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I ran the 8k!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

This morning was the 8k that I signed up for a few months ago. It started at 7am, so last night I was in bed just after nine and slept soundly till around 2. I woke up and could not go back to sleep (nerves), so I got up after a while of tossing and turning and watched tv and then had something to eat (wheat bagel with peanut butter and banana which is my go-to meal before running) and got ready.

We left just before 6am and when we got there it was so crowded downtown and many streets were blocked off. Finally we found a place to park and then we walked over to where the start of the race would be. It was SO cold this morning, in the 30s, and so I jumped up and down and ran in place to warm up. My toes were already numb and my fingers felt frozen even though I had on gloves.

It was pretty annoying at first, because I was in the last corral, which was 4. When I signed up a while back I had no idea how long it would take me, so I guessed an hour and 10 minutes. My times for running at home were usually just over an hour, so I should have been higher up, like in corral 3, but that's ok. The only thing is the walking groups would walk in a line straight across (like groups of 5), and it was hard to get around them. It finally thinned out and I kept a steady pace and it was almost effortless for a while, which really surprised me. I am used to running in my neighborhood where there are a lot of hills, and this was all flat, except for the very end which was downhill and awesome!

Along the way I warmed up fast and my toes finally weren't numb anymore. My hands were SO cold the whole time, but other than that I felt fine. I kept doing my deep breathing and when we got to mile 4 I decided to speed things up because I realized I could finish in under an hour. For the last 3/4 of a mile I ran as hard as I could, and by the end was out of breath. Everyone who crossed the finish line got a little medal, which is really cute, and some water and they had tons of food. I got a bagel and a fruit cup. I felt really good and got my breath back fast (which I think shows just how fit I've gotten, and seriously, I think I could have run another mile) and we walked over to see more people finish, and hung around to see the winners of the half marathon, which started a half hour after the 8k. A guy ran it in like an hour and 3 minutes or something! It was amazing to watch how lightening fast they were.

After a while I started to get chilly, because it was still really cold and my clothes were damp from perspiration, so we decided to head home. I showered and am now writing this blog. :)

I really enjoyed the experience and definitely want to do more races. It was neat how they had bands along the way and how people would cheer. When we hadn't even gone half way yet, we saw through the buildings that people were already on their way back, (the winner finished in 22 minutes!) and a lady beside me laughed and said, "I guess we're not winning that $1000 prize. LOL

My husband got a few photos. There were so many people that he said he almost missed me. Coming in to the finish, the sun was in your face, and I was just trying to get through, so didn't know where he was and hoped he'd see me, which he did.

If you go by the time they had up, it said I finished in 1 hour and 2 minutes. However, they started the clock when the first corrall went through and so us in the back didn't get to the starting threshold until a couple minutes later! That is when I started my garmin and started to run and weave in and out of people. When I clicked my watch after crossing the finish line, it showed my time as 59 minutes, so that is the time I am counting, and not the time they had since for those few minutes we were standing there while the clock ticked away. I was hoping to do it in an hour or under, and I did! I am so excited and proud of myself. Back in March I ran my first mile and it took me like 14 minutes, and now I can run 5 miles without stopping. This is not something I thought I could ever do, or would ever want to attempt to do.

ETA: My official chip time was 58 mins 44 secs! I checked on their website. I can't believe I did this in under an hour.

I feel really happy today and proud of how far I've come. emoticon I worked so hard and it paid off!

Showing Jeff my medal. I hadn't gotten it around my neck yet, because my fingers were practically numb and it was hard to do that.

Proud of my medal, even though everyone who finished got one. :)

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SMILESHINE81 12/1/2011 7:14PM

    I am not sure how I missed this blog - I was thinking of you today and checked your page and saw this. Congratulations!! That is so awesome!

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JANIEWWJD 11/21/2011 2:47AM

    You did an awesome job!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! emoticon

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MAWDOT35 11/16/2011 10:44PM

    I'm so proud of you, Elizabeth!!! You've trained and prepared for races and you have ran really well!!! You continue to lose weight and before you know it, you will arrive at the perfect weight for YOU!!!!
Thanks for blogging about the race!

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WADINGMOOSE 11/15/2011 10:37AM

    I'm ridiculously happy for you. So great that you ran in under an hour! Thanks for sharing your experience. It's so motivating!

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KLONG8 11/14/2011 12:43PM

    Aren't races exciting? And what an accomplishment - that's pretty darn fast. Enjoy the experience. What's next?

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KROLES55 11/14/2011 11:09AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment!

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-GIRLONFIRE- 11/13/2011 11:59PM

    Congratulations on your run! I love how races make you feel like you're on top of the world. It's unlike any other exercising experience out there! I hope you have a good week!

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GRUMBLEGIRL 11/13/2011 5:35PM

    Well Done! You should be proud of yourself and treat yourself to a pedicure or a new pair of warm running gloves!!

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BCARSON11 11/13/2011 11:59AM

    Congratulations on a successful race! emoticon

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LUCKYPRESENCE 11/13/2011 10:49AM

    WOW!! I am trying really hard to build the endurance to begin to run. Right now, I cannot run a mile without stopping several times to walk. I just need to believe more in myself. emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 11/13/2011 10:15AM

    YAY!!!! You look FAB!!! :) Your success continues to inspire me!!!

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KRISTEENBBW 11/13/2011 12:47AM

    I'm so proud of you!

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BONOLICIOUS2 11/12/2011 11:54PM

    But you FINISHED and now have an awesome medal to prove it! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!! Give yourself a big pat on the back with those frozen fingers (which are hopefully thawed out by now!)

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MRSFARMER79 11/12/2011 10:34PM

    Congratulations I know you feel awsome.

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    Congratulations! You earned that medal.

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BLOSSOM2344 11/12/2011 12:32PM

    emoticon So glad you had a great day! Congratulations.

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FLFITBEE 11/12/2011 12:01PM

    Wooo-hoooo! So happy for you! You did it in less than an hour!!
For some races, you wear a chip on your shoes that activates when you cross the starting line, so they can tell what your individual time is. Good thing you started your Garmin! I hope you are enjoying your well-deserved runner's high!

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KITTY_M 11/12/2011 11:57AM

    Congratulations on completing another race! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/12/2011 11:49AM

    Elizabeth, I am SO proud of you! You SHOULD be proud of that medal, even if everyone got them. YOU ran and had an excellent time, btw! Thanks so much for sharing your pocs and your story, this is what's going to keep me going at the Turkey Trot in a couple weeks!

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CRYSTALLEAH 11/12/2011 11:33AM

  Way to go! This sounds like so much fun! Glad you had a great run today. Love the pictures.

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Running, Fall, Stress, Relief, Excitement

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ok, so this blog is going to cover a lot of areas I've been thinking about lately. I feel like I've been so busy lately, so I haven't blogged as much.

I've been training for an 8k for the past couple months and I feel ready. I can run the whole way, although I am not fast. The fastest I've done it is 62 minutes. My neighborhood is very hilly in spots, and I've noticed when I do races that I tend to be a lot faster there, so I am hoping that I can do this race in an hour or under. I guess we'll see! I feel worn out lately from everything that has been going on and the training has been strenuous, but I feel good at the same time. It will be nice to go back to running when I feel like it instead of following a schedule.

The weather here has been just how I like it. Chilly and brisk, but with some sunny days and cool nights. I love the fall and how the air feels, and it has made running so much easier, because I suck at running in the heat. I feel I can breathe better. This past weekend we went to a botanical garden and walked around for a few hours and it was so beautiful, and it just made me happy. I can walk around for hours and not be tired, and my kids are the ones who are now tired before me. :)

I haven't talked about this a whole lot, but I've always had a lot of stress where my son is concerned. He has ADD and had a hard time in school in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The more I learn about it, the more I feel I can help him. I've read a lot of books and he's been in therapy and started medication, which is helping. I was hesitant to put him on medication, and did not make the decision lightly, but his ability to focus is very impaired, so much so that he barely scored on the chart on the tests the psychologists gave him. It was so upsetting because he's a smart child and can do the work, but to him sitting still and finishing a worksheet is so hard. He fidgets and falls out of his chair and stares at things around him. Noises distract him. So, since he started the meds he can actually finish his work in a more timely manner. His grades are so good and his teacher had nothing but good things to say at the conference I had with her the other day. His teacher told me he's very bright, and a deep thinker. She also said he's reading at the level they expect them to be at the end of the year! So, he's ahead. This teacher seems to have a good approach with how she teaches and relates to the kids and he isn't miserable going to school every day, which before would break my heart. So, some stress has been alleviated and I don't feel as worried about him as I was. There are still hard days, but it's much better than it was. We don't feel so lost when it comes to dealing with him and his behaviors. He's still in therapy and I think that is helping too. We all go as a family.

When my cat was sick, I felt very stressed worrying about him all the time. Then when he died, I was very sad. I'd had him for more than 12 years, since he was a kitten, so it was hard to say goodbye. Although I was sad to lose him, I felt a sense of relief that he was no longer sick and I wasn't having to worry about him every day. My son has been taking it pretty hard, as he's a pretty sensitive child, but I think it's getting easier for him.

I don't know what's up with my body lately, but I am not losing like I was a month ago. I gained a pound and over the last week and a half my weight has not budged at all. I have been within my calories every single day, except Halloween, and working out hard. Sometimes the weeks I work out hard, I don't lose. I am not sure why. But, I have the next 2 days off to rest before the race Sat, so maybe that will help since it's a change. I have been adding in more protein, drinking a lot of water, taking my vitamins. I have faith I'll be losing again, but it sometimes annoys me how easily I seem to gain weight and can work so hard and the scale doesn't budge. When this happens I will suddenly sometimes lose like 3 pounds in a week, so we'll see. I am trying not to obsess about it. Yesterday I had a bad moment where I got a little upset. I don't have a winter coat and haven't found one that is affordable, but we were at Costco getting some things and they had some. I was disappointed that the XL, which was the biggest size they had, didn't fit me. I can wear XL in many brands, but these didn't fit. I could get them on and zipped, but it was so tight that I thought I might burst the zipper if I bent down. I felt like crying, because I hate that I STILL can't just buy clothes from wherever I want. My stomach seems to bulge out even more than before, I don't know if it's because of the extra skin or what, but it's annoying. I know I shouldn't get upset over it, and that one day I will be able to buy what I want, but it just really bothered me.

These next few weeks are going to be exciting. My husband and daughter both have birthdays this month, and we have Thanksgiving. Next month when my son is out for vacation we are going to Disneyworld! I can't wait! I have never been on a plane before and haven't really been many places, and this will be our first big vacation. We never had a honeymoon or anything, so I am really looking forward to going for a whole week. We are also going to Universal Studios and I can't wait to ride the Harry Potter ride!

So, that's what's going on with me. I am looking forward to the next couple months and am going to work really hard to stay on track with my eating. That is always the hardest thing for me. I have no problem making sure I get my workouts in, but eating out seems to really affect me even when I am in my calories.

I hope you all are doing great!

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JANIEWWJD 11/9/2011 11:50PM

    I hope you have a great vacation without any stress. You deserve it. Have fun and think only of good things!!!!!
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BBORDEN86 11/9/2011 10:36PM

    I really hope you have a BLAST on vacation!! You and your family BOTH deserve it.

I'm so glad your son is doing better in school, especially with having ADD. It's tough to get the right medicines, and understanding teachers to help along kids like your son. : ) I bet that is a HUGE relief for you.

Sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. : (

I can relate on the up/down scale movement, but a lot of mine is due to lack of motivation lately and NOT exercising. Hopefully we both can find the right combination of those efforts to help us LOSE again. : )

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DARKTHOR 11/9/2011 10:09PM

    I don't know anyone (not on Biggest Loser) who hasn't had their weight loss slow down at some point. It sounds like you're doing the right thing, tweak a few things and keep doing what you know is right. Maybe mix in some sort of exercise you aren't used to, to catch your body off guard?

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MACKIEFISMOM 11/9/2011 6:21PM

    No worries! I bought pants at Salvation Army a few weeks ago, sizes 6, 9, and 10?? What? I know it's a bummer, but don't let it get you down. Look at how far you've come. Hope you have a fabulous time at Disney!! It's an amazing place :) We went in August, for the first time, and loved every second! Be prepared to walk till you drop, eat like a queen, and have such a blast!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/9/2011 3:54PM

    My son has ADD as well, and he also has learning disabilities. I understand the struggle to keep him in a chair for more than a few minutes. He was put on meds this year (2nd grade) and I've seen a big difference. Sometimes modern science does what nothing else can. Don't stress over the clothes, it will all work out. Speaking of working out... are you eating enough on the days you work out so hard? I have had issues when I don't eat enough, and the scale goes up. Just a thought. I'm so jealous about Disney, you're going to have so much fun!

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MAWDOT35 11/9/2011 2:33PM

    You have a lot going on! That's good news about your son's improvement. I know y'all will have a great time at Disney World!!!
I've been sort of stuck on the same number it seems. I'm slimming down, little by little. Busy lately seaming up my clothes so they fit better:-)
Don't fret about sizes! They really don't mean much. Too bad the clothing people can't use the same measurements!! I have several sizes of clothes...just depends on the brand!
Wishing you the best run ever,

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BMCKEOW1 11/9/2011 1:47PM

    I can completely relate to the struggle with the scale. I've hit sort of a block, and I'm working to get passed it. We both can do it, and before you know it you'll be in costco trying on a coat and it will fit with room to spare. It's not going to happen over night but it will happen for both of us. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/9/2011 1:10PM

    That is excellent news about your son and in my opinion you sure make the best choice in giving him the medication.

Stress is tough but you are doing a good job of dealing with it.

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BONOLICIOUS2 11/9/2011 12:51PM

    Awwwwww girl, no stress over that coat. I feel like sizes can be so fickle and you never know when an XL might fit like a M or vice versa. It isn't a total reflection of you. It doesn't say how far you have come. It doesn't show that you can now RUN an 8k. Sometimes even super skinny people walk into a store and can't find something that fits right - don't blame yourself or your weight!

SOOOO JEALOUS about Disneyworld! I just went for the first time this year and it is AWESOME! You are going to have SO much fun!!!!

Good luck on the race this weekend! You will do fabulously!

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I am not dieting, and that is why I've lost weight.

Friday, October 14, 2011

This probably sounds crazy to a lot of people who want to lose weight, but I have not gone on a diet. I know that when I used to hear the words, "lifestyle change" I wanted to cringe. To me that was just a fancy, nicer way of saying DIET.

In less than 18 months I have lost 110 pounds. To some that may seem like a lot, and others may wonder why in that time I couldn't lose more. We see shows like The Biggest Loser where contestants drop 10 or more pounds a week. In the real world that is completely unrealistic. Most of us can't spend hours a day working out and would feel like we were suffering on an extremely low calorie DIET.

When I found Sparkpeople, and then read The Spark, something just clicked. Everything I read made sense to me. You see, I, like many other overweight people, had been on many diets. I'd lose some weight, but I'd always gain it back. The reason is all or nothing thinking. You are losing weight, doing well on your plan, and you go out one night and eat too much for dinner. Instead of saying, "So, I had one big meal, I'll work out extra and get right back on track, " we think, "UGH I ate way too much. I have failed and might as well eat whatever I want now." Then you give up. The same thing happens with exercise if you miss a day or take some time off. What you have to remember is that no one gets through their weight loss journey being perfect. Giving up because of one mistake doesn't make any sense.

Another thing that people are surprised about is that I still eat "normal" food, like pizza, cake, ice cream, cookies, whatever. I just don't eat those things ALL the time. Denying yourself completely of anything you like will eventually cause you to binge, and when you deny yourself for a long time, you end up white knuckling it instead of actually changing your lifestyle. When I decided to do this, I decided I was going to eat better, and I changed a lot of what I ate. I choose healthier snacks, and I gave up soda, which was a main reason I was packing on the pounds. Before going to restaurants I look up nutritional info and I will often turn down a lot of things that I don't want to spend my calories on. It's about choice. You are allotted a certain amount of calories, and you choose how to spend them. I set aside calories most days for something sweet, and I never feel deprived, or worse, guilty for eating something. Guilt just keeps causing you to overeat.

I do not eat an extremely low amount of calories, and so I don't lose weight super fast, but that is not what this is about. As soon as you accept that your weight will not come off overnight, it gets easier and you will not give up when the scale refuses to move, which I think happens to everyone at some point. I know people that try to diet and they are eating 1000 calories or less, so they give up, and it's no wonder because they are essentially starving themselves! No one can sustain that for very long. It's ok to eat and enjoy your food within reason. I normally eat 1600-1700 calories a day right now, and when I first started losing weight I was eating close to 2000. I could eat less and lose weight faster, but sometimes I want to take my kids to get frozen yogurt and not have to worry about it.

I've learned that to truly change your lifestyle, you have to make choices that you can consistently stick with. If you can't sustain these things long term, it's not going to work. I see people get all gung ho about losing weight and decide to work out for an hour a day, every single day and eat nothing but salads and fruit and they give up after a week or two.

Everyone has to start somewhere. At first I decided to just start walking a few times a week. That was enough of a work out for me and as I felt like doing more, I did. You start to want to do more and more the stronger you get. The first thing I did as far as my nutrition was to give up soda, which wasn't easy. I used to drink 5 or 6 cokes a day! So, I started drinking water and tracked it on my water tracker and then as the weeks went by I no longer craved soda. Then I just was more mindful about tracking what I ate, which is eye opening when you see how many calories are actually in things. I watched portions and tried ways of making my favorite foods healthier to save on calories and just be healthier in general. If I was really craving something, like ice cream or cookies, I would just budget some calories for them.

It probably sounds too simple, but it really isn't as hard as it seems, and you have to do it gradually. The biggest key in losing weight is getting control of your mind. The part of your brain that tells you that you can't do it. You have to learn to tell yourself positive things and be consistent and committed to get what you want. No one else can do this for you, and you have to be honest with yourself and acknowledge the truth about your bad habits.

Sometimes I get in a mood and can feel resentful of people who can eat like pigs and not gain weight. They can go out and have a huge dinner that would make me gain 2 pounds, and it isn't fair and it sucks, but that's the way it is. I remind myself that just because some people may not look unhealthy, is doesn't mean they aren't. When I choose something that is good for me, I feel good knowing I am taking care of my body and giving it what it needs.

Another thing that surprised me is how you start to really crave healthy foods! I have always liked fruits and veggies, but now I crave them. That's not to say I never crave cake or ice cream, but not nearly as bad as I used to. It's enjoyable for me to go to the store and pick out nice fresh food and come up with something healthy and tasty to eat. This doesn't mean I am perfect. This is another thing I think many people do..they decide they will only eat fresh, organic food and try to be perfect making everything from scratch (again, this is all or nothing thinking!) and then when they don't keep up with it, they feel like a failure and give up. I buy a lot of fresh foods, but I also get things canned or frozen to make life easier on nights I am not up to cooking. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this, and it has worked for me, so I will continue to do it. It's preferable to me to make most of what I eat, but I do keep a few lean cuisines on hand, canned soups and some frozen veggies for sides. Most of what I eat is healthy, and for the first time in my life I feel good about food. There isn't this constant guilt associated with eating. Living that way is miserable and then stuffing yourself because you're guilty or ashamed or unhappy only makes it worse. It's a vicious cycle and I know how hard it is to break.

In no way do I think I am perfect or that I have mastered this. I've come to realize that I will have to be careful with how I eat for the rest of my life so I don't gain weight. Sometimes it's a daunting thought, but I know I can and will do it. There are still days I am tempted to overeat, and I still keep certain trigger foods out of the house, but I am light years from where I was. In the past if I made cookies, I'd just keep eating them every time I went in the kitchen. Most of the time now I can have a few and then we have them for a few days instead of one day. Balance can be hard to achieve, but I finally feel like I have found mine. Never in my life have I been more certain of myself and my capabilities, and never have I felt so good and hopeful for the future. I used to hear people say, "If I can do it, anyone can." Well, now I find myself saying that, because I truly did not believe at first that I could, but when you commit yourself to change and start seeing results, that is what will make you want to keep going.

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CINDERSJR 6/12/2012 4:55PM

  What I appreciated about your blog is that you are using the same weight loss method as I am. Don't Diet, Live it!
I've managed to lose almost 55 lbs. in the last 4 yrs. (That's nearly another Me. I'm only 5' 2" ) by simply telling myself that I'm not a garbage pail and I don't have to dump everything I see that's in front of me into my mouth and that I deserve to enjoy moving my body.
When people compliment me and ask how I've done it I simply reply " I've chosen to eat less, eat healthier and move more".
I follow the Calories In (portion size and quality of food.), Calories out (exercise, use the fuel you consume.) method.
In other words don't consume more food than you can utilize as energy.
Keep strong and keep on carrying the Spark!

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    I really liked this blog! I can totally relate to it! I am motivated by the fact that you aren`t just saying these things but living them. I hope to one day inspire someone like you have inspired me today! Keep up the good work...or should I say the good life style! emoticon

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TESSIKO 11/30/2011 12:09PM

  I like your ideas.....I have to learn to stick to it also....thanks for the inspiration.

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STEPHFT 11/29/2011 2:05PM

    Wow, it is stories like this that make people re-evaluate their lives. Thank you for posting this. As I was reading this story, I was amazed at how much I can relate to it. I've started on my weight lost journey today too and I hope that someday I will find my balance just like you did! truly inspirational.

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BARLEYBATEY3 11/24/2011 2:48PM

  emoticon Thanks for sharing. The lessons learned can be applied to any challenge. Consistent small changes over time can lead to major results

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FLASHFRY 11/11/2011 9:37PM

  Thank you for sharing. It gives me some hope. I am just starting my weight loss journey. I have about a hundred pounds to lose. I am finding it hard but am persisting and the fact that you did it gives me hope and the willpower to keep on keeping on.Lol. Thanks again and all the best. emoticon

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MICHELVI1 11/1/2011 9:53AM

  What a wonderful story and so motivating. As I was reading it, I felt as though I could have been the one writing it. I am only at the beginning of my journey...I have lost 5 pounds and 7 inches off my body in one month. This may not seem like much to some, but for me, it is the first time I have achieved this without feeling derived or like I'm on a diet. I reduced my portions, increased my exercise and make sure that I stay in my calorie range by eating regular foods and being mindful of good food choices, low calorie cooking and little treats when I feel like it. It's amazing, I've lost weight a lot faster using other methods but never felt like I could stick with it until I tried I only have around 20 more pounds to lose but big or small, the journey is still the same. It's nice to hear more and more people come to the realization that slow and steady wins the race!!! Keep the faith!!!!

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AWILSON771 10/31/2011 12:59PM

    What a motivational post. Thank you for your honesty, sometimes we need to hear that even the people who are super successful in weightloss face daily challenges. I hope to slowly make these changes and see a difference without starving myself or working myself to exhaustion. Changes need to be realistic in order to stick.

Thanks again and congratulations!

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TOASTIE 10/31/2011 12:10PM

    Sounds like you have figured out how to work with your body instead of fighting against it. Ultimately, our bodies need and want healthy food and exercise, and a little bit of treats. Our bodies don't like a deprivation diet, but they also don't like a steady diet of junk food.

Thanks for the inspirational post!

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POUTEAUX 10/30/2011 9:10PM

  In the last three years I have lost 58 lb using the skills given to me on the web site... My friends laughed when the dinner plate went to the closet and I bought small children plate into the kitchen ,,,bowls only hold 6 ounces of food... pop not bought anymore.. water and lemon ... or green tea and ginger root for a change
Salads are eaten at every meal lemon and olive oil for dressing,,my cucumber are snacks
,, we load up on mushroom and celery in you need a snack... Frozen desserts are now ,, frozen berry puree with yogurt and frozen in small cups about 4 ounces,,, great snack no sugar,,, love to eat but i had to change ,, walking is a passion that I lost when I was busy running after my family... now I walk in the mall with my headset to relax,,, good luck with your weight lost,, its possible
Brenda Rae

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NGLOWEY 10/30/2011 1:01PM

    Thank you for your insight. I get very depressed also and think I cannot do it. This is a mind set that has to change. But starting by walking 3x a week, I can do.
Thanks again. emoticon

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MAC7755 10/29/2011 9:42AM

  I am "stuck" in my weight loss and feeling like giving up. Good for you for sticking with your plan and making it work. You have inspired me to work towards my goal.

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VEROONICA 10/29/2011 8:07AM

  very inspiring and encouraging.Thanks emoticon

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MERRYROBYN 10/28/2011 5:50PM

    No matter how long it took, what matters is that you made those changes and the daily commitment to lose 110 lbs!!!!

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HHASSAN 10/27/2011 9:20AM

    Thanks for your inspiring blog.

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MIMI4150 10/27/2011 8:48AM

  Your words ring true. The biggest enemy in the battle is in our own minds. We have to change the way we think about food. It is fuel to keep our bodies healthy and working not something to "self-medicate" with. I am a dieting failure many times over, but I keep trying. Maybe your words will help me get it right. thanks for sharing

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MARYANNEHILL 10/26/2011 3:22PM

    Wonderful blog,my sister and I came into this with the same mindset as you.We are both slowly losing weight and we know that this is a life style change.Keep up the good work.

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YNOTSWEETP1 10/25/2011 9:05PM

    This is what I have been needing to hear. I thought I was alone in feeling this way about food. I don't get on Spark People every day, but I keep coming back. I can't say that about other diets or webb pages. Thanks for the encouraging words. I am so happy for you.

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PATTIJOR74 10/25/2011 7:10PM

    This is great! I am currently on a path of making a "life style change". It is so much nicer than being on a dreadful DIET!! I have lost more weight doing this, and I am actually in a good mood! Diet's make me MAD!
Congrats on your success!!

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TEAMMOM2585 10/25/2011 5:31PM

    How inspiring are you!!! I love this blog. A friend of my use our spark book like the sisterhood of the traveling pants, but it's the traveling SP book. I just got it back from her in the mail and can't wait to start reading it again after reading your blog.

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SUZIEQ1961 10/21/2011 2:44PM

    Thank you for the great blog. Congratulatons on your success. Slow and steady does win the race. emoticon

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MANILUS 10/20/2011 9:45PM

    Amazing entry. I find so many of these things true in my own experience. Congrats on your success and your point of view!

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SWEETTOOTH712 10/20/2011 6:40PM

    Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing. You've done an incredible job without being on a diet! Congrats!


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COUNTRY_BUMPKIN 10/20/2011 8:24AM

    What a wonderful blog! Fantastic advice and a great attitude. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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LILYBEE08 10/19/2011 10:31PM

    Your blog is so inspiring, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. It really puts it all in focus, that it's not easy, it doesn't happen over night and why would you give up if you fell off for 1 day???? Thanks for the uplifting messages.
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NCSUE0514 10/19/2011 8:03PM

    Wow. How inspiring. Thank you for sharing your "testimony", and for reminding us to cherish each step forward!!!

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BMCKEOW1 10/19/2011 4:11PM

    I love your blog. I'm training myself to think more like this. It's not an all or nothing thing. When I started this journey two months ago, I had to tell myself this isn't a diet, diets don't work for me. This is about changing my life, getting healthier. I'd be lying if I said the scale never enters my thoughts, but I try to be more concerned with feeling better, and things like that instead. Thanks so much for the blog.

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LALAR62 10/19/2011 3:21PM

    Thia is so encouraging and upbeat message for me. I have been down on myself since putting on 35 1bs in a few months.

I feel good about what I am starting and taking it one day at at time.

Thanks for sharing!

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MISOTU 10/19/2011 12:06PM

    Really good blog. And I think 110 pounds in 18 months is terrific! emoticon

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RENEEW2010 10/19/2011 11:51AM

    I love this! Thank you for sharing!!!

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FEELINGGREAT38 10/19/2011 7:00AM

    Very Inspiring :)

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CATHYS47 10/18/2011 10:06PM

    This is great advice and I may copy and paste a few of your points to carry with me! It's very similiar to the tips my online trainer has given and it's all so practical! Thank you for sharing emoticon

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TUDI4480 10/18/2011 9:51PM

    emoticon Great blog! Great insights! emoticon emoticon

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TEACHLIZARD 10/18/2011 9:35PM

    THANK YOU! I really needed to find your blog today. Thank you for all you said that was oh so true. Been one of those bad days, all week. And just tonight, I was found myself doubting myself and was trying to convince myself that I'm here for life not a temporary fix. So, again, thank you!

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GODDESS181 10/18/2011 9:31PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey. This is the road I am trying to follow. Thanks for the reinforcement. Congrats on your success.
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ADDYSGETTINFIT 10/18/2011 8:14PM

    Love your blog post, hon! It rings so true with me.

And congrats on all your work and hard earned progress! Way to go!

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MZSUZANNE 10/18/2011 7:26PM

    Wow .. great message! Kudos!

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REDNECK-COWGIRL 10/18/2011 5:50PM

    This I think is a must read post for anyone on spark, puts things in perspective and makes it simple and easy to understand. We all wish the weight was off now, but that is not healthy or unrealistic. I added you too.

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AMBERNICHOLE3 10/18/2011 3:36PM

    Wonderful blog! I just added you as a friend!

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CAPEBRETONMOM 10/18/2011 3:14PM

    Thank you so much for this! It is something that I've slowly come to realize for myself, and it is so encouraging to see that it actually worked (quite well!) for someone else. It gives me hope that I can do it, too, even through the chaos of everyday life :)

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NURSEMODE 10/18/2011 2:42PM

  your blog is wonderful. congrats on weightloss!!!

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KEEPITUP05 10/18/2011 2:12PM

    Awesome blog! I totally agree! Everything in moderation! Nothing should be off limits. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSBETH76 10/18/2011 2:00PM

    Fantastic and so inspiring. Thank you!

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CHLOESUE 10/18/2011 1:10PM

    Great advice in your blog.Congratulaions on your weight loss.I also look at it as a way of life and not a diet.Thank you for your encouraging words.You are such an inspiration to everyone.

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GWENNIE56 10/18/2011 1:08PM

  You are my hero. ....thanks for saying what we all needed to hear!

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TRIPPENDICUL4R 10/18/2011 11:05AM

    Great blog! Thanks so much for sharing!

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HEAVENSENT60 10/18/2011 10:01AM

  THANKS... good advice, somethings are just that REAL and you said it all!!! Thks Again!! I'll going to give it my all..... emoticon

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CHRIS722 10/18/2011 9:32AM

    Thank you for sharing! You are an inspiration! The more we hear this message the easier it is to start to follow the same path.

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You know how sometimes you just feel really happy?

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Well, lately I feel that way a lot!

This morning I was just feeling really happy. My husband and I went to a halloween haunt at a theme park last night, and had a lot of fun. It made me happy that I can ride roller coasters again and walk around for hours and not feel wiped out. My kids are at their grandparent's for the next few hours and it's nice to have some time on my own to think and do what I like, uninterrupted. I'm an introverted person, and I enjoy being by myself a lot, which many people mistake for being anti-social, but I'm not.

As I was folding laundry and having some coffee, I just thought about life, my own in particular. There is so much in my life that I am thankful for. I find myself much happier and able to deal with stress than before. I've always been an anxious person, and often used food to cope, but the realization that I do not NEED to eat to feel better has been so life-changing for me. If there is a problem, I CAN face it instead of trying to forget it by stuffing myself with oreos.

One member commented on my blog that I'd lost 1/3 of my weight, and wow, I just didn't think of it that way. Losing all this weight and changing my life has made me realize that I am capable of more than I ever imagined. Things don't bother me as much as they used to. I've always been a sensitive person and I let things get to me, and now I find myself just able to let it go. Not always, mind you, but I am much better about it. I remember a guidance counselor in elementary school telling us to let our worries roll off our backs like water off a duck. I've never forgotten her, how she smelled, like roses, and how she always had a big smile and was in a cheery mood. I've always tried to do that, and now I feel like I am more able to do that than I ever was before. Perhaps it's that I'm older, or tougher, or just more positive because I've accomplished so much, but I feel ready to take on the challenges that come up. I'm more patient with my kids, my husband, with strangers. I don't find myself getting angry as often, and it's a wonderful feeling. The feeling of peace.

A few years ago, I read a book called A New Earth. Much of what was written in that book resonated with me. I've often found that many people do not live in the moment, and I was guilty of that sometimes, too. Throughout my life I've always tried to find the good in things, even when things seemed so hopeless I didn't know how I'd get out of it. I think that quote, "Stop and smell the roses" is a very powerful one, because we often fail to see the beauty around us, and we ignore the good we have in our lives and focus all our energy on the bad. It's easy to be happy when everything is going well, but I feel like when you can have so many struggles and love life despite them, then you are truly happy. My Dad was like this. He had a hard life, but he always knew how to have a good time and enjoy that time, because whether or not you sat and moped or decided to make the best of things, problems are still there, life goes on.

Sometimes I think people look at me, on here, or facebook, or just anyone who knows me, and they think I must be always positive and upbeat and just one of those people who doesn't worry and is always bubbly. I am not always like that. I've not had an easy life, not that anyone does, but I've gone through a lot in my life, and even though it's been so hard at times, I've always learned from my mistakes and the value of hard work and determination. I will always fight for what I what I believe is right, and I do not care who dislikes me for it. My convictions are strong, and although I have doubted my abilities at times, I have always known who I am, and what my purpose is in life, and that is to love other people. I know that sounds corny, but since I was young child, I always felt that my purpose in life was to take care of things. That is what I am good at. The mistake I made was thinking in order to do that, I had to neglect myself. What I've learned is that in taking better care of myself, I am more able to love everyone else and take better care of them. To me, nurturing my kids, the relationship with my husband, our pets, being there for friends, that is what my purpose is in life.

I read somewhere once that if you can find joy in even the most mundane tasks, you can be happy. This is SO true. I remind myself all the time to enjoy the little things in life. As I fold the laundry and put it away, I try not to think of it as some annoying thing I have to do, but that I can take joy and pride in the fact that we have clean clothes that are always ready when we need them. When I make a dinner, I try to think of how healthy it will be and that I saved money making it. When I have to clean up, I remind myself that when the little things are in order, you can focus more on the big things. People have looked at me like I'm crazy when I say these things, but I believe in them.

Balance in life is often hard to achieve, but I feel like I am getting better and better at it. Even when I am feeling sad, I remind myself that I am still happy. I am allowed to feel my feelings, and it's ok, but a bad thing, or day or week won't kill me. There is still joy inside me no matter how hard life is.

Right now I am sitting on my porch, one of my favorites places, and I'm listening to the birds. My dog is laying on my feet, there is a gentle cool breeze blowing, the sun is shining, and I am happy to be in this moment. No one can take this joy from me. Learn to relish the simple things, and you will have joy. Being out in nature is what calms and centers me. I am constantly reminded that the world is more than me, and if you stop to look you can see beauty almost anywhere.

I hope you're all having a lovely day, and remember, don't worry, be happy.

"Whatever you are, be a good one." Abraham Lincoln

"People are as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln

"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." -Eleanor Roosevelt.

"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile." Pierre Coneille

"I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters." Oprah Winfrey

They all attain perfection When they find joy in their work.
The Bhagavad Gita

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TERI212 10/19/2011 12:31AM

  Thank you for sharing all the information. I some times have a hard time thinking of new things to eat. I usually end up eating the same foods over and over.

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DAWNDMOORE40 10/16/2011 11:42AM

    emoticonI enjoy reading all of your blogs! They are such an inspiration to all of us! We are all here for the same purpose and not only that, but to lift each other up in the process! I would love to be friends with you on Facebook. If you want to just look me up and we can chat sometime. My name is Donde Moore. If you type that in, you should be able to find me ad request me as a frind! I hope you have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARKTHOR 10/12/2011 2:38AM

    Life is too short, too precious to waste it being unhappy when so often it is up to us to just find the positive beautiful things that surround us and celebrate and treasure them.

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HEALING_LORI 10/11/2011 2:40PM

    Thank You for sharing your thoughts! It's a nice reminder to stop and realize all the good that is still out there! So much focus is on the negative everywhere we go but if we choose to see the positives and all the beauty around us it will put us all in much better moods! Hope you don't mind that I've added you as a friend.... It's nice to keep in touch with positive people! Thanks Again! :)

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HANNAHV 10/11/2011 9:29AM

    WHat an emoticoninspirting blog! you are great! keep it up!

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MARLARELLA 10/10/2011 12:51PM

    I could so relate to this, I think we have very similar personalities! I have found myself more able to cope with stress than before as well, I think the food was a diversion so the stress was never really coped with before and finally I am meeting it head on and realizing that much of it isn't that bad!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/9/2011 10:47AM

    I just LOVE this blog! I think this journey probably changes a lot of people and their perspectives on live. To know how unhealthy we were and that we were essentially killing ourselves, really helps you look at life a new way. I love that we're doing this together. It makes things so much better when you surround yourself with people who are positive. Thank you! Have a fantastic day!
ps - I just realized I've lost a third of my weight!!!

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SMILESHINE81 10/8/2011 8:29PM

    Thanks for sharing this blog, what a great attitude! I love having you as a SparkFriend!

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BONOLICIOUS2 10/8/2011 7:53PM

    I love EVERYTHING about this blog post. Your current state sounds so peaceful. You could not be more right about appreciating each moment and savoring the little things. Too many people get caught up in life. They get hung up on so many things, when really, each day is a gift. We're lucky!

I am also a firm believer in that you need to send good into the universe in order to receive good in return. You never know when your "good" will touch someone else or bring about change. Thank you for sending your good into the world today!

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EASH5M 10/8/2011 2:55PM

    I feel a great bond with you and this blog, We are alot alike in so many ways.. I am so happy for you and keep smiling, your doing a great job!

Congrats on loosing a 1/3 of yourself. you look great!

Live in the moment...

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MAWDOT35 10/8/2011 2:25PM

    I am so proud of you and so happy for the success you have had! I love this blog..all of it! You express your feeling very well! I Heartily agree with everything you said as well as what PELESJEWEL said in her comment!
Keep on Sparking!

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MENNOLY 10/8/2011 2:16PM

    Incredibly wonderful blog. You are a very special person with incredible insights. I really enjoyed sharing your philosophy. Thank-you.

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PELESJEWEL 10/8/2011 1:52PM

    It makes me so happy to witness the happiness you have created for yourself on this journey. It's simply BEAUTIFUL. The Hawaiians have a saying "Manawa iki ola" which translates to "live in the moment". Once when I was troubled, an elderly woman shopping along side me at the farmers market, touched my hand and simply said "manawa iki ola". I looked up from the fruits I was sorting through and into her sparkling eyes. Time stood still for a second as she transferred her calm to me. In that instant I shifted back into the moment and felt the heaviness from my heart disapper. It was magical, powerful and unforgettable. Living in the moment is where life sparkles! Have a wonderful weekend!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 10/8/2011 1:33PM

    You are just awesome! I love everything about this blog and I'm super happy that you are happy!

I have 3 pounds to go to lose 1/3. Thank you for making me realize this!

Have a wonderful day!

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17 months and 108 lbs later (Photos)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tomorrow will be 17 months since I joined Sparkpeople. At that time I would think to myself, "If I can just lose 50 pounds it will be a miracle." I never used to believe that it was possible for me to lose 100 pounds. Never would I have believed I could run a mile or a whole 5k, or that I'd be training for an 8k! But, I knew I had to do something. I was approaching 30 and it made me realize how my life was going by and how I wouldn't get to live the life I wanted if I didn't change. I spent so much time worrying about everyone else that I left myself out, and never will I do that again.

I am so incredibly happy because on Monday I turn 31 and I am the healthiest and fittest I've ever been in my entire life! I am at the lowest weight I've ever been as an adult and can do things I never would have dreamed of attempting to do before. There is a confidence in me and a happiness that I didn't used to have. I've said it before that I don't think losing weight is the thing that solves all your problems or will bring you ultimate happiness, but it has made my life better, and for that I am so grateful. I don't worry about my health or how I will be able to do things. My life has changed so much and I've learned even more what is really important. We can have all the friends, money or material possessions in the world, but it all means nothing if you don't have your health.

Losing weight has made me look better, feel better and realize even more what I want out of life. There is a clarity there that I didn't have before. When you set goals and reach those goals, it is an amazing feeling, like nothing else I've ever experienced, because *I* did this. No one else but me. There have been many rough days along the way, and many moments where I've wanted to just give up, but I haven't. I know this will be a lifelong battle, but I know now how to do this and that I will not ever give up.

For anyone reading this, I hope that you will see that this is possible. I am just an ordinary wife and mom. I didn't have a personal trainer, take diet pills, have surgery, or have anyone forcing me to do this. All you have to do is make yourself a priority and stop making excuses, and you will see results.

People ask me all the time how I've done this, and I tell them this: You have to really want it. I got active on this site for motivation and to understand what I needed to do. I tracked my food and started exercising, and in the beginning walking a mile was a workout to me, and now I can run almost 5 miles. We all start somewhere, and no matter how out of shape or out of hope you are, realize that the power to do this lies within you. No one can take it from you or stop you if health is what you want.

I remember back before I started losing weight, I had this eeyore sweatshirt I wore all the time because it was comfy and it fit me. It was a 3x and I remember a time that it was snug on me. I had this in my closet still and decided to put it on to see how big it was on me, and I could not believe the difference! I knew it would be big, but I was amazed. So, I had my husband take a few photos of me this morning. I think you can really see how much of a difference losing 108 pounds has made. For the first time in so many years I am feeling ok with having my picture taken, and that feels great!

This was me before I lost weight, at around 325 lbs.

This is me today in that same 3x sweatshirt that I used to fill out. I now weigh 217 pounds!

From the side

I could fit another person in here

Me at 217 lbs

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CAROLJ35 12/14/2011 8:08AM

    An amazing story!!! Keep up the great work!

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BABBINA 10/20/2011 2:40AM

    yr blog post is truly beautiful & inspirational. It brought tears to my eyes. I started out arnd the same as u, 316 (was 320 before), 4 mths later, down to 294 (haven't been under 300 in so long...). Now I'm seeing how far a progress you've made in just 17 mths, amazing!! Keep up the good work!

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SEATOWN_GAL 10/12/2011 2:59PM

    emoticon Great job, you look amazing and are such an inspiration!


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PURPLESPARK89 10/12/2011 11:50AM

    This is wonderful!! Congratulations on all of your hard work! You look amazing :)

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MOMTHENURSE 10/12/2011 2:44AM

    So amazing! Way to go!

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LOVESTHEBEACH83 10/11/2011 10:03AM

    Wow that is awesome! Way to go!!!

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TEASTERWOOD08 10/11/2011 5:31AM

  emoticon Congrats !! You are an inspiration to me !!

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LYNETTEMOM 10/11/2011 2:16AM

    good for you!

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DOMESTICDORK 10/10/2011 12:07PM

    That is emoticon! Congrats!

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CORINNEMOMMY 10/10/2011 6:38AM

    WOW! emoticon

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HBUD75 10/10/2011 12:27AM

    Your story to my own and inspires and motivates me to keep going. Congratulations on your success thus far!

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BRENDAF761 10/9/2011 9:16PM

    All I can say is you look emoticon emoticon

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REDLACED 10/9/2011 1:22AM

    you have slammin' pins!

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MAREANNIE 10/9/2011 12:21AM

    Congrats on your success!! emoticon Best wishes to you as you continue your journey!

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SIMONBAKER 10/8/2011 5:22PM

    Congratulations!! You are a true inspiration.

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MONGO2TEN 10/8/2011 5:53AM

    You are an inspiration! Congratulations:)


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-SHE-WOLF- 10/8/2011 12:49AM

Well done on all your hard work you sure do look absolutely AWESOME!! Sometimes it takes just reading through a page and looking at someone like yourself who has worked hard through all the obstacles with the greatest of results.
I am sooo happy for all you have achieved, i am so proud for you!!!

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CYPATAYLOR2 10/7/2011 10:32PM

  You have done an awesome job and you look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
ons and keep up the great job!!!!!

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TIAMET2 10/7/2011 5:58PM

    Wow, that's a whole person. Great job!

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MELLYBEANS0919 10/7/2011 4:50PM

    Congrats!!! You look amazing!!

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Anyone losing 1/3 of their body weight has just proved something to themselves. You can do anything you want to worth doing.

Your attitude is great, your motivation (whatever that is for you) seems to be sky high, ane irregardless if you've gifted yourself for your achievements, I think you have received one of the best gifts of all - you are feeling OK about yourself and your body.

Keep being the fantastic person you are.

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JACKIESJ 10/7/2011 2:04PM

    Good for you! You look amazing!

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GIRL*IN*MOTION 10/7/2011 12:05PM

  Congratulations to you!!! You've done so amazing, but what I notice most about your pictures is how glowlingly happy you look. Keep up the great work!!

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TANRAZZ 10/7/2011 11:38AM

    Congratulations! And I love the sweet-faced pup in the background of your inspiring after shots!

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TRASEE 10/7/2011 8:54AM

    You look great!!! Congrats on your successful!!!

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JIMIPAGE29 10/7/2011 12:46AM

    congrats and best of luck with your continued success.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 10/6/2011 11:30PM

    emoticonJob,you look marvelously beautiful emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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JIBBIE49 10/6/2011 10:27PM

    This Month's Best Member Blogs

emoticonWhat an honor to have your Blog featured this month. You are an inspiration to so many others!! emoticon

I know you will get to your goal weight and stay there.

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DANCINGRITA2 10/6/2011 6:04PM

    emoticon Love that grin on your face!!! Bless your heart you do have to put yourself first when it comes to getting your health back. Keep up what your doing, I'm so impressed! emoticon Rita

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NKECHI711 10/6/2011 5:27PM

    Wow!!! Great Job!! emoticon emoticon

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RICHILA 10/6/2011 2:46PM

Spark On!

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GINA180847 10/6/2011 1:32PM

    I absolutely love your wallpaper. It is so elegant and inspiring. You are doing so well and I think your blog is my favorite. How wonderful that your children will benefit from your life lessons learned and that you will live to see them grow up and emulate what your life teaches them.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 10/6/2011 1:29PM

    Smiled ear to ear thinking of this wonderful journey of yours... and was especially pleased with one very VERY important sentence:
"All you have to do is make yourself a priority and stop making excuses, and you will see results."
Progress for some of us (older, limitations, metabolism, whatever the reason) may be slower than your incredible progess, but the above sentence is soooo true of all of us: whatever the pace!

Thank you for sharing...and.... congratulations on achieving such a wonderful reward for persisting: you are a new You!!

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JEAN111766 10/6/2011 1:08PM

    WOW!!! Fantastic!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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MARIO432 10/6/2011 12:41PM

    You are so right --- you want to have to do it. I am 61 yrs. old & I have been trying to lose weight since I've been 12. Last year something clicked, & I have a lost 77.5 & feel wonderful. Still have a little ways to go, but it doesn't seem so overwhelming anymore.
Congratulations on you weight loss & enjoy all the little things you couldn't do before, that you can do now.

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G-MA65 10/6/2011 12:26PM

  What a great story and I am so glad for you. Life is so much better when you can join in activities with your family. Keep up the good work!

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TARAANDRUSS 10/6/2011 11:50AM

    Way to go!!! Keep it up, girl. You're inspiring others that they can get their lives back too!!! Congratulations on your success thus far!!!

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SHARON-MARIE 10/6/2011 11:40AM

  Congratulations, MoonBird!

Awesome work!

Be blessed,

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THYCKNSWEET 10/6/2011 11:38AM

    way to go

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SGUARDIAN 10/6/2011 11:34AM

    You are so inspiring! Your words are exactly what I needed this morning! THANK YOU

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CURVY_CINDY 10/6/2011 11:01AM

    You look very HAPPY...I am very glad you accomplished loosing over 100 lbs...look at your huge smile... emoticon

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LADYHAWKES 10/6/2011 10:47AM

    Great blog, what an amazing accomplishment, you keep up the good work!

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