Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
STEPHLOKI Posts: 6,044
4/19/12 7:49 A

I love the way you put it:

..... you gave up wearing size XXL to now wear size L!

emoticon emoticon emoticon


LEANJEAN6 Posts: 11,275
4/19/12 7:49 A

What an inspiration you are!!

Edited by: LEANJEAN6 at: 4/19/2012 (07:50)
4/19/12 7:48 A

Soo proud of you. U r an inspiration. I myself only have a few pounds to lose, but need to tone. U have made a lifetime change and that is wonderful

VLKSHA SparkPoints: (21,467)
Fitness Minutes: (7,607)
Posts: 364
4/19/12 7:48 A

Amazing how simple it can be! Great job! Doing it as a couple is very inspirational!

JLPARKHURST SparkPoints: (74,115)
Fitness Minutes: (44,960)
Posts: 8,159
4/19/12 7:47 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

~Jennifer Southeastern Michigan, EST
Leader "Fitness In Motion"
Leader "Get Fit and Feel Fabulous"

Teddy Bear 5% Challenge--Sp'12,Su'12,F'12,W'13,Sp'13,Su'
Violet Virtuosos-BLC 19,20,21,22,23,24

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."Proverbs 16:3

The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi
EOLIVIAC SparkPoints: (43,442)
Fitness Minutes: (6,174)
Posts: 2,193
4/19/12 7:37 A

Wow, that was uplifting. Congratulations!

CARMENJ4 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 1
4/19/12 7:36 A

congratulations and thanks for the inspiring story!

LINDABERG1 SparkPoints: (1,672)
Fitness Minutes: (1,525)
Posts: 47
4/19/12 7:34 A

Congratulation on your weight loss. You are awesome. Continue the good work!

URLEEC SparkPoints: (14,413)
Fitness Minutes: (9,152)
Posts: 113
4/19/12 7:18 A

You also gave up future hospital visits due to obesity related issues. I'm so happy for you to have licked this! Your story was an inspiring way to start my day. emoticon

To have a meaningful life, plant trees under whose shade you will never sit.
SEWKW8 Posts: 1
4/19/12 7:13 A

I obviously don't know how to reply to your story!

Congratulations on your achievement.

The best of luck on the maintenance process, but sounds like you're right on track.

It's not a diet, it's a life style.

Edited by: SEWKW8 at: 4/19/2012 (07:34)
MOMTORISSA SparkPoints: (12,158)
Fitness Minutes: (11,694)
Posts: 443
4/19/12 7:10 A

You and your wife look amazing! Congratulations on your new healthy weighs! Life is so much more fun when you're not huffing and puffing when you try and do anything, isn't it? And I love your point of view... that you gave up very little but got so much in return. Congrats!!


Some days it may feel like you are David fighting Goliath. Just remember, David won.

Stand up and finish what you started! --Bob Harper

How did I lose my weight? The F.A.S.T. way!
JANNUNN SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (1,130)
Posts: 15
4/19/12 7:06 A

WOW .. you look fantastic! well done and thank you for such an encouraging post..if you're 6'6" how tall is hubby !!!! CONTRAGTULATIONS to a new you :)))

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
~ Sir Winston Churchill
"There is no failure except in no longer trying. "
~ Elbert Hubbard
JUST2MUCH2 SparkPoints: (1,477)
Fitness Minutes: (90)
Posts: 479
4/19/12 7:06 A

Excellent that you & your husband could share this endeavor & now reap the benefits of having even more years of happily married life. I don't wish my husband had a weight issue (he is very thin & fit, but has stuck w/me for 38 years of marriage), but I do wish he could understand my struggles more. But I guess that is why I have you all at SP!

Thanks for highlighting this amazing weight loss "adventure story" w/such a positive attitude. I try to remind myself that I am LUCKY that I have the option of losing weight to address my health issues--that it isn't too late & I haven't developed severe diabetes (both my parents were diabetic, type 1) & I can reverse my need for meds for blood pressure & cholesterol.

I'm really lucky, aren't I?

And so are you & your husband--you didn't squander your chance to take control of your health. Good for you!

Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again.
FAIL BETTER!~Samuel Beckett
4/19/12 7:04 A

Well written! Thank you for the encouragement to look on the positive side.

LARIESSE SparkPoints: (7,515)
Fitness Minutes: (1,185)
Posts: 138
4/19/12 7:02 A

Well said! emoticon


MISSNUGGY Posts: 342
4/19/12 6:57 A

To the point! Good article. Congratulations.

CAMAEL100 SparkPoints: (27,996)
Fitness Minutes: (6,287)
Posts: 2,445
4/19/12 6:54 A

Great job. You are right, giving up the excuses is a large part of it and the one that does not leave us deprived but better. Excuses are the lies we tell ourselves when we don't want to do something. As an earlier comment said - we all have the same 24hours in the day! It is how we use them that separates the successful.


Never give up, never quit, never surrender

You only fail when you stop trying

There is nothing to hold you back except you.

You can press forward long after you can’t. It’s a matter of wanting it bad enough.

The bad news is: we are our own worst enemies. The good news is: we are our own greatest champions.
GOODHAPPENS1 SparkPoints: (141,272)
Fitness Minutes: (139,371)
Posts: 6,967
4/19/12 6:53 A


The best sermons are lived not spoken! Think about it! twitter facebook
CLWALDRO Posts: 4,583
4/19/12 6:50 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thank you for the inspiration to keep going and to reach my goals

PAMLEARNED SparkPoints: (3,728)
Fitness Minutes: (3,607)
Posts: 32
4/19/12 6:50 A

Thanks for this. I am going to look at tracking time as time well spent!!

If I fall down in the water, I will only drown if I stay there.
NASFKAB SparkPoints: (278,905)
Fitness Minutes: (137,470)
Posts: 168,676
4/19/12 6:46 A

congrats great job

SUEACCT SparkPoints: (35,309)
Fitness Minutes: (2,031)
Posts: 1,730
4/19/12 6:42 A

Congrats on your new lease on life!

EURALEE SparkPoints: (4,818)
Fitness Minutes: (85)
Posts: 2
4/19/12 6:41 A


LIVINHEALTHY9 SparkPoints: (241,020)
Fitness Minutes: (161,771)
Posts: 13,526
4/19/12 6:35 A


Northern Ky.

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
-Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

"Most people don't change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing."

CARLATHISTIME SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (255)
Posts: 22
4/19/12 6:34 A

Way to go! WIshing you all the best! emoticon

Carla in Canada
Uncovering the true me!
AJM0624 SparkPoints: (803)
Fitness Minutes: (735)
Posts: 3
4/19/12 6:34 A

Congratulations! You are an inspiration!

MELOSPARKLE SparkPoints: (65,604)
Fitness Minutes: (72,166)
Posts: 1,903
4/19/12 6:21 A

Congratulations on your amazing weight loss!!! Thank you for sharing with us.


"The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat." -Bill Squires
4/19/12 6:19 A

The way you analyzed the situation ...put a stop to my whining this morning about "the struggle"... thanks for motivating me to re-focus and do it! jsh

LILORITA Posts: 2,696
4/19/12 6:13 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should! - Desiderata
GRANDEFILLE Posts: 2,721
4/19/12 6:05 A

Congratulations! keep going|!

Hélène, Montréal, QC

Every little steps eventually brings you where you wanted to go
Dad's 100th
my wedding
TATTER3 SparkPoints: (271,372)
Fitness Minutes: (175,205)
Posts: 14,831
4/19/12 5:58 A

Keep Sparkin'!!!

Keep Sparkin'!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers Philemon 1:3,4

40BY0830 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (5,676)
Posts: 395
4/19/12 5:56 A

Great job!!

My name is Cindy and I am striving to lose 40 pounds by the time I turn 40 on August 30th!
JGRAY76 Posts: 2,515
4/19/12 5:52 A

Congratulations! I agree, it's not about giving up food and all about choices. Best of luck in your maintenance routine.

Be a good steward of your health, money and the earth. Do more with less and leave people better off than when you met them.
PATTOMMC3 SparkPoints: (16,864)
Fitness Minutes: (16,290)
Posts: 1,955
4/19/12 5:50 A

Congrats! You have done wonderfully!

DMAURICE1 Posts: 653
4/19/12 5:48 A

Way to go! Congrats on reaching your goal!! emoticon

Dawn-New Bedford, MA

“Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses.”
SAVED7GRACE SparkPoints: (3)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 1
4/19/12 5:47 A

You're story has really encouraged me to get on board and get back on track! Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. It has opened my eyes to look at this as positive, not negative. Thank you

GOODHAPPENS1 SparkPoints: (141,272)
Fitness Minutes: (139,371)
Posts: 6,967
4/19/12 5:27 A

wonderful you prove it can be done-- emoticon

The best sermons are lived not spoken! Think about it! twitter facebook
LIZAPO Posts: 724
4/19/12 5:14 A

Amazing job!! emoticon

Positive mindset
SHOOPETTE SparkPoints: (89,216)
Fitness Minutes: (54,048)
Posts: 3,151
4/19/12 5:11 A

4/19/12 5:03 A

You gave up so little to gain soo much good for you. You are an inspiration to others, it can be done emoticon

JILLIAN40 SparkPoints: (116,873)
Fitness Minutes: (109,114)
Posts: 6,476
4/19/12 4:56 A

Awesome job!

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Plato

"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"

October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"
KAIAZOO SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (135)
Posts: 1
4/19/12 4:53 A

Way to go! Thank you for your inspirational post!!

WHITE_ELEPHANT SparkPoints: (1,459)
Fitness Minutes: (905)
Posts: 131
3/29/12 2:30 P

This is fantastic. Very inspirational. Rock on!!!


One small step at a time.
DFREITAG4 SparkPoints: (11,523)
Fitness Minutes: (29,161)
Posts: 152
3/29/12 1:33 P

Congrats on your success and thank you for sharing! I don't feel deprived any longer either. I've been on other diets and feel sad when I can't have the "bad" foods. What I've now come to realize is that there are really no "bad" foods, they're all fine as long as you track 'em! However, it is much more satisfying to choose healthier meals.

You're post hit home!

Once again CONGRATS! emoticon

Don't talk about building a house, Build The House!
LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (36,257)
Fitness Minutes: (38,641)
Posts: 2,281
3/28/12 10:00 A

Great post. So many think deprivation is the norm and something you *must endure* in order to lose weight /get healthy.
I say, if you're feeling majorly deprived & joyless, you're doing it wrong!

You, my friend, are doing it right.

Congrats and best of health & happiness to you.

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
3/28/12 9:44 A

Welcome to maintenance! congratulations on your achievement and great attitude.

TRY24GET SparkPoints: (6,805)
Fitness Minutes: (3,552)
Posts: 51
3/28/12 8:39 A

Congratulations!!! Your post is very inspirational...and spot on!

I am into my 2nd month...and can honestly say...I do not feel deprived...I LOVE being able to TRACK what goes in as well as my out put.

I've found that such and EYEOPENING is really a huge step in the right direction...I find that I readily make substitutions in order to stay within my goals....I now call the program MINDFUL eating...thank you again for your post!

"Experience is what you get....when you don't GET what you wanted."
MAGGIEVAN SparkPoints: (197,474)
Fitness Minutes: (83,955)
Posts: 46,857
3/28/12 1:24 A

Well the truth is you did not really "We gave up a half hour or so a day..." You just reallocted that time. It is amazing that we all have the same time, 24 hours a day, the same as the President, the Pope and all the other really, really busy people.

By reallocating you time, you achieved results. Congrats. Here is one of my favourite quotes:

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Maggie from Auckland the City of Sails in New Zealand.

"Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, and move on." Henry Rollins.

TAMPATINK67 Posts: 3,800
3/27/12 10:11 P

Well stated - congrats!

Tink - Charlotte NC
3/27/12 9:37 P

In just over six months, I have reached my goal of losing 45 pounds, and reaching a healthy BMI. Now moving into maintenance mode and continuing toward a healthier life.

Several friends, coworkers, and neighbors, we know have asked what we gave up in order to lose the weight. I actually feel like I gave up very little. Yes we ate fewer processed foods for many incredibly delicious healthy foods and smaller portions, but I don't believe we gave much of anything up. We gave up a half hour or so a day to make sure we got on the exercise bike or treadmill, or got out walking but didn't feel like we missed out on anything in doing that. I gave up wearing size XXL and am down to a size large. I gave up making excuses for the the fact that my weight varied between 230 - 260 pounds, topped out at about 275, and the excuse that I was tall, 6' 6" and the weight was not a problem.

When we started, I was hoping to lose 30 pounds and get down to 230, which was about where I had been when we got married. I am now below 215 and at a weight I have not been at in our married lives, 25 years. My goal now is to stay within a 5 pound range between 210 and 215.

What I gave up was a lot of excuses and a marginally healthy life. I gave up was a lack of accountability and 15-20 minutes a day to track what I ate and my exercise. I am looking forward to continuing to get healthier, and reach some goals I have related to my physical health and fitness.

Page: 12 of (12)   « First Page ‹ Previous Page 10 11 12

Other Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
ONEDERLAND!!!! What kind of reward??? 9/17/2013 9:45:11 PM
9 pounds gone 6/25/2014 5:00:28 PM
Believe In Yourself! 6/22/2014 6:14:23 PM
Took a minute off my time! 10/9/2013 8:52:01 AM
lost 15 lbs! 6/9/2014 4:19:44 PM