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Just Keep Sparking!

Friday, July 04, 2014

I am not much of a blogger, but today is my 5 year Spark anniversary which encourages me to reflect. Last year I took my first steps into the unknown - the smallest weight I had ever seen on the scale was 185, and the smallest size jeans I had ever worn were a size 14. My goal last year was to get to a size 12.

This year has been great. Size 12s fit perfectly - no squeezing in to them, they fit! My weight this morning was 172.2 - my lowest ever. I am proud to say I have lost 202.8 lbs, and am healthier than I have ever been. I look and feel better than ever. I even kept up with my niece and nephews for a week in Orlando -- I went to Universal, water parks, the beach - I went on every ride and slide - even the ones that made me nauseous. I fit in every seat, and no one had to wait for me to catch my breath or catch up - that was an amazing feeling.

What next - I read an article a few weeks ago that said the average woman in the US weighs 166 lbs. So my first goal for the new year is to lose 10 more lbs and be below average for the first time in my life.
My 2nd goal is to go for size 10 -- I never had a wedding dress, back then, getting a size 30 was pretty much impossible, and the process to find one embarrassing and painful - I wore a suit, and we went to Vegas. Not long ago, I was admiring my daughter-in-law's bridal portrait and joked with my husband that if I could fit in a dress as beautiful as Bev's, we should get married again on our 20th anniversary. She overheard and offered her dress - I told her it would be a dream to wear it, but I didn't think I would ever get small enough to wear it. That is when she told me it was a size 10.

I can't say it enough-- Thank You to all my Spark Friends and Teammates for your help, motivation, and support. You are the reason I have reached my goals and have the courage and confidence to keep the weight off and continue to set and reach new goals. Thank You!!

  
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FORZACHANDMATT 8/19/2014 6:19PM

    Wow - amazing

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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/19/2014 1:05PM

    This is a great story thank you for sharing. May you keep reaching for the stars! Please share pix of you in that dress!

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IAMBIZI 8/11/2014 9:37PM

    WEll I hope that you blog more often, you are a good writer!
congratulations for your journey!
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SMITHKRISTI 7/8/2014 10:40AM

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/5/2014 2:29AM

    Oh how wonderful!! You look beautiful! Inside and out! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/4/2014 10:37PM

    What a wonderful blog!! So encouraging! It's great to see you doing so well and so happy. Your hard work and sacrifices have paid off. I love your new goals! I know you will succeed.

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WOUBBIE 7/4/2014 4:22PM

    What an excellent idea!! I love how your goals are evolving in such a logical way, and the payoff will be so sweet!

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Thanks for YOUR inspiration, Terr! And your new profile picture is simply gorgeous!

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ROSEYJO1 7/4/2014 3:11PM

    you have done a wonderful job! I know it was a struggle at times but you moved on and kept going forward. What a wonderful feeling. I am at a terrible spot of not believing I can do it. Gained all my weight back and some. It encourages me to keep trying until I can move forward a step at a time.
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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 7/4/2014 3:04PM

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WOW! Four years ago today I joined Spark -- What a great decision!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

As I logged on this morning, I realized that I have been a member of SP for four years. When I think about all I have learned, the friends I have made, the freely given support, love and appreciation -- I am truly blessed. It has been an incredible learning experience, and I realize that I am ready to tackle the unknown.

The first year or so hanging around here, I bobbled around, I hung out in the Café, made a few friends, explored some teams, and yo-yo'd up and down a bit. Then a little over 2 years ago, something clicked -- I realized that the people on my teams and the friends I had made were serious -- they weren't just hanging out talking about losing weight and keeping it off, they were really doing it. The support, care and advice there were giving was 100% genuine and sincere. These cool people really wanted me to succeed and reach my goals, they wanted to help me, to celebrate with me. That was the day I got off the yo-yo, I started losing again -- and more amazingly I have been able to keep it off.

Thanks to Spark I got down to 181 and have been able to maintain that average weight for over 2 years. Prior to that, the smallest weight I can ever remember seeing on the scale was in gym class in 7th grade -- I was 185. I even fit into my prom dress, and the dress I wore to my stepson's wedding is 2 sizes smaller than the one I wore to my Jr. Prom (I realize that sizes have changed over the years -- but it is still cool).

While I have been maintaining, it has been a great learning experience -- it isn't easy. I always operated under the illusion that once I got to 'goal' life would be easy and perfect. Life has a way of humbling you.

When I first got to a 14 and hit the 180s, I made the decision to maintain my weight -- I am the size I was in 7th grade -- I was/am unable to comprehend the possibility of anything less.
The first time I bought jeans outside the plus section, I cried and couldn't get them into the cart -- even though I had tried them on. When I shopped for my dress for my step-son's wedding I started in the plus-size mother of the grooms section. Still, I will look down and see my wrists and be surprised they are mine, or hang up a blouse and be in shock that I wear that. Sometimes I still see the 375+lb Terr looking back at me in the mirror, and sometimes I barely remember her.

I truly think fear of the unknown stopped me at 181 -- today, I realize that I am ready to stop maintaining and start losing again. I am going for a size 12 -- I have never been there before -- at least not that I can remember. After that, who knows. Thanks to my friends at SP -- I can do anything!

Thank you for the last 4 years!

  
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WEN@TBAY 1/6/2014 6:34PM

    Wow you have done AMAZING! Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work!!

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SERENE.ONE 11/27/2013 12:52PM

  Went through all your blogs and definitely your journey was not easy.You have finally made it and are still working at it. Your story is inspiring and you are looking great. All the very best to you. emoticon

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TENNISBARB 11/27/2013 3:06AM

    Phenomenal journey!!! We all celebrate your success with you!!! It is so motivating to be able shop for smaller sizes. Excited for your next chapter!!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/18/2013 6:06PM

    Wow! Such wonderful words of wisdom! Thanks for sharing!
I started losing quickly in May when I first joined SP, Then in July, right about the time I tend to quit my diets, I too lived off of the SP friendships. Slowly through their and your perseverance I realized I can't quit. I won't quit and now ever so slowly I make changes I can live with. And losing again!
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GEMINIGEM6 7/8/2013 12:09AM

    You are amazing! Congrats on all of your success. You will see that size 12! Visualize it, really see it, believe it, and it will happen!

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CIRANDELLA 7/7/2013 9:04PM

    You are absolutely AMAZING! What determination and persistence...and what a dramatic transformation... I find your pictures to be such an inspiration, as I'm sure many here on Spark will. I just became acquainted with your story and SparkPage this evening...and what a beautiful, delightful lady you have become. Congratulations!!! emoticon

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CHRISGETTINGFIT 7/7/2013 5:55PM

    emoticon Sounds like you're doing wonderful!! I joined about the time you did, and have been off and on, but have slowly lost weight - although I also have been in a plateau for a while. Best wishes on the new stage of your journey!!!

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PAMELABURLEW1 7/6/2013 3:22PM

  The last 5 years of my life have been a tuning point. weight loss was always an issue no matter if I was 110 or 150 . But... more importantly was the issue of how I viewed . NOW I am proactive ...after being an federal witness and a real participant in my life ...weight is no longer an ego based dilemma but a choice emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/4/2013 3:44PM

  Oh my!!!! You deserve a standing ovation . You look great!!! and I don't think another size will be a big deal for you.

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PENOWOK 7/4/2013 11:17AM

    That's awesome that you have mastered maintenance before proceeding. Lots of research says that's the key to permanent loss, and you have found it!! Awesome!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/4/2013 11:13AM

    Wonderful blog! You have done an amazing job and look beautiful! You stuck around long enough to find out what worked for you and kept pushing until you reached your goal. When I have looked at your former 375 pound picture I don't recognize it as you. In your pictures now you always have a big smile. It's wonderful to see you so happy and successful.

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WOUBBIE 7/4/2013 10:34AM

    Terr, you're very wise to have paused where you paused and learned what you needed to learn at 181. So often people seem to rush to their "final" goal and then flounder once they reach it.

I love the way you have always appreciated the health benefits you enjoy at least as much as the weight loss. I've quoted you many times to newcomers - "I bought a boat with the money I don't spend on medications anymore." (Bet you didn't know you were still being inspirational even when you weren't the one commenting!)

You're one of the first "voices of support" I heard on SparkPeople and I'm always happy to see your name appear on a thread or a blog! I'm sure you'll reach whatever goal you decide to set for yourself, and you can be sure we'll all be there to support YOU and cheer you on!

Excellent blog! Thanks!

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NANCYPAT1 7/4/2013 10:14AM

    Congratulations - this week was my 5th year here and I experienced some of the same stuff you describe and am working hard to get rid of my excess - been pretty serious this past year and expect by the same time next year (your two years) to be shedding my tears as I get back into NORMAL sizes again. You are awesome and a true role model.

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GOING-STRONG 7/4/2013 10:08AM

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OCEANMISTCALI 7/4/2013 9:57AM

    congrats! I would love to follow in your shoes and be a member for that long. I've been here a month so far. you have such great dedication. I am working towards a size 12 in pants. on top I wear a medium but in pants a 14/16. my eventual goal would be to wear a size 9/10. not sure what in pounds that would be.

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ICEANGEL0531 7/4/2013 9:56AM

    Congratz. Good luck on your new goal

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The Gift of Spark

Friday, February 17, 2012

Yesterday, after a particular stressful meeting, I logged into my email and saw a list of messages from my fellow Sparkers congratulating me on being listed as a Motivator of the day. I am so touched that those I look to for advice and inspiration consider me motivating.

Prior to joining Spark, I had been able to lose weight, but I have never been able to keep it off. The first couple of years I was on Spark, I quit gaining but wasn't losing either. Two years ago in April, I started losing again and lost another 60 lbs, bringing my total loss to 189 lbs. For the first time -- I have kept it off. The credit goes to my Spark team members and friends. You have given me an incredible gift -- through your understanding, advice and friendship, you have taught me how to keep the weight off.

Thank you!!!

  
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WATCHINW8 2/27/2012 6:49AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing

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BARBIE176 2/23/2012 12:40PM

    You are emoticon! WOW 189 pounds is incredible. So very happy for you. Thank you for sharing your story. You should be so very proud of your accomplishments!

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SHOYER 2/23/2012 10:42AM

    Every time you share here on SP, you touch someone. Today, it was me.

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JABCLUB 2/23/2012 7:16AM

    What an incredible achievement! You should be very proud of what you have accomplished! emoticon

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SUZIEMAH1 2/21/2012 9:14PM

    You are amazing, your story is so inspirational. Keep on doing what you're doing and be proud of what you have achieved. emoticon

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7356WILMA 2/17/2012 7:49PM

  Thank you for sharing your story and you should be so proud of your accomplishment!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/17/2012 4:26PM

    Your story is amazing and you deserve the honor. You have done great!

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Got a new job! I am so excited!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Just had to share! I just found out that I will be transferring to our District Offices in mid-August. I am so thrilled! -- it is my dream job. Assessment and Evaluation specialist. I love numbers and data and figuring out the root causes for trends in the data. I have been wanting a job like this for a really long time, but they don't open very often -- the last time was 6 years ago, and I didn't have the confidence to apply back then.

I need to get some more professional clothes before I start and I am determined to get them in a size 14. My 16s are getting a little loose, so I have 20 days to make it happen. I am so ready!

  
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AUNTWILLIE 2/17/2012 1:20PM

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CHERON9 2/16/2012 2:49PM

  I love your goal of fitting into a size 14 in 20 days. You can do it!!

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MERRYROBYN 9/29/2011 1:19AM

    Congratulations on landing the job that you really want. I am so happy for you it opened up when things were going so well for you. You earned this emoticon

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JESSICA2140 8/3/2011 6:23PM

    Congrats! On both the job and the lost pant size!!

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IAMJOANIE 8/20/2010 10:25AM

    You are doing such a great Job! You LOOK FABULOUS!!! Would you share your recipes for BBQ sauce, etc with us? Thanks! You will get to size 14...I'm sure of it! Joanie

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UVAGRL928 8/9/2010 12:32PM

    Yay! Congrats on the new job!

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BAILEYSMOM7 8/2/2010 10:12AM

    That is such great news! Congrats! You will get those 14s. I just know it. Very happy for you, you news actually made MY day. :)

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MARSHASTAR 8/2/2010 10:06AM

    Wow, Congratulations. You've come a long way. Very inspiring.


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LOLLYD32 8/1/2010 2:10PM

    Congrats on the job! You will 14 or below to start your new job! Lots of nice suits on sale @ Macy's...in size 14.

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RACHELB87 8/1/2010 1:27PM

    Good Job!! You are a very motivating woman I must say! I know you will reach your goals! emoticon

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HCG4ME 8/1/2010 12:21PM

    Wow! Congradulations on your new job. How exciting for you. I hope you find lots of things to wear that will keep you motivated to keep on going strong! Yippie for you!!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/1/2010 11:57AM

    Congratulations and good luck with the new job!! I hope you can start it in the size 14's.

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JOYCE561 8/1/2010 11:55AM

  Congratulations and enjoy your new job.

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SAM910 8/1/2010 11:53AM

    You have such determination, I can't see you failing. I can see you in that size 14 now.

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MISSHARTUNG 8/1/2010 11:51AM

    Congratulations!
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I bought a swimsuit !

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I bought a swimming suit yesterday -- Do I look good? Of course not! But I look loads better than I did 40 lbs ago, and parts of me look pretty nice.

I am going on vacation on the 7th to KY to see my brother and his family. When we were talking about the trip he mentioned that the kids were really excited because they are taking swimming lessons and they want to take me swimming to show me what good swimmers they are now. I refuse to not be a part of my family's lives because I am self-conscious so I usually try to get tan then suck up the nerves go swimming with them. Anyway, I dug out my 'old faithful' suit that I have taken in and let out a few times -- it was just too big, old, and hammered to try to fix again, so I went to Wally's in hopes of getting something workable.

I grabbed a 2-3 different sizes and styles and hoped there would be one that would work with minimal re-building (I usually take out the built in bra and put one of my own in that actually has some support). The first 3 were dismal, the 4th one I picked up on a whim just because I liked the pattern -- I figured it would never fit, . emoticon IT DID! a size 16 not a 16W but a straight 16. Even the top had enough support to give the girls a lift. emoticon

I stood there in the dressing room and cried (I know the associate thought I was completely looney). I can't believe I put on a swimming suit and don't look too bad. I could still star in People Magazine's - Cellulite legs and behind photos, but the top half looks pretty good. Thank you HCG & SPARK!

  
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WEN@TBAY 7/4/2010 11:59PM

    That is so awesome!! Good for you!!! This is just the beginning of many more wonderful dressing room triumphs!! Go for it!!

: ) Wendie

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AGAWRITER 7/3/2010 9:32AM

    Congratulations. I still haven't been brave enough to commit to one.

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UVAGRL928 7/3/2010 8:58AM

    Yay! Crying in the dressing room due to HAPPINESS?! Now that's exciting... my tears are normally from the opposite feeling. I have been enjoying my pool time so much this summer. I used to be a diver, and then spent the past few years hiding inside during the summer because of embarrassment. No shorts, dresses, swimsuits, etc. I feel like I missed out on so much. You totally have the right attitude!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/29/2010 12:04PM

    Oh wow!! I totally loved this blog. You go girl!!

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ZINGBARS 6/26/2010 1:39PM

  awesome! that must have been such a great feeling! good job!!! emoticon

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NIKKIG3 6/26/2010 1:37PM

    Wow, what an amazing story... hcg is truly great. Congradulations on your loss. Wear that bathing suit with pride.

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