trying to tell yourself choosing the pretzel over the chips is going to make you thinner right now is pointless and so easy to kick down and have those chips! But choosing the pretzels *more often* than the chips will lead to success eventually.

You are genuinely an inspiration! Nothing is in the way of that 130lbs but time. :)

BEEPARENT Posts: 758
10/22/08 1:17 A

Wow, you have done really well! You've made a lot of really good changes, and it sounds like they are changes you can live with for the rest of your life. Your story is an inspiration!

STAMPINTINA Posts: 1,911
10/22/08 12:21 A

Well, I figure myself as being down 87 lbs now. My doctor though told me he has my highest weight at 396 therefore, he is showing 111 lbs lost. I like his numbers better of course.

The changes I have made include:
Adding exercise. 95% of it is water areobics. At almost 400 lbs, there was NO WAY I could do a traditional workout.

I have modified my eating to decrease beef and add chicken breast in its place. I have cut a lot of fat, and sugars. I am doing my best to have LOTS of veggies. I still allow chocolate, but ONE hershey's miniature, or one dove square a day is the max. I don't say NO I cannot have it, I tell myself One bite. I tell myself to drink water first then I have earned a bite. I can say Yes LATER, and I am OK with that.

The changes these little steps have made are amazing. I can run and play with my boys, and really live again. My TOPS group calls me the energizer bunny. I often am sitting doing leg lifts or crunches during down times. I just dance my way through life lately. Always having a spring in my step and a beat to dance to. I am a substitute teacher and I have been in a special ed classroom. I have been able to help lift a student. I am able to stand walk and run laps around the track with the autistic boy who needs a partner. I have the strength and ability to do SO MUCH.

I can sit in a chair without fear of breaking it, or the bigger fear of not fitting into the chair. I am willing to get into someone else's car for the first time in 8 yrs. I would not ride in someone else's car because I required a seatbelt extender. I can buckle without one in pretty much any vehicle now.

I have reclaimed my life. I still have 130 lbs to lose, but I have come a LONG way. Each little step adds up to BIG changes. Chosing the pretzels over the chips. Chosing sugar free pudding, over regular. Choosing fat free dairy. Choosing brown rice, or wheat pasta. Choosing ONE 50 calorie fudgesicle, rather than a bowl of ice cream. Chosing to get up and go to the pool at 5:30 am instead of sleeping. Each of these are little steps. They add up to LIFE.

I am glad to be able to LIVE LIFE again.
Hugs, Tina

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