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01/5/13 Day 5: Why are you doing this ?

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Two years ago I had a serious foot surgery during that recovery I was not allowed to do any exercise and consequently gained 35 pounds in ten weeks. Every thing was miserable during that time. I had reached an all time high weight and I was done . I hated the way felt, hated the way I looked basically hated everything about life. I felt like I was at a point where I had to do something or die. That fear drove me to research while sitting on the couch and to make a successful plan on how to do what I needed to do become the person I knew deep down I was.

In the past this was attacked weight loss as something I had to do . I would loose 10 or 15 pounds gain 5 pounds and decide it wasnt worth the effort because I wasnt going to do any good any way. I never set up a support system . Basically I doomed myself from the beginning . This time it wasnt something that was for the rest of the world, it was something for me. I push and push hard because it is something that I want . I want to be healthy . I want to be sexy. I want to be that grand mother that can easily play with the grand babies. I want to respect myself. I want look in the mirror and know that I did this. I am achieving every one of those goals. Not because someone said you need to do something, but because I woke and said you have no choice but take control back .

The bottom line is if you are doing this for anyone besides yourself you are asking for failure. You have to breath, sleep, eat this process . There will never be an end to this journey for me because i will never be able just not worry about my weight, it is a constant force to be reckoned with.

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LJR4HEALTH 1/6/2013 6:03PM

    Great post you are so correct this has to be done for ourselves and no one else Every time I did it for other I always failed this time its all about me and I'm having more success

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TEMPEST272002 1/6/2013 1:53PM

    Love your determination! You might like one of my favourite motivational quotes:

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” Katherine Mansfield.

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JUSTYNA7 1/6/2013 9:47AM

    I find it is easier to say "no" to bad foods when I remember other members of my teams saying "no" when they don't feel like it. I find it is easier to say "yes" to start exercising knowing there are other members of my teams saying "yes" when they don't feel like it. No excuses! Just do it, for YOU. You can and this is a great motivating blog! Every positive self love decision helps you towards your goal.

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1/4/13 Day 4 : Greatest Fear

Friday, January 04, 2013

When you undertake something as large as I have the fears are by the magnitudes. The end number is so large that I cant think about that number . It is hard to believe that it is possible to loose that much weight and sometimes I tremble at the thought of it. But I have done already what so many cant or wont do.

Fear of not being able to sustain the loss once I hit maintenance stage . I am not sure I have this battle in me again so I have to keep it off and keep moving. The moving is the big thing for me. I have fought through now 5 surgeries on my feet and have been threatened with three of them of loosing my right foot. I fight to be able to walk and never take that for granted. There is always that possibility of being without my foot but I have come to terms with it and if it ever happens then i will just learn to walk a different way. But I have no intention of ever going back where I came from again . I can take the pain in my foot, I do every day but I can take being obese for the rest of my life.

How do I get up and do this again tomorrow .. That fear of being that poor little fat girl forever .. In my head there is a person that when I dont want to do this tomorrow because it is going to hurt they are on the ground pounding their fist saying come on you can do it .. take one more step .. that one step leads to a less pain and hopefully at the end of this walk of a lifetime i will be able to walk and not have pain with every step but if i do then so be it ... If it is going to hurt any way then I might as well make the best pain I can.

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JUSTYNA7 1/6/2013 9:51AM

    My "journal" has been painful the past couple of days. It's hard giving up that little girl inside that is so afraid. But I keep looking at her as the adult I am today and assuring her that someone loves her (me) unconditionally. Someone told me that FEAR stands for "Flick Everything And Run". Well I choose to be Fearless today and do it anyways. I will deal with my fears as I go. The self talk starts today that I am worth this and I can do it!

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NGCHILD 1/4/2013 12:46PM

    All you can do is take one day at a time, one step at a time.

Hugs to you!!


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1/3/13 Day 3: Thinspirtation

Thursday, January 03, 2013

This is one of the most difficult of blogs to write for me. I just have never given thought to the end of the journey or what i would like to look like. I want to be sexy again of course but i dont want to get count up a lot of what i will look like because well I honestly dont know .. I never thought I would have the success that i have now .. so to go further out is like a dream world to me ... But keeping with a realistic view of me ... the following picture is probably pretty close ..

She is full figure sexy I believe .. I am never going to be a size 2 so I had to really think on this one .. the selling point in this picture is her stomach ... flat that is what i want .. the rest of me is just fine .. at the end of this when i reach goal of 165 pounds .. my hips probably wont be her size ... they are much smaller than that now. I will never wear those heels either but that is cool I have long legs and they are great in stature . I have changed so much so far that even when I showed my drivers license to a police officer he said are you sure this is you . So it is hard to phantom where I will be in a few months but If I have to choose something then I would hope close to her ..

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SNUZSUZ 1/4/2013 5:53PM

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AZULVIOLETA6 1/3/2013 8:31PM

    Why not the heels? Those are the easiest part! :)

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MARYJEANSL 1/3/2013 8:21PM

  I think she looks great...and I suspect you will too!

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1/2/13 Day 2 : How tall are you ? Really

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I am 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall .. I am really lucky to be tall for a woman . My height has always given a certain kind of comfort. Maybe to comfortable at times . I dont slouch because well my dad was a Marine and I can walk across the room with a book on my head . I believe it is a great height because well if i weighed 288 at 5'2" I wouldnt look nearly this good. God knew I believe that I was going to have horrific feet and would never able to wear heels so he gave me enough height that I wouldnt have to lol.

In life we are given somethings and we have to work for others. building on your strengths like your height, using that to your advantage can only help in reaching your goals. Height is one of those things you really have no control over you are going to be as tall or short as you are suppose to be might as well use it. My legs are longer than torso so there for I have a larger stride which makes walking better for me. I know this seemed kinda like a weird blog .. it is part of a challenge picture i found lol .. I think that is by a teenager ... but it has some interesting topics ...

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NGCHILD 1/3/2013 10:26AM

    I'm tall too 5'9" ... heels have never been for me!!


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DANILYNNG 1/2/2013 3:20PM

    5 foot even. I always walk tall and sit straight because it just feels better! emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 1/2/2013 11:09AM

    You shrink with age - or so they say. When I had a fill head of hair I was 6' 1", now I'm 6' 0" and bald - emoticon Have a great year, Earl

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1/1/13 Day 1 : I think the gods are talking

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

When a new year starts for me I have to look back over the past year and see what was good and what was bad. If you have had the opportunity to read my recent blogs you will know that things are not all sugar and spice in my life right now. Yea I get down. On December the 26th i decided enough was enough and i was just focus on my program to the best of my ability. I went back to the one thing that helps with my emotions, walking. Walking is where I put my emotions out at. Recovering from surgery on my right foot has been tough. 12 weeks of no walking for exercise left me an emotional wreck. I set a goal of 2.5 miles a day on 12/26/2012 . It is tuough and it hurts but not nearly as bad as sitting around trying to deal with the walls that confine me. Three times this post week end I was reminded of how great walking is and how far I have come greatly in part to Spark people.

Friday I was walking . I dont run a race by no sense of the word . I caught a shadow out of the corner of my eye . This woman was all the sudden beside me . She was dressed in workout clothes looked to be in reasonable shape .. She said I hope I didnt scare you .. I said no it is alright ... She said I want to tell you something ... I ( raised an eyebrow) said alright ... She said I watched you go the first lap around and figured the way you are limping that I wouldnt see you come back around again .. She said you are on your third lap and limping worst ... I explained I had foot surgery 2 months ago .. she said I just want you to know that you inspired me to get out and do my exercise today. She said I can tell how determined you are and I want that determination .. I said Thank you ... and she said no thank you and then she started jogging .

Saturday out walking again .. There is the man sitting on a bench in the dog area ... he is larger (very) ... Make the loop and I come back around and he still sitting there looking at the ground .... make another loop around He is still sitting looking at the ground .. but you know how you get that feeling that someone is staring at you as i passed i got that feeling ... So the last loop around he as the edge of the road ... he said you know if you walk to the donuts shop it won't hurt so much ... I said ... well you know I walked to that donuts shop for years and that is why this hurts this much now ... he laughed that fat body laugh .. I said seriously .. I understand but I will tell you that it doesnt get easier tomorrow but 6 months from now it will be the best thing you do all day long ..if you ever want to just walk the loop i will walk with you but no donuts for me .. He then told me about his numerous reasons why he cant do that .. I said I am sorry to hear that but if you change your mind ... let me know and i went to finish my walk .. I felt great because well I am not him any more.

This afternoon back in MS I went to walk lol .. yea i know redundant but I love it so even as sick as I am right now i am committed to getting back on track .. A Neighbor that hasnt seem me in over a year now .. came out and said My god you look great .. I have the flu really I dont but I said thank you ... She said you need to come over and have ( wait for it) coffee and cake tomorrow .. I have your favorite i think .. i said dont tell me sour cream pound cake she said yes homemade ..I think i gained 10 pounds at the thought of her sour cream pound cake .. I said i cant eat that .. she said oh you are on a diet huh , you have lost a lot of weight .. i said no it is a spark change and then explained the site .. then being the good MS person she is she said well one piece wont hurt you emoticon .. I said i will come visit but no cake for me she sighed and agreed lol

I searched it out for calories ... now she uses Paula Deans Recipe lol 1/16 ( which in MS is a crumb ) is 394 calories and has 17 grams of fat ... and then add coffee to that with cream and splenda assume that I have only one cup .. i could be up to 500 calories .. Today I walked 2.95 miles in 62 min ( remember I am not running a race.) i burned off 450 calories so no i wont be going to visit at least not as long as she has cake in her house lol.

stats 1/1/13
weight :288.4

Measurements :
Waist 45
Hips; 43
Thighs 26.6
Biceps 14.48
Neck 17.48
Calf 19.41

pounds lost on Spark in 2012 : 44
pounds lost through journey :78

BMI ; 42.6

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COOKIE_AT_51 1/3/2013 9:08PM

    I am really determined to make this year my year. emoticon

I like your thought of getting to 199.9 by January 1st of 2014. emoticon

I am glad you are walking again. Be careful not to push things that you injure yourself so you can't walk. emoticon

As you can see I have been "creeping" your recent blogs emoticon I hope you don't mind me borrowing some of these same goals ... they are great! emoticon

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