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Before & After Photos

Friday, August 27, 2010

I used to duck from the camera, so there are not too many photos of me in the past, but I recently found this pic of me from June 2002.

I weighed 332 lbs. Although there was a smile on my face, I was very sad and felt hopeless. I had lost 100 pounds several times before, but could never keep the weight off because I never developed healthy habits.

In September 2002 I had a gastric bypass, lost 130 pounds and then over the course of a few years regained weight. I still had not developed healthy habits. I was up 50 pounds and so disappointed in myself. I now weighed 252.

In June 2009, I was introduced to SparkPeople. It made such a huge difference in my outlook on diet and exercise. I started feeling more in control of my life and decided that I should try once more. I joined Jazzercise, started really paying attention to portion control and logged on to SparkPeople every day and before you know it, I was on my way to living life to the fullest! By the end of the summer, I had lost more than 20 pounds and was feeling fantastic.

It was the motivation I needed to keep going!

So here I am...far from goal, but down 140 pounds from my starting weight. I'm proud of myself. It's the first time that I am doing it right!

Just thought I'd share.

Have a good weekend,

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PASTAFASUL 8/29/2010 9:54AM

    Look at you!! Congratulations. You definitely inspire me.
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COLEENCOLE 8/29/2010 6:26AM

    You look amazing!

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CB3393 8/28/2010 11:19AM

    You've come a long way baby!!! emoticon

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TERRI289 8/27/2010 8:28PM

    You are looking so FABULOUS!!!!!!!!

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ARTNSOUL 8/27/2010 6:37PM

    Wow! You look great! I have a sneaking suspicion that your new smile is FULL of hope!! emoticon emoticon

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MJMEISSN 8/27/2010 4:47PM

    Congratulations Kathy. You are doing emoticon

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GEINAHG0757 8/27/2010 4:06PM

    Your smile in the last picture is radiant...and very "REAL" looking! Simply gorgeous!


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MISTYSMOM06 8/27/2010 3:24PM

    Keep going! You can do it! I almost had the lap band done but thank God he led me to SparkPeople. I want to try to encourage people not to have the surgery done because it is better to lose it all naturally.

God bless you! It feels great! I've lost 23 lbs so far and am feeling pretty good. I had hernia surgery the other day so I am under the weather a bit.

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KARDUH114 8/27/2010 3:20PM

    You look awsome...congrats keep up the great work...

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Keeping it all together

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"No one said it would be easy"

How many times have people said that to you, not only about weight loss, but about life in general??? Nothing is easy, but after you hurdle another challenge or obstacle, it gives you the confidence to move on to the next one.

"It's worth it"

That's the second part of the phrase. Yes, it's worth it. Anything that makes you stronger, healthier and more self-assured is worth it. Work hard, play hard and be good to yourself.

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PASTAFASUL 8/27/2010 1:26PM

    How true!!! thanks for the reminder. Great words to live by. emoticon

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SEESTARS 8/26/2010 3:46PM

    Great blog. Just what I needed today!

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SKINNYSTAR57 8/26/2010 10:01AM


Yes it is worth it!!!


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The power of forgiveness

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Last night we went to Lancaster, PA to see the play "Joseph". This is the biblical story about Joseph and his brothers and how they tried to kill him because they wetre jealous of their father's love for Joseph. Despite being betrayed by his brothers, Joseph forgave them. I really don't carry grudges, but I have in the past, so I know what that burden feels like. I applied the lesson of forgiveness to myself. I have not been perfect, but if I were advising a good friend, I'd tell him/her to let it go, forgive your past mistakes and just be good to yourself starting right now.

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TO_BE_FIT 8/25/2010 9:50AM

    Great blog! I agree completely. When I was younger I was very unhappy and much of it had to do with not knowing how to forgive. I can still struggle with it but have learned the sooner I forgive the quicker I can move on and enjoy life. Now I am learning to forgive myself and that can be hard too :)

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Dunkin Donuts drive thru does not control me anymore!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

OK, I know that's "big talk" for someone who has only avoided DD drive thru for two days so far, but I do feel a sense of empowerment that I have not given in to my morning addiction so far this week. It's not like I was eating a dozen (or even one) was only an egg and cheese wake up wrap, but the point is that it became a "must have" just like ice cream was a "must have" bedtime snack in the past. I am stronger than that! So I will continue flexing my willpower muscles and make a conscious decision to eat what I've planned to eat and be good to myself.

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TERRI289 8/24/2010 11:16AM

    Great! emoticon

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BAKER1009 8/24/2010 10:29AM

    I am so proud of you! 2 days is a lot, do not minimize your accomplishments!!

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CCLYNN427 8/24/2010 9:32AM

    I can totally relate here. I counted and found I pass 4 drive thrus on my 3 mile drive to work everyday! I love breakfast sandwiches and have avoided them since surgery. Although I do still think about how yummy they are! Good for you!

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SEESTARS 8/24/2010 9:03AM

    Way to go! (I also love that wrap)

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SAMANTHALEAHE 8/24/2010 8:57AM

  Keep it up.

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Choices & Changes

Monday, August 23, 2010

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I was thinking about how I could make this week better than last week. I have not been as good to myself as I could be. Exercise is there steadily which is fabulous, but the thing I've been slacking with the most is portion control. I am eating healthy foods...just too much of them. For that reason, I have remained the same weight (plus or minus a couple pounds) since December. So what can I do this week that would be a step in the right direction?

I have gotten into the habit of stopping at Dunkin Donuts every morning for an iced coffee (skim milk and Splenda, so it's not calorie filled) and an egg and cheese wake up wrap. These little babies are really not an unhealthy choice, but they have become a sort of "pre-breakfast" for a first thing in the morning snack. Not good. Plus eating in the car was a terrible habit for me in the's sneaky eating and something I shouldn't do. So I've decided that I am not going to stop at DD this week. Too much temptation.

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KRISPYKRITTER1 8/24/2010 12:10AM

    Wait till you feel the empowerment of passing DD. I remember the first time I went in and only ordered food......I went to the car and thought "l did it!" Sometimes it's just the little things that make us feel DD doesn't have me anymore. It's my choice if I want a coffee......I can do that and not get the donut!

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BONNIEELLEN571 8/23/2010 3:12PM

    I know you can do it!! You have recognized a problem (sneaky eating by way of DD) and made a commitment to change your behavior. emoticon

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TUBLADY 8/23/2010 1:40PM

    To make changes it is best to change one thing at a time.
That's a good start. Take something from home if you need a snack before breakfast. Or better yet fix a breakfast at home.
That might mean getting up a little earlier.
We all hove routines that we maintain, but change is good.
You need to do something to get back on track and kick start your weight loss.
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TERRI289 8/23/2010 8:50AM

    Have a wonderful portion controlled Monday!!

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BAKER1009 8/23/2010 8:43AM

    That is a great plan for this week. Once you've accomplished that one, you can set up a new one. You can do this, and you always have such a great attitude!!
I'm cheering you on!!

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KRICKET57 8/23/2010 8:28AM

    Good for you. If you need something to get you going in the morning, pack yourself some fruit the night before. This will give you the jumpstart you need and be much better for you.

Good luck with your goal of avoiding DD. I know you can do it.

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