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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
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!
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!!
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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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!
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.
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!
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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!
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. :)
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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