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I conquered Cedar Point :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

I thought I would do a quick blog this morning...I feel like I hit another milestone in my weight loss adventure :) My daughter is 4 years old. When she was 2 years old we took her to Cedar Point. Cedar Point is a huge amusement park close to where I live if you havent heard of it. Anyway, she LOVESSS it! They have TONS of rides for her age, and on alot of them the parents have to ride too. When she was 2 years old I couldnt ride about 95% of them with her. Most of them have a sign that say 275lb weigh limit per car (or swing or whatever). When we went last time I was at least 270lbs and my daughter was 20-something lbs. I had to watch as my husband took her on everything. The one ride I could go on with her (a submarine ride), the worker tried to put the lap bar down over our laps and it wouldnt fit. Well NOT THIS TIME! I was completely nervous but I rode all the rides with her :) no problem! I had my husband stand and watch and every lap bar, seat belt etc fit me no problem :) My daughter is small and only a little over 30lbs...so I would read the signs that said "maximum 275lbs weight limit" and smile...my daughter and I combined are not even 200lbs now :) It felt good !! LIFE IS GOOD and its makes this all worth it :)




(this was the ride that the lap bar would not fit on, I had a good 10 inches or more of space this time :)

  
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MADDEELOU 8/29/2010 3:52PM

    Congratulations! I hate the feeling of waiting in line and watching everybody leave. I would search for someone who looked larger than me because if they fit, I would fit. Not a good feeling.

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ALYFITN 8/28/2010 7:56PM

    Ah-hah! I too have been booted off a ride at Cedar Point much to my EMBARRASSMENT. Not anymore. But now I don't ride anything that spins. I still love all the roller coaters. CP is the best.
Congratulations! You're making lots of great memories with your little one.

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NLMARSHALLJX 8/28/2010 6:15PM

    Great Job!! I actually grew up in Sandusky so I love Cedar Point. Keep up the great work! I am well on my way to accomplishing my weight loss goal.

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SLIMKATIE 8/28/2010 7:39AM

    Congrats!! I used to love Cedar Point, but I haven't been there since 2003, for the same reason as you. Even now that I'm 144 pounds, I'm still worried about not fitting on rides... habit, I guess :) Thanks for writing this! My kids are 4 and 6, so I just may take them to Cedar Point soon.

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 8/18/2010 9:15AM

    That's awesome. Those are some really cute pics. This has really inspired me because it reminds me of how much i am missing out on with my kids because of all of this weight. I can't wait to get to a healthy weight and be able to do more with them. You Rock!!!!!

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MICHZS 8/17/2010 6:38PM

    AAAHHH!! Amusement Park Victory!! YESSSSS!!! Doesn't it also feel good to be able to keep up with your child as well, just the stamina walking around the park, etc. Great Job Bekka! That is fantastic!!! emoticon

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FREELADY 8/16/2010 10:04PM

    The look on your face says it all . . . what a wonderful transformation! Your hard work and determined choices are really paying off. I'm so very happy for you!!!

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CKAY22 8/16/2010 6:50PM

    I absolutely l-o-v-e this blog Bekka! You are amazing... I am SO happy for you, you have no idea! You have inspired me more than you know, and it is blogs like these that make me continue to kick those pounds to the curb. You have never given up, and have always motivated me to do better... thank you is all i can say! I hope i can inspire some like you have! xoxoxo

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1234MICH1 8/16/2010 12:37PM

    You know that I can identify with you on this one!! We also went to a theme park while we were on our honeymoon- and they had a ropes course- I am going to blog about how I did on it- it was hard and intense- but I finished it- they had easy and hard levels- we did the hard level!! I am also afraid of heights, but I was so dang proud of myself that I even climber to the top and rang this big bell- I wanted to cry I was so proud of myself! You are such a life force for me!! I hope that you know how much that truly do love you!! You have helped me turn it all around!!

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MOCOHOLO 8/16/2010 12:20PM

    Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to go to an amusement park again when I've lost maybe 20 more pounds and then I will be able to ride everything! I had to do that walk of shame a year ago at Hersheypark and it was just awful. So humiliating! I never want to experience that again. Awesome NSV!!! And great pics too!

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HLTHYETER 8/16/2010 11:23AM

    Been there, learned to dread amusement park rides--that has to be a fantastic feeling for you--and especially to get to share that with your daughter. Congratulations and thanks for the great blog and pics.

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RHALES199 8/16/2010 10:15AM

    Awesome!! Exceelent! Way to go, skinny girl!
Last time I tried getting on a ride (at our sate fair, 4 years ago), I didn't fit, either, so I know how it feels. (yep, that was one of the 'things' that helped *nudge* me that I needed to start loosing weight!)

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MUSTANGMISSY 8/16/2010 10:12AM

    That is just so awesome! That's one of the reasons why I'm doing what I'm doing. I don't want my girls to miss out. Congratulations!

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How did this happen?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I thought it was time for another blog :) I am approaching my 18 month Spark-aversary in a few days and I am just reflecting on my journey. If you have read my previous blogs you know I have actually been on Sparkpeople for several years, I have just been committed to it for 18 months straight and I am down 110 pounds :) I have at least 24 pounds to go and every morning I wake up and pinch myself! I started this with 134 pounds to lose, its something that I just cannot wrap my head around!! I often ask myself 'How did this happen?" The last 18 months have been somewhat of a blur. See, I have tried to lose weight my whole life. Why did it work this time? I often tell people that the physical part of this (the eating right and exercising) is the easier part. The hard part is all emotional and I think that is the part that I am still struggling with everyday. I don't really know what it was that made me 'stick to it' this time. Obviously, I credit Sparkpeople (and if you read my blog two blogs ago you will see everything) but it had to be something INTERNAL first. I still have a VERY poor body image, I am still self-conscience where ever I go...when I am anywhere in public I compare myself to everyone else and tell myself "I am almost at a normal weight" or "soon I will be normal like everyone else" but in all reality (as my husband points out), I am often the smallest person in the room (or store or whatever). With obesity such an epedemic now, I just want to help everyone! At 164 pounds I shouldnt be the smallest in any room! I also think its very ironic that since the age of 13 (when my mom took me to my first Weight Watcher meeting) I have spent thousands of dollars on weight loss programs, and the only one that has worked for me (Sparkpeople) was COMPLETELY free! I think that ALONE has taught me that no matter where you go, no matter how much money you spend...YOU have to be ready..no expensive food or program is going to do that for you! I was always worried about the scale at Weight Watchers, or drinking a Slim Fast Shake EVERYDAY for two meals (and being starving), or always EATING Nutrisystem food...I was never worried about MYSELF. I have learned in the last 18 months that I need to hold myself ACCOUNTABLE! I weigh in (in my home!!) every Friday morning and I BUST MY ASS to lose every week. There is nobody MORE disappointed then me if I go in my bathroom on a Friday morning and do not lose. Before I was just disappointing a Weight Watcher employee or a friend I was trying to lose weight with or whatever, I was never disappointing MYSELF...so that is what I am coming to terms with. I AM IMPORTANT and worth it and everything I have gone through is WORTH IT. This really is ALL ABOUT ME, and I am SOOOO all about EVERYONE else. Its tough. Now that I have been rambling on and on, the other thing I wanted to ask "How did this happen? to everyday , is that I am an official runner :) thanks to C25K :) I could not run the 30 second intervals at first and now I am running at least 2 miles a night! AHHHH How did this happen?????? I am signed up to run my first 5K race on August 4th! I have amazing friends that have pushed me and I am sooo excited that this is my life now! I have so much energy and joy and I am NEVER on the couch anymore like I used to be. I am LOVING the first summer of my adult life where I am wearing shorts everyday and my legs are tan :) And according to my four year old, she is so proud of me- She had told me that I am no longer "fat-fat" I am just "medium-fat" hahah Thanks for that Gabriella :) I am working on it everyday for ME but also for you to have the healthiest mommy :) Thank you for reading and please continue to email me and ask questions ! I am here to help, keep on going, its ALL WORTH IT I PROMISE :) This is a happiness and sense of accomplishment I have truly never experienced :) XOXOXOO Bekka


164 in my summer shorts :)
Still working on the thighs and arms-but I know NOW I will get there and I am just enjoying my journey :)

  
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KATHY_NATURELVR 8/28/2010 11:12PM

    SUPER job!! You are definitely an inspiration!

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FINEFETTLE 8/5/2010 9:14AM

  I LOVE THIS BLOG! What great advice! I know what you mean, if you aren't ready for change, then there will always be obstacles...but as soon as you set your heart and mind on a goal, you find ways to MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Congratulations on your successes, and much luck in the future. You have already come so far, and that is amazing. I know you will reach your goals!

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FITFUNKYMAMA1 8/2/2010 1:19PM

    that is so super cool!!! way to be committed!!!

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SUNNY142 7/19/2010 11:36PM

    You are so awesome!!! Thank you for sharing everything :)

I'm so excited that you're running your first 5k soon!! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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CKAY22 7/19/2010 8:28AM

    hottie!!!!!! hehe! im so proud of you!!! you have been so inspirational for me, xoxo

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/19/2010 12:27AM

    I started going to WW's very young with my mom too. I agree when your at the start a huge number to lose like 130 lbs is a very scary thought. But very slowly we have come up on that number and now 23 more lbs does not sound so hard.

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MCAUDI 7/18/2010 8:10PM

    You've been on an amazing journey. I am so excited for you. You look marvelous! Congratulations.

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KATYUNLEASHED 7/15/2010 9:53PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are amazing!!!! Such an inspiration!
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MAEBEAR26 7/15/2010 4:02PM

    It is a long road but it is possible! :) Thanks for your motivational story! You look amazing !!

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Dang girl, you look GOOD in that picture!!

Things have been tough for me weight- loss wise.... thanks for helping keep me inspired!!!

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DYA177 7/15/2010 2:27PM

    Go on girl!!!!

I'm so happy and proud of you.

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MOCOHOLO 7/15/2010 2:08PM

    Congratulations Bekka! You look amazing and should be so proud of everything that you've accomplished doing it YOUR WAY for YOU! I'm so excited and happy for you.

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1234MICH1 7/15/2010 1:30PM

    Yep- you are so right! It is funny- when I first started, I bought this $5 food scale at Wal-Mart and have used it the whole time that I have been losing (since May 2009) - and last week we were in Wal-Mart and I told Brooks- "Oh, I want one of those digital food scales" - he was like, Baby- obviously the cheap one that you have been using is somewhat doing the trick- seeing as how you are down nearly 100 pounds since you bought it- Yes, you have to decide to do it- it has to be a conscious decision- Now, I am not touting this or putting odwn on it- I think that there are some people that need to have the stomach surgery- but this lady from church whose daughter was every bit as big as me and had the surgery came to me yesterday and said- "so - you are doing it the hard way"- I looked dead at her and said "yes- this was the right decision for me"- she said that she wished that her daughter had done it on her own bc now 18 months later, she is at the same weight that I am and vomits atleast 2-3 times a week bc if she even looks at the wrong food and or amount, that it makes her sick- once again, it is not her making the conscious decision- it is her stomach making it for her- I will be glad to be satisfied at some point though- I will say that I am satisifed with clothes on for the most part- I would love to be satisfied unclothed- but I do not know if that will ever happen- but we are on track to live longer, be better role models for our children and grandchildren and not being disgusted with ourselved bc we are the fattest people in the room and cannot understand why some people have the ability and determination to lose weight- but we do not- Bekka- we are doing it- and Bekka, we have done it!!

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*~*MICHELLE*~* 7/15/2010 1:17PM

    You look great!

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Follow up to my last blog!! Eggs, recipes, a few tips!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The love and support and reaction to my last blog is overwhelming to me! So in response to so many of my Sparkers asking for a few more details on a few things from my list, it has led me to write another quick blog for you guys!! The biggest question I got was on how EGGS were my biggest weight loss tool in regards to food. There is no big secret and magic recipe (so I hate to disappoint). But it is proven that eggs will keep you fuller and longer than most other foods and if you start your day with them you will burn far more calories throughout the day. Another study where overweight or obese women followed a low-calorie diet that included either eggs or bagels for breakfast, those eating eggs lost 65 percent more weight and reduced their waist measurement by 83 per cent more than those eating bagels. So this is what I do: I eat 2 eggs at 11am about four days out of the week. I usually eat them with some sort of reduced fat cheese and wheat toast (with spray butter) or a whole grain English muffin. I change it up everyday. I will do omelets, scrambled, egg sandwiches, poached etc. I really donít get sick of them. If you are active and workout it is safe to eat that many eggs. You will burn off the cholesterol. On the days that I do not eat my eggs I have a headache, I am starving all day and I will ALWAYS go over my calories. AND if I weigh in the next morning I will NOT lose. SO thatís how they help me. I stay full until dinner most days and its awesome! (I will typically go into dinner with under 500 calories). So I hope that helps! I have also gotten questions for my chicken pot pie recipe! I eat this AT least once a week for dinner! Its healthy (except for the crust, I am still trying to figure out something more low cal), its SUPER filling and you donít need any sides! YUM! So here is that recipe:

This makes three large pot pies. I make them individual in the small baking dishes!

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1 can reduced fat crescent rolls
2 cans chicken broth
2 large carrots (sliced thin)
1 small onion (chopped)
1 container of fresh mushrooms (I used one and a half because I love them, quartered or sliced)
1 potato or sweet potato (optional, its okay in there, I do it sometimes Peeled and chopped small)
1-2 celery stalks chopped
Any other veggie you like!

In a large pan place whole chicken breasts with seasonings on both sides (optional: I use Mccormicks All purpose salt-free seasoning). Pour the two cans of broth over the chicken and boil until chicken is done. Remove chicken and cut in bite size pieces. Save broth.
Next, put a small amount of oil in a pan(I just use the chicken pan). Add carrots, celery, and potato and sautee for about 3 min. I sprinkle LOTS of salt and pepper on everything. Then add the rest of the veggies(mushrooms and onions and any other veggies you want). Sautee about 6-7 more minutes. Sprinkle flour all over the veggies. Cook and mix for one min. Add ALMOST all the broth (I use about 1 and 3/4 can.) Add parsley. Keep on medium about 10-15 minutes and stir frequently until thick. Fill your three dishes with the mixture. Use two of the crescent rolls for the top of each dish (I roll them out thinner). I put spray butter on the top and salt and pepper. Bake at 375 for 10 min. then ENJOY!! They stay hot for hours! Just a warning! Also they just started making Pillsbury crescent sheets....so those are a little easier and save a few calories. Here are a few pics:
The dishes:


YUMMY (almost done on the stove)


Finished product-ENJOY!!



One final thing I was asked alot-about how I space my food and days out. This has to be different for alot of people and it took me a LONG time to figure it out for me. But M-F I do 1100-1200 calories a day, then on the weekends I don't count and have a few 'bad' meals. During a typical week day my day is like this:

Breaksfast 100 calories (granola bar or something like that)
Lunch 300 calories (eggs, soup, frozen meal typically)
Snack 100 calories
Dinner 500 calories (some sort of chicken, a starch and a veggie or two veggies)
Snack 300 (usually two snacks- something crunchy and then fruit and cool whip!

Hope that helps. I do 60 minutes of cardio each night, at least 6 six nights a week!!

Thank you again for all the support! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!! xoxxo Bekka

  
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PHATCAT71 6/23/2010 12:41AM

    That pie looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing your success secrets! God Bless you and your baby is so beautiful! emoticon

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JUSTLEALAH 6/9/2010 12:43PM

    LOVE this blog, you are awesome for sharing your secrets and tips!

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HCARTZ1964 5/31/2010 12:50PM

    awesome!!

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BOJANMA1 5/28/2010 4:45PM

    Yummy!!!! I love eggs too!!! I use egg whites it cuts down some of the calories and cholesterol. Sometimes I'll at a whole egg to 2 egg whites.

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CLEE2830 5/26/2010 6:26PM

    That recipes sounds great! I plan to try it. You look awesome and I love your 100 list. Thanks for sharing!

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REESIEANDME 5/26/2010 3:03PM

    Congrats on your amazing progress!! And thanks for the motivation and tips!! That is what this site is for!! Keep up the fabulous work!! emoticon

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FORMYSAVIOR 5/25/2010 9:36AM

    Do you know that you are one of the kindest and most considerate (not to mention inspirational) people on this website? You go above and beyond to help folks and encourage them. I can't imagine how much time it takes you to answer questions and do what you do for others. I just want to say "bless you sister!" and Thank you so much!!! You kindness does not go unnoticed. I am a HUGE fan of yours for more reasons than one! Sending you much love, gratitude and prayers! -Mandy

p.s I love me some eggs!! We have a backyard chicken coop and get about a dozen per day. A fresh country egg is SUPER tasty!

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SHAGGINABIT 5/24/2010 2:46PM

    That pot pie looks amazing! It's very similar to mine except for the sweet potatoes, which I will try next time!

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KERANCE 5/24/2010 12:56PM

    Cool - great blog. I hate not having eggs for breakfast too - they're my favorite & they definately keep me going till lunch.

You're great
xXx

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JACKSMIMI2 5/20/2010 9:58PM

    You are just the best...

I agree w/ you about the eggs...when I eat them, I am also fuller a lot longer...sometimes I have them for dinner b/c I never get tired of them either.

Thanks again for sharing!


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FIT_N_HEALTHY 5/20/2010 5:19PM

    Wow that looks so yummy! So your secret to fame is...Drum Roll.... EGGS! Lol! I love all the advice I can get so thank you! emoticon

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LISALIVING1980 5/20/2010 2:28PM

    Thanks so much for answering our questuions....I will be eating an egg or two a day~! And I definitely wanna try making that yummy pot pie..it looks delicious!! Thanks again!

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ANNE-ELIZ 5/20/2010 12:13PM

    Yes, eggs have had a bad rap for too long.

Thanks for this post.

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REBARUTH55 5/20/2010 11:29AM

    I've been looking forward to reading this blog and was not disappointed. Thanks for sharing! Time to hard boil a few eggs! I like your variation on the chicken pot pie. Think I will make it tonight!

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FITFUNKYMAMA1 5/20/2010 10:15AM

    hahaha that's awesome!!! I totally want to try out the chicken pot pie recipe,although for now I might have to make it into just one big pot pie,until I can get the individual bowls. Looks yummy!!!
The eggs? Yeah I can TOTALLY relate on them keeping my full for a long time!!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!! You rock!!!

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ENTWOOD 5/20/2010 9:52AM

    Thanks so much for the tips :) It is some of the most practical advice I have seen on a blog yet! I can personalize it and try it out now, so am very grateful. Have a wonderful day!

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MICKIC3 5/20/2010 9:34AM

    I'm totally with you on the eggs! Although, I usually have them for breakfast, they always make me feel full for a longggg time. And I'm someone who is ALWAYS hungry!!

I really like your idea of giving yourself a break on the weekends, too!

*hugs* Thanks for all the great info!

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GAGIRL40 5/20/2010 8:26AM

    Thank you so much for sharing all of this! I was also wondering about the eggs (we eat a lot of egg substitute in our house), and cannot wait to try the chicken pot pie recipe!

PS--Your daughter is ADORABLE!!

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BETTERJULIA 5/20/2010 8:18AM

    The pot pies look delicious! And I think I'll try doing the egg thing! Thanks for the info!

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BRINI24 5/20/2010 7:40AM

    Wow, and this week I was stressing because SP has my calorie range from 1770-2120 and I barely am able to eat 1200-1400 a day!!! This blog sure helped put a LOT of things into perspective for me!!! Also, I have been so afraid to eat eggs, but now...bring on eggs for me!!! Thx for sharing:)

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ALIMESSA 5/19/2010 11:54PM

    Thank you for sharing...you are so AWESOME! Congrats on all your success, and best of luck on the rest of your journey!

As always,
Stay Strong!

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The 100 Reasons I JUST lost 100 pounds!! :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

AHH! I lost 100lbs! It just doesnt seem real! I mean, who really loses 100 lbs??? ME!!! Thats who!! Its taken 16 months and its been more of an emotional ride than a physical one but I have done it MY way and I am so proud of myself !!!I made a list of the 100 peoples, places, things, and accomplishments that have helped me achieve my success. I just wanted to share this list with everyone who has asked me for help, who has told me that I inspire them, to those who have encouraged me along the way, and for anyone who is at a weight where they feel hopeless after failing so many, many times like I did- YOU CAN DO THIS!!


Exercise-
100. My Ipod Touch (could not survive without it!!!)
99. My stationary bike (my only piece of workout equipment, I got it for $25.00 off of Craigslist)
98. my Skecher shapeups :)
97. Walk Away the Pounds and Leslie Sansone
96. Wii Active
95. my hand weights
94. power walking every night when its warm out to one of the 4 parks within a few miles of my house to meet my daughter and husband.
93. Richard Simmons
92. Jillian Michaels
91. riding my bike outdoors with my brother in the summer
90. C25k Podcasts!!!

Food- (all the foods I have needed to succeed!)
89. eggs (biggest weight loss tool that I swear by-ask me about it!)
88. Parkay spray butter (other big one)
87. strawberries
86. Skinny Cows
85. Lean Cuisine
85. mushrooms, onions, and carrots (favorite vegetables)
84. Tyson Frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
83. sugar free Jello
82. Lite Cool Whip (frozen please)
81. Lauras Lean beef
80. 100 Calorie packs
79. Smart Ones
78. Josephs Flax Pitas
77. Flatout
76. whole wheat breads
75. fresh garlic and garlic powder
74.microwave popcorn
73. salt and pepper
72. McCormick seasonings
71. Diet soda (I know that°¶s not a great thing, but like I said, I did this MY way :)
70. Fish once a week
69. One or two splurge meals during the weekend (a must -do so that you do not give up!)
68. My homemade chicken and vegetable pot pies
67. Limiting carbs when needed
66 my Chinese stir fry
65. Granola bars
64. Healthy Mexican food
63. Sherbet at Mickeys
62. Red meat only once a week

People-
61. First and FOREMOST- Michelle Hart (1234MICH1)- my best Spark friend in the whole world, we talk all day long, we started at the same weight and we are finishing together. My biggest support, inspiration, and true FRIEND!! LOVE YOU girl and you are AWESOME! I thank God for bringing you into my life!
60. Which brings me to GOD! I have prayed everyday during this journey and he has heard me. I feel like I dont deserve all this success and happiness and then he reminds me that I do.
59. My Ann-one of my best friends since 7th grade-My first Weight Watcher partner-we are doing this girl and my thumbs are permanently sore from all the texting we do everyday, but I couldnt do it without you! You are awesome and you are going to be a gorgeous bride next month, cant wait- and we are going to look good at your bachelorette party this weekend :) !! XOXO
58. My Operation: Bikini -Spark team members!! Thank you for joining my team- you are all awesome!! Please join my team, we are a great supportive group of girls!! (shout out to Kendra, Haley, Diane, Louie, Melody, Fran, etc etc)
57. Michelle-(GR8TBEFITAT42)- My other spark bestie!! She turned me into a runner (almost) and we are training for a 5k! You have pushed me and inspired me in ways you will never know!! I have needed you through all of this and YOU ROCK!!I cannot say enough nice things about you!! THANK YOU! XOXOXO
56. ALL MY SPARKLING SPARKERS!!! You have inspired me and encouraged me every step of the way xoxox, Kat, T, Becky, Diane, Fran, Nicole, Mandi, Anna, Michelle, Jae, Amber and Zircadia (my two biggest inspirations when I started!), and the 1000s of others that has ever left me messages and words of encouragement! I know I cant list you all but I appreciate you SO much!!
55. My Facebook Friends that have encouraged me! I know I will forget some of you but BIG shout out for all the encouragement to Lisa T, Mandi, Loren, Dawn, Laurel, my cousin Tabitha, Jo, Patti, Jessi, Nicole, Suzanne, Shelley, Beth I., Heather, Julie, Becca, Samantha, Ellissa, and Theresa (love ya girl! I will see you at the beach this summer :).THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT AND PICTURES COMMENTS! THEY MEAN SO MUCH TO ME!!
54. MY MOM- for being my weight loss buddy and checking in with me and LISTENING and HELPING. For sending JUST DANCE and the words of encouragement. For telling me I look awesome everytime she sees me AND for always complimenting me - even when I was 274lbs she never treated me like that-words cannot express what that has meant for me even if I might not show it.
53. My dad and stepparents- my stepmom for introducing me to Leslie Sansone videos and the encouragement, to both of my dads for the encouraging words (and picture comments) and new nicknames. xoxo
52. My mother and father in law-for always telling me I look skinny even when I don't and the love and encouragement (and amazement) you have shown me through this all!! xoxo
51. My sisters Bethany and Rachel- for your kind words, for always saying "Geez have you lost MORE weight?" for sometimes calling me a BI-ATCH (haha), for telling me I was extremely beautiful before I lost the weight, and to Bethany for doing all my before and after pictures!! Both of you have done more than you will know for me and I want you to know I appreciate it - and I love you!
50. My Gramma Ginny, Dib Dib and Papa- for EVERYTHING and I know you are not just saying the wonderful things that you do because you are my grandparents;) !!
49. My Aunt Lori, Aunt Traci, and especially Aunt Mary- three of my biggest cheerleaders! Thank for all the compliments THANK you Aunt Mary for being SOOOO awesome!! You get it and I love you!! XOXOX
48. MY DONE GIRLS!!!!! ENOUGH SAID!!! XOXO
47. My 4-year-old daughter Gabriella Kendall, my reason for starting this (my reason for everything) She still likes to tell me I have a little fat left on my stomach ("not quite ready for a "kini"yet mommy'!) and that I still have big "chicken wings"under my arms but 'they are shrinking". Thank you Gabriella for the constant reality checks and for being mommys workout partner all these months! You have been more of a support than you could possibly imagine and I love you the most.
46. Mike- for going along with MOST of the changes in our household and allowing me to workout at night. Also, for annoying the crap out of me and telling me repeatedly that my bones are sticking out of my skin. Haha.
45.Jamie Oliver
44. Ruby
43.my neighbors nice comments, when they are usually just rude to me ;)

Things
42. MEASURING OUT EVERTHING I EAT
41. RECORDING EVERYTHING I EAT
40. TRACKING MY FITNESS
39. Sparkamerica goals and minutes
38. my food scale
37. My bathroom scale, its a love/hate relationship
36.The Climb
35. My DVR (I have no excuse not to work out at night because I am not missing my shows.)
34. watching my Spark Ticker go down :)
33. my measuring cups and spoons (PORTION CONTROL!!!)
32. my outdoor grill
31. rubbermaid containers
30. people telling me I inspire them everyday
29. calorie cycling
28. working at home-enables me to cook all my meals healthy
27. Self Magazine
26. C25K!!
25. no calorie counting on the weekends
24. my full length mirror
23. my fat pictures
22. THE VILLES (another huge thing) teams-taking my weight loss in 10lbs increments! MOST IMPORTANT THING I DECIDED TO DO!
21. blogging :)
20. Texting
19. The Biggest Loser (HUGE)
18. Sparkrecipes.com

Small goals I accomplished that have kept me going :)
17. BECOMING DONE GIRL OF THE DAY- wow!! Turning point in my life and it changed everything!!
16. being able to shop at the mall-anywhere:)
15. Rewarding myself with things
14. Going from a size 20 to 12
13. ONEderland!!!!!!!!!
12.Going from 1X to M (and in a lot of brands I wear a Small, WHAT??)!
11. taking my weight loss pictures every 10lb (HUGE!!)
10. Becoming a Sparkpeople Motivator-again..still pinching myself
9. Getting more energy with every pound lost
8. When somebody has told me that they are going on diet or sparkpeople because of me!
7. Being able to swing and slide at the park with my daughter
6. Selling all my clothes the second they get too big for me.
5. Knowing I can have baby #2 now (if I chose to) at a healthy weight
4.spacing my meals and calories out for certain times throughout the day
3. no longer being obese as of TODAY!!!!
2. Getting my wedding rings sized down four sizes :)
1. And since I have said it so many times, the #1 reason is SPARKPEOPLE.COM!!! I wish everyone could experience the love and support that I have gotten from this internet community!! IT HAS TRULY CHANGED MY LIFE!



I still have at least 34 lbs to go. When I started this journey 16 months ago, losing 100lbs would NEVER be anything I would even dream of accomplishing! It STILL hasnt sunk in. I STILL dont recognize myself when I walk by a mirror. I STILL dress the same as I always have. I STILL hide my stomach with my arms when I am in a room with other people. I STILL think I am the same size I have been for ten plus years. I STILL dont LOVE eating healthy food, and I STILL dont LOVE working out°Kbut I am a REAL person who loves to eat and if I can do it ANYONE can!! You just have to have the drive and determination and that was the one thing I lacked all these years while I was spending hundreds of dollars on weight loss programs and gimmicks! When I started this I pleaded with God to allow me to stick to Sparks for one solid month without quitting or cheating.That was the hardest month out of the last 16, but I did it (for the first time in my life). I still don°¶t know exactly how I got through it, but ever since that first weigh- in there was NO turning back. When I am running at night (YES! ME RUNNING!) I often think to myself 'why do you feel so happy'¶ Its a feeling I cant really remember having for so many, many years. I am excited to wake up in the morning. I am excited about life. I owe it to my friends, family, and Sparkpeople. I am here to help whomever I can and PAY IT FORWARD from this day on! Thank you God for getting me through that first month and every month thereafter! AMEN!

Starting Pic (I was actually about 10lb heavier than this)


Down 100lbs



Before: My first sisters' college graduation two years ago(I am the huge girl in the pink):


AFTER: My sisters' graduation last weekend (I am on the left)



  
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TASHAH78 6/20/2012 8:09PM

  congrats great job :)

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PROVERBS31JULIA 2/10/2011 1:05AM

    Very nice! And a clever use of the "100 reasons... " type theme. I saw Yoovie's "100 reasons to workout" and it reminded me of something a friend sent me in 2006 (and if only I had heeded it then, I'd be "done girl") - "101 reasons to exercise" (was more technical than personal, but still, an effective kick in the rear, if I had let it!).

Thanks for sharing!!

Julia
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NONNATAMMY 8/28/2010 10:08AM

    I'd like your Chinese stir fry recipe too. I got the chicken pot pie one. Could you explain the ville thing and what is the climb? I really enjoyed reading several of your blogs. You are truly an inspiration. Tammy

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THILLATCHLEY 7/20/2010 9:33PM

    Wow, you should be so proud. This is one of the hardest things to do and YOU did it. Go girl....

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GREENGEENY 7/15/2010 5:15PM

    Not to join the bandwagon, but your blog made me cry too. Tears of joy. Certain things that you listed are my inspiration right now. I am so proud of you. You look amazing. 34 pounds left to go-phtt!? No problem...you got this.

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HOPERISING 7/15/2010 4:55PM

    Awwwww! I just cried and cried to read this. I am so happy for you, and i can't wait to be where you are!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/15/2010 1:36PM

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment. I hope I am there in a year and a half!

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CHANGEDIN09 6/23/2010 4:50PM

    awesome post. I loved the list. You look great. Many congrats.

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ADELE66 6/17/2010 3:42AM

    Absolutely amazing blog and even more amazing achievement. This should be compulsory reading for everyone joining SP!

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MJDEVEREUX 6/16/2010 7:51PM

    This blog made me cry (I'm serious!). I'm so happy for you!

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SARAHBUTLER 6/15/2010 12:15AM

    I love # 97! I do leslie's videos everyday. Congrats on the weight loss!

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CANDINHA1231 6/6/2010 7:21PM

  What can say?????????????????????? you are an inspiration, thank you very much.

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CARRIEV65 6/6/2010 4:56PM

    wow.... talk about motivation....thanks for sharing..... i will be posting a similar blog 100 pounds from now myself ..... way to go ... you did it....

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BAYBELIEVER 6/4/2010 11:14PM

    I just came across your sparkpage and this blog. What a great way to commemorate your 100 lb loss. WHEN I get there, i hope to look as good as you do and have the determination that you have had to get there.
Thanks for this,


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SWEETPAULAP 6/3/2010 3:53PM

    I loved your blog! Thanks for all the great tips! You have done wonderfully and you sure are an inspiration to me. I have been on SP for almost four months now and I have not lost any weight. I work out all the time, but I have a hard time tracking my food. I think I will try a month of tracking everything and see if that helps. Thanks again for all your advice.
Many God continue to bless you and keep you in His care.

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SOPHIETR 5/30/2010 4:38PM

    I think you done just wonderful. God bless you!
I got some good idea's from your page, and I am going to try and put them to good use, down 10lbs. weigh in tomorrow, hope I have done well. Continued Good luck to you!
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LACHELY 5/28/2010 1:01AM

    Wooo You did it girl!!!!!!!!!!

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ASHLEEWEBART 5/26/2010 1:17PM

    This is definitely one of my favorite blogs. I want to make a copy to keep in my weight motivation notebook I am planning to make.

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LOLLIE62 5/25/2010 1:19PM

    This was so neat to read. Thank you for the inspiration. I know there's not any one thing that helps, but a whole constellation of motivators. You are doing great!

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ON_GAL 5/24/2010 10:30PM

  Very inspirational. I have to ask though, how did the IPOD touch help you? I've been debating on buying one and would love just one more reason to purchase it. LOL

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KSP3776 5/23/2010 9:52AM

    You are awesome! I loved your blog! As I was reading it, I was agreeing with the things that helped you a long the way. I have also lost 100 pounds and the joy it brings is incredible!!

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NISHA-L 5/22/2010 4:04PM

    CONGRATS TO U FOR LOSING 100IBS! i DID IT TO AND BY FAR IT WAS A LONG ROAD FOR ME TO LOSE 100lbs because i never ever thought that i would and could lose 100lbs so i know how u feel! congrats again girlie!!!

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JOOLIE3 5/21/2010 10:34PM

    You look so darn fantastic...I could really use a mentor like you. I am struggling but hoping so hard to get where you are.

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TRAYANDJAY 5/21/2010 9:48PM

    Wow! I set out having 100 pounds to lose. You make me think I can really do this.

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LOSINGTOGAIN2 5/21/2010 7:33PM

    Way to go!!! You are amazing! What an inspiration!!! And your daughter is beautiful. Congratulations on the beginning of the next chapter in your life - I am truly inspired by you!!

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STARTINGALLOVER 5/21/2010 5:48PM

    You are stunning!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS does not even cover it!!! You absolutely are inspiring and fabulous!!!

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BREE31 5/21/2010 9:57AM

    ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!! You don't even look like the same person. This was a great blog and I loved every word of it. I do have some questions about some of the things you listed that I would like more information on. I am going to send you an email if that's okay.

Congratulations and I wish you success in losing the other 34 lbs (although I think you look great as is).

Bree

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JANE1216 5/20/2010 10:27PM

    What a great blog! I'm so glad I stopped by --- you have motivated me a huge amount! Thanks!

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DISNEYPARIS 5/20/2010 10:20PM

    Fantastic blog. Many, many congratulations on your weight loss success.

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VEGASBABY30 5/20/2010 9:41PM

    Thanks so much for the inspirational blog, Everyday for me is a constant battle, but I am definately going to take some of your tips and incorporate it into my daily routine!!!! emoticon

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BREEZY85 5/20/2010 8:31PM

    you are amazing and such an inspiration! way to go!!

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MAMMM3 5/20/2010 8:21PM

    What an incredible journey. Give me hope that I too can be there. I have found SP to be an awesome tool. Thank you for sharing your story.. emoticon

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KARENE10 5/20/2010 3:59PM

    You look MARVELOUS!!!!!!!!!! FABULOUS!!!!!! And are such an inspiration! Loved the blog! Reading inspiring blogs help me and now I'm going to check out your teams~ emoticon

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SAMSPARK1 5/20/2010 3:54PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on how far you have come!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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330POUNDWOMAN 5/20/2010 3:38PM

    # Zero - Your Strength! Congratulation on your success, you look amazing and you are an inspiration!

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ACLUBB5 5/20/2010 11:24AM

    WOW emoticon Good for you persistence=success

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MEWAJES 5/20/2010 10:33AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog~Congrats
I know I can do this too. Thanks for writing this.
I look forward to writing mine

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ANNE-ELIZ 5/20/2010 10:11AM

    I love this list!

I've saved it to go back to again.

Thank you.

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HAPPYPATTY1 5/20/2010 10:10AM

    Hey-

I have just discovered you (reading the most popular blogs is my own little secret way to stay motivated).

I've gotta tell you... I've been struggling lately, and this blog makes we want to shout from the rooftops - "I CAN DO THIS!"

You are a rock star and I REALLY, really, really needed this today. thanks!

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SLIMLILA 5/19/2010 11:38PM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Your story in incredible, congrats!!! I'd nominate you as a motivator if you weren't already, and I just came upon your blog by accident... Wow! The pot pie looks incredible, I hope to try it real soon ...YUM!!

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LUSHON 5/19/2010 10:45PM

    I like reading your reasons a 2nd time. Thanks

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NMC150 5/19/2010 6:59PM

    That blog and YOU helped ME - God uses everyone for all different reasons angels are everywhere even on sparks!. Thanks for sharing - Don't see how you can lose more weight you look great, but its about what you want - all the best to you.

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FLASH1950 5/19/2010 6:47PM

  omgosh Ive been playing around with this for a few months, and this blog just makes me ready and raring to go ! good good good on you girl for your remarkable success. thank you for sharing its just what i needed to hear. Im 60 this year ,have been up and down with my weight due to bad back and inactivity... but theres no reason I cant do it now. Just need the motivation that you just gave me. thanks again!

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PAMELASUE60 5/19/2010 6:34PM

  emoticon Way to go - Congratulations on all your hard work and perseverance!

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CLIMBERCHICK14 5/19/2010 4:52PM

    You look fantastic! Way to go! You are such an inspiration and role model. Wow. Your daughter is lucky to have a woman like you to call mommy and look up to.

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JUSTLEALAH 5/19/2010 3:55PM

    Thank you for putting forth all the effort to post this for people like me, who are just starting this journey.

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 5/19/2010 3:42PM

    I just read your blog and i am so excited for you, for me and for everyone else who joins sparkpeople. Great blog!!! Congratulations on 100 pounds gone. That is an incredible accomplishment!

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TEMPEST272002 5/19/2010 3:02PM

    Wow, look at what you have accomplished! I can't yet envision actually meeting my goal wieght - it seems so far off. But when I read about how real people like you have dug deep and stayed in it for the long haul and how it's paid off... well, I can't say how inspired I am. THANKYOU for sharing your excitement and happiness and photos with us!

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WALKNLOVE 5/19/2010 2:54PM

    WONDERFUL!!!!! emoticon

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GRACENFAITH 5/19/2010 2:15PM

    WOW!!! you keep me inspired.
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Reflecting on the last 12 months, and wondering how I got here!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

WOW! That is only word I can think of to sum up this past year! I joined Sparkpeople in 2007 at 274lb. It took me 16 months of reading inspirational Sparkpages and going on and off the program to actually commit on January 19th, 2009. On January 19th, 2009 I had hit rock bottom. Like most people I have dieted my whole life, tried every gimmick, every trick, Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, MediFast, Atkins etc etc etc. On January 19th, 2009 I started a program called Nutrisystem out of desparation. I ate two meals of it and realized it was just another program that would NOT work for me (it was un-edible!!). I just sat on the couch and cried. And cried. And cried. It was time to turn my life around. Again. Did I want to get to 300lbs? NO! Had I not decided to turn my life around that day, once and for all, I guarantee I would be at 300lb by now or in the near future!!! SO how did I do this? I came back to the only place that had helped me lose 14lbs in in the last 16months (I know, pathetic)....Sparkpeople!!
So, on January 19th 2009 I started my journey on Sparkpeople at 260.2 lbs. Did I think I would fail? YES! Did I really think I would lose more than a couple lbs? NO! But I did...as of today I am at a total weight lost of 87lbs ;) How did I get here? Most of it is a blur! But I will tell you that I took it ONE month at a time. And 10lbs at a time. I started exercising by doing 7 minutes a day on my stationary bike. That has turned into 60 min (plus strength training and other cardio). My ultimate goal when I started was 230 lbs :) HAHAH. That seems ridiculous to me, as I am not even happy being in the 180s right now! I would like to list the six defining/life changing moments for me in my weight loss journey this past year:

1. Putting on my first pair of shorts in August. I haven't worn shorts for 8 or 9 years in public :) And it felt great!
2. Fitting into a size 14 jeans and Medium shirt, after wearing tight size 20W jeans and a 1X shirt for 9 or 10 years :)
3.Meeting Michelle Hart. My bestest Spark friend in the whole world. We started at the same weight, we are the same weight now, and without her pushing me EVERYDAY I know for a FACT I would not be where I am today! We use our personal email and we email back and forth all day long and text each other support all weekend!!! We are convinced we may be long lost sisters :) I have ALOT of other Sparklers I couldnt live without too !! (shout out to my Ann !!)
4. Getting to ONEDERLAND!!!!! I think it had been 11 YEARS!! WOW, what a road!!! But we got there Michelle!!!
5. Just recently becoming the Done Girl of the Day!! HOLY CRAP!! I literally got hundreds and hundreds of emails, spark goodies, comments, and photo comments! SO freaking overwhelming, as I sat and read so many people praising me and telling me their stories of being so overweight and obese.....I just cried and wondered" Is this really happening to me? I am the girl who is almost 300lbs, why are they asking me?" It was the most touching and most rewarding day of my life! I LOVE YOU DONE GIRLS!! AND....finally
6.Becoming a Sparkpeople Motivator!! Again, I need to pinch myself....I get dozens of emails a day asking for help and advice....ME? ME?? It sooo strange!! I am the one that FAILS at weight loss!! But none the less, I am THRILLED and am trying to accept all of this!!!
What will 2010 bring?? Hopefully my weight down to 150lbs and maybe beyond (not sure yet) and more importantly, 2010 will be my year to PAY IT FORWARD. I want to help everyone get to the point I have gotten to (and beyond) and succeed!! I suck at this, and if I did it (after years of sitting on my butt and dreaming of being a Sparkpeople Motivator)...ANYONE CAN!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE SparkPeople, if you are reading this (STILL) get as involved as you can!! Track your workouts, track your foods, join groups, make friends!! I thank Sparkpeople, all my Sparkling Sparkers, my family members, and above all GOD for giving me my life back at 27 years old!! XOXOOX Bekka

Before pic...umm eww

  
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MAMMM3 5/20/2010 8:37PM

    Your daughter is adorable. She looks just like her mommy... I added you as my spark friend. Your story has been very inspirational to me. Thank you


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PONYFARMER 5/17/2010 9:56PM

    Love your smile! You have done what we all want to achieve. You deserve all the credit for doing all the work.

Great job!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/15/2010 8:55AM

    keep up the good work emoticon

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CHANGEDIN09 4/24/2010 10:00AM

    AWESOME POST. So proud of you. You look fantastic. YOU GO GIRL!!!

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BECCA_AGAIN 3/30/2010 1:09PM

    Thanks so much Bekka! (used to spell my name like that =) Your story is so motivating. The unique feature of Spark is going slow and taking your time. Don't rush, make real changes. You did that and now you are being so generous as paying it forward. GOOD FOR YOU!!!

Rebecca

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LOSINGITALL4ME 2/17/2010 4:48PM

    Thank you for this blog. You are such an inspiration to us all.
I'm so HAPPY you found Spark and were successful. What a beautiful story. And you aren't done!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHANGEDIN09 2/17/2010 4:40PM

    emoticon YOU ARE AWESOME. With that attitude you will be at 150 before the end of the year. WOW you look great girl! Did you ever think you would feel so much better? I think that is what has surprised me the most. How much better I feel and how much better of an attitude (positive) I have. It's easier to feel energetic and positive. The difference in your face in the before/after is amazing.

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RHYMEANDREASON1 2/14/2010 5:07PM

    Wow what a great story!! I was thinking of skipping the rest of my workout today but definitely am not after reading this!

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PRINCESSAMY2001 2/12/2010 8:34AM

    I am just starting out on my journey...like you said...I have dieted on and off for so long, to just lose and gain the same weight, that I'm skeptical about succeeding! This blog is sooo encouraging! I'm going to add you as a friend so I can keep coming back for encouragement! Thanks for posting this!

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ANMAIREE 2/7/2010 2:51AM

    God has done a emoticon work in you and know that He is not done with you yet. Continue to let Him use you and Bless you abundantly.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FATMAN210 1/28/2010 2:36PM

    YOUR A GOOD LOOKING YOUNG WOMEN KEEP IT UP

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SUZIEQIAM 1/27/2010 4:41PM

    BEKKA, I don't like this BLOG!!!! I LOVE IT! This is the second time that I have checked your page and each time I am amazed! How many times have I sat & cried like you thinking how bad I wanted to be healthy again. So far I have lost 7.8 lbs. and am still going strong. Thanks so much for your inspiring blog...

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CHRISSY015 1/27/2010 4:18PM

    Thank you so much for your wonderful story I just started my diet AGAIN I have had gasto-bypass surgery tried all diets and failed. I started my diet on Jan. 18, 2010 weighing 255 and I have lost 5 pounds so far, like you said take a month at a time.

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SUSIEMILO 1/26/2010 1:05PM

    What a fabulous story. I'm very glad I was directed to your site, and read this.
It helps every one of us, because it has sound advice (take it one step at a time, and don't rush through it), and because we get the messge from you that if you can do it -- we can do it.
Thank you. That means so much to me in motivation to continue doing what I need to do.
Awesome job!


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MARIEFIYA 1/25/2010 8:33PM

    Your story is amazing. You are a motivator and you deserve it!.....

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BLHEYKER 1/25/2010 8:04PM

  Thank you for being here. I am starting close to the same weight you started. Our stories are very similar. Thank you for going first! emoticon

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EEKTHECAT 1/25/2010 4:39PM

    you are a great inspiration. keep on rocking! thanks for sharing your success and inspiring others!
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MONKEYPOOH 1/25/2010 3:35PM

    Thank you for posting this, you have NO IDEA how much this helps me.

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BIKERSHARI 1/25/2010 3:24PM

    Congrats on your success!

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GRACEISENUF 1/24/2010 9:13PM

    I am so happy for you Bekka! You are an inspirational, amazing, determined young woman.....WAY TO GO DONE SISTER!!!!
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LISAFRIDAY 1/24/2010 5:00PM

    You have made me want to get on my bike for 7 mins a day... 20-30 mins just seems so unrealistic for me, but, 7 mins...well, I am going to do that today by 7pm... thank you for your blog!

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NANAGUY 1/24/2010 3:29PM

    You go, girl!

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LEANIEPI 1/24/2010 12:27PM

    you rock!

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CHUBBYSTRESS 1/23/2010 11:57PM

    emoticon ...... WOW GIRLY YOU LOOK AWESOME

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NICOLEBA47 1/23/2010 8:30PM

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MICHZS 1/23/2010 2:30PM

    You are very courageous and so wonderful for sharing your heartfelt story - I was starting to get a little down in my 3rd week bc the scale isn't moving as fast as I'd like, but I can go another day (which will lead to days then weeks) bc of you. Thank you!! THIS time IS different and you and I will both reach our goals (I started out 1t 217 my goal for now is to be less than 200 lbs).

Thanks again,
Michelle

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CHRISYUB 1/23/2010 11:22AM

  wow, am i glad I found your blog. I have just completed week one and feel great and greatly motivated, but realize i have a big amount of weight to lose. seeing someone who had about the same amount to lose as i do shows me it will workyou are gorgeous. emoticon

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MOMMALISALUCYBB 1/23/2010 9:18AM

    Thank you for your post! I have been one Spark People for 3 weeks, and am already struggling. Week one, I felt I did a really good job, week two, started to blow it already, and now week 3, back in the saddle once again. Of course, AFTER going out to dinner last night with family and totally blowing everything!
I hope to be able to follow you through your continued journey and borrow your inspiration. Thank you for sparking some motivation in me once again. emoticon

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IHAVETOO10 1/23/2010 12:52AM

    Thank you for this post! I'm brand new to SparkPeople.
Your blog touched me.I have been struggling with my weight for years. Have tried all the gimmicks.. UGH the $$$ I wasted. Did you have an eating plan or did you create it on your own? Any sound advice you can spare would be greatly appreciated. Congrats on your huge success!!!

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TTSMARTIN 1/23/2010 12:30AM

    i read your blog and cried. I am so happy for you and I hope to be saying the same things in the future. GREAT PICS!

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BEE4TOAFTER 1/22/2010 11:58PM

    I know I was meant to read this. I am just starting my journey and here on day three, having trouble balancing the people I love, their love of food, my addiction to food and wanting to be the me I know I can be. I am 255 pounds and have a long way to go. I keep telling myself that I too can get to the after stage. You look amazing, you seem to have a new life ahead and I am so proud of you without every having met you! Thank you for going through your struggle to help people like me accept the struggle ahead and stick with it!

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DAWNFIRE72 1/22/2010 10:58PM

    You are too cute and have such a great attitude. Congrats on making it this far and I hope you have much success in all that you do!

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MN_EXERCISE_GRL 1/22/2010 9:58PM

    Wow congrats. A lot of hard work but way worth it. I'm just starting this weight loss journey (yet again). I hope it will work for me like it has for you

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KUANGIE 1/22/2010 9:37PM

    You look amazing! Your daughter is a cutie patootie! I think operation bikini will be a go this summer. And I totally think you can rock it in a bikini. Save the tankini for TOM : )

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AMOSALONZO 1/22/2010 8:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Awesome!!!!!!!!

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MOMMAMORGANA 1/22/2010 8:49PM

    Thank you for this post! I'm brand new to SparkPeople and so much of what you wrote resonates with me... Congrats on your huge success!!! I hope to be where you are one year from now!

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145WANTOBE 1/22/2010 8:16PM

  You look great! Congratulations!!! emoticon

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BABYLOSTBACK 1/22/2010 7:31AM

    way to go! You look beautiful!

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PROUDMOM0507 1/22/2010 1:01AM

    Very inspiring and wonderful job at the weight loss!

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JARMOOZLE 1/21/2010 10:42PM

    You are amazing and deserve all the great feelings in the world for all you've accomplished!! emoticon

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ROCKSTARK8 1/21/2010 10:18PM

    Wow awesome!!! I'm so happy for you :)

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KATELJM 1/21/2010 10:04PM

    emoticon What great progress! How wonderful that you took charge.

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L3DESIGNS 1/21/2010 9:24PM

    Keep up the great work!

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FLIPPRNL 1/21/2010 6:12PM

    Fantastic! Keep it up!

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SWEET_DREAMS 1/21/2010 5:01PM

    Wow, the weight loss is very evident in the photos but the most inspiring and noticeable change is the smile and joy radiating out of you in the after pic!

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NIGHTSPARK 1/21/2010 4:24PM

    You look great. WOW, what an inspirational story.

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BETHSTL 1/21/2010 3:14PM

    You look amazing. Good work...Congrats to you for all of your achievements :)

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JOANIEBUG46 1/21/2010 1:24PM

    You were beautiful in your "before" and even more beautiful in your "after" but the best thing is how you sound!!! It's very exciting to see! Keep it up and enjoy the rest of your life!!!!

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GELLIEBEAN 1/21/2010 12:44PM

    I think I am at the point now that you were at last January - I've been a member of Sparkpeople for more than a year, and tried to keep up with the challenges and teams, but everything seemed so overwhelming and impossible that I couldn't stay dedicated for very long at a time. Something just clicked for me a couple of weeks ago and now I am looking forward to matching your story in a year! The best thing about this website, I think, is the opportunity to see that everybody *can* do it and to read wonderful stories like yours.

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70CUDA 1/21/2010 12:18PM

    Wow! What a story! Thank you for sharing, you're an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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