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Before and After - It can be done! I did it!

Monday, October 29, 2012

I came across a few photos today of myself from before my weight loss. Boy was I surprised. I just never really thought that I was "that fat". I thought I was a little chunky but my goodness, I was obese!

Others in my family were always larger than me and always said "You're not that fat.". I guess that I really believed them. I was a "healthy fat". I was a strong walker and in better shape than any of them. I felt strong and was pretty active compared to them.

Well, I would like to say that I just decided one day to turn my life around and make healthy choices and changes, but I can't. The truth is that one year over the span of 6 months life took a real big $h!t on me. MEGA STRESS was the cause of half of my weight loss. It truly was a very sad time, the worst time of my life.

I am here today 3 years later to say that through a total lifestyle change and focusing on myself and my well being that I have reached a comfortable and truly healthy weight. I have taken back control of my life and my health and happiness. Maybe I never really had control ever before in my life. I certainly never was really a healthy weight.

I have lost and maintained my weight loss with things I would have never even imagined were possible for me before. I watch what I eat and I exercise in so many ways that are enjoyable to me today. I love the feeling of my body changing and adapting to my new lifestyle. It is all good.

I do feel like even though 3 years ago I was at the lowest point in my life, today I have overcome and I am climbing to the highest point in my life. I said to a friend last month after winning 1st place in my age group in a race, "I am at the peak of my life right now!" Then only a second later I said "Wait a minute, what if this isn't the peak? What if I am still climbing and haven't even reached my peak yet?" Holy moly, just imagine what else I can do.

Believe in yourself and what you are capable of. You are capable of so much more then you even realize today. All you have to do is start. You have so much more power then you even know. Start by believing in YOU! I already do.


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DOODIE59 12/3/2012 8:19AM

    Thank you for sharing this -- a reminder when I'm floundering that there is hope for the future:) And I know there is ... just have to get there.

May your journey to better health last forever:)

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/3/2012 6:18AM

    Such a wonderful inspiration! Thank you very much, this is exactly what I needed to read and see today!
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LINDAKAY228 11/25/2012 6:01PM

    You really have changed and look so good! And it is fun to find activties we love to do to help keep us fit. It doesn't just have to be about going to the gym or walking on the treadmill. There are so many exciting fun things to do that are great exercise but also so much more. You really are an inspiration!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 11/3/2012 1:01PM

    Congratulations on your success!
You are an inspiration to all of us here on Spark who are still struggling.

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SCOTMAMA 11/3/2012 12:39PM

    Yours was a terrific story -- even though you kept my curiosity up by not telling what traumatic things happened to cause this big change. It is just amazing the way you look today, than how you were 3 years ago.

And you know something? You look way younger now!

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MARZIPAN22 11/3/2012 12:33PM

    Thank you for the thought-provoking post. I copied the hiking photo onto my motivational photos page and have subscribed to your blogs. Looking forward to hearing about your next peak!

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SPEEDYDOG 11/3/2012 11:25AM

    What a great post. Thank you so much.


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REMEMBER2BME 10/30/2012 5:05PM

    What an amazing blog. I am so very impressed. emoticon

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MARIAJESTRADA 10/30/2012 8:46AM

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing today. What if there is no peak but a series of peaks? So many people claim "it's too late" or that "you're too old," but I feel better now than I ever have, and frankly, I feel more focused and at the cusp of possibilities. (I'm about 1/3 through my goal.) Thank you for sharing your story.

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HAYBURNER1969 10/30/2012 8:02AM

    What a great story! Congratulations!

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MJ7DM33 10/29/2012 8:51PM

  emoticon blog! You are looking oh so good! Thanks for sharing your journey! What a way to continue to climb to your personal peak!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/29/2012 8:18PM

    What a wonderful story! Congratulations!
Family and friends were trying to make you feel good when what you really needed was a push to turn things around. You did that yourself. Good for you. Those pictures are great.

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ONMYMEDS 10/29/2012 8:04PM

    A truly remarkable transformation. Never stop reaching for that next peak.


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CATHGREEN8 10/29/2012 7:08PM

    Just WOW!

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Planning for a rainy week...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sandy has her bags packed and she is on her way! She is threatening to ruin my routine that I am trying so hard to stay into. I love my running and walking outdoors but it looks like this is going to be a whopper of a rainy week. I'll take my openings where I can get them and squeeze in the run where and when I can but I must come up with a plan so Sandy doesn't bring me down!

A- From work I can drive or walk up town to the highest parking garage and run/walk the ramps and steps in there. (Workout brought to you today by the "Parking Authority". Yes!)

B- I can do any number of the video workouts here on Spark and burn some calories that way. (I feel muscles I forgot I had!)

C- I can take the "exercise time" and convert it to "vigorous cleaning time" and really get a bang for my buck! (Now that's a good idea)

D- I can put some really energetic music on and dance like a fool cause I know that nobody is watching. (I love dancing like a fool!)

E- I can get more steps in at work if I make myself get up from my desk once an hour and take a vigorous walk around the building using the stairway for an extra boost. (I love steps!)

F- I bought a good jump rope just for occasions like this. It's time to use it. (I just have to find it first...mmm)

I'm sure there is more but this is enough to get me started. This will be the most successful rainy week I have ever had! I am committing right now to getting in at least 15 min everyday NO MATTER WHAT SANDY THINKS!

Who else is in??

10-29 Monday-SUCCESS! - 35 min - Jump Rope and Indoor Running (Take that Sandy!)
10-30 Tuesday-SUCCESS! - went w/ the "vigorous cleaning" plan today. Basement in cleaned up and I have my own personal gym. Lot's of area to run now. (Who needs a treadmill?)
10-31 Wednesday-SUCCESS!-50 min walk,3 mile. Great hill climb! (Sandy is gone but drizzle and clouds remain)
11-1 Thursday-SUCCESS!-25 min walk w/a friend. Little drizzle and chilly. (Tomorrow I will RUN!)
11-2 Friday-SUCCESS!-30 min, 3 mile Run during my lunch break. (Started drizzling as soon as I got back, Woohoo! I made it just in time.)

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THROOPER62 10/27/2012 6:30PM

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I love ALL Runners!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Runners are AWESOME!!! I volunteered at a Run Fest that included a 1.5 mile Fun Run, a 5K and a Half-Marathon. I was working at a water station that supplied all three races and therefore all levels of runners. The station was located on an "out and back" portion of the runs, so I would see every runner twice.

What an experience that was! When you are running the race, you are all about you. You are focused on your own experience and running the race with the best time that you have in you. When you are a volunteer or bystander you see things differently. I was able to experience other runner's races for just a moment and it was very inspiring. I saw myself in so many of their faces and it gave me a whole new perspective on "who is a runner".

The ages ranged from 5 years to 73 years and was both male and female. There were runners who have been running many years and had the bodies to show for it. There were runners who newer to the run trying to lose weight and get in shape, just hoping to finish. There was a young family of four that make running a family activity and travel all over to races.

I seen a piece of myself and relived some of my own experiences in all of them. Hopefully, I also seen some of what is yet to come for me. I have experienced a whole range of feelings that helped make me the runner that I am today. I know some of those thoughts all too well. "I'm to fat to do this. Who do I think I am. I can't make it. Are people staring at me? I'm not a runner. I think I can do this. I'm starting to get better at this. I've lost some weight. I don't care who stares. I finished my first race! I'll sign up for another. I've won a medal, woohoo! I AM A RUNNER!"

Runners come in all shapes, sizes and ages. We are beginners and we are lifers. No matter what stage of the run you are in, if you run, you are a runner and we all cross the same finish line. We run because it improves our lives and the lives of others. You are all an inspiration to me and I thank you sincerely. I love you all! Keep on running! You are doing awesome!

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HAYBURNER1969 10/30/2012 8:03AM

    I love your blog. You are right; volunteering for a race is very inspiring. Hope it's ok to add you, a fellow runner, as a SparkFriend. :)

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PMRUNNER 10/30/2012 5:26AM

    I love seeing all the different people out at a race! Old and young, super-fit and getting fit, families, and volunteers. Thanks for the blog!

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DABLUECAT 9/12/2012 9:20AM

    My family is doing our first 5k together in less than 2 weeks. We're going to try to jog a lot of it but I think it's more important that we choose fitness as something to do together.

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Do NOT try and bring me down! I can do it myself.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

But, today I am up and I am not letting you bring me down. I am not going to second guess what I am doing in my life with regards to exercise, health and weight control issues. I don't care what you think about what I am doing. I am healthier then I have ever been and the reason for that is because I have been Sparked!

I have been Sparked to exercise, eat better and take care of myself so that I may enjoy my life to it's fullest extent. I do not always feel this great and life is not always wonderful, but it is better when I take of me. So, I will continue to do so and if you can't handle it, then maybe you should give it a try! :P

Spark On Sparkfriends! I know that you understand.


This is your brain on RUN!

Monday, May 21, 2012

I had the strangest dream last night. Aliens took over the world and we were all to live with nothing but we had on our backs at the time of the take over. No other possesions but what we had with us. I must have been at work when the take over occured. I looked down at my feet and I was incredibly upset that I had my work shoes on and not my running shoes. OMG say it isn't so, I NEED my sneaks! Oh no!

Maybe my dream was telling me that I am being taken over by my running. ? ? Ha ha. The dreaded evil running has taken over my brain. How could this happen to me? Whatever will I do? I think I will try and run away!

Oh boy, that is kookie. I better sleep with my running shoes on tonight.

Happy Running All!


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