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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just a quick check in....I am sitting here in tears...realizing that my hard work of sticking to a food plan and working out with weights, the Evil Elliptical, or long walks every other day is really working! I actually got to ride a horse :) I finally got under the 240 weight limit!! Next is learning how to kayak :)

My dreams are coming true, losing one ounce at a time.

~ My prayers to ALL who are struggling...yes...that means you ~

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JLPEASE 7/26/2011 12:15PM

Way to go! Thanks so much for sharing your success with the rest of us.

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    emoticon I am so proud for you.

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Friday, July 01, 2011

I have lost 142 lbs as of today 6/30/11 & still trucking!! I never thought this would happen to me!

1- I give all the glory to my Higher Power (God) & to my Overeaters Anonymous family. It is truly a blessing to have support like that!!
2 - I keep to a food & exercise plan and use my sparks to track my calories.

I work hard for every ounce I lose...whew...sometimes I workout so hard I go right to sleep as soon as I get home from the gym. But all the sweat I leave on the gym floor is worth the accomplishments I get for losing the weight.

Here are a couple of new accomplishments & insights :)
1 - I finally fit into designer jeans and they have a zipper :) No more pull-on pants!
2 - I rode a horse on the beach last week!!! I have been waiting for years to do that!! There is a weight limit of 240 lbs or below to get on a horse and I finally made it :)
3 - My son is proud of me. It brings me to tears that my kid is so happy for me and he just glows when he looks at me :)
4 - I now climb stairs without having to stop halfway up and catch my breath before reaching the top
5 - I have a complete brand new wardrobe because all my large clothes were given away :) That includes shoes & boots =>I have lost 1 1/2 sizes in my feet!!
6 - Just a little thing to most folks, but huge for me. Now when I walk past people in a public place they no longer "move out" of the way and stare at me. It is awesome! I guess my larger size intimidated them...not sure what it was really. Still trying to figure that one out!
7 - Oh, something else...random people actually talk to me without me initiating a conversation first. Before I always felt invisible in a crowd of people even though I was the largest body there. Strange how I am treated more like one of the gang, rather than an outcast. That is HUGE!!

~ Wishing you Peace & Blessings on your journey toward health ~

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YELLOWDAHLIA 7/1/2011 9:33AM

    That's so AWESOME!!!

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STELFI__35 7/1/2011 5:08AM

I am really happy when I read such success stories! It gives me strength and it makes me believe that I can do it too! Why not? Congratulations!!!! emoticon emoticon

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DISP715 7/1/2011 3:28AM

    Typo?? 142lbs??? Really? So happy for you, what you have accomplished is nothing short of AMAZING! And it's not just about the weight, is it? It is so much more, like confidence and self esteem and riding horses! FANTASTIC! HUGS!!

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Looking back.. in the last 2 years I have learned several lesson that ring true for me:

*Understanding and working through "the issue(s)" that led me to overeating and gaining weight was the first key factor. It allowed me to STOP being afraid of losing weight! For myself, I was scared to lose weight no matter how much I desired it. So I had to work through some deep issues. Otherwise I was on a diet and would not have made a lifestyle change.

*So I will never diet again! Never!! Diets put weight on me. As soon as I stop the diet I eventually gain all the weight back. So I decided on a lifestyle change. New Years eve of 1/1/2009, I took a shot of wheat-grass rather than a shot of alcohol. I have not drank alcohol since.

* SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT. I have struggled doing this on my own and discovered it is impossible. It takes a team of supporters, such as friends, family, and Sparks People!! Reading Sparks People blogs, articles, and being inspired by those that "keep on keeping on" and don't give up! For example, I have a regular walking partner now. I also attend OA (over-eaters anonymous) meetings regularly. If I don't, I don't lose weight..figure that!! In addition, there is a higher spiritual power that created me and knows me very well. When I talk to my God I receive blessings of peace. I need that!

*Less Calories in then Calories out! This is where journaling calories and exercise is important for me. Sparks People is such a fantastic tool for this!

*I need accountability... so I now report every mile I walk on the treadmill to my friends and family on face-book. It lets me know they are watching and going to see if I stick to my workout goals. I really need the accountability and the encouragement they give.

*When I eat vegetables I eat them raw always!!! I stay away from canned anything, which has to much salt. I learned this lesson recently, to stay away from sodium, unless I am putting the salt on my food, which is very little. Canned foods kept me from getting to my 100 pound goal! So now Mrs. Dash is my friend :)

*Oh, I almost forgot, I have learned to stay away from empty calories, soda, alcohol, chips, crackers, junk foods/snacks, ketchup, etc. This does include pasta/bread, my favorite! Flour and Sugar are deadly for my weight control. I just recently learned this lesson too! So for now I get all the fiber I need from fruits and veggie, legumes, beans, etc.

*I love to snack, so I snacking on Sugar Snap peas instead of chips. Also, I snack on fruit when I crave sugar. Because I believe my body is craving for a reason, so I substitute the cane sugar and/or corn syrup for any fruit I want to eat. Yes that includes pineapple, berries, grapes, bananas, apples, etc. I have a HUGE fruit ball on the counter ready for snacking. Yum! Oh I keep an apple in my bag/purse at all times :)

*I work hard to make sure I journal every calorie I am eating, I strongly dislike taking the time every day to enter my foods, it is not my thing. Still, I am doing it. Even when I mess up and really blow it then I am really afraid of entering in my foods and seeing the caloric damage. But I believe that truth is knowledge and knowledge is power!

*It is what it is. When I mess up and blow it by binging or eating something off my food plan, I let it go. I can't go back but I can go forward. So I choose to feel bad, sometimes really bad and then let it go. I find if I don't let it go I will binge for days, weeks, and even months. I am ashamed to say I have a strong track record of binging like this. So the key for me to LET IT GO as QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE so I can move on and work towards my goal(s).

***** This lifestyle I have chosen may not be for you. But for me it is priceless. *****

Peace & Blessings to you all, Carrie

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BOOKWORM27S 4/7/2011 6:54AM

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MOM4407 2/4/2011 7:37PM

    You are an inspiration to all.

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MUVFASTA 2/4/2011 7:21PM

    You are AMAZING and an inspiration to us all! Thanks so much for sharing this blog with us.

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MRSBOBBIB 2/4/2011 6:31PM

    Wow, this is so inspiring and amazing. I hope to be able to tell a success story like yours in the coming months!

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SLASALLE 2/4/2011 5:18PM

    Walk on ... YOU ARE AMAZING. Congrats on all of your hard work. Thanks for sharing!!

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BTRFLY08 2/4/2011 5:18PM

    emoticon on your lifestyle change!! You are doing emoticon

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

How dare the mirror show that reflection?? Where am I? What happened?? Seems this blob of fat has swallowed me whole and I am no where to be found. That's why I dont have mirrors in my house, except for the small in the bathroom. But after a shower its foggy, so I cant see. So it doesnt really count as a mirror.

Yet today, I saw something I havent seen in a while... a small glimpse of me?? I put on a blouse for work that I havent worn in a while. This afternoon I walked into the Ladies Restroom and got a shock! This "small" blouse of mine looked "big!" It really did :) And I couldn't believe that blouse was so long on me. I remember tugging and pulling it down and still It didn't hide anything, belly still hung out for all the world to see.

Now.... that mirror is not looking so bad. Things are changing. I just need to remember, that I am underneath all of this fat and when I remove it all...I will be free and the mirror will not be ugly to me anymore :)

I just need to keep on keeping on.......

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GINNJEN2000 2/18/2011 5:58AM

    Amazing how we percieve ourselves, mirrors are always so harsh when we are big. I remember trying to never look below the face. Then I realized yes I still have alot of skin but it skin that in the end will hopefully be gone some way some how. Congrats on seeing all your hard work has paid off

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INFO-JUNKIE 2/12/2011 10:29PM

    Yay! These NSV's (Non-Scale Victories) are so much fun! emoticon

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JBARSTOW 2/1/2011 1:35PM

    Congrats on the progress! I was just thinking this morning that the mirror still isn't overly friendly to me, but it's not so much of an enemy anymore.

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MISTYRIVER64 2/1/2011 8:45AM

    What a lovely way to look at things - I'm sure ugly is not a word you could ever use to describe your reflection - even in a foggy mirror - but now that the mirror has cleared
keep that beautiful person there! Best wishes

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CHEF4RENT 2/1/2011 1:29AM

    WooHoo!! it is so fun seeing the signs of success. Keep it up and you will see the mirror looking like you want it to:)

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

So to be honest here, I have not exercised much at all, let alone have a training program. I am thinking that is why my weight loss has been slow in the last year and half.

So I am going to fight through the fibromyalgia pain and DO THIS!!

SMALL GOAL => I have a goal for walking 10 miles in 2 weeks!! (4x a week at 1.66 miles = 10 ml - 2 wks)

SMALL GOAL => I have another goal to lose 4000 calories in 4 weeks

BIG GOAL => lose 80 lbs by Sept 1rst!

BIG GOAL => walk in the 60 mile 3 day cure, Sept 9-11

ULTIMATE GOAL => I want to see my grandchildren, be there for them as they grow and flourish. I cannot wait to be a grandmother. With my son at 21 years of age and no steady girlfriend I have a bunch of time to wait! However, I want to be alive AND healthy when they do arrive.

Wish me luck :)

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CARRIEANDRETTI 1/30/2011 10:45PM

    Thank you all for the support and for the tips!
Great idea "posting my goals where I can see them everday" and "taking one step at a time"

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FITWITHIN 1/30/2011 9:04PM

    One step at a time to reach that ultimate goal.

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CHEF4RENT 1/30/2011 3:33PM

    WooHoo!! I love this blog. Great goals. I have started replacing my regular mindless snacking with exercise. Check my blogs out:



Hope they help a little. They are the culmination of a lot I have learned here on SP:)

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MJRVIC2000 1/30/2011 2:38PM

    Post your goals where you can see them everyday, and others may see them also. God Bless, Vic, Team Leader of God's Family Team.

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