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5/5/12 11:25 A

I could walk in from the parking lot without gasping for breath.

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5/5/12 11:16 A

My mind was free. In that, I mean I was ready to embrace a healthy way of eating and for me, that is my greatest obstacle to overcome.

I love BETHARDS post.

Edited by: BLUEHERON2C at: 5/5/2012 (11:18)

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5/5/12 11:10 A

It really took me a long time to notice anything. However, when it happened, it happened quickly in the fact that everyone started to notice about the same time. I think it was noticing how clothing fit over a period of time and moving down to lower sizes.

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5/5/12 10:06 A

I could put on my socks without getting out of breath

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5/5/12 8:57 A

extra room in the waist of my pants emoticon

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5/5/12 8:42 A

First thing is my wedding ring getting floppy - figures, I lose weight from my fingers - just where I could care less!

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5/5/12 8:13 A

My pants were looser and unfortunately my bra was too. LOL! emoticon emoticon

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5/5/12 8:00 A

Just feeling healthier!

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5/5/12 6:35 A

How loosely my clothes fit me.

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5/5/12 6:24 A

Definitely the way my clothing fit.

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5/5/12 1:35 A

My clothes started hanging offa me differently.

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5/5/12 1:33 A

My rolls are not so rolly lol :)

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5/5/12 1:14 A

When I first started walking I felt like I was dragging a dead body behind I feel like I'm walking on someone elses legs, they are that much stronger!

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5/4/12 10:17 P

Increase in overall energy

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5/4/12 9:35 P

My waist, abs, and arms.

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5/4/12 8:29 P

My clothes started getting loose. emoticon

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5/4/12 8:06 P

Everyone commented on how my stomach went away first. I noticed it more in the face.

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5/4/12 8:02 P

my dress pants are not as tight as before.

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5/4/12 7:59 P

It is always buttoning the pants.

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5/4/12 6:15 P

First it was the fact my pants were starting to fit more comfortably and were looser. Shortly after that it was the increased energy.

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5/4/12 5:56 P

The first big difference I noticed was having more energy and (believe it or not) my lower back pain seemed to disappear. Overall, I've strengthened my core, back, arms, and legs. It's amazing and I feel sooooo good. I worked 4 hrs. planting my garden yesterday (lots of bending over, lifting, digging, etc) and my back didn't hurt one bit. I'm so thankful to be able to just keep moving and move these muscles! Yahoo! emoticon

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5/4/12 4:54 P

My face began to thin out and my clothes began to fit loosely. Even had to go shopping, lol. My butt is alot more firm from walking too!! I also noticed I didnt feel so uncomfortable, bloated, tired, and miserable. I had lost some weight before Spark, so since I lost that weight and the 7lbs. with Spark, things just seem easier, does that make sense? I mean physically life is easier and mentally things dont seem so overwhelming all the time. I guess exercise is good not only for the body but also for the soul. emoticon

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5/4/12 4:24 P


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5/4/12 4:12 P

Body firmer from exercise

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5/4/12 4:01 P

Less bloated, all over, my fingers weren't swollen or feet or face..

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5/4/12 3:55 P

My waist,then my face.

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5/4/12 3:54 P

Even after just a day or two I felt less bloated and uncomfortable.

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5/4/12 3:33 P

clothes fitted better

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5/4/12 3:22 P

I'm happier more often and the little things that used to bug me don't bug me anymore - it's like I"m happier with myself and I'm not sweating the small stuff anymore..... and my quads are getting solid from all the walking - my legs overall are getting a little more shape to them.

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5/4/12 3:18 P

My clothes fit better. I don't trust the scale, because I am super petite and I do weight training.

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5/4/12 2:50 P

My clothes were looser before i saw any chage on the sacle . I also noticed that I am losing inches and toning all over my body.

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5/4/12 2:15 P

I saw the pounds going down before I saw any of the body changes I yearned to see. When I had lost over 20 pounds, I dared to wear a blouse WITHOUT a long flowy jacket over it. I am SO paranoid about muffin-top or back fat that I check every single outfit, front and back, every single day. If I saw bra lines, I wouldn't wear that. Finally - I can tuck and belt! But I'm SO not done yet!

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5/4/12 2:04 P

Besides the constant trips to the bathroom from all the water?

My pants are looser, and my bra bands are looser too. Plus my belly looks smaller. I feel like I have lost more than the scale says I have.

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5/4/12 1:30 P

A tightness in my obliques!

Edited by: SOBOYLE3 at: 5/4/2012 (13:31)

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5/4/12 1:22 P

My shrinking muffin-top.

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5/4/12 1:00 P

I have way more energy during that day, and I am sleeping much better. People have even commented on how much more rested I look!

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5/4/12 12:41 P

My clothes fit better.

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5/4/12 12:36 P

My clothes were looser before I saw any real change on the scale. I also started to sleep more soundly. I think that alone was the greatest benefit.

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5/4/12 12:36 P

I'm doing the 5k program and as an obese person it is obviously very hard to jog. I've been doing sessions twice or three times before moving on (I'm not the type to slaughter myself for something I cannot do) so the 8 week program might take me 10 or 15 or even 20 weeks. But I started noticing that very seldom would I have to repeat a day because it was too hard, and that has been awesome. Every time I move onto the next session on my first go I am super proud.

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5/4/12 12:31 P

My engagement ring is looser, I think my face is starting to look thinner and my jeans are definitely looser. Digestion is improved, even though I've only been doing this for a month. But what I really notice is that I FEEL better. Exercise and eating right are making me a happier person. Yeah I may be sore, but I sleep better and I just generally feel good after a workout. =)

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5/4/12 11:58 A

The differences that I noticed first were that my workouts were getting easier to do. Workout dvds that used to be very hard where I wasn't able to do all the moves became easier after a couple of weeks and soon I was able to do all the moves! Then I started noticing that my thighs were looking much thinner.

It took a while to see differences like climbing stairs being easy, my tummy being flatter, my arms looking toned, etc. Probably about 2-3 months until I saw those differences.

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5/4/12 11:49 A

My husband commenting that he has to buy me some new trousers, as all the ones I currently own are slipping down over my hips a bit.

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5/4/12 11:35 A

My wedding ring is lose. Its not a band that can be resized, either. Sometimes I have to wear it on my right hand.

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5/4/12 11:22 A

I haven't lost that much but I have been working out for 8 weeks and have noticed my arm muscles being harder and my back is smoothing out.

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5/4/12 11:10 A

I had more confidence. I didn't mind walking the long way to the parking lot at work anymore. And I had more energy to do it.

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5/4/12 11:08 A

My clothes were looser. The best was putting on jeans right out of the dryer and they weren't skin tight! Big plus!

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5/4/12 10:54 A

-Uhm, 'digestive' performance.
-wedding ring is looser

I've been on the last "hole" (to make it the shortest) of my belt for a couple years now. For whatever reason, I have about a 15 lbs +/- on that thing. I can be 15 up or down and I don't have to change "holes". I was definitely pressing needing to go out one more notch there. It's one of the signals I used to get started.

Down 16 and it still fits, but it's getting sketchy, that's going to be a big deal. I'll have to buy a new belt. But now we're in to summer weather I won't wear jeans since I dont't need to at work. Won't that be a suprise when I put on real pants for date night or something in a few weeks and I don't have a belt that works!

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5/4/12 9:41 A

I just felt better. I'd always worked out regularly (I was in the 'healthy but overweight' category for years). When I finally got the numbers on the scale to drop, and lost 10 lbs...OMG! I felt great!

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5/4/12 9:33 A

My digestive performance vastly improved in about two weeks time. My energy level went up and my neck started to get thinner.

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5/4/12 9:30 A

Aside from watching the numbers on the scale decrease and knowing your overall health is improving, what were the first happy, subtle changes (physical or otherwise) that you noticed as you started to lose weight?

I felt an almost immediate change in my energy level, and when I put my hands on my hips I could feel myself narrowing -- once I noticed that, I started putting my hands on my hips all the time, people probably thought I was nuts!

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