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Small Realizations That Mean BIG!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Have you ever had one of those moments where you say to yourself "how did I get here?" or "when did I get here?" or "wow, I can't believe this is me!"
I had a couple of those moments yesterday and I'm sure some of you can relate or definately will be relating.
Now, in order to understand where I'm coming from, you must know that I started out at 328 lbs (my heaviest) and if I whenever I got in a car I never used the seatbelt. It's real hard to get a seatbelt around someone that weighed so much and had such a big stomach. Having to adjust the seatbelt up a notch because I needed more leeway in the belt. Well, yesterday, I'm sitting in the car on my way to work and I look down and realize that "Wow, my stomach isn't so huge anymore that it goes out way past my breasts." "I can put the seatbelt on without any issues and there's room."
That was my 1st realization. The 2nd was when I was at work and I'm standing in the main room of the daycare I realize my arms aren't resting on my hips because they were so wide when I was morbidly obese. When I was 328 lbs my hips were so far out that I could just rest my arms on my hips. Now, 111.5 lbs lighter there is room between my arms and body and my hips are not being used as arm rests....
These realizations and I'm sure there will be more may not seem like much to some or may even seem miniscule but to ME they mean alot. There are big meanings behind these realizations. These realizations are reminders or "rewards" of my accomplishments and how far I've come.
Congratulations to anyone who has had these or similar realizations and kudos to those who are trying to get to their own realizations~you will get there~you will have them.

  
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JACKIEMOMOF3 2/29/2012 6:57PM

    That is wonderful munky....All these things no matter how big or small (to some) make us realize how far we have come and where we'll be going!! Congrats to you!! So happy for you. And, thank you!

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MUNKYBUG 2/29/2012 6:44PM

    emoticonThat's amazing! I had the same sort of small realization the other day. When I got in the car and put my seat belt on, I had to tighten it! I couldn't believe it! I've only lost 20ish pounds and it seems so meaningless when looking at how far I have to go. But, those little victories make it real and important. Kudos to you! Thank you so much for setting such a wonderful example! emoticon

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JACKIEMOMOF3 2/29/2012 3:40PM

    Thank you so much ladies XOXO

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PURPLEMOLLY21 2/29/2012 4:53AM

  I'm absolutely thrilled for you, it's all those seemingly little achievements that mean so much and keep us going!
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HECKYAH 2/29/2012 1:33AM

    I am very proud of your accomplishments!! emoticon

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JACKIEMOMOF3 2/28/2012 9:14PM

    Thank you DC XOXO

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DCHICKEN7 2/28/2012 7:51PM

    That is awesome! Congratulations! emoticon

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Whew! Almost Lost Myself! Got Scared! But.......

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I'm BACK!!!
Ok, let me explain. Last week I had a bad week of eating and barely exercised so it would be no surprise when I got on the scale and there was a gain. But, a 4.5 lb gain!!! WTH!! I knew I gained but I think there could have been a couple of other contributing factors.
I just couldn't get my head in it. Now, of course, this was depressing me. People around me were asking me if something was wrong? Physcially I was there and going about my day to day but mentally I wasn't. I was being told that I seemed preoccupied with other things and too quiet. People were always used to me being the talker or being somewhat funny even at my heaviest that's who I was. Always toting a smile no matter how much being MORBIDLY OBESE (OMG! Did I just say that?) was really bothering me. Of course I was preoccupied. I was M-A-D at myself!! I had lost 105 lbs since July 3 2011 with alot of hard work, determination, will power & want power (you have to want this in order for it to work not just will it to work) & the support of EVERYONE around me (online and in person)!! So many sweet people telling me I'm their inspiration and NOW in 1 week I gain 4.5 lbs!! How can this be? How can I inspire anyone? I started thinking right away, maybe I can't do this, maybe I'm not meant to be skinny, maybe I'm not who everyone says I am and that I don't deserve the praise, how can I let these people down, & how can I let myself down??
Like I said, I knew it was a rough week but I didn't do enough damage to put on almost 5 lbs and being that I did gain 4.5 lbs in just 1 week scared me. If it could come back that quick what am I gonna do if I can't get back in control?? ALL the hard work will have been for nothing. There's NO WAY I want to go back or will go back to where I was.....I AM NOT gonna let over 100 lbs come back on-not when I still have so far to go. I still want to lose about another 108-109 lbs....
The most current week that I just fininshed I still had a few rough days. I was getting scared again-still not gaining control. But, I also had good days and made sure I started to exercise again. I know what to eat what not to eat that I have to exercise and burn more calories than I consume. It wasn't easy and IDK why I had such a bad week prior and struggling with the week that just finished.
Anyway I got on the scale this morning and I lost 4 lbs!! I lost everything but 1/2 lb of what gained the other week. So, YES I'm extrememly happy and this in of itself is motivation to get back on that road. I got sidetracked a bit and I dealt with it and I've moved on.The scale is moving in the right direction again and I have that fire in me like I did whan I 1st started last July.
It's not easy-no one ever said it would be but IT'S WORTH IT!!! Giving up is easy! Quiting is easy! The end result is attainable! I see the finish line again!! I can do this! We can do this!!
I AM NOT A QUITTER!! I AM WORTH IT!! I LOVE MYSELF SO I WILL DO THIS!! I'M BACK !!!!!
And as Cher said in my favorite song for inspiration~"You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me"!!
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JACKIEMOMOF3 2/19/2012 9:58PM

    Thanks Chris XOXO

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 2/19/2012 9:27PM

    Just remember. In order to gain a pound of fat you have to eat 3500 calories more than you burn. So chances are it was just water weight you were retaining from unhealthy choices. Hang in there, Congrats on the 4 pounds lost this week and get back on track. Just a bump in the road.

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JACKIEMOMOF3 2/19/2012 7:00PM

    Thank you so much Krystie & AdventureSeeker XOXO

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/19/2012 6:02PM

    well, I gained 6 lbs over 3 days at Christmas. Took me 1 week to lose it. Stupid sodium and unhealthy food choices. It's so easy for it to slip back on, and as long as we nip it in the bud when we first notice the gain then all is well. Congrats on noticing and putting the brakes on!

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COACHKRYSTIE 2/19/2012 5:50PM

    Wow, what a De Ja Vu moment!! I had the same thing going on this past week too!! So proud of you for you fighting back and getting on track! I'm here for you honey!!!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 2/19/2012 4:18PM

    Thank you Rosie XOXO

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ROSIESNOW 2/19/2012 3:08PM

    Just goes to show you one bad week won't kill you and sticking with it will continue to pay off. Glad you got back to the program and re-motivated!

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I DID IT!! I've LOST 101 LBS (since July 3 2011)!! So Amazed!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

If anyone read my blog from yesterday I was 3 lbs away from reaching my 100 lb weight loss. I got on the scale this morning closing my eyes, taking a deep breath, & saying a little prayer. As I watched the numbers go down the smile on my face got bigger, especially when the numbers on the scale went lower than I expected. I lost 4 lbs!! I did it!! I am now down 101 lbs. I've accomplished this July 3 2011. My 16 yr old daughter was sleeping at a friend's house so I called her this morning to tell her & I started crying on the phone. I can't say there is any magic pills or potions or tricks. I did this on my own. No surgery. I didn't take anything to aid in my weight loss. I did this with nothing but willpower, determination, & the strength I found in myself along with the support of my family & friends (friends I see in person, online friends, & my Sparkpeople friends). I still have a long way to go but I'll get there. I'm improving my health, my body, & I keep getting better. Never ever in my life did I think I could do this. The most I ever lost before this was 63 lbs (going to Weight Watchers). I want to thank EVERYONE for their kind words & constant support. This has been one special journey & I can't wait to see what the future holds.

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/30/2012 3:53PM

    Thanks so much everyone. I enjoyed the meeting last night. I can't wait for the next one.

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SCOUTMOM715 1/30/2012 8:40AM

    emoticon You are doing fantastic!! emoticon

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CHAD8510 1/29/2012 9:58PM

    Wow, congrats Jackie!! emoticon

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COACHKRYSTIE 1/29/2012 9:57PM

    Amazin!!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/26/2012 8:34PM

    TY EastEndClam XOXO

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EASTENDCLAM 1/26/2012 8:16PM

    Wow! So cool!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/23/2012 2:06PM

    Thx Teresa!! I can't wait for you to post that either. I'll be cheering you on!! XOXO

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TERESATEXAS 1/23/2012 1:19AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Can't wait till I can say I lost 100!! emoticon

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 5:31PM

    Thanks MRSLYRIK & HRM that's kind of you to say...Thanks for the support XOXO

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 1/22/2012 4:30PM

    You are an inspiration!! emoticon

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MRSLYRIK 1/22/2012 2:23PM

    Congrats....that's amazing!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 1:32PM

    TY So Much GAYEMC XOXO

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GAYEMC 1/22/2012 12:30PM

    100 pounds, that's huge! You should be so very proud of yourself and your determination. Wishing you continued success on your journey.

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 12:14PM

    Thx HRenee XOXO

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HRENEE40 1/22/2012 12:10PM

    That's wonderful! Congratulations!!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 12:02PM

    TY so much KT XOXO

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CHUBBY_KT 1/22/2012 11:58AM

    Congrtas!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 11:56AM

    Thx Anna XOXO

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ANNA026 1/22/2012 11:37AM

    Oh my gosh...I'm so happy for you!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 11:05AM

    TY So very very much Crazydog & JT.....I'm still kinda in shock...but it's a good thing....a real good thing...a wonderful feeling!! XOXO

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1CRAZYDOG 1/22/2012 11:00AM

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You rock!!!

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JTAYLOR2011 1/22/2012 11:00AM

    Wow, huge congrats! This literally brought me a tear or two... Enjoy!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 10:38AM

    TYVM WANNABESKINNYME....You can do this....I know you can....If I can do it....It's not easy....but it's worth it....Stay determined & strong....I'm here for you XOXO

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WANNABESKINNYME 1/22/2012 10:21AM

    FANTASTIC! I am so happy for you and to hear of your success. It makes me realize that I can make it. You should be proud of yourself, you big loser!

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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 9:41AM

    TYVM WISHICOULDFLY & Ann....It means alot XOXO

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WISHICOULDFLY 1/22/2012 9:34AM

    emoticon What an amazing accomplishment! emoticon

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ANNROSE126 1/22/2012 9:30AM

    Congrats!

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Tomorrow's Weigh In Is Important!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Well, I weigh in on Sundays and tomorrow's weigh in is VERY important. I mean, EVERY weigh in is important. See, the reason tomorrow's weigh in has such significance is because I've lost 97 lbs already. It's quite possible tomorrow I could be down 100 LBS!!! I've been eating right and I've exercised 6 days this week. But, as we all know just because we do everything right doesn't mean it's gonna show that on the scale. I have a real good feeling (like 99.99%) the scale will be going down which I want. But, I know no matter how much the scale goes down I should be happy (as long as it doesn't go up). I know how I am and if I miss hitting 100 LBS by just 1 lb I'm gonna be mad at myself. How can one get soooo very close but still be so far away?? I don't want to be mad if that should happen because I know I've come so far already with great success and no one can take that from me. I'm already mentally preparing myself not to be upset if I don't reach this goal as long as the scale doesn't go up! The scale must go down. Wish me luck and I will definitely blog what happens tomorrow.
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JACKIEMOMOF3 1/22/2012 7:46AM

    Thank you so much. I know you're right and I was prepared for whatever the scale decided to tell me this morning. I did weigh myself and I lost 4 lbs. My weight loss total (since July 3 2011) is 101 lbs!!! Thanks for your support & kind words.

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WOLFWYND 1/22/2012 7:24AM

    Good luck! Don't beat yourself up if you don't hit the 100 mark tomorrow. You're getting there. Slowly but surely. Be kind to yourself. You're doing everything right! :)

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It's Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Good Morning All & Merry Christmas! It's early in the morning and the kids haven't woken up yet. Today is day with so much meaning. It's Jesus' birthday. It's a time to spend with family & friends and make some great memories....But, for some it will be a challenge as it will be for me...The challenge will be how well we stick to our eating plan....I, for one will allow for dinner later by monitoring what I eat early in the day and this way I can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner without overdoing it or feeling guilty later because I gorged. Some, may feel they will eat as much as they want today because it's Christmas. That is ok if you realize ASAP you get back on track. For me personally, I need to stay in more control because if I do eat without a care in the world I don't want that to be the reason I can't get myself back on track. I've come too far. As of today I am down 91 pounds. I'm in shock as I write this. I feel like I'm writing about someone else. It's almost a disbelief. Whichever way you choose to eat, whether you make allowances for a bigger meal later (with more control) or today you make this the day to eat however you want just remember how far you've come up to this point (where ever you are on your journey) and don't make it a reason to undo all the successes you've accomplished so far...no matter the size of the accomplishment....I'm not a doctor & I'm not trying to be preachy so please don't think that...I still have a long way to go with my weight loss...the journey is far from over but I can say this so far that I feel so much better emotionally & physically & mentally with a 91 lb weight loss....Be proud of yourself for making changes & working on making a better you....Make 2012 a great year...Your year....Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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JACKIEMOMOF3 12/25/2011 6:58AM

    TYVM XOXO

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REGILIEH 12/25/2011 6:50AM

    WTG!!!!!

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