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My Roller-Coaster Ride! The journey continues....

I began a new life on January 1, 2008. Most people, including me, make New Year's Resolutions with all the best of intentions but never follow through. This time, I was "sick and tired of being sick and tired". After spending my entire life battling obesity, I just said enough is enough.

This required sacrifices and pain in some ways. I had to change--change my thinking, my habits, the way I celebrated, the way I dealt with boredom, the way I dealt with my feelings. In other ...
I began a new life on January 1, 2008. Most people, including me, make New Year's Resolutions with all the best of intentions but never follow through. This time, I was "sick and tired of being sick and tired". After spending my entire life battling obesity, I just said enough is enough.

This required sacrifices and pain in some ways. I had to change--change my thinking, my habits, the way I celebrated, the way I dealt with boredom, the way I dealt with my feelings. In other words, I had to change everything. I had to learn how to conquor my fear of the gym and learn how to exercise. I had to develop a new, different relationship with food--even learning new ways to cook and eat.

Has it been worth it? Absolutely! At the beginning of the year I set goals which had nothing to do with a number on the scale. I wanted to ride roller-coasters. I wanted to hug my children with their arms all the way around me. I wanted to be pain-free and healthier. All that has been accomplished and then some! I have received many gifts, some unexpected, some I worked for and looked forward to. I have had many surprises and that makes me look forward to the future. I am in uncharted territory--at a size I have not seen in 23 years. I look forward to learning how to live without the burden of extra weight.

What's next? I want to run, not walk, but RUN a 2K in 2009. Other than that--the future is an open book, a clean slate, one I can't wait to fill with lots of gifts and blessings!

MY GRATITUDE LIST

There have been a lot of changes in the past year. However, I know from personal experience that it is easy to accept things as "normal" the longer they are around and part of my life. So, I have decided to start a list of the gifts that I have received so that I don't forget how much my life has truly changed! This will help motivate me to do what I have to do to keep these gifts, too.

1. I can drive my car with my seat pulled all the way up.
2. I can wear my seat belt when I drive or when I ride in ANY car now.
3. I am pain-free in my feet.
4. I am pain-free in my back.
5. I have the stamina to walk or stand without numbness in my legs.
6. I take pride in my appearance now.
7. I can buy underwear at Victoria's Secret if I want to!
8. My children can hug me with their arms all the way around me now.
9. I can ride any damn roller coaster I want to now!
10. I don't have a "belly-shelf" anymore when I sit down.
11. My belly is flat when I lay down.
12. I have had to buy all new clothes.
13. I get attention like I haven't in years...
14. I can run up the stairs at work without getting dizzy or short of breath.
15. I can park anywhere I want to in a parking lot and walk in from the back if I choose to.
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Member Since: 1/5/2008

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My Goals:
My 2009 goal: to weigh 125 by 12/31/09 with improved fitness, balance and stability. In order to do this, I need to lose an average of 1.71 pounds per week. I will measure this goal by the number on the scale and my BMI measurement. One caveat: I have been told that my body fat percentage is the correct measurement to determine my ideal weight, not a number on a chart. Therefore, my goal may have to be adjusted the closer I get to it accordingly. Reaching the goal will mean that I will be a "normal" weight for the first time in my life. To reach it, I will follow a healthy eating regimen, planning my meals weekly and logging my nutrition daily. I will also drink my water and track it and take my supplements. For fitness, I will do 60 min. of cardio 3X a week and strength training 3X a week with 30 min. of cardio on those days. My schedule will be 60 min. on M-W-F and Tu-Th-Sa for the strength training. Sunday will be my "rest" day. I will blog a min. of 1X a week and partic

My Program:
I began this journey doing what my doctor recommended for me: South Beach diet. Currently, I am following Joy Bauer's program: the LIFE diet (www.joybauer.com). It is so sensible and filled with fruits and vegetables--I can eat this way for the rest of my life!

I also joined 24 Hour Fitness and invested in a personal trainer because I knew nothing about exercising or gym equipment!

"The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne has helped me tremendously and works for me on this journey.

I will begin a new nutrition program very soon--more on this later! I am excited because it is designed for people like me and has already been proven to be successful in losing those last few stubborn pounds. It's getting harder and harder now that I have lost a bit and am on the shorter end of my total goal.

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Kansas City, MO



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I can see my feet! Woo-hoo!

I'm wearing my daughter's clothes and they're TOO BIG!

My son saw me from behind in a crowd and didn't recognize me! (That shocked him as much as it amused me!)

I had to move my car seat up and adjust my rear-view mirror--a direct result of less "junk in my trunk"!

I have to go shopping for clothes, as much as I hate it, because everything I own is getting so big!

My phone is ringing off the hook. Thanks, guys! This reminds me of high school...

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MSFDAA
4/1/2010 12:09:29 AM

Congratulations on being the Motivator of the day, and your great weight loss. emoticon



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LOVELYROBIN1
3/31/2010 10:16:47 PM

WOW! You look awesome! Whenever I want to give up i will just come back and check out your page lol Congratulations emoticon emoticon emoticon



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ABEPAULCON
3/31/2010 9:35:58 PM



Hey well done on the weight loss

You have done a amazing job on the weight loss the pictures of the transformation WoW





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MOMMA_GRIZZ
3/31/2010 8:41:20 PM

Congratulations! What a transformation! Feels great, eh? Way to go!



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BARBIE66
3/31/2010 8:12:43 PM

I am thrilled to see and read your story...I understand where you come from I am the same way..although its not that heavy but when I look at myself and rarely I do I see myself heavy..I just began and so far with a lot of hard work sometimes wanting to give up I have only lost 13 pounds..but reading your blog has given me such great motivation as well as inspiration to continue on...thanks emoticon



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