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New Goal! I'm going on vacation!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

I have been struggling with motivation to exercise regularly. So I have come up with a new plan. Either I pay for a trainer to be accountable to...or I can do it on my own and save that money every week for a short vacation in Sept. or Oct. Since I'd rather reward/spend that money on myself here is my plan:

From now until June 11th I have to do my workout dvd twice a week...this is in addition to my regular walks. Every week that I do this I get to put $35.00 into my vacation savings account.

Come June 11th, I have to switch it up and change my dvd and add strength training. I'm not sure exactly what yet but I will re-evaluate at that time and come up with a more detailed plan for the next month until August. Again I will continue to reward myself weekly by adding to my vacation account. In August I will re-evaluate and change it up again. (who wants to get bored with exercise?)

Anyhow, I figure this will really help me establish a pattern of exercise and the best part is I PAID MYSELF to do it!

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DDOORN 5/11/2014 1:42PM

    So where are you going to go? It always helps me to set my sights on something I really REALLY want!

Don

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GOLFGMA 5/9/2014 7:55AM

    Good plan. Now, please post this challenge and allow us to hole you accountable. I found that if I have others who are seeing my trackers I do my best not to fail. I set up several for Sp to track for me and they can be seen by all. emoticon

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TRAVELGO 5/8/2014 4:06PM

  WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!

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TIKITAMI 5/8/2014 4:00PM

   
I read a great article a few weeks ago on attaching monetary rewards to weight loss.

One group of people had to add to their savings account for each week they lost weight, but each week they gained they had to donate the money to charity. The amount lost by this group was 25% higher than the group that had no financial incentive.

So there you go, non-scientific data to back up your plan!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 5/8/2014 2:53PM

    Great idea!

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One Year Surgery Anniversary

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Well, I had my one year anniversary on March 12th. To celebrate, I spent the day at the aquarium with one of my friends! We had a fantastic day.

I had my 1 year follow-up appointment with my surgeon's assistant a week ago. I am proud to say that my weight was 171 and my bmi was 29! According to her I have offically met my surgeon's goals as far as weight loss is concerned. (and I'm still losing slowly) Also ALL of my labs were excellent. I don't have to go back for blood work for another 6 months. I am super excited about my progress over the past year. As of today I have lost a total of 163lbs! I feel and look like a new person.

My life has changed so much that I could never have imagined this a year ago before i had surgery. I can physically do pretty much whatever I want now. I am active. I enjoy outdoors and just being out in the world/public now. People smile at me and look me in the eye again and I do to them as well. I treat myself with respect now in so many ways. I eat like a queen. Fresh fruits and veggies everyday. I sleep well at night. I have such a feeling of well-being that I really AM a different person.

Also my relationships have changed. ALL of them (including mine with myself). I expect to be treated with respect now...and because of that I have lost most of my friends. I changed too much mentally for them to be able to accept me for who I am now instead of who I was. Also I lost a few girlfriends due to me losing so much weight and jealousy can be an ugly thing. That was kind of hard because I NEVER EVER even talked to them about how much weight I lost or even brought up the subject. Regardless, I had to remove those toxic relationships from my life. I don't have time for any of that anymore. I am having too much fun enjoying my life at this point. GOODBYE DRAMA!!!

I also have separated from my husband of 17 years and it really has done wonders for my own perception of my self worth. I feel so much stronger now and I am not looking back. I live on my own now too. It's crazy how much has changed in so little time but I think I'm doing an amazing job of going with the flow and even welcoming new challenges. I just applied to go back to college next fall. I am really looking forward to doing something for myself career wise. I am excited to see what the next year brings!!! WISH ME LUCK!!

  
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.DUSTY. 5/7/2014 10:43AM

    You are so AMAZING! I'm so proud of you and happy that you are living your life and dreams and aren't letting anyone or anything get in your way or bring you down.

Great Blog that I'll be referring others to!

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PATTYR81 5/5/2014 7:18PM

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DDOORN 5/2/2014 9:45AM

    What wonderful news!

Cheers to the new, improved YOU! :-)

Don

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Change is a funny thing...

Sunday, January 26, 2014



I have to keep reminding myself of this. It's an important thing to acknowledge. Otherwise a person could go mad.

March 12th 2013 I had gastric bypass surgery. This was a VERY long road for me up to that point. I have been in counseling for my issues since 2009. I was VERY prepared for this surgery. WAY more than most. I was told about all the changes that would happen and how I may lose friends and that also all of my relationships will change. THAT being said...nothing can truly prepare you for it until you are actually in the middle of it. Living it.

I have lost 145 lbs in the last 10 months. I am not the same person I used to be...that is very true. This has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. Don't let anybody tell you that this stuff "might" happen. I'm here to tell you it WILL happen. When you lose that much weight so fast, people around you aren't going to know how to react to your changes. You WILL change. EVERYTHING! From the way you carry yourself in public to the way you expect to be treated by total strangers. You will look people in the eye again. You won't think twice about doing something on the spur of the moment because you are just so happy to be living life again. One of the most important changes is that you will start requiring more of yourself. You will finally think about what it is that you really want and deserve in life because you will realize that YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY! These things are all really amazing changes and life is so much better. This process really does help you get your life back but you have to be ready to grab on tight and go for the ride.

BUT.....also.... You will start requiring people close to you to treat you as you deserve to be treated and most of the people in your life probably aren't used to that. And...they probably aren't going to like it. It is after all "change" and human nature is to avoid change. So in some ways you can't blame them for being human. We all are. I have lost ALL of my friends due to my changes. I'm even in the middle of losing my husband of 16 years. Some things are not foreseeable or maybe we just chose not to... before I had this surgery I never in a million years imagined that I'd be separating from him a year later. Someone that I have spent over half my life with? How is that happening? But it's happening. Now that I look back on it from this side of the fence I see it was inevitable. The thing is...sometimes I wonder why they aren't happy for me and all the positive changes in my life? But then I realize they were friends with the OLD me... and the new me doesn't fit in their world anymore. The great thing about people though is that there are 7 BILLION to choose from for friends! Time for me to move on! I've already begun!

  
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PATTYR81 5/5/2014 7:30PM

    I've been surprised at people that are NOT my friends after losing 112lbs AND also by those who WANT to be my friend now that I've lost that weight.

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Weird and crazy.

We just have to keep on keepin on and doing what is right for us.

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GOLFGMA 1/27/2014 7:28AM

    Not many people get a chance at a new life. Losing friends must be hard but you seem to understand both sides of the equation and have decided to deal with it. Wishing you much success in moving on and developing this new life. emoticon

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CHERN009 1/26/2014 11:15PM

    Thanks for sharing your story of the where your journey has taken you. emoticon

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DDOORN 1/26/2014 9:42PM

    Wow! Some MONUMENTAL changes have been rockin' & rollin' your life!

But: It sounds like you have been doing a super job of not only holding your own, but getting closer and closer to peeling the onion down to your essential self!

Thank you for getting back to us and sharing your personal journey which involves so much more than simply losing weight!

Don

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MBELL6312 1/26/2014 6:15PM

  I have few words of response. To achieve your weight loss, but to have that response from friends and husband.... I don't know what to say. Other than focus on your health, your well being, and, as you say, moving forward. Be happy with the new , current, ever changing you, and find people who are happy for you and want to live the positive change with you. Xo Maria from Wake Forest NC

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POSITIVEHOPE 1/26/2014 4:36PM

    You have been so honest with yourself in this blog. It is hard to imagine how powerful we are and how much we project with our physical being to others. What a journey.
I learned something recently. I was on SP in 2009, lost 80 pounds, quit and regained 2/3 of the weight. I recently restarted and have been actively looking for insight into WHY this happens and what I can do to change things this time.
Why did I quit? In the beginning I felt wonderful and the journey was easy especially with the weekly losses and the joy of loose fitting clothes. Eventually, I got tired of feeling responsible for all my choices good and bad. The weekly losses weren't large or predictable anymore. I wasn't really comfortable in that thin body. I found I began to whine about the difficulty of the journey and eventually I gave in to those inner negative thoughts and quit.
Reading articles on SP I learned about wanting to avoid being responsible for our choices. Yes, that was true. I lied to myself by saying I didn't care. I regained the weight, lost respect for myself and lost the increased mobility and activity I had enjoyed. Eventually, I became unhappy enough to begin this journey all over again.
The NEW you is a wonderful insightful person. I am sorry for the people in your life who are unable to embrace who you are today because they are losing someone wonderful.


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JUJUMILLER 1/26/2014 12:50PM

    Wow.
Very personal blog.
You've made a step in the right direction with your weight loss..
Congratulations!
It's too bad that your loved ones are being so unsupportive.
I wish you all the love and happiness in the world...you're right
YOU DESERVE IT!


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Down 100lbs

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Well I officially lost 100lbs! I am beyond happy with my results. I still have a ways to go but I'm looking forward to it!
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DDOORN 9/8/2013 10:12PM

    OMG! I'm late to the celebration party! Woo HOO to YOU!

Don

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TXPATRIOT 9/7/2013 12:10AM

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You totally rock!!

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THOMS1 9/5/2013 12:09AM

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HINK2013 9/4/2013 9:25AM

    WOOHOOO!!!! That's an amazing accomplishment!! Keep up the great work!! You look Fabulous!

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CORTNEY-LEE 9/4/2013 12:36AM

    gurrrllll you are awesome! Way to go!!

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IM2READY 9/3/2013 5:40PM

    way to go!!!!

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/3/2013 4:36PM

    Congrats

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TIGER_LILY_613 9/3/2013 4:30PM

    That's a fantastic achievement ! Congratulations !
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BBRITTON1018 9/3/2013 3:41PM

    Wow!! Congratulations on such a huge success!! You inspire me and I wish you all of the success in the world. emoticon

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As a fellow 100 pound loser, I am SO HAPPY for you!! You are doing a GREAT JOB!!! CONGRATS!!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 9/3/2013 3:29PM

    AAAAAMMMMMMAAAAZZZZZINGGGGG!!!!!!!!


YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ME!!!!!!!

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UWPALUM 9/3/2013 3:10PM

    Congratulations!! I can't begin to understand how that feels, but it gives me hope that I might know some day since there are other people like you who accomplish it! Great job!

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K-GETTING-FIT 9/3/2013 12:51PM

    Woot! Woot! What an amazing accomplishment and inspiration:) Happy for you!
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XCLOSED 9/3/2013 12:21PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon Congratulations!!! Take time for a happy happy dance!!!

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PATJOONWW 9/3/2013 11:42AM

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Keep up the good work and much success on your journey!

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PATTYR81 9/3/2013 10:38AM

    YAAAAAY!!!!! for you!!!

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    emoticon Congratulations! Keep up the great work!

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KATIGIE 9/3/2013 9:49AM

    This is so encouraging! I'm very happy for you!

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TRACYDUKA 9/3/2013 9:43AM

    Congrats! It's a MOST happy day!

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90 lbs down=halfway to goal (progress pics)

Friday, August 02, 2013

LAST SUMMER July 2012


ONE YEAR LATER July 2013


I am halfway to goal and I am feeling SO much better! Kicking my own butt at the gym or walking or trail riding my bike has felt SOOOOO good! I'm looking forward to the next 90lb loss! BRING IT ON!!!
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MBELL6312 1/26/2014 6:08PM

  Love the fitted short! You look fabulous!

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FLPALM 8/13/2013 2:45PM

    WTG! You look FAB-U-LOUS!!!

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K-GETTING-FIT 8/10/2013 6:26PM

    That is incredibly awesome! What an inspiration:) You have totally GOT this. Go get 'em!!!
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TXPATRIOT 8/10/2013 12:27AM

    You look great!!

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REAGANESQUE 8/3/2013 5:45PM

    Congrats...you've made so much progress and you look great!

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CBLENS 8/3/2013 7:14AM

    Fantastic!

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/3/2013 4:16AM

    You look wonderful, Friend!

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MJ7DM33 8/2/2013 9:46PM

  Woot! Woot! WTG! You are doing it! Keep it up!

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RRBSKI 8/2/2013 8:16PM

    Sooo proud of you and the discipline and committment you have shown to all of us. GREAT JOB!!!! emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 8/2/2013 2:17PM

    That is super exciting!!! I can only imagine how hard it must of been but I am sure it was all worth it. You are only a few short pounds from being in the 100 Pounds Loss Club!!!

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AMY4593 8/2/2013 12:55PM

    Wow! Good for you!

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RUKIDDINGME123 8/2/2013 12:32PM

    You look amazing! Congratulations.

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What an awesome blog ! Congratulations on being halfway to goal.

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BOB5148 8/2/2013 11:11AM

  All done. Look good. Keep it up

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ABYGAILSMOM06 8/2/2013 10:26AM

    Wow, way to go! You are an inspiration!

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    emoticon That is wonderful!! Keep up the great work!

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LULUBELLE65 8/2/2013 10:07AM

    You look amazing!

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JIBBIE49 8/2/2013 9:57AM

    emoticon emoticon I know you can get it off and KEEP it off.

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IDICEM 8/2/2013 9:52AM

  Wonderful progress! Congratulations. Next summer will be epic!
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