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This was me at 245 lbs.





This was me at 130 lbs, back when I was in college.





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A Year Goes By Fast But A Lot Can Happen In A Year!

A lot of progress can be made in a year. If you knew what you could accomplish in a year, would you wish you had started a year ago? And that you would be there now?! That was the thought I held on to when I started this weight loss journey: a year from now, I would wish I had done this. So I did! It's been a year now and I am very happy with the progress I have made. And I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. I am pushing toward my goals.
This journey is not as ...
A lot of progress can be made in a year. If you knew what you could accomplish in a year, would you wish you had started a year ago? And that you would be there now?! That was the thought I held on to when I started this weight loss journey: a year from now, I would wish I had done this. So I did! It's been a year now and I am very happy with the progress I have made. And I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. I am pushing toward my goals.
This journey is not as simple as I thought it would be. It hasn't been easy. But it has been totally worth it. I am learning so much about myself and how to tap into my inner strengths when I need it. I am learning that I have more self-control than I thought possible. I am learning how to stick with something because it is completely worthwhile. I am learning how to go the distance. I've come too far to quit now.
I am not superhuman. I have lots of slip-ups. But I get right back on track. To anyone reading this, you have what it takes and just have to stay with it.
I was so miserable when I was fat and I didn't have any hope or think I could lose that much weight. I was so sad. But now I don't think of myself as fat, just a little overweight, and I'm running! That's something that I never would have thought possible. But I love to run now! And I'm getting faster, but I had to start out very slow and make myself keep going. I started running by jogging laps in my living room around the sofa before I ever went out on the road or to the track. You always have to start somewhere. Give yourself tiny goals and take baby steps toward those goals.
I still have a long way to go on the weight loss but I know I will get there one day. It won't be August 2014 like I hoped but that is okay. When I started out, I had to believe it would be that quick because I didn't think I could go the distance. Now I know better: I know I will do this for the rest of my life. There is no finish line and there is no going back.
I believe in myself again! I am enjoying the journey!
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Member Since: 9/27/2013

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My Goals:
To lose 100 pounds.
To be healthier and more active.
To have greater self-mastery and self-confidence.
To get a finisher medal at a marathon.
To run a ten-minute mile.

My Program:
I eat daily 1200 calories of whole grains, eggs, fish and chicken, fruits, vegetables, limited dairy, limited oils. I work out five to seven times a week. This is a lifestyle change for the rest of my life. My favorite saying, "If not now, when?"

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I live in Texas, married and work in insurance. My email is april.russell2@yahoo.com
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My hobbies are cooking, gardening, crafts and reading. I obtained my BS at Sam Houston State University in 2010.


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GORDON66
11/18/2014 9:28:59 AM

Strengthening your quads is important, and wall squats are killer. Just be sure not to let your knees move past your toes. Push from your heals. The best thing I've ever done for myself is working with a personal trainer. I put off that decision for a very long time because I thought it wouldn't be in my budget. To my delight, I have found it doesn't have to be that costly. My knees have benefited from leg presses, and that's something I would have never tried without a trainer. This old lady can press 140 pounds.

Good luck!!

Leslie

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MM11113
11/15/2014 11:01:34 PM

Thanks for the encouragement! I just need to get down to business on the rest of the weight loss.

Slow but steady, I would be happy with that!



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TWESTEN1
11/15/2014 4:27:42 PM

You are going to look awesome!! NO one will dare laugh at you. Hopefully you just bruised something with the fall. Don't let ortho doc tell you it is anything worse... you ARE a runner & those knees need to cooperate with you :)



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NHES220
11/15/2014 2:35:46 PM

April,
The ones I use are actually Jelly Belly Sports Beans. I have the orange flavor. Not super sweet and the bag is resealable. I have also used Honey Stingers Pink Lemonade flavor. They are a soft chew, but the bag does not reseal.
Noreen



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BERGBA7
11/15/2014 7:51:00 AM

thank you for your nice comment and encouragement! Hope the running is going as planed and your husband is courageous!
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