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I'm speechless!!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Motivator of the day?? Guys I am absolutely speechless! Thank you all for nominating me!

I have a ton of things to update all of you on, including the reason why I'm coming back... a recent diabetes diagnosis.

Look for a blog post in the next day or two with the whole story. And thank you again for your support and love! Together we can do this!!

  
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THOMS1 8/6/2013 6:21PM

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CONGRATULATIONS!! And I'm so glad you're back :) I'm sorry to learn about the diagnosis, but I'll bet you'll be able to do much to improve it. Believe me, I've seen some amazing things happen here. I'll give you an example - from the first day I started Spark to the time I'd shed 70+ pounds, I cut my triglycerides in half. So there's a whole lot that's within our grasp, and I look forward to hearing good news from you. Meanwhile, welcome home!! - Susan emoticon

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KIM22211 8/6/2013 4:19PM

    looking forward to hearing from you often!

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LYDIASPURPLE 8/6/2013 2:46PM

    Wonderful! Simply wonderful!

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PINKYYSUEE 8/6/2013 2:39PM

    That's awesome! Congrats!

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Myths and Misconceptions

Monday, March 28, 2011


We've all run into some myths and misconceptions about how fat people act or are... and now I'm here to weigh in my opinion on the matter!

Also, thank you to everyone for the outpouring of love for my last vblog! I hope that I can continue to inspire and motivate all of you, and I love you all!

  
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HARTOPEN89 1/21/2012 5:55PM

    You are amazing! So inspirational. Thank you for posting! I hope you post more soon!!!

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SANDERSON83 5/31/2011 5:27PM

    You can see Cinderella's castle?! I'm jealous! (So is my baby girl LOL) LOVE your vlog!!

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SKINNYGIRL0515 4/19/2011 8:05PM

    I absolutely LOVE your vlogs! You're not afraid to tell it how it is and I love it!!!!!! :)


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SKINNYGIRL0515 4/19/2011 8:05PM

    I absolutely LOVE your vlogs! You're not afraid to tell it how it is and I love it!!!!!! :)


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BOOKWORM27S 4/13/2011 12:47PM

    Another great vlog, thank you!
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ME_FIRST 4/10/2011 7:36PM

    I feel better now too. How as the chicken fajita? You are so right about the rising cost of healthy food. Yvonne

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2BEEFIT 4/5/2011 8:00AM

    You are hilarious!

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SINGAGAIN 4/3/2011 8:55PM

    I love, love love this blog! You rock! It was fun, but full of good information too. Keep 'em coming!
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LANAIDAMERON2 4/3/2011 3:29AM

    LOVE THIS :)

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LILMSHAPPY74 4/1/2011 10:51PM

    LOVE this and you are a hoot....KEEP THEM COMING :)

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CHLOE453 4/1/2011 8:52AM

    Love, Love this blog!!! You do such a wonderful job with great information....thank you! emoticon

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FIT2SWING 3/30/2011 2:57PM

    Love the blog. Fantastic way of doing it!

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FATHOMGREEN 3/30/2011 1:46PM

    Great job breaking down some Myths and Misconceptions! One of my biggest issues right now is all the negative stereotypes about fat people that are being perpetuated on tv. It saddens me that so many people - even other fat people- believe these lies. We aren't all lazy! We can be beautiful! We can be happy!

Good luck on your weight loss journey, and keep up with the video blogs. They're fantastic!

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KIBAISREADY 3/30/2011 12:21PM

    I love your VLog.... I love the humor.... Good Job.... Wishing you continue success... emoticon

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SUECHRIS50 3/30/2011 11:06AM

    How about when people act like you cant hear them making fun of you?great mentality girl,I like your attitude!

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PATTILYNN224 3/30/2011 10:03AM

    I think you might have a line on something here. Thanks for the comic relief on a very serious subject.

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AARONSGIRL420 3/30/2011 9:58AM

    This was great. Thanks for another funny and insightful Vlog.

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FLOWERGIRL2009 3/29/2011 8:48PM

    This was such a fun take on a very serious and painful subject. Your sense of humor is a gift! I can't wait for the next vblog!

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TONREVENGE 3/29/2011 6:56PM

    Great vlog as always!! The most annoying myths for me are the one about how we just eat big macs etc - I've been a vegetarian my entire life! And yet I still manage to be fat, so clearly it's not just the big macs. And I also hate the idea that we can't attract men - I have a friend who obsesses over whether a guy will like her due to weight, yet keeps forgetting that many men have been attracted to her because she is beautiful!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 3/29/2011 5:24PM

    that was wonderful- emoticon

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FIDESVIVA 3/29/2011 4:37PM

    Interesting blog... You've got ATTITUDE, girl! emoticon

I would (dare) to quibble on one point though - weight loss REALLY IS as simple as calories in being less than calories burned. What's NOT simple is making that happen, because of the host of complex reasons for which people eat (on the cutting back calorie side of the equation), and the difficulties in adding exercise or boosting metabolism (on the burning more calories side of the equation). That is where the problem lies, and that -I most whole-heartedly agree - is no simple thing!



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3JS_MOM 3/29/2011 4:22PM

    You go girl! I love your blog. You are an inspiration to us all :)

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 3/29/2011 10:51AM

    Just found your site on the "inspirational blogs" page and will be recommending it to my sparkfriends. I look forward to following your journey and seeing future blogs. Good job!!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/29/2011 10:44AM

    2:00 ~ Horrid.
Lazy, No self-control, Not beautiful, Couldn't get laid.
Those Myths were what kept me blind to the fact that I was obese.
I was none of those things.
That next myth of Weight Loss being a simple formula of calories in vs. calories out was a major stumbling block. That formal didn't factor the whole package of my being in and that I needed to work on some psychological roadblocks.
WoW, you are a riot.
I'm taking the liberty of friending you.
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MEL_UNRAU 3/29/2011 9:40AM

    Thank you for that!
I really enjoyed your vlog and "fat people can't be beautiful" is one of my biggest peeves in the world. I have a couple of the most beautiful friends in the world and yet they have always felt held back by their weight... despite being ABSOLUTELY FREAKING GORGEOUS! I only wish your attitude about beauty could be more contagious!

Thanks again!
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LYDIASPURPLE 3/28/2011 11:24PM

   

I was thinking as I was listening, when people give myth one & two: If fat people never leave the house how do they get to Mc Donalds for the Big Mac & fries"? emoticon Just sayin'


You are so cool! I love your style. Here's looking forward to the next one! emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 3/28/2011 10:47PM

    emoticonYou rock! I was almost throwing up at some peoples attitudes..


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MISJOSIE 3/28/2011 9:44PM

    As always, wonderfully (and hilariously) put!

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RAYANIFOXMUR 3/28/2011 8:57PM

    Oh most definitely, some people will close their ears to what is said no matter what. But hopefully somewhere someone will see this and change their mind. :)

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JOHNMARTINMILES 3/28/2011 8:57PM

    Myths continue because people perpetuate them and because it is easier to do so than to learn the truth

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Moving Mountains - A Goals Speech

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I told you I'd let you get to see me be awesome! :) And here it is... and trust me there's more where this came from!

  
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CELEST 8/6/2013 4:24PM

    This is one bucket load of folks you have inspired.....wow.....keep going, this WAS a motivational speech for all of us.

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JASMINE238 8/1/2013 7:14PM

  Wow! *applause* well done you! That takes some guts to stand in front of your class mates and be so honest like that about something so personal! I am in awe! You seriously rock! This might not have been a motivational speech but it motivated me! I think you will rock as a motivational speaker for sure! Also well done on the massive weightloss!!! I have just joined and have 238lbs to lose I totally get where you're coming from! xx

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ALWAYSROSY 5/19/2012 10:25PM

    Bravo! emoticon Way to go! emoticon

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 9/4/2011 5:28PM

    Loved it!

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BECKYB73 7/19/2011 1:15PM

    FANTASTIC Speech. You did an excellent job representing yourself and your quest towards a healthier you. Try not to feel stressed about not knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life. I didn't have a clue at 28...or even 30. I always had "jobs", but it wasn't until almost 4 years ago that I finally found my CAREER (in Human Resources). It took awhile, but I finally found something that just clicked...You will too!!!

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SANDERSON83 5/31/2011 5:37PM

    You are so brave and amazing!! (plus I want your top you were wearing for your speech LOL) What are you going to college for? I'm inspired!!

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LOVE4KITTIES 5/6/2011 3:37PM

    You did an excellent job with your speech. Not only was the speech well-done, but I also have to say that I really admire your courage in giving it. As someone who's been struggling with my weight for about 20 years (highest weight 272 lbs), I have to say that, until recently, I've always done everything possible to avoid the topic of weight (and, whenever it was even mentioned in even an offhand manner, I'd die a little inside, if you know what I mean). I guess that it was my way of pretending that, if the topic of weight didn't come up, no one would think too much about my weight (and then judge me for weighing too much). Even today, I wouldn't be brave enough to give the talk that you gave. Excellent job! You are SO inspiring.

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I've lost 170 lbs. using this same advice! I wish you all the best!
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ME_FIRST 4/10/2011 7:51PM

    Your speech was excellent and you deserved the AA++. Your speech was inspiring to me and I hope you were also inspired. You would make a wonderful modivational speaker. So many of us have trouble keeping our Spark, and I'm just getting it back too. We can never give up on ourselves just the way we would never give up on a loved one. Yvonne

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EMILYBBB 4/5/2011 8:01AM

    Bravo!!!

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BAMATEACHER 4/3/2011 12:57PM

    You are a gifted speaker. I enjoyed the speech immensely. I wish you all success on your journey!

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LANAIDAMERON2 4/3/2011 3:40AM

    You're awesome. Loved this one, too! :)

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LILDEE4370 4/1/2011 12:59PM

    Standing ovation from my kitchen!
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WEEZYB7881 3/30/2011 10:24PM

    well done. thanks for sharing

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BEANABABY0827 3/30/2011 11:19AM

    Great job, VERY inspiring. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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PATTILYNN224 3/30/2011 9:40AM

    A great blog and a great speech. Thanks for sharing.

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PLATINUM755 3/29/2011 7:11PM

    Beautifully done... emoticon

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MARILYN150 3/29/2011 12:01PM

    This is a fantastic video and you are an inspiration. Keep up the good work! I wish I had had your determination 30 years ago!

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SLIMMER58 3/29/2011 3:36AM

  Congratulations on the progress you have already made. I look forward to your next inspiring video! emoticon emoticon

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DWILCZKO 3/29/2011 1:11AM

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SPEEDY143 3/28/2011 3:41PM

    emoticonYou touched a lot of people that day and every time someone logs on to this videoblog your message is reinforced emoticontoo Rayani emoticonits a two way street... let's walk it together emoticonThank you for sharing sweetie!!!!

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SBABC1 3/28/2011 3:08PM

    I loved your speech! Such an inspiration, educational, and informative! I'm glad you made the video and wish you the best of luck on your journey. I know exactly what you mean about falling off the wagon. I have already and I just started, but, because of your speech, I know I can pick myself back up and continue down that road to a healthier weight and lifestyle. Thank you so much for making it for all of us! emoticon

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SPECIALGURL7 3/28/2011 2:22PM

    I thought this was good. Educating not only ourselves, but others is important in the journey. You did a great job. Keep up the good work.

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SLINFOOT 3/28/2011 12:38PM

  You are an inspiration. We all fall off the bandwagon at times but as long as we get back on, we will do fine. Congrats. Thanks for sharing.

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TONREVENGE 3/28/2011 11:24AM

    So inspiring! Thank you.

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/28/2011 10:27AM

    The talk you gave was amazing, I especially liked "Mental preparation".
Your courage and strength is inspirational. I hope you continue to have success with all 3 tools.

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LINMHEATH 3/28/2011 3:27AM

    You're such a lion heart, wonderful speech! Thank you!

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KLS777 3/28/2011 1:06AM

    You were amazing! What a wonderful speech! Thanks for sharing!

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A_WISER_LAURA 3/28/2011 12:00AM

  Rayani,

Excellent speech -- informative and candid, and you let strangers into your life, so they can honestly see how isolating and painful our journey can be. That kind of communication helps us all. Thank you for your journey and thank you for your advocacy for the obese.

Best of luck to you. Stay strong!!

Laura

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YOUDONTOWNME 3/27/2011 10:19PM

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VERNIE7 3/27/2011 10:12PM

    I am giving you a standing ovation right now.Thank you Rayani, You are an inspiration. You said just what I neded to hear

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  You are wonderful thanks for the encouragement emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZENSTEPH 3/27/2011 8:36PM

    You go girl! That was amazing.

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IWANT2BINSHAPE 3/27/2011 8:05PM

  WOW...Did you ever find out who put those twinkies on your car ? More importantly where do they park their car? Lets pay them a visit ;-)
Counting calories, working out or becoming mentally prepared. Which one is the hardest?
You are not alone with the feeling of seeing a little pinprick of light. emoticon

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ONECALMMOM 3/27/2011 7:18PM

  Wow!! You are an incredible inspiration. I applaud you for sharing your speech -- it was motivating and addresses the issues we all share. Congrats on your achievements to date and good luck on the rest of your journey. emoticon

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DEBREEZE 3/27/2011 7:16PM

    I can't think of anything to say that hasn't been said...you did a terrific job! emoticon A+

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KLEMIE 3/27/2011 5:22PM

    How you gave that speech without losing your composure was awe-inspiring. I could never have done that in front of anyone. Truly an inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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SASSACAIA 3/27/2011 5:15PM

    You *are* awesome! Excellent speech!! emoticon emoticon

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ANASTASIAKC 3/27/2011 5:04PM

    Great Speech I'm very impressed with your openness. I am not sure I could be so honest in front of my classmates. You are an inspiration!! Keep up the good work!!

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STEFFY_33 3/27/2011 2:55PM

    thank you so much for sharing this.....
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LOVESTYPOS 3/27/2011 12:54PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. What a wonderful speech. emoticon

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BERIJOY 3/27/2011 10:57AM

    Impressive! You did a wonderful job, Rayani. Hang in there--you're doing it, and you have everything you need to reach your goal. emoticon

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REMYKOL 3/27/2011 10:41AM

  I just want to say I think you're amazing! Your speech actually brought a tear to my eye. You are so inspiring & I wish you all the best in your weight loss journey!!! emoticon

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JORDANADDO 3/27/2011 9:49AM

    loved it! emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/27/2011 9:39AM

    Very motivational! Amazed by your clear straightforward speech without any sign of nervousness!!! You are going to make it to your weight goal and I look forward to the next vlog. emoticon emoticon

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EHORVATH57 3/27/2011 9:18AM

  Kudos to you on a fabulous speech! Well done! You can do it but it's only done one day at a time -- one step at a time.
Believe in yourself!

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You are about to see me be awesome!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

How many of us are struggling? Yeah, I know some of you out there raised your hands. Even though not a soul was there to see you right? Me too. I hid the scale the other day, well no that's not accurate... I had my husband hide the scale the other day. Why? Because that darn number just refuses - flat out REFUSES to move!

And that just was frustrating as all get out. Demoralizing would probably be a better word, I very seriously considered just giving up.

"I won't ever lose the weight! I'll be 375 pounds for the rest of my life, never buying clothes in a normal store and wearing Muumuus when I reach the age of 30".

...Yeah I really said that outloud.

Not many people know that I restarted college this past month. One of the first classes I'm required to take is a speech class. Now I've never really had a problem with public speaking, as I'm sure you've all gathered by my video blogs, so I really thought this would be the easiest A I ever got in a class. The professor then told us what the subject of our first speech will be.

Goals.

I froze like a deer in the headlights. Sure I could talk about graduating college again, but how does a 28 year old woman stand up in front of 18 year olds and talk about going back to college and STILL not having any idea what she wants to do? Money's always an issue and a goal, but that's not really concrete either. "I want more money" can't really be stretched into 5 minutes. So what does that really leave?

Well crap.

So I sat down and I started on my outline for my Weight Loss Goals speech. Then last night, I wrote my rough draft. Talk about the hardest rough draft I have ever written in my life. I'm still not entirely happy with it. I looked around the classroom and realized there is not a single person in there that will truly understand what I'm trying to say. That will truly understand the struggle of being a woman over 400 pounds. And thank god, really. I would never want someone else to go through that. But how do I convey that message?

Well... I think I have a good idea as to how. And in about 2 weeks you're going to get to see that speech because a requirement is that we have to video record these suckers. Writing this speech helped to re-energize me... and the words of a dear friend helped pushed me back over that edge of motivation.

Trust me y'all. You are about to see me be awesome!

  
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CELEST 8/6/2013 4:24PM

    Just saw the speech....amazing and very motivating.

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DTYUNGU 3/28/2011 2:54AM

    Cant WAIT to watch the speech!

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FUSCHIA6 3/27/2011 5:52PM

    Good for you! I dream of making a presentation at work. A lunch & learn. I even have a topic - organ donation. Some day. It's on my bucket list! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 3/26/2011 6:22PM

    As someone who just saw the video, I'm blown away by your energy, focus, creativity and sheer natural talent! Hope you don't mind if I "friend" you; I'm one pound away from my goal (after losing roughly 65 lbs.) and find you tremendously inspiring!

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ROSEMARDORF 3/26/2011 11:57AM

  Really enjoyed your blog!! I hope your speech was great. Good for you!!

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COACH_NICOLE 2/7/2011 11:38AM

    Wow, I am really impressed by this. Sharing your weight-loss goals so publicly and with a group of strangers is no small feat. I think that'll be a great step to take, and maybe it'll help with accountability for you, too. I'm sure you'll do great!

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MISSYGEEN 2/5/2011 10:00AM

    Did you see me raise my hand at the beginning of your blog? O r maybe you saw pump my fist at the end when I found out you would video tape it? I like others can't wait to see you be awesome. Know that your spark friends are behind you, cheering you on.

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KARIN1972 2/3/2011 11:04AM

    Awesome! I can't wait to see it!

Just remind those 18-year olds that a goal is truly not a 'goal' if it is easy to obtain. Sure - you are all there with a goal of graduating college. BUT everyone has something that may be a bit scary to face or where there is a little voice in their head saying they can't do it. It is when we face those obstacles to achieve something where it is truly a goal to be proud of!

For those kids in your class that scary goal may not be weight but maybe being themselves without fear of rejection, trusting someone completely where they may put themselves in a vulnerable position, or simply going against what their parents/family/friends expect of them to carve their own path in life.

Go forth and spread the Spark!

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BLESSEDGIGI 2/3/2011 10:56AM

    Can't wait to see the video. You are already awesome. emoticon emoticon

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MISJOSIE 2/2/2011 8:16PM

    You are awesome every day, but we are all looking forward to watching you kick butt! emoticon

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MORNINGANGEL513 2/2/2011 12:29PM

  I can't wait to see you be awesome!!! I know you'll be encouraging to those kids, and if you're not - well, you'll be encouraging to me!!!!!!!!!!

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A quick update!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hello there my friends!

I've been told I've been missed. Well I've missed you all too. :) But I've been having a hell of a time the last 4 months. :(

I'm trying to get back on the wagon. I haven't lost any more but luckily I haven't gained back a whole lot either. Only around 10 pounds. It's just getting back to it that's the hard part. Going back to recording everything you eat, going back to no more fast food... which is very hard for me right now being at school for 10 hours a day.

I'm hoping in the next few weeks I can get a new video blog up. I really do miss all of your comments and support and I probably needed it more than anything in the last few months but didn't realize it.

I've had some real low points in the last 4 months as well. Some binges, some sitting in the bathtub and crying... I'm sure some of you know those feelings. Lately I've felt like I will never reach my ultimate 150 pound goal... heck that's still 225 pounds away! I've felt as though even the 70 pounds I lost didn't make a difference. I know so much of that is ridiculous now, but it's so hard when you still can't buy pants at Lane Bryant and you're running out of acceptable clothes to wear.

We don't really have much food in the house right now, so at least we won't be needing to purge the house of any crap! But we can go grocery shopping on Thursday and I'm going to be getting back to it all.

I definitely need some support right now... more than ever. I should get back active in a few message boards but I've never really been known for staying active and on top of things in a community.

I miss you guys! I hope your weight loss journeys are going better than mine lately! emoticon

  
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HALEMA72 3/26/2011 8:21PM

  Rayani,
you deserve to be happy. you are worth it. Don't feel guilty for putting yourself first and taking care of Rayani. I was in your shoes and I felt guilty for going to the gym everyday for one hour a day and leaving my family behind. Take time out for just you and focus on you and only you. Find a place that works for you and clear you mind so you can focus. I have been in that dark place and sometimes I get back in that dark place and binge. The key is not to beat yourself up. Rejoice in what you have accomplished and know that there is more to come. Keep your head held up high and enjoy your life. Enjoy how it feels to be healthy and leading an active lifestyle. I know you can do it. Now it is time for you to believe the same.

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ONEBIGDUDE 1/21/2011 11:31PM

    Welcome back! One day, one meal, one choice at a time.
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MISSYGEEN 1/18/2011 8:59PM

    It's glad to see you're back. I guess you weren't totally gone because you at least read our messages. I agree with KARIN small steps increases the momentum a lot easier that drastic changes all at once. I myself simply started by ditching the fries at fast foods, then ditching the soft drinks and so on. now i eat at home most nights. I read a blog today where the sparker was trying mini goals, one goal for the day.

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ED10101 1/18/2011 7:41PM

  Glad to see your back. Wished I could say I had lost the weight you have already but still trying. Everyone here has walked in your shoes and we know how hard it is to lose just one pound. Just keep trying its not a race but a lifestyle. Good Luck ED

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TSUNI_NIGHT 1/18/2011 1:01PM

    Losing weight is hard, especially when other things in life seem to be getting you down. Just remember 70lbs is a great accomplishment that YOU did. I'm glad to hear you'll be posting again soon & just remember, it's not a race, and you'll get to your goal with persistence and time. I have to tell myself this all the time.

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KARIN1972 1/18/2011 12:02PM

    You have already made the first step to getting back on board by posting this blog! I agree with Coach Nicole - start with small steps. For me it was not drinking my calories (pop, fruit juice, special coffee drinks, etc). Pretty soon I realized that I rarely drink that stuff anymore and I don't miss it. Also, remember a couple of things:

1) Don't be so hard on yourself (two steps forward, one step back...you are still moving forward!).

2) Carve out time for yourself (whether that is working out, shopping for healthy food, trying a healthy recipe, etc.). YOU ARE WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT!! emoticon

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COACH_NICOLE 1/18/2011 11:22AM

    You can do it! Remember, it's not about overhauling everything in your life at once. It's all small steps. Just start small with what you can do today and build from there. That'll increase your momentum and success and get you back on the right path.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
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ALICIA214 1/18/2011 11:21AM

 

Welcome back on the wagon, it is good to have you on board. keep in touch so that
we can hear and respond to your cry for support.
Good Luck.

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