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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I don't know... You all must think I'm the wishiest, washiest person on this site, and I don't blame you. I weigh just what I did one year ago and I'm up 4 pounds from my lowest weight. I can't say that I've been busting my butt... I can't say that my eating has been stellar... the ONLY thing I can say is that I've maintained my 137 pound weight loss for 1 year.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm SUPER happy about it, but I'm frustrated because I can't find the motivation to go any further. The excitement of being "this size" is gone... I've been this size for a year. The thrill of being able to "do things" is over... I can do things I never thought imaginable... and I've been doing them for a year.

I get all excited, get back into things, it lasts a whole week, and then I'm all... eh, what ever... What IS that?!? Where's my drive? What happened to the girl who was SO dedicated that she freaked if she gained 3oz? NOW, I gain 6lbs, and shrug it off. Work out, eat right, it's gone in a few weeks.

Have I given up? It's hard losing the last 25 pounds... Am I happy with where I am? I'm not sure... Do I think my goal is unattainable? Maybe... Do I REALLY need to fit into those size 8 jeans? They don't look nearly as small as they used to...

Maybe I've just gotten lazy. Maybe I really don't want or care to lose the rest of the weight. I've already changed my life and I'm healthier than I've ever been. I know this is a lifestyle, and I think I've been able to actually live my life for the last year and maintain that healthy lifestyle.

Maybe I just need to adjust my thinking. Maybe it isn't about losing weight at this point... maybe it needs to be about getting stronger and faster. Maybe I just need to continue eating right most of the time, continue to ST and keep up on my 5k's. Does it matter if I lose another ounce... I don't know...

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ACCT1908 4/11/2013 11:38AM

    OMG. Can i just copy and paste this blog! I'm the same weight I was this time last year and up 15lbs from my lowest. I cant seem to STICK with it. I think I'[m being complacent but yet at the same time I want to "finish".

SIGH. All we can do is hang in there and enjoy LIFE! You rock!

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SYNCHRODAD 4/5/2013 6:31PM

    I posted this comment to BOILHAM's 3/26 blog. His Blog is very much worth reading.
".... I agree and very much think that if anyone exercises 150 minutes a week and at least 3 times a week and tosses in some ST, that person will achieve a level of fitness and aerobics and weight stability that will yield a healthy, all around decent sense of well being."
So I ask, do you have a good sense of well being? Sounds like you have.
Here is the link to BOILHAM's page. https://wfl.sparkpeople.com/mypage_
public_journal_individual.asp?b
log_id=530064


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ILOVEMALI 4/5/2013 1:14PM

  137 pound weight loss? Off? Gone? FABULOUS!!

Now THAT is what you have to remember! xoxo

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AME4IT 3/31/2013 10:37PM

    you are doing a fabulous job - 137 pound loss in phenomenal. keep your head up and emoticon. emoticon.

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 3/30/2013 1:24PM

    Some other folks have said this but maybe pick a new goal for a little while. Keep eating well but make the focus something different. A new goal time for a 5K, miles per month, weight lifted, something different to work towards that will continue to support the weight loss goals but shift your attention and fire you up again.

For me...I'm trying to focus on the fitness part because I have a couple hikes I want to do this summer and a half marathon in the fall. I hate being squooshy but somehow my interest in wine and steak over rides that on a fequent basis...and I get cranky when I"m always saying no! My alternative is to accept slow variable weight loss (rolling my eyes) and focus on getting my butt moving more.

xoxo

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MOONBIRD 3/29/2013 8:38PM

    I have many of the same feelings, and I am thinking it's probably pretty normal. I feel like I am constantly having set backs. It's hard to stay on track when you're sick or something. I go for long periods of time just maintaining, and it seems like I am pretty good at that. I do think it's a good sign that you're in a weight range you can maintain. I struggle all the time with just wanting to maintain because to lose lately, I really have to work extremely hard. There is no wiggle room for eating out anymore. It's hard to be normal. It kinda sucks, so I totally understand how you're feeling. Even if the scale isn't where you want it to be, you look amazing!

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BMCKEOW1 3/29/2013 12:20PM

    You shedded a ton a weight that's something to be so proud of. If you are happy don't worry about that 25 lbs, if your not find what will motivate you. Maybe it's a new swimsuit, or a dress, or doing something really fun. Give yourself some goals maybe. But don't beat yourself up for being happy where you are. It's still amazing.

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COOKIE_AT_51 3/29/2013 7:34AM

    You are emoticon and I think you should just be happy and live each day in a happy and healthy way. The weight will come off if that is what you want.

What you have accomplished is emoticon AMAZING and keeping it off for a year is something VERY rare. So emoticon celebrate YOU!

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ENDERLI 3/28/2013 12:05PM

    You are amazing & I love you!
We need to find some fire... I'm with you all the way!
xo

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IBSHAUN 3/28/2013 9:13AM

    I completely identify with your blog. Although I haven't had the same experience with the weight you lost -- which, by the way - is amazing! Way to go! I have the same ebb and flow, wishy-washy-ness you do. I'm all for it one week, and ready to just do nothing the next. I think I've figured out I was too focused on the end result and not the process. And because of that, I was missing out on the point and the fulfillment. I'm still working it out, looking for whatever that was that sparked me before. Reading your blog reminds me to find the things I like to do and just do them, the rest will fall into place. Remember that you are not alone. I forget sometimes and I'm glad I stay connected with SP. Good luck and hugs!

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CHEETARA79 3/28/2013 8:13AM

    Heh. I feel like I could have written this blog. I've been super complacent about my weight. I think I've maintained my 60 pound loss for about a year. I'm so close to being out of the obese BMI range but I am not doing what I need to do to drop a few more pounds. I hope we both find our motivation soon!

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BONOLICIOUS2 3/28/2013 8:10AM

    Hugssssss! Holly you have done something INCREDIBLE with yourself! 137 gone and stayed gone?! My goodness, take a second to pat yourself on the back right now!

Could it be that you are comfortable? Maybe you don't need to be 25 lbs. lighter if you are happy with yourself right now? Have you kind of fallen into one of those "comfortable ruts" perhaps? Just a suggestion!

And guess what?! Summer is coming! You're going to want to get outside and run around and feel the sunshine. My guess is that you may start feeling a little more motivated?

And NO ONE is 100% perfect 100% of the time. No one is always hyped up with motivation. If anyone says that they are - LIES! You've just got to go with the flow and encourage the flow sometimes (help it along) when it gets a little blocked up!

You rock girlfriend!

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ITSMATT 3/27/2013 10:20PM

    Hi there. :)

So I think that motivation is an ebb and flow thing. I'd love to tell you that I'm always 100% motivated but that would be dishonest. Some days are better than others.

I'd keep your current current lack of motivation and frustration in perspective - you've lost a PHENOMENAL amount of weight! And KEPT it off. That's pretty fantastic in my mind.

My opinion is that you just focus on the activities you enjoy. If it is running, then run and enjoy it. If it is... umm... tennis, then play it and enjoy it. That 25 pounds, if it is something that you really want to lose, might just take a good long while to come off - particularly if you are close to your "ideal" weight (ugh... not a big fan of that, but you get the idea)... in the mean time, it is quite awesome just to be alive and be healthier than you were in the past, right? I think so.

Anyhow, that's my opinion... focus on enjoying your activities, don't think so much about the weight and work on being stronger/faster. I'm sure others have different opinions. I was short on time and didn't get a chance to real everyone else's ideas. I'm sure there are some good ones.

Make it a great day!
Matt

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BIGBEAROHYEAH 3/27/2013 9:29PM

    Wow This is why spark people is so wonderful. Firstly Congrats on maintaining a healthy weight for one year. Also losing so much weight befor that.Your blog is a wonderful example of the choices and decissions we need to make and the support there is on this site. I am unable to comment on what you should do or if you should or when you should lose more. There are many who have got to goal and maintained who have commented and will comment. As you know i am still on the road losing still have lots to lose to catch up to you. Seeing what you are debating helps me stay on track and know it can be done. You have done it. Good luck on what you decide to do and know you have my support with the decissions you make!!!

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1DERLAND14 3/27/2013 9:12PM

    GIRL you have lost 137 LBS... that is not someone who is lazy or something to shrug off! I can relate to what you feel, but I am farther from goal that you are! When I was 320LBS everything was SO HARD. (which you can relate to) sometimes it is easy to get comfortable and BE HAPPY with where we are. The key is that you are happy. If you are happy where you are then more power to you!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/27/2013 8:44PM

    I think you freakin' ROCK lady! To maintain & lose that much weight is AAAMAZING! I have always been motivated by your success! You are right, it is about you finding your happy place for YOU!!! Celebrate your success and determine what defines your "happy"... BIG HUGS my friend!

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KELLY19770 3/27/2013 2:32PM

    You've maintained for a year? That is wonderful and why most of us continue to be overweight: we don't maintain. So you are doing the hard part!
Be proud of yourself, and think back to where you came from. I'm proud of you! emoticon

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 3/27/2013 2:17PM

    I wish I knew, and could give you, the answers. I haven't been where you are. I hope to be within 25 pounds of my goal. I'm getting closer.

I have a friend who is thin as a rail and very weight conscious--saying that she jumps on the scale a couple of times a day. Today we were talking about the weight and fitness thing and I realized, at some point, I've got to let go of the number. It's just a number that signifies nothing in the end. I expect to get to the point where the number no longer matters and it ends up being more about the measurements--measurements of my body size, measurements of how far I can run, how much body fat I still have floating around. I know I'll never get to the weight the chart says I should be. I want my body to have curves--feminine curves. However, I also want to be tough as nails. I no longer want to be limited in any way.

If you're happy where you are Holly, then maintain until you get the passion to strive toward another goal. Don't "should" on yourself without really thinking it through. Why do you think you "should" lose another 25 pounds? Only you hold the answers. We're behind you no matter what you decide to do. The important thing is to maintain the healthy lifestyle you've learned and focus on honing that, either in maintenance or loss mode.

You are one of my SparkHeroes, Holly, and I am so happy to have you as a friend. You will still be my SparkHero if you decide to maintain at this weight or if you decide to pick up the torch and carry on. I love reading your blogs and getting your comments.

It's so much easier to see clearly when you are looking from the outside in. I have no doubt you can get that extra 25 pounds off if you really want.

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MISSB8604 3/27/2013 1:36PM

    Girl, in my eyes you are absolutely amazing and I think we all agree in that. I TOTALLY understand what you mean about those last few pounds, but what you should do is really think and see if those last 25lbs is what you REALLY want. What will make you happy?
I’m beyond proud of you for maintaining your weight loss for over a year, a lot of people cannot say that.
Do some soul searching and make the best decision for YOU and no one else. This is YOUR journey, YOU say what you want to happen and how you want to go forward. Just know that you’re not alone and you’ve got our support every step of the way.


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SUGAR0814 3/27/2013 11:36AM

    I know exactly how you feel. I'm not close to my goal weight but I'm experiencing that "blah" feeling today! I do know that we can do whatever we put our minds too! emoticon emoticon

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NGCHILD 3/27/2013 10:19AM

    Being able to maintain your loss is fantastic! I hope to be able to say I have maintained my 100+ loss this time next year.

Try switching things up. Try something you didn't have any interest in before. Maybe that will be the spark you need.

Good luck and be sure and let us know how you are doing!!

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ASHMOMOF4 3/27/2013 8:41AM

    I'm sorry you're feeling this way. I've felt kinda blah before, too. One of my new favorite quotes is, "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!" So, keep pushing and don't stop until you get what you want!
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GABY1948 3/27/2013 8:26AM

    GREAT blog...thanks for sharing your thoughts! emoticon

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CLPURNELL 3/27/2013 6:06AM

    Holly,

At this point it's about being happy. If you are happy with where you are that's great. When you put a 'Goal" number out there it's just that a number. If you have erased your health problems. feel fit enough to tackle life then you are at goal! You have lost 137 pounds. that is something to be very proud of. Do not let this last 25 pounds get you down. I have been in the same spot as you for the past year I am a few pounds heavier than I was last year at thins time. and I am about 24 lbs from "Goal". I am living the real goal now though . the goal to be happy, healthy and complete on a daily basis. So teh 24 lbs will come off or they won't. It won't take away form what I have accomplished. it doesn't mean I don't work hard or am lazy. Right now enjoying the awesome life I have is way more important than 24 lbs to me. You are one of my biggest inspirations on this site. you have done something incredible. Whether you lose 25 more pounds or not!

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BEANIES_MOM 3/27/2013 4:01AM

    You and your success are such an inspiration, don't let a little dip in motivation make you feel bad. If you can say you are HAPPY with where you are right now then that is where you need to be and maybe like you said the focus should be more on another type of goal like a fitness goal and not so much a weightloss goal. You are AWESOME!

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ILOVEMALI 3/27/2013 2:40AM

  You are such an inspiration!

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123ELAINE456 3/27/2013 1:23AM

  Congratulations on maintaining your 137 Weight Loss for over a Year. Only You knows the answers to your question. I would read the other blogs and hopefully you will get some insight to the things that may help you. Be happy and Proud of Yourself for all your Accomplishments and Goals You Have Met. You Are doing Great. We are here for You. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 3/27/2013 12:20AM

    "If you are not motivated to continue to lose, you won't BUT if you continue to be your healthiest, continue your exercise and continue to challenge yourself, if you continue to maintain and you ARE satisfied, who can say you are not at your best, the best for you? THis can only be answered by you. Dig deep, and ask yourself if you are finished. If you don't know, you're not."

She took the words right out of my mouth. Congrats on the 137 lbs! That is successful in and of itself.

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NASFKAB 3/26/2013 11:57PM

  congrats for maintaining a 137 pound loss for a year keep it up

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SWANATOPIA 3/26/2013 11:44PM

    First of all...you look FANTASTIC! You are living the life and that's what changing our lifestyle is all about! It's really not supposed to be frustrating; counting calories, watching the scale and having emotional breakdowns when we gain. It's supposed to be just like you have been doing for the last year. The easy part is losing it. The hardest part is maintaining the weight after you lose it and you are conquering that...woo-hoo! The last of the weight will come off when you are good and ready but enjoy yourself and have fun!

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BRADMILL2922 3/26/2013 11:34PM

    I guess the easy answer would be to say it isn't all about the number. It isn't, but, we all know a little bit better than that. When we set out for a goal and get closer than we ever really thought we could imagine, we want to finishe that goal. I know that is exactly where I am right now. I can't wait to make that goal number and say that I actually did it! It sounds like you have a little bit of that deep down in you.

The fact that you lost 137 lbs. is amazing! The fact that you have maintained that for a year is also amazing! Both things you should be really proud of. I don't think you area lazy at all, I just think that you have become comfortable at your current weight. Losing all that weight to start wasn't easy and I suppose in your mind, you don't want to put yourself through all of that again? It is hard to say how our minds really work but I don't think you are lazy.

If you really want to do it, make a plan and put it in progress. You did the heavy lifting losing 85% of your goal so you know that you can do it. Whatever we set our minds to is possible, including you losing that last 25 lbs. When you get in the right frame of mind and decide that you really want that last 25 gone, I have no doubts that you can do it! Keep your chin up!

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MAMADWARF 3/26/2013 11:17PM

    You have accomplished great things....maybe its about maintenance and enjoying your hard work forawhile? I love you..yyou're my hero!

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STAY39 3/26/2013 10:34PM

    I am so impressed with how much you've lost and how far you've come! I personally think you should write a book! I'd buy it! This is just a new chapter in your book or maybe the sequel. All part of your journey! Enjoy where you are, be proud of what you've done thus far and set new small goals for yourself. Maybe step outside of your comfort zone a bit. You will figure it out. By the way, all your thoughts/feelings make total sense to me!

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GRUMBLEGIRL 3/26/2013 9:38PM

    That you've maintained 137 lb weight loss for a year is amazing. You are far from lazy my friend!!! If you are happy and healthy and have sustained your current weight for a an entire year, what does your pant size really matter??

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CHARTHESTAR 3/26/2013 8:45PM

    WE all go in cycles. Up and Down and around. That is normal.

I think you look great and more important I think you feel fantastic psychically. Personally I would just ride where you are for now. I think It would be better to get motivated about something- Life Seems better when you are working towards a goal and making steps toward it.

I have an idea of how much I want/need to loose. I hope that when I get to the right place I will know it. I have learned on spark people that the number on the scale is just that- a number. Liking yourself and enjoying life and all the NSV is WAY more important .

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CITYDWELLERS72 3/26/2013 8:28PM

    Holly I'm so impressed with you I can't imagine giving you any kind of advice. Just know I'm sending good vibes to you to make the best decision for you! emoticon

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NAYKNITS 3/26/2013 7:49PM

    Girl- you have maintained for a YEAR!! emoticon I agree, you need a goal that will motivate you. Is it the Dirty Girl? a faster 5k? a 10k?? Only you can decide that. Whatever it is- I'm here for ya!! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 3/26/2013 7:23PM

    This may not be the most popular response but if you are HEALTHY and HAPPY with where you are, then maybe you are already at your goal. I'm not a doctor, I can't say for sure. But maybe you should at least consider the possibility. I might make an appointment with my doctor and discuss it. If you NEED to lose more weight, he'll tell you as much and you'll have your motivation. And if you don't then, it's time to celebrate, because, baby, you're at goal -- and have been for a year!!

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NMSUSTUDENT 3/26/2013 7:06PM

    Quote: "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."─Henry David Thoreau


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NEEDBU66 3/26/2013 7:04PM

    I liked the comment about finding that goal that DOES motivate you and shoot towards that. If you are living, loving laughing and inspiring and creating then size 8 jeans are a non-issue. There does have to be a line to draw, though. "if I gain X#lbs, then,....." and stick that post-it-note on the bathroom mirror.

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TINAJANE76 3/26/2013 6:45PM

    Hey, I'm still here and think what you're going through is totally normal. You've already got the mindset of and are experiencing the struggles of a maintainer! Learning to come to terms with the "dailyness" of maintenance and celebrating that is a big part of staying successful and you're fighting that battle. The fact that you can shrug off a six-pound gain because you know you'll take it off again by buckling down a bit is HUGE. Many long-term maintainers still regularly freak out over smaller gains and would kill to have your healthy attitude and approach.

Only you can decide if you've got it in you to keep on losing more weight. Yes, it will require more of an effort than what you're currently doing to kick start your weight loss again. Is that something you feel like you can commit to after spending the past year in maintenance mode or will you be happier to focus on keeping on the way you've been going and turning your focus to other goals that aren't so connected to the scale and a magic number? There is such a thing as shooting too low and I think it's much more important to be able to sustain our losses without our lifestyles feeling onerous than it is to be 10 or 20 pounds lighter and living joylessly.

Maintenance doesn't have all of the excitement of weight loss, but keep on reminding yourself of just how far you've come. I've been at goal for over a year now and am still amazed that I'm here. When my motivation begins to lag, I dig up my old photos and remind myself of how much more limited my life was when I was 100 pounds heavier. I might not need or want to lose any more weight, but I still need reminders of why I don't want to throw in the towel and be back at square one again.

If you're struggling with what you want, it could be a nice idea for you to refocus your motivators. If you don't know if your size 8 jeans are worth fighting for, decide what is and devote your energy towards that goal. Are you most motivated by the idea of not going back to where you started from? Find ways to remind yourself of that every day and especially when the "I don't wannas" kick in. Are you more motivated by fitness and good health? Why not try creating some concrete goals that have nothing to do with the scale and are ones that can be adjusted over time as you improve?

Whatever you do, don't give up altogether. You've come so far and have proven that you can keep your healthy lifestyle up even when weight loss isn't your primary focus or desire. That's a huge achievement and one that you should feel very proud of.

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POOKASLUAGH 3/26/2013 6:43PM

    I think it's hard, once you lose a certain amount and you start to see something close to goal in the mirror. It's not complacency completely, but a mixture of liking what you see and wanting to see something better, and it leads to waffling, I think. I think going for a different goal is a really smart plan, because at some point, you really do just think "I've lost so much, what does another 20 lbs matter??" :/ I feel you. My loss has slowed way down and I'm still going down, but it's at a rate of something like 1 lb per month, and I know it could be more, I know it could, but I just cant' seem to find that determination I used to have... Sometimes I think not having a mental break for so long really affects us...

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JESSIHOVER2 3/26/2013 6:40PM

    I think we all get to this point. I have actually put on about 20 pounds from my lowest, and as much as I hate to admit it, I am happier at that size. You don't have to live by any standards other than the ones you are comfortable with. If you are happy, healthy and satisfied. Then be just that, HAPPY! Just because you set a goal doesn't mean that you aren't allowed to change that goal.

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GINILEE4 3/26/2013 6:39PM

   

I think the work on being healthiest and as strong as you can be. I have read many blogs written by 100+ lb losers who are or have been at the place you are now. They become complacent and that is NOT a bad thing. If you are not motivated to continue to lose, you won't BUT if you continue to be your healthiest, continue your exercise and continue to challenge yourself, if you continue to maintain and you ARE satisfied, who can say you are not at your best, the best for you? THis can only be answered by you. Dig deep, and ask yourself if you are finished. If you don't know, you're not. Continue to be the wonderful person you are because a number on the scale does not define you one way or the other. A year on maintenance is very commendable and you have done a wonderful job of staying healthy. Now you are at the crossroads and it is up to you which path you choose. Also remember that there is no time clock here. You are not on a schedule. Maybe you need to spend more time right where you are.

Gini

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/26/2013 6:29PM

    I completely understand. My body is so much more comfortable at this weight. It only took 9 months to lose the 50 pounds, then I figured I could do it without tracking every single day. I gained 9 pounds back over the winter holidays, but then lost that and more in the last two months, just to go back to not tracking and gained 5 back again. I know part of it is another holiday and getting really sick (dang head cold that settled into everything!), but that shouldn't be an excuse. I need to go back to my saying : An excuse is just a challenge to find a different way of doing things.

I swear it will take a year to get rid of those last 25.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 3/26/2013 6:28PM

    You are at the EXACT same spot I was up until just a few weeks ago. When I started my studies at Integrative Nutrition I came across a lecture and changed the entire way I eat. There's something that will help you - it's just not evident. You will find it - I have faith in you. Let me know if you need help - it's why I went into Health Coaching - to help people like you and even myself. HUGS!

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SHAUNAD30 3/26/2013 6:27PM

    Have you done a 10K? I've done 5Ks, and my goal for this year is to complete a 10K. I don't think you're wishy-washy. I totally get where you're coming from. Figure out where you want to go, then set a goal and a plan to get there. emoticon

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What the heck SP?!?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I've had the SP app for my phone for the last 2 years. Today, I got a new phone, and I had to pay $3.99 for the exact same app. It's still an andriod phone... still the same carrier... what's up sparkpeople??? WHY after 2 years do I now have to pay for this app? I'm probably just behind and they've been charging for the app... I don't know, and that's ok...
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/24/2013 11:16AM

    Cloud based iPhones usually transfer all Apps that were previously held by the user. I dropped my iphone in the toilet and because I had the Apple Care plan, I got a new one and had all my stuff back up and running within 2 minutes. I was very happy!!

Not sure how Android works. I know that the Spark App used to be free, but now they charge. Maybe that was the difference? Hopefully it did not cause you too much heart burn. It is a lot of "bang for your buck!"

I have tried many other Apps, but am defaulting to Spark one now all the time. Allows me to track on the fly and to get my Spark points in too!

(love spinning the wheel on my phone!!)

XOXO

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ROSET491 3/21/2013 2:37PM

    Actually I found Log it, Free app that you can, like Spark log your meals (food)! Even can scan bar codes of items and they appear!! Very cool!

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NEEDBU66 3/19/2013 4:09PM

    Free is better. I'm sure they have expenses. Too bad they don't have a free version just for food update or something.

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BMCKEOW1 3/19/2013 1:12PM

    I didn't know you had to pay for the newer one either. That's good to know. Probably still worth it but it's good to know.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/18/2013 11:11PM

    Still love the spark - but yeah, bummer

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CLPURNELL 3/18/2013 10:31PM

    Yup I don't have it anymore and they stopped the blackberry app :(

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RAINBOWMF 3/18/2013 4:13PM

    Didn't think there was a charge

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MISSB8604 3/18/2013 11:06AM

    What?!?!?! I didn't know this!!!!!

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BIGBEAROHYEAH 3/18/2013 10:28AM

    I just got my first phone have not looked into the whole spark app thing yet. does it do different stuff then the site when I am on my computer?

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DB1167 3/17/2013 10:14AM

    that sucks! I have it on my Iphone and when I did it I didn't pay. But I love it!!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/17/2013 9:30AM

    I still have the free version, but apparently the new version lets you view sparkpoints or something. They aren't updating the old one either, so if mine ever breaks, I'll have to pay to upgrade. Boo. I'm totally with you.

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AME4IT 3/17/2013 8:38AM

    oooo good to know! i'll be upgrading my phone soon so to know that i should expect the charge is a good fore-warning.

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MADTHENURSE 3/17/2013 6:21AM

    Yep. I did too. It's the only app I've paid for on my phone - ever. I think it's worth it.

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123ELAINE456 3/17/2013 1:27AM

  I do not have a Cell Phone. Only a Land Phone. So i do not know anything about this. Sorry. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!

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NASFKAB 3/17/2013 1:11AM

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    When I updated my phone, I didn't have to pay for the SP app. Hmmm interesting. emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 3/16/2013 10:46PM

    I had that same problem! The guy that sold me my new phone said my apps wouldn't transfer over, so I deleted the SparkPeople app on the old phone, so I could get a message, and it looks like all the stuff he said wouldn't transfer did! I still haven't paid for the app. I just log on to the site with my phone's internet. I'm a cheapo!

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SWANATOPIA 3/16/2013 10:43PM

    I think they are trying to make a few bucks on the side. That's okay though, the app is worth paying to keep us in check :)

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NGCHILD 3/16/2013 10:39PM

    I had to pay the one time charge too but it didn't bother me. The site is free and the information and friends I have made make it well worth the 2.99.

Just my opinion.

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2BEABETTERME 3/16/2013 9:48PM

    I had tha same issue with my iPad when they updated the app. Really annoying!

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GABY1948 3/16/2013 7:47PM

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/16/2013 7:19PM

    my phone has a wifi connection so I just log into sparkpeople when there is free wifi around (some pubs in the uk are like that) otherwise I just wait till I can get to my laptop

it's amazing how we use techie stuff to live our everyday lives

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 3/16/2013 6:10PM

    I know! My phone app fritzed on me after 6 months, so I uninstalled it. When I tried to reinstall, I had to pay the 3.99. The paid for app got an upgrade that allows me to scan barcodes. (I don't know if the free app got the same upgrade.) I think the $3.99 is okay. It's less than a meal at McD's after all. (And half the price of Southwestern Eggroll Appetizer at Chilis).

Hope your little guy is feeling better!

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    I think they have been charging for a while now, but its too bad, I think some people are choosing other apps because they don't want to pay!

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March of Dimes

Sunday, March 03, 2013

My son, Jake, is currently a student at a local Martial Arts Academy and they do a TON of fundraising for our community. They've done toy drives for Toys for Tots, food drives for the homeless shelters, and recently, they did a break-a-thon where the kids raised money based on the number of boards they could break, for the Asbury Woods Nature Center.

At the end of April they are participating in the "March for Babies" which is a 6.2 mile walk for the March of Dimes. Jake was premature, being born at 35 weeks, so this fundraiser is particularly close to my heart. We were VERY blessed that Jake didn't have any health issues at birth, but there are a lot of babies that aren't so fortunate.

This is the link if anyone would care to donate.

www.marchforbabies.org/hmpetras

I wasn't sure if I should do this or not. I want to make sure everyone understands that every penny goes directly to the March of Dimes, and Jake doesn't get anything from the Academy for raising money, it's just a great fundraiser.

Thanks friends, and wish me luck!!! I've never walked 6.2 miles, and Jake has never done more than 1.5, it should be interesting = )

  
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ILOVEMALI 3/12/2013 12:06PM

  What a great cause!! I had full-term "stress babies" -- 5 pounds, 12 oz each -- on bed rest with both at the end of my pregnancies. The March of Dimes for babies is a great idea! Have fun -- you can do it!

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    My son was also born early, at 34.5 weeks. He had to stay in the NICU for one week, but he is perfectly healthy. That is awesome you're doing this!

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MISSB8604 3/4/2013 6:21PM

    SO great!!

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BMCKEOW1 3/4/2013 11:50AM

    I think it's great to post it here. Also that its something you and your son can do together. You both should be very proud of that.

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123ELAINE456 3/3/2013 7:52PM

  The March Of Dimes and March For Babies does Wonderful Things in Helping People and Babies. They need the Donations to carry on the work. God Blessings To Everyone On This Lord's Days. Let's Us All Enjoy It. Take Care. Keep It Up.

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MAMADWARF 3/3/2013 11:59AM

    We are your community. I do t see anything wrong with posting a link for donations...good for you!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/3/2013 11:08AM

    Great cause! Are you guys going to do the walk?

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AME4IT 3/3/2013 9:40AM

    march for babies is near and dear to my heart as well. my little one turns two today and she was born at 34 weeks with no health issues, thankfully. kudos to you and your son for helping out!

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/3/2013 9:36AM

    It's great when young people are involved in fundraising like this. We wish him well.

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Review of SP Total Body Sculpting DVD

Sunday, February 17, 2013

***I received this DVD free from SparkPeople but did not receive any form of payment for my review***

I was very hesitant to do this because of my total dislike for all things strength training. I asked a friend of mine, Lisa, to do it with me, and this worked well for 2 reasons. Being an SP outsider, I could get an honest opinion from her, and if we did it together... that meant I HAD to do it!

Like I said, I hate strength training... any and all forms of it. It's my biggest downfall on this journey. I've tried all kinds of DVD's and free weights, bands and balls, still hate it... until I got this DVD... I can honestly say that I LOVED it!

As with the other SP DVD's, the girls are modestly dressed, there are varying levels of intensity for each exercise, there is a warm up and cool down for each section, and no one is yelling at you to "come on, one more, do it!"

Inside the DVD there is a booklet with several SP recipes. We tried the Bluegrass Jambalaya and it was awesome! There is also weekly workout schedule you can try which incorporates all 3 of the interval workouts on the DVD.

There are 3 workouts on this DVD... Barre Body Blast, Body weight Burn and Sizzle-sculpt. I've done all three multiple times to give a fair review, but the 2 that I enjoy the most are Body weight Burn and Sizzle-Sculpt. Combined, those 2 workouts last about 45 minutes. The routines were easy to follow and I really feel like you're getting a good workout. I didn't get bored like I usually do with ST and I think, maybe, it's because there was a bit of cardio involved and you just weren't standing still.

My friend Lisa, who has been on her own fitness quest for about a year, has done P90X and Insanity, so I really didn't think she'd enjoy this, but I was wrong. She really liked the fact that you took your time and did each move "in a controlled manner, instead of jumping around from exercise to exercise like a chimp on crack." Her words, not mine! She was also pleased the "the woman had clothes on and looked healthy and fit. Normal people aren't built like the ones in P90X."

I've only been doing this DVD on a regular basis (2x/week) Since January 1st, but I can feel and see the difference. My clothes are fitting a bit better in my thighs and upper arms, which are my biggest issue. I haven't lost any weight, in fact, I've gained a few, so I have to say it's because of this DVD. I haven't changed anything else with my routine... my food is the same, and my other workouts have been the same, I've just added the DVD.

I'm not sure that this DVD is for beginners. You need a bit of balance and coordination to to do these moves. You don't have to be an acrobat, but you're doing squats with your arms over your head holding weights... I'm not sure I could have done this 2 months into my journey. This is, however, an excellent DVD for people who want some excitement to their ST and aren't diggin' the likes of P90X.

The DVD is available now at www.amazon.com and Target, along with other retailers which you can find at www.sparkpeoplecom/tbsdvd. I'm sorry, I'm not technologically advanced enough to add any links. However, you can earn 250 sparkpoints for buying the DVD at Target. If you go to your "start page" you can click on Coach Nicole's smiling face and you will be whisked through cyberspace to purchase your very own SparkPeople Total Body Sculpting DVD! I Highly recommend it, and I promise you won't be disappointed!

  
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CHSHULER89 2/23/2013 6:36PM

    Thanks for the comments! always looking for something new. ST can be hard, but love the results and the feeling of being stronger! Last year when I started this part of my journey my Y WT instructor is a personal trainer and I train with her once or twice a month to learn and keep learning. It has been such a confidence booster! Love losing the inches and toning even when the scale isn"t moving. Keep up the positive energy and great work!

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ENDERLI 2/20/2013 7:14AM

    Holy Crap! You've got about 800 comments on your review! WOW. It sounds good, I need to try to add some more stuff to my routine, so I may jump through the cyber space to Target and get the points and the DVD. Thanks Holly! Lookin good my friend! xo

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SHFELKEY 2/19/2013 9:17AM

    Thanks for your review of the DVD! Glad to hear you're enjoying it and gaining some strength and definition from it! Keep up the great work :)

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/19/2013 12:08AM

    Sounds like fun! Good to hear the perspective of someone who's done P90X...I was curious as to how this DVD compared to ones that I think of as being a good challenge for me. I'm intrigued by this bluegrass jambalaya! Thanks for posting this review. :)

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DIANNEMT 2/18/2013 9:51PM

    Thanks!! I have this DVD but havent opened it yet!! Guess I getter get going with it!

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  Thanks for the review

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AUSFAM 2/18/2013 7:08PM

    I purchased this one when it was heavily discounted through Amazon--I'm so happy I did! I agree with your friend--even though everything is slow and steady, you still get a workout without feeling like a 'chimp on crack!' AND you still feel like you got a good workout! Great review!

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CLPURNELL 2/18/2013 6:59PM

    Sounds awesome Holly!

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PCASEY7 2/18/2013 6:18PM

    Thanks for the detailed review.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/18/2013 5:50PM

    I purchased the DVD the day it came out from Amazon and I love it. I never though to review it though. Good idea.

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KARRENLYNN 2/18/2013 5:40PM

    Thanks for the review. I hate buying these dvds without being able to try them or at least hearing someone elses opinion. I've bought quite a few and then not liked them.

I'm glad it's working for you,

Karen

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AME4IT 2/18/2013 1:58PM

    Thanks for a thorough review of the DVD. It sounds like it is something I'd like to try before I buy.

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MOONBIRD 2/18/2013 1:26PM

    I might have to check this out! I also hate strength training. I make myself do it, but I find it so tedious.

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MARYJEANSL 2/18/2013 12:57PM

  I have never done strength training, so I would be a total beginner...it is good to know that this DVD is probably not for me.

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BMCKEOW1 2/18/2013 12:07PM

    I have thought about Insanity but it doesn't really seem like my cup of tea. This might be though, thanks for the review. I'm going to have to check this out.

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GRIZ1GIRL 2/18/2013 11:49AM

    I received that DVD as a free SP wheel spin prize...but I haven't tried it yet! Thanks for the great review.... :)

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  Great blog!

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MIMIDOT 2/18/2013 10:22AM

    Sounds great. Thanks for the preview.

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MMMINMN 2/18/2013 10:22AM

  I bought this DVD along with the 28-Day Bootcamp. I think they are both excellent. Challenging but not so difficult that I can't keep up. Really perfect for my level of fitness, and some room to grow. Coach Nicole is easy to listen and gives good cues. Purc hasing these DVDs was definitely a good investment for me. emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 2/18/2013 9:03AM

    Thanks! Headed out today and have a Target Gift Card to finish using..............

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    I got this for free and can't wait to try it!!

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  Helpful review...thanks. Congrats on all your changes.

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Changes

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I've changed my page, changed my ticker and changed my attitude. Thanks friends, for once again, reminding me I'm not alone with these thoughts and doubts.

I need to focus more on what I've done instead of how far I need to go. I have to remember that I've lost almost 140 pounds... that I've walked and jogged numerous 5k's... I've climbed rocks... gone for long bike rides... and changed my and my family's life for the better.

For me to move forward, I have to keep looking back and reminding myself of the positive changes I've made.


307 May 2010 vs. 166 December 2012

  
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SUPERSYLPH 7/19/2013 10:30AM

    emoticon That is no small feat!

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MISSCALFO 4/17/2013 3:34PM

    You look amazing and are an inspiration to all! Thank you for sharing!!! :)

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LOGOULD 4/4/2013 4:34PM

    WOW!!! You look AMAZING! emoticon Thanks for the remider too. I need to keep looking back, not just at the weight I have lost, but at ALL of the positive changes I have made in my lifestyle.

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    You are doing great!! Keep it going!!!

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    Well done! Keep it up!

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MYRNA929 2/27/2013 5:23PM

    Good for you!!! You look great and l love your attitude!

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    emoticon You are an inspiration. Many times I feel that there is no way I can lose this weight. Reading about others getting to their goals gives me hope.

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    WOW! What a transformation! Keep up the great work!

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    Woo Hoo! I love it!

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SREICHERT95 2/4/2013 2:30AM

    You are amazing! And a reminder that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything!

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You are inspiring and motivating!
Thanks for taking the lead on this journey!
I hope to follow in your path

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    Congratulations and you look fabulous, thanks for the inspiration!
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ADDISONS-NANA 1/31/2013 7:48AM

    Hi Holly, it is so good to see you have reached your goal.....as someone who has about 100 pounds to lose I often question myself...."will I even know that new person?" I am just wondering if you could share a wee bit about the emotional journey of meeting the "new you"....did losing that amount of weight change who you were and how people treated you?....sometimes that scares me....I have always been overweight, most of my family is overweight, however I LIKE me....people like me....and I know in the past whenever I have lost a significant amount of weight....the most I lost once was 80 pounds....I get very uncomfortable "emotionally" as if I don't fit in my family...or am becoming someone I don't recognize... and will sabotage myself, usually gaining back what I lost plus some....for my losing weight is more of a "mental thing" than it is a physical thing...any tips on how you coped with the changes would be greatly appreciated! emoticon

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MICHELLESMILES_ 1/31/2013 7:48AM

    You look amazing friend! Love ya!

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FIDDLEMOM 1/30/2013 1:54PM

    You look fantastic! Well done!

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MYRTROSE 1/29/2013 11:34PM

    Look at you! Great pics and I love the new ticker!

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JAIMESIZED 1/29/2013 4:52PM

    You look amazing! Those pictures, seeing the difference... it's just so inspiring

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/27/2013 7:43PM

    Asolutely fantastic pics and message - I agree with the 458 people before me - you look STUNNING!!!

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FLACAPR 1/27/2013 4:54PM

    I will keep your blog in my favorites section. I hope to lose 100 by December, 2013 and you are my inspiration.

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PR33MI3MOM 1/27/2013 1:52PM

    You're an inspiration!

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WILDFLOWERMA 1/27/2013 10:52AM

    You are amazing! The transformation is incredible. Thanks for sharing.

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    Wow you look amazing!! Thanks for the encouragement. emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 1/26/2013 9:48PM

    emoticon You are such an inspiration!!!!!

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LINDA! 1/26/2013 9:16PM

    emoticon You look amazing. What a success story.

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VERAMSW 1/26/2013 5:20PM

  Amazing!!!

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GODIVADSG 1/26/2013 2:11PM

    That's right sister girl...

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KAR815 1/25/2013 7:04PM

    Your an inspiration thank you for that ! It reminds me to stop and think about the important things ~ You look fabulous!!!

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MOONBIRD 1/25/2013 6:49PM

    You're so awesome and you look fantastic!!

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MSGETHEALTHY35 1/25/2013 6:21AM

    Absolutely keep those positive thoughts. You look AWESOME!! And just when I get all frustrated I run across someone like you and i know it can be done. Thank You for being an inspiration. Have a Great weekend emoticon

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NIKKIG3 1/25/2013 1:02AM

    wow, wow, and wow again. Awesome progress!!

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LADYMARCIA1 1/24/2013 11:43PM

    What a fantastic success you are!! You look amazing and you've added years to your life for sure. Keep up the good work. I'm in awe.

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BABBINA 1/24/2013 10:20PM

    Yes, you've come a long, long way and you;'re inspiring me cuz i get like that at times too. You gota remind yrself of what youve done so far in order to keep plugging away, yanno? Thanks for sharing hun. #hugz

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