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ONE YEAR & 111 lbs. LATER! (2/4/14)





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Hi. My name is Carling. I have been married to the most wonderful man in the world for 12 years. I was married directly out of high school. When my husband and I met when I was 14, I was on a crash diet and weighed 145 lbs. I haven't seen that weight since and was 283 lbs. when we got married 4 years later. No matter what, he is completely supportive. He has loved working out and lifting weights the entire 15 years we have been together, and no matter how fit he is, he has never pressured me. I ...
Hi. My name is Carling. I have been married to the most wonderful man in the world for 12 years. I was married directly out of high school. When my husband and I met when I was 14, I was on a crash diet and weighed 145 lbs. I haven't seen that weight since and was 283 lbs. when we got married 4 years later. No matter what, he is completely supportive. He has loved working out and lifting weights the entire 15 years we have been together, and no matter how fit he is, he has never pressured me. I admire him for that. We adopted three children in 2010, and my life seems almost complete except for this weight. Balancing everything in my life has been difficult at times, but my amazing family is so rewarding that it is all worth it. I started this journey on February 4, 2013, and I celebrated my birthday in August over 90 lbs. lighter! My kids are 18, 16 and 13, and have helped make this easier with their love and support for me and what I want to achieve.

I know everyone seems to say this, but this time it really does feel different and it has been. In the past, I have started these crash diets where I starve myself and lose weight only to have it come back twice as quick as I lost it. I have never lost more than 30-35 lbs at one time either. I feel that I am now making lifestyle changes that I can maintain forever. An Atkins or South Beach diet will never work for me long term. EVER. I love carbs, and now I know that I can still have them and lose weight at a healthy pace and keep it off.

My husband and I love going out to eat and taking the kids to new, fun places, and I've learned I can even do that and continue to lose weight! I've cut out appetizers and desserts, and I now choose the steamed veggies instead of the potato. I still get amazing food (I LOVE SEAFOOD). Instead of the biggest Prime Rib that I would usually order, I leave that to my husband or the kids, have a bite of theirs, and I'm good to go!

My biggest end goal besides sharing clothes with my teenage daughters is to have surgery to remove excess skin (i.e. tuck, lift and add things where they need to go). The excess skin has created a lot of self consciousness on my part, which is crazy considering I wasn't as self conscious with all the fat! Don't get me wrong, I am proud of how far I have come, but I would still love to get surgery soon!

My losing has obviously slowed over the past several months, but I'm still going hard and working out like a crazy woman. I haven't let the number on the scale have the hold over me that it did at the beginning of this journey. I continue to work hard and feel better every day, but I also enjoy life and participate in celebrations by eating things that probably keep the number on the scale the same. That's ok with me though. I have maintained a 117 lb. weight loss for over 2 months and have no doubt that I will continue to lose and have success in this journey!

I look forward to talking to many of you! Although I became a Spark member over 6 years ago, I never used all of the amazing tools that the site and app offer. I never blogged, commented or looked up a video. Now that I am utilizing all of these amazing tools, I feel that nothing can stop me! Good luck all. I will be here along the way and cross the finish line with you!
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Current Status:
CARLING33 is officially no longer OBESE! 1 lb away from 120 lost! I'm loving this whole30! Today begins day 8!
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Member Since: 1/7/2008

SparkPoints: 7,773

Fitness Minutes: 11,764

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to share clothes with my two teenage daughters!

**UPDATE: They are now borrowing MY clothes. lol!

My Program:
I have completely changed the way I eat and my activity level. I work out (mostly walking/running and ST) 6-7 days a week and I stick to the 80/20 rule of 80% good food and 20% splurge. My "splurge" isn't anywhere close to what I was eating before though. I still do my best to keep portion sizes smaller, but that is something I still continue to struggle with. I am definitely a work in progress, and my program changes with my mood, but as of right now, I have maintained 115-117 lb loss for over 6 months :)

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I'm from a small town in northwest Ohio. A huge Detroit Tiger and Ohio State Buckeye fan, I love all things sports.

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"Eat for fuel, not for fun."

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SPARK-PPL-GIRL
9/19/2014 3:42:01 PM

OMG we are neck in neck here I see lol Yay for you being so close to your goal :-) Me on the other hand.. I've still got 56 more pounds lol



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CHUBBEGONE28
7/15/2014 11:24:15 PM

Looking great. Go girl, GO! :)



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BEANIESA
3/7/2014 1:33:04 PM

Opening day is coming!! Go TIGERS! To celebrate, do jumping jacks for 1 minute. I'll do the same.

Have a great weekend. emoticon



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MRSCOCHRAN2011
2/12/2014 12:30:57 PM

Your looking absolutely AMAZING! Keep up the great work! emoticon



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BESTSWEST
1/17/2014 4:03:54 PM

Yay. Holiday weight is gone



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