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A Celebration of Being 1/2 The Person I Once Was

Celebrating 1/2 the person I once was but living my life to the fullest!!!!! Right now, I am 147 lbs and I am smiling and shining on the inside and outside!!!
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6/22/12
Hello ONEderland!! 199.9 lbs!!! Super proud of myself!!

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Lost But Found - A 6 Month Celebration !~!~!~!

I think the connotations associated with the concept of 'lost and found' perfectly ...
Celebrating 1/2 the person I once was but living my life to the fullest!!!!! Right now, I am 147 lbs and I am smiling and shining on the inside and outside!!!
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6/22/12
Hello ONEderland!! 199.9 lbs!!! Super proud of myself!!

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Lost But Found - A 6 Month Celebration !~!~!~!

I think the connotations associated with the concept of 'lost and found' perfectly describes my 6 month journey of self-discovery. My recent (ongoing) life journey - a case of lost and found.

Five or six years ago marked a time when several changes occurred in my life and thus, started my process of getting lost. I found myself ”„letting myself go”¦ from the stress of a move and living in an unfamiliar environment. I became negative. I isolated myself and began to indulge too much in comfort foods. I took the back seat approach to life - always promising myself that tomorrow was a fresh start. It's sad that all those tomorrows added up to nearly five years of self-neglect, self-sabotage, and basically just existing. I was on auto-pilot! I lost my inner drive! I lost my determination! I lost myself!!

5 years of self-denial and neglect added up to 145 lbs being packed onto my once 150 lb body. 5 years of just existing and the only thing I had to show for it was a weight gain of 145 lbs - yes, six months ago, I weighed 295 lbs!!!

On September 19, 2011, the journey of finding myself commenced. I wanted to find that beautiful person who I knew existed within me and wanted to let her live again. To do this, I needed to make the commitment to shave threw the layers of my outer-self and expose the confident, positive, happy, and beautiful person that was dying to come out and shine again. That person was suffocating but was still alive inside. I knew that with lots of effort on my part, with a plan, with the dedication and determination, and with the end of the road as my goal, I would be found - I would find myself again!!

I took a take-charge attitude towards my life. I started exercising daily, taking baby steps by working out 10 minutes at a time. I started eating healthy - limiting my calorie intake to the recommended daily requirement. I started to eliminate unhealthy foods from my diet - I said good-bye to diet coke, chips, chocolate, fried chicken, hamburgers, etc. and replaced them with green veggies and a variety of other healthy options. I found the respect I had for my body so many years before. I still allow myself one treat a week - a special meal or a treat - but exercise self-control to ensure I don't over-indulge.

Fast track 6 months later and I have all the confidence in the world now. I found my love for life again and live each and every day to the fullest. I found that approaching every situation with a positive attitude and self-confidence equips you with the ability to accomplish anything. I found my 'JUST DO IT' mantra again deep within and it's funny - it was always there - it was just lost within the mix of self-doubt. I found my happy go lucky attitude again in that I don't take other opinions and actions too seriously. I now consider myself in tune with myself - I know me, I love me. I found my inner beauty and I channel it to the outside world.

I find it ironic I found myself half way around the world in an unfamiliar territory. It is also ironic that I lost over 60 lbs and found myself while loosing the weight. Little did I know that the power of self-acceptance and self-forgiveness would enable me to be the best person I could be. I have become a confident individual again and now feel good about myself again. Now, I embrace life, I make lots of great memories now, I am focused. I have reach my ultimate self. I lost myself but I have found myself.

Over the past six months, I have developed a positive aura. People sense my confidence and positive self-concept. No one can knock me down. I am at my prime!! I feel beautiful on the outside and the inside. I smile on the inside and people see me smile on the outside.
I could go on and on but the main message of this entry is....

I am found!!

And in the process, I have found some amazing spark friends, some amazing sparkgroups, and Sparkpeople - an awesome website with all the tools needed for me to remain found!!! And I have found a special spark with my husband - we exercise together, plan meals together, and share so many special moments together!!!
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Day 1...The Journey Begins!!
Today is the day!! Mark it on your calendars!! Today is the day I prepare to take control of my life. Today is the day I toast away my bad habits & pinky swear at midnight that I will do everything in my power to be the person I want to be. I will begin to mold and shape the life I want to lead & watch it take form. The time to take the right path is now. I will follow the right path this time. I will cross the finish line! I will claim the prize: ultimate happiness & liberation! I will set free my bad habits, unhealthy lifestyle, & my negative thoughts and emotions. The time of self-confidence, happiness, fulfillment, determination, and ultimate realization has come. It has come knocking on my door & it is time for me to embark on this journey. No longer will I feel powerless and defected. From this moment on, I will eat, breathe, and live empowerment & accomplishment.

According to wiki.com, the word TENACITY means to stick with something even when the going gets tough. Never give up. Never surrender! This word sums up the journey I am about the start & the 918 part will serve as a constant remindar of my beginning date!!

Let the journey begin!!!
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Member Since: 9/18/2011

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My Goals:
Weight Loss Goals:
~~loose 37 lbs (295 to 258 lbs) by Christmas/New Years. DONE!!

~~Loose 50 lbs by my birthday (2/14 a.k.a. Valentine's Day) DONE!

~~Loose 100 lbs & be in 'Onederland' by my MONTH LONG VACATION in July 2012(295 lbs to 195 lbs) DONE!!!

~BE 1/2 THE PERSON I ONCE WAS!!! SOOOOOO SOOOOO SOOO DONE!!! :~)

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~~cardio kickboxing
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RYDERB
11/23/2013 1:12:25 PM

Happy Saturday (your Sunday?) Constance! Looks like I missed your big Love Your Body Team day, but one day is just NOT enough time to celebrate someone as fabulous as YOU! Hope you take time today and every day to celebrate you! You're strong beautiful and AMAZING!
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11/22/2013 11:14:47 AM

Your page is so inspiring...It is just a nice place to visit..Thanks for being my SparkFriend...Have a Wonderful (look for the wonder) Weekend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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SARASMILING
11/18/2013 6:40:11 AM

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TODAY IS YOUR DAY!
REMEMBER TODAY HOW WONDERFUL AND SPECIAL YOU ARE IN EVERY WAY!
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG!
YOU ARE LOVING AND CARING!
YOU ARE BRIGHT AND UNIQUE!
YOU CAN DO SO MANY THINGS!
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
YOU ARE WORTHY OF EVERY GOOD THING!
I BELIEVE IN YOU! WE BELIEVE IN YOU!
YOU ARE AMAZING!
YOU ARE OUR SUPER HERO AND AN INSPIRATION TO SO MANY!!
NEVER EVER FORGET THE IMPACT YOU HAVE ON THIS WORLD!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
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