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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Why is that concept so hard for many so hard to grasp? I don't believe that I am that different than the average person when it comes to why and how I gained so much weight to begin with. I know that I have always eaten plenty of healthy foods. My problem was eating too much and not moving enough. Dieting has always been simple, just eat less. But I didn't get it as many other also don't. It is so much more that just taking the weight off. The changes for me came rather simple. I think that I am much more open to just taking each and every day by it self. If I don't lose one day there is always tomorrow or the next day or even the next week. Being patient is the key to my success. Why be in a hurry, I have the rest of my life to enjoy. With my weight loss I feel like a person just out of prison. I was truly a prisoner in my body. When I started this journey, I was so restricted on what I could do physically. I was in such pain in my knees, ankles and feet. I felt that I didn't have more that about 10 years to live. I had a long list of things I couldn't do such as tie my shoes without sitting on my bed. Then it got so bad that I could only were slip on shoes. I had sleep Apnea, I stopped breathing about 20 times an hour with only 60% oxygen. I was so tired all the time that I actually fell asleep while waiting for a red light. One afternoon I was so sleepy that I turned on the wrong street and got lost while driving to my afternoon job.
At that time in my life it was really the only choice I had. I am so glad that I did something about my situation. Life gets better each and every day.

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MJHAINLINE_1 4/18/2009 8:21PM

You are amazing and have a lot to be proud of. I don't know if I could have lost as much weight as you and still be so motivated to keep going. Way to go!!! Melissa :) emoticon

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DIZBIZBELINDA 4/16/2009 2:37PM

    your story is so inpspirational. Thank you for that. I find myself in a HUGE hurry and get discouraged easily. I think it is because I have recently really become aware of all the things I have missed out on in my life and now my life is half over. A life wasted. I will never have children, be a mom, a grandmother, etc etc. I guess I don't want my WHOLE life to be a waste and I feel great urgency.

This wasn't meant to be a heavy response...sorry...I just basically wanted to thank you for your insight and your inspiration. You look marvelous!

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Getting Rid Of The Past

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A question was posted yesterday that got me thinking. Do you get rid of your old clothes or do you keep them "just in case"? I was quick to answer that as my clothes get too big I quickly give them away. Over the years of dieting I have bought lots of clothes. Unfortunately, I have never been able to maintain my weight loss. I have tried all kinds of diets through my lifetime. As a child of 8, was chunky. I remember being put of diet pills by the Dr. My mother constantly nagged me every time I passed through the kitchen. Weight was always an issue all through Junior High and High School. Now, as I look back one big problem was that I was never active physically. I have spent so much money on diets over the years that I am afraid to add it up. With Jenny Craig I lost about 80 pounds only to put the weight right back on. The last try was Atkins Low Carb. Again I lost 80 pounds. It took a couple of years to put all of the weight back on that time. By then I was 300 pounds suffering with knee pain. The weight really was affecting every part of my life. I really wanted to lose the weight but I could not bear the idea of another failure. I had sworn to myself that I would not spend any more money on diets or on diet products. Then I found out that Gastric Bypass was covered by my insurance. It did seem such a drastic measure. I knew that I really had no problem taking the weight off but my problem was keeping it off. Bypass patients don't always have success with maintaining their weight loss. Again I knew that I may not be able to cope if I gained back the weight. That really worried me. I am so glad that my insurance required the 6 months of classes. That gave me lots to time to really research and soul search. The weight started coming off and I began to feel better. The desperation was lifted. I learned about how to eat healthy, exercise and control my emotions. This time is truly different. I have totally changed my relationship with food. I am not worried about gaining back the weight. I know that most dieters say that but I know in my heart that I am a different person now.

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SHELLEYRIDGENC 11/24/2009 12:35PM

    Alot of people tell me to get the surgery, but in my heart I know it wouldn't work if I don't change my ways first so why take the risk I choose to do the work even if it isn't easy or fast. Your story has inspired me.

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PAIGE367 4/16/2009 12:00PM

    I LOVE your confidence! It must be so great to KNOW that the weight is gone forever. I hope I can get there someday. emoticon

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CLOWN54 4/15/2009 10:53PM

    I got rid of mine right away. I got a great big tax credit this year. that was a bonus emoticon

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.DUSTY. 4/14/2009 9:24PM

    emoticonYou're so right. Most all of us can lose weight but (cliché:) it's keeping it off that's hard. You did the emotional work and changed how you deal with food. That's why it's different this time. I'm so proud of you! emoticon emoticon

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HOME-BODY 4/14/2009 5:40PM

    You are doing great my friend. The weight is coming off and you have chosen a healthy life-style. You are making fantastic choices emoticon Keep up the great work that you are doing...because it is definately working for you!!!! emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 4/14/2009 2:57PM

    I think that you truly have adopted a healthy lifestyle - for life! You have picked such a healthier way of living than the surgery, Congrats.

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DELHSI 4/14/2009 1:38PM

    Love your blog. I think that the biggest reason people put the weight back on is because they didn't make all of the emotional changes on the inside that needs to be made. It's more then just losing weight. Like you said, it's changing that relationship with food. It's a journey that I am constantly embracing and working on. I'm glad you've gotten rid of the past - it opens up a wonderful future!


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Reflecting back on the last year.

Monday, April 13, 2009

It has been almost a year since I started my weight loss journey. As I think back to the beginning I am sooo thankful that I have stuck with it. My patience and hard work has really payed off. I have lost 125 pounds. Wow, it is a big accomplishment. I feel sooo much better. I can do things that I thought I would never be able to do again. As each month goes by it gets better and better. Almost every day someone stops me and tells me how good I look. They ask me how did I do it. Honestly, it wasn't hard.

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CLOWN54 4/15/2009 10:51PM

    my story is similar to yours. Congratulations on such a great weight loss and journey back to yourself. I'm going to e-mail you.

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SHIRLEYX 4/13/2009 7:14PM

    You are an inspiration both because of your awesome weight loss and because you are so supportive and helpful. Congrats on the weight loss.

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ZOWIENUT1 4/13/2009 5:13PM

    Congrats! You inspire me!

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