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Friday, August 22, 2014

I turned 42 a week ago. Yes, 42. Sometimes I can't really believe it. I think of the life I have led so far, and realize all of the missed opportunities. I wasted so much time.

A few years ago, I took control of my health and managed to lose 182 pounds with diet and exercise. It really wasn't that hard to do. I was so proud of who I had worked to become.

Then the plateau came....and never left. I tried EVERYTHING I could. But life got in the way: working full time, tending to my daughter with school work and extracurricular activities, an unexpected decrease in income, personal issues (female surgery), just to name a few.

Here I sit, less excited about my success. I have gained about 50 pounds (25 of which, I believe, is a result of the surgery). I feel like I have failed . Although I am still down 132 from my heaviest weight....I am blind to that in my daily life. I work at being healthy every day. I drink endless ounces of water and stay active . I believe I eat well 90% of the time. Still, nothing changes.

I recently had 3 people ,that I have known since childhood, tell me that I inspire them daily. I was shocked. Me? Inspiring? Have you seen me? Do you not realize that I put some weight back on? How is this situation inspiring? I just could not wrap my head around that. I am grateful for their statements and their support, but still baffled.

So, now I struggle with the feelings of defeat, I feel like I did when I was nearly 400 pounds - like an outsider, like I don't quite belong. I know there will be some of you out there that can relate. The mind is so powerful - it truly is unfair that I am feeling robbed of my achievement. :(

I know, though, that God is good and I know he will guide me where I need to be in my life. His will be done. I am strong. I will never stop doing the very best that I can. Prayers are always needed and welcomed.

Bring on 42.....

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RGEETING 8/23/2014 12:56AM

    Isn't it true that our enemy seeks to defeat us?! To rob us of our joy? But due to several very stressful family situations in 2010, I remember feeling that way... I had been robbed of my joy. I proceeded to spend over a month, doing Bible study on "joy" - and guess what? no one can rob me of true joy, unless I give them permission...

I don't have all the answers to the struggles you're facing.. . but, I can say this - it is real people like you who have lost the weight I need to lose, too - that inspire me. You can ask my hubby - after I found SP, I read the success stories - and found 2 very special friends here that did, indeed, lose the weight without bariatric surgeries... and I'd turn my computer around so he could see it and I'd say, "SEE? IT CAN BE DONE!" So - from my little corner of the world, I say thanks! It helps me to see my journey is not in vain.

Can I suggest something? Perhaps you're already doing this... but... I used it with my daughter each time we had to move against her desires... (and I've used it on myself as well regarding water walking) - for every negative thing you think or say, find three things for which to be thankful. For instance: if you are saying to yourself or others that you're a failure, 3 thankful things would be reminders of what you can do now that you couldn't do when you were at your heaviest. You know... things like sitting in a booth, walking up steps... well - you know better than I - I have my own tiny list after loosing about 45 pounds. I have a lot more to lose...

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KNEEMAKER 8/22/2014 11:55PM

  Keep on keeping on! You are awesome and truly inspiring. We all fall back a few times but the winner in you shows. You are bouncing back as all winners do. You are picking yourself back up and headed back onto a life of good health. After all, it is a Life Journey and step by step, day by day you shall succeed. Plus remember Phil.4-13 that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me. I am a mere 62 and wishing I could have read this blog when I was 42. Good night young lady. emoticon

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Friday, January 04, 2013

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SNOWYOGA 4/19/2013 3:11PM

    Can't find this? Sorry found it thanks emoticon

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My scale is punk a$$ bitch

Saturday, January 28, 2012

It has been 8 months since my last blog. People kept asking me why I did not blog more often. My response? I had nothing else to say. My one and only blog summed it all up. Well.....that has changed.

I have been working like a madwoman to continue my journey. Workouts are brutal sometimes. I hit a 6 month plateau that nearly ruined me!!!! Still, I powered through. I made some nutritional changes at the end of December and change up my workouts again. Finally, I saw some movement on the scale in the downward direction. Suddenly, I felt empowered again. Like I was accomplishing something.

I have been working so friggin' hard ...I expected a loss this week, again. But noooooo...all this work and perfect movement & an occasional gain! I have worked out every day. My scale was unkind yesterday. But, I dragged my a$$ outta bed - with a sore throat...and got on the treadmill for my running program. Half way through I stopped...was tired and aggravated and a little sad. But I pressed "GO" and finished the run schedule.

I just really NEED this to work for me. I have lost over 14 pounds since 12/26/11....but I need to get lower. It has to work. It just has to.

I have managed to sit at work on Fridays with a kitchen full of treats like donuts, croissants, kingcake, cookie cake. I have not indulged in ANY of it. Even managed to stay away from the temptation of order lunch from various places all week long. So, I have been sooo good!!! And I need this to MOVE!!!

Sorry for the rant. But it is heartbreaking to me. And hard to explain. Today was my weigh in w/ my spark team. Kinda feel like a failure ..since I could not really could not report a loss.

I know I should not care what that the scale shows. I know I have lost 176 pounds and that's great.....but it is not enough. I am not done. I told myself after my run yesterday morning that I was better for having completed the run - even if it made no difference on the scale. I KNOW it...but it sometimes doesn't matter. Y'know?

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BRENNI71 6/25/2012 11:52AM

  hmmm, I don't know much as I'm a beginner but, I think it's because your body is quietly forming it's strategbefore it mounts an all out, last stage attack on those last few stubborn fat cells that have been creating all the other follower fat cells through the years and when they find them, they will blast through and demolish the leader cells for good!!! yaaayyy! victory for the fit muscle cells!!!! (victory dance near scale before turning around and shaking your new fit booty and the scale while ma
king "kiss it" noises) so hang in there and there and keep supporting the muscles with healthy food and oxygen and training for the big moment!!

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HKARLSSON 6/17/2012 3:59PM

    My scale is a punk a$$ b*tch, too. It has gone UPWARDS steadily in spite of adding strength training, cutting down on sodium, increasing cardio, and it doesn't matter how much I have accomplished, when I weigh in, that d@mn scale wipes everything away quicker than Godzilla strolling through downtown Tokyo. You would think that SOMETHING would budge, but it doesn't. If anything, it goes in the wrong direction. I know this is going to sound pretty hollow, but be glad that you've gotten rid of those 176 pounds (which is completely amazing to me and makes you a super hero in my book). You could be plateauing at 291 instead of where you're at right now. You look ah-mazin'. Just don't give up, and keep up the fight, because you've already proved that you're worth it.

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BEYONDLIMITS 6/11/2012 2:13PM

    Congrats on sticking with your plan even if the results are slow or seemingly nonexistent. The way I see it is that I usually feel fine if I stick with my program whether I lose weight or not; however, when I start eating things I try to stay away from, when I skip a workout, I feel absolutely miserable. So that is a lesson I had to learn, that just doing it whether or not my mind is into it is better than not doing it at all. emoticon

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DSRTBRAT 3/26/2012 5:53PM

  I know what you mean...the scale can MAKE or BREAK my day. Go with how you feel and how your clothes feel. You look AMAZING. Thank you for sharing your frustrations. It helps me not feel alone in mine.

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BILL60 2/29/2012 4:57PM

    Ms Shelly, My Bud: You lost 14 pounds in 2 months. That's not too shabby. Secondly, you haven't gained any weight. That's pretty successful right there. We all want to lose it fast, with no breaks in the journey. Unfortunately, we get tested often along the way. It's the ones tahat hang tough (Like You) that get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. So, hang tough, be yough and have faith.

Your Bud,

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SUEAZZI 2/24/2012 10:46PM

    Try not to get discouraged. You are by no means a failure. Plateau's unfortunately happen and sometimes switching up your workout routine and even menu helps kick things back into gear. I think our bodies get used to our exercise and calorie intake and just gets stuck in a rut; it's one of my biggest struggles maintaining. I recently read an article about trimming calories per bite to rim pounds. It spoke about lowering calorie density in meals ie if you increase the amount of water in a casserole, which we do primarily by adding vegetables, which are mostly water, you lower the calorie density. I may not be explaining it very well but it was interesting. Nonetheless, don't give up and keep sparking, and smiling!

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FRUITYFUL 2/2/2012 4:58PM

    I know exactly how you feel! I joined spark in 2006 and lost 130 lbs. I had plateaus that did not make sense, but I kept on going. I kept going because even though the scale was not budging, I knew that I was getting stronger and healthier and maintaining a routine, a habit, that I knew I needed to maintain.

Unfortunately for me, I let other issues keep me from maintaining and I am right back at square one. Trust me, square one is not a fun place to be. It's worse than any plateau. Keep doing what's best for you and your body. Maybe it's just catching up? What I discovered when I reached my goal weight, is that if I divided the amount of weight I lost over the time period it took to lose it, it averaged out to two pounds per week. I had plateaus where I lost nothing, then I had weeks where I lost 7 or more pounds! It all balances out in the end.

You are TRULY an inspiration. You have inspired me and I am only in my second week of this new Spark journey. Keep up the great work and just know that you have a lot of people rooting for you and you are doing the right thing by pushing through despite what the scale says!


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MRSHONEYCOMB 2/2/2012 3:29PM

    Speaking from experience as long as your trying at least if the scale is stuck in the same place your not going up. When I got frustrated I gave up (again) and gained 5 lbs a month until I had almost reached my starting weight (I lost 101 pounds)...dont give up keep doing the right thing your body will lose when it's ready. I havent read the rest of your blogs so I dont know this but, I was wondering if you have tried changing your form of exercise ... like maybe getting a jump rope and a really good sports bra or two. emoticon Hang in there it will be worth it!

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JAZZEJR 2/1/2012 11:50AM

    You're right--the scale, it's nickname is devil. It doesn't like to see us winning and tries to discourage us. But you WILL prevail. I looked at your 2009 before pic and your 2011 recent pics, and WOW! You musn't get discouraged. When this last happened to me, I said, "Well, we're just gonna see who will outlast, me or this plateau. My money is on ME." And I did. And you will too!

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    PLATEAUS (in the infamous words of Paralesenic) CAN SUCK IT!

I refuse to feel guilty, like a failure, or anything else because of a plateau. Our bodies took this long (for me over 18 yrs) to get out of shape... I am not letting a plateau derail my plan to get to where I want. 'nuff said.

I admire your tenacity - keep up the great work!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

*Plan to work and work your plan*

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IMIN2GENES 2/1/2012 9:07AM

    I get what you're saying completely! I've been on a 16 week plateau myself. SO frustrating! I really, REALLY wish the scale would move. If it doesn't move soon, I'll share my sledgehammer with you... LOL!

Hang in there!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/29/2012 6:16PM

    Yes, I totally get what you are saying. It makes it hard to be so focused when the reward you crave is not there. My scale and I have a love/hate relationship and more often than not, it's pure unadulterated hate! Don't let that scale get the best of you. No matter how much it refuses to cooperate, it does not mean we are not making headway.

Keep going, I'm cheering for you!


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-KATHERINE- 1/28/2012 11:23AM

    So sorry that it has been such a struggle, I have heard of these plateaus and they sound very scary and obviously are!!! I have heard of intervalling your workouts and that might help trick your body. Also someone told me she stopped getting into her cardio zone all the time and went into her fat burning zone which hers was 117 heart instead of 144 and she started losing weight again. Also have heard to eat at the higher range of your calorie count range too. Don't know if you've tried them. I myself started interval training and it started working for me. Otherwise Stay The Course, it will work itself out! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My Story.....

Friday, May 06, 2011

I have never blogged here it goes

In May of 2009 I made a change, a choice. I had no idea it would transform my body, my mind, my outlook on life and my soul.

Prior to the "change", I was 371 pounds. I was happy, or so I thought. I existed....but I never lived. I never went to sporting events or anyplace where I worried if I would "fit" into the chairs. I worried some misbehaved kid in the next row was going to make a "fat" comment in my direction. I wondered how I would deal with that with my daughter sitting beside me.

I'd be lying if I said I never thought about what it would be like to lose weight. Sure, I wanted nicer clothes and to look good in them - but I never really minded being overweight. I know now that I didn't mind, because I didn't know any better.

Once I had gave birth to my baby girl, anxiety set in. I worried that I would die suddenly, like my Dad did when I was only 3 months pregnant. The older my baby got, the more I worried. I went to countless doctors and demanded tests. I needed to know if I was "on my way out". The doctors all said I was fine...but I just didn't believe them!! I continued to silence. I never really shared my fears with anyone. Guess I was too embarrassed. Look at this would worry , too!

So, Mothers Day 2009 - the day my transformation began. I started by eliminating all fast food and all fried food. I lost 11 pounds in 7 days. By the end of 30 days, I had lost 23 pounds. I cut my calories intake from Lord knows the amount to 1300 a day. I began walking 2 miles a day , 3 days a week. By the sixth month, I had lost 67 pounds. HA! I thought I was lookin' good! I was feeling good, that is for sure.

So, I began adding some at home dvd workouts to my routine, still keeping on with my calorie counting. Ten months into the journey, I had lost 100 pounds. I could not believe it!!! I even signed up & completed my first 10 k in New Orleans.

In the 12th month of my journey, I finally joined a gym. I just never had the nerve. Its kinda should go to a gym to get in shape & lose weight.....but I had the mentality that I had to lose weight before I could join!! Again, fear of what people would say/think. When, in all actuality, none of that mattered.

My journey continued on. In month 17 I had lost a total of 156 pounds. I was feeling so pretty, so healthy. So excited.

So, I was working my tail off in the gym 5 to 6 days a week, eating within my calorie range...and my weight loss came to a screeching halt! Frustration set in so quickly! I worked harder and harder. But, still, minimal changes. I think I lost inches and not pounds.....but damn it! I wanted to be under 200 pounds - a place I had not been about 23 years!!!

Finally, in the 22nd month of my journey, I entered ONEDERLAND!! My 174th pound lost put me under 200 pounds. I weighed in at 197 pounds and I was elated.

And I completed my 2nd 10k in New Orleans - beating last years time by 30 minutes!

So, now what? I will keep on working just as hard has ever. I am bound to see results someday. I am asked all the time if I feel better or have more energy. I say, that I feel strong - like there isn't anything I can't do. I look back and this and think, "I did this....with the grace of God and my hard work... I DID THIS". How rewarding that is. I feel accomplished. I feel alive. I feel blessed. Because, I know, in the beginning of all of this, I never really believed I was worth it - worth the time or the effort. I then thought, even if I didn't believe I was worth it, my daughter was. Now, all these months later, I KNOW that I am worth it, too!

Thanks for reading....God Bless!

P.S. I also NEED to say that my journey was not tackled alone! Those of you know me, know my beautiful sister, Dawn (smartlady66). Dawn started her journey 8 months before me. She led the way. We went through this, and still do, together - day in and day out. I love you Dawn!

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CLAUDEM1 10/9/2012 8:34AM

    Thank you for blogging your amazing story. I think to myself: If you can do it, so can I! Congratulations on a job well done!

Claude emoticon

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JUSTLYN1964 9/25/2012 9:07AM

  Your story gives so many of us just starting out such hope and inspiration! Thank you for sharing!


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CLOSETOFORTY 9/1/2012 10:13AM

  I know everything happens for a reason.... I guess i was meant to find your blog today, some 6 month after you posted it.
I have been feeling really depressed lately. Only because I can't kick myself in the butt to get going. I want to lose weight and I will. Lately I have been feeling in a false start... all the talk no action.. and then later when the kids are in bed I will binge.

So after reading your blog and knowing your story I have found some inspiration and motivation. I know I can. I lost before I can win again.

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SUEAZZI 2/24/2012 10:23PM

    Your story is breathtaking. Your energy and enthusiasm is not only inspiring but it is motivating. No matter where any of us are on our journey it is possible. Congratulations on your weight loss! emoticon

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EGR2BEME 2/23/2012 10:55PM

    Amazing are beautiful. All the best!!

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    Such an inspiration, gives me hope that I can lose my 140-50 pounds. I always read your sisters story when I feel down or get in a slump now I have yours to read too!! It is awesome and you loo FANTABULOUS!!!! Keep it up girl!!

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JIBBIE49 12/17/2011 6:27AM

    Keeping the weight off is the hard part, so I hope you continue to have success. You look great.

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WEIGHT45LOSS 10/28/2011 8:45AM

  emoticon you are on your way to be in healthy weight range and giving inspiration to others who want to be healthy as well. emoticon

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SLIMTHICK2 10/8/2011 11:42AM

    I saw you on one of my friends feed and thought that I would look up your page. Congrats on your success your story is inspiring. All the best to you. emoticon emoticon

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RELEASEIT 9/17/2011 5:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your awesome testimony. emoticon

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ELLIED18 9/10/2011 8:58AM

    WooHoo! I'm so happy for you. Your end results were well worth the journey, a journey I am now starting. I hope to be as successful as you have been. Your story gives me a new push to continue on MY journey. Thank you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DENISE5692 9/7/2011 2:19PM

  I am truly amazed, it was wonderful to read the details of your story. I find it so helpful and inspiring and thank you so much. My sister and I have done the journey of losing and gaining weight since we were teens. And today, we are again battling to get the weight off. You give me hope, thank you!

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ZESATIONAL 8/31/2011 5:52AM

    Everytime I read your story... I am motivated all over again emoticon you truly are an amazing person!.. tnx for sharing emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 8/17/2011 7:01PM

    What a BEAUTIFUL story! That's SO wonderful that you and your sister have each other! VERY blessed!

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SSORENSEN1 7/16/2011 2:12PM

    WOW! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring journey emoticon

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CVALENCIA7 7/16/2011 11:24AM

    Thanks for sharing, this is a great blog, Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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PATTIJOR74 7/12/2011 9:27PM

    You rock!

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SAILORCATE 7/12/2011 4:17PM

    I'm crying as I read your story. Thank you so so much. I still have doubts for myself. I am trying to erase those. You, my dear lady, are an inspiration. Thanks!

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RACE2LIVE2011 7/6/2011 12:20PM

    All I have to say is Awesome. I am a mom of a great little girl who is 4. My mom died of a heart attack when I was 21, she always battled her weight and that scares me too.

I work about 45 hours a week and I just never seems to get exercise in, especially with our busy life. Can I ask when you started to exercise, did you do it in the mornings or at night after everyone goes to bed? I am up now at 5am but the mornings go so fast and in a blink of an eye its 6:30 and time to leave and then at 10 when finally everyone is asleep I am too tired to even think of about moving.

Thanks for posting this!!!!

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BOOKWORM27S 7/5/2011 12:05AM

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  Great job! You also look very HAPPY now! emoticon

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MARISERV 6/30/2011 6:05AM

    You are a true inspiration to all of us emoticon

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ELISOS 6/27/2011 1:05AM

    I add you as a friend and i never had the chance to read you story. thank you for the great inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YBROWNING40 6/25/2011 11:00PM

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing... emoticon

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VLEON7108 6/23/2011 7:45PM

    emoticon For sharing! What a great blog. Inspiring and motivating! I love it. You look Fabulous! emoticon

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NOHA_ALEX 6/22/2011 9:53AM

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JESSIEJUICE 6/21/2011 1:07PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! What I especially love is seeing the confidence you are radiating in EVERY picture! emoticon

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SPRINGHAZE 6/20/2011 12:03AM

    You are awesome! Thanks for sharing your story!

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HALEMA72 6/19/2011 9:08PM

  Congratulations! What a beautiful blog.Love it.

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KAY-SUPREME 6/19/2011 1:47PM

    Great story! Keep it up!

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NCPRINCESS7 6/19/2011 1:02PM

    you and your sister are awesome and look the others of us hope!!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/19/2011 12:09PM

    You are simply amazing. What a great accomplishment--and to think--it was all inside of you all along. Who knew??? Someone asked me if losing my weight was difficult. I said, yes it was. It's not easy to deny yourself the food you love. But it's so much easier than being morbidly obese. I'm staying right here--how about you??

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LINDABENEDICT 6/18/2011 6:57PM

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LISAINMS 6/18/2011 11:05AM

    You are a beautiful, powerful and inspiring woman! I have followed a similar path and also hit that screeching halt. The last 4 months I am working my tail off and barely lose a couple pounds a month. That's frustrating but I know if I just keep going I will get there. Is there anything in particular that helped you get off the plateau? Btw I'm in Vicksburg so maybe we will cross paths at the N.O. RnR Mardi Gras Half Marathon next year?

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PENCILPUSHER75 6/18/2011 10:43AM

    Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing your story. Blessings

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RUNNER12COM 6/18/2011 10:00AM

    You. Are. Awesome.


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    Great job

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POLLKAT 6/17/2011 7:04PM

    Awesome job. Such an inspiration. I have screeched to a halt also (my own fault) and have gotten stuck in reverse (temporarily), but I am determined to reach goal. You give me hope. Keep up all the great work!!

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ALEXISA2 6/17/2011 4:48PM

  Congratulations....Very inspirational and you look beautiful!!!! emoticon

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DIVABUG 6/16/2011 7:00PM

  I just read your blog and the whole time I wanted to scream! THIS IS MY STORY TOO!! (Well...not the part about losing 176 pounds!) but I want that to be in my story as well. What a wonderful blog for me to stumble upon....congrats! YOu are such an inspiration! I love that you did it the 'right' way and that you took it off in 17 months...thats what I needed to hear! Keep up the awesome job! Oh...and don't forget to blog all the way along with some helpful hints! LOL...

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RRAYNA143 6/16/2011 4:11PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. We really appreciate that you decided to blog. Telling your story helps people know that they are not alone and that we can do it.

Congrats on the weight lose.

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JELLI-LEAN 6/16/2011 11:16AM

    Your story is a true inspiration! You are a very beautiful lady!

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CHUBBYVEGAN 6/16/2011 8:06AM

    looking good! You Rock!

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JAISLING 6/15/2011 7:38PM

    Congratulations! Keep it up!

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WOMANCHEF 6/15/2011 6:42PM

    What a great blog! You are so inspiring.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/15/2011 4:39PM

    woo hoo!

You rawk!

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LISA-OHIO 6/15/2011 3:39PM

    This is an incredible story! i love it.... way to go. You are a hero! Hope you can stay with it. Good luck and bless you.

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DESTINYSCHOICE 6/14/2011 11:09PM

    Incredible!! Thanks for sharing your story. What a journey! I am at 33lbs lost and so excited to be feeling stronger and thinner. I am about 1/2 way to my long term goal, but 16 lbs from Onederland...can't wait to hit that mark!

Thanks for the inspiration! You look gorgeous!! Congrats and stay fit, it works for you ;-)

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MMRB7111 6/14/2011 9:13PM

    Congrats on your weight loss. You did an awesome job of changing your life (mind, body and soul) for you and your very pretty daughter. Thank for sharing your story. I am just beginning my journey (2 months now) and your story is such an inspiration to me that I can also reach my goals.

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