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Look who I found!!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Isn’t she cute!!!!!

That’s exactly how I felt today when I got on the scale and it read 296 pounds.

I’ve lost 30 pounds in less than 4 months and feel 100% better physically, mentally and emotionally.

I’ve had my head buried in the sand for so many years and in such denial about my health and well being that I honestly don’t remember how I got from midlife to my rocking chair years. I took care of everyone else but me. That’s what we do as woman. And it’s the worst possible thing we can do to ourselves and our families.

Honestly, I had no idea the damage I was doing to myself. I was too busy taking care of others to see how much I wasn’t taking care of me. A few years ago I began to notice how beat down my mom was. I knew why, but still didn’t see myself in the same light. You stop looking at yourself when you don’t like what you see. You loose focus and it gets all blurry and then you stick your head in the sand so you can’t see yourself at all and life goes on and the pounds settle in and you realize your get-up and go… got-up and went. Sad but true, especially for my generation.

I don’t want my daughters and their daughters to wake up one day and find they’ve lost themselves to years of neglect. I don’t want my sons and their sons to bury themselves in the pursuit of material things to bury their loved ones under. I don’t want to sit in a rocker because I can’t get up and move around any more.

I want to live as the good Lord intended with a healthy mind and body. I want my girls and boys to find that happy medium between taking care or each other as well as themselves. I want my grandchildren to not spend one moment of their precious lives with their heads buried under the sand. And when I do sit down in that rocking chair for the last time I will be counting ALL my blessings and saying “Thank YOU God for giving me my life back in the summer of 2010.

There comes a time when autumn asks,
“What have you been doing all summer?"

And I answered, “I’ve been taking care of me.”

Autumn will be over before we know it and winter will be asking the same question.

Will you have the right answer?

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TURTLE_MOM 10/16/2010 7:43PM

    Awesome! Great attitude and motivation :) Thanks for posting this!

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-SHE-WOLF- 10/9/2010 6:11PM

Hi there thanks for sharing such a wonderful Blog to read, i really enjoyed it.

Wishing you every success on your continued Spark journey.
Sending you Love, Laughter and Happiness in everything you do.

Sending you a wee bit of Scottish sunshine to Brighten your day and help make you Smile.

Shewolfs' a Howlin' at the Moon tonight for ya!

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LUBAML 10/4/2010 10:46PM

    Great! Thanks for sharing! emoticonLuba

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10TOES 10/4/2010 2:41PM

    Since being blessed with a family of my own I have lost myself in taking care of them. How right you are about setting an example for your children. Thank you for the smile and wake up call. emoticon

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ELSCO55 10/4/2010 8:15AM

    Great and congrats on your success. Keep up the good work.

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VIRGO_QUEEN 10/3/2010 6:18PM

    Great blog! You should be proud of yourself for doing something to change what's wrong. I definitely am one of the women who does so much for others that I forget to do for myself. Reading this blog reinforces for me that I need to do more for myself. Thanks!

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KARLYNCANDOIT 10/3/2010 4:11PM

    Great blog!! You should be so proud of yourself!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/3/2010 3:55PM

    I think that is what made me do this too. I was so unhappy with myself I just pretended it was all ok and took care of other people. Now that I am taking care of myself I have so much more to give than I ever did before but this time I am giving back to me as well. My fiance tells me everyday how proud he is of me for doing this and how he can see the changes in me. Congrats on getting under 300! You are doing amazing! Way to go.

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DAVISMDAWN 10/3/2010 1:16PM

    Well put! I love it all put down in black and white for us all to read! No where is it written that we can't take care of ourselves without taking care of everyone else too!

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MAMAFEELGOOD 9/27/2010 11:33AM

    Thanks for posting this.

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ANUT4DISNEY 9/27/2010 9:07AM

    Awesome blog.

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STARTLIGHT 9/26/2010 11:51PM

    Congrats! and big hugs emoticon emoticon for being able to understand what you need and how to get there. I love your answer of "I've been taking care of me." It's great that you were able to put yourself first. Good luck in the coming months and KEEP SMILING! emoticon

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TAMMYTH64 9/26/2010 11:33PM

    You hit so many lives on the nose, including much of mine. We get so busy in helping others that we forget about helping ourselves. You're doing a great job of getting on track and staying on track!

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Continued success to you always!
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WHOIAM76 9/26/2010 3:46PM

    Your blog hit home with me today, there are tears in my eyes as I read it, thank you.

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ERNURSERN 9/26/2010 3:18PM

    Wonderful blog!! I am so thankful to you for writing this!! I am so happy for your success!!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/26/2010 1:14PM

    Wonderful blog and wonderful advice!
We all need to stop and evaluate our lives - where we're headed and how we're getting there!
I want to lose a lot more weight - not out of vanity; but so that I can continue living a worthwhile, healthy, and productive live.
Stay positive,

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JAMER123 9/25/2010 9:30PM

    Great & Awesome blog. It is so true abot buring your head and caring for others, just not yourself. I am one of those to the tee & have really taken a hard look at me the past yr. Keep on writing blogs like this. I think you are a good writer.

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PIEDAD1964 9/25/2010 9:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon blog! Keep up da great work n good luck on ur continued success n on ur journey 2 a healthy lifestyle. emoticon As being a mother n g-mother I truly understand da importance of teaching them about life. I can c by ur writing how proud u r of ur success emoticon n know that u motivate me especially since I just entered da 3rd month of my journey! emoticon

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SUZYMARC 9/25/2010 5:27PM

    emoticon blog and oh, so very true. The best thing you can be in this life is an active role model who shows daily the dedication to caring for yourself and others and seeking out fun which is balanced with responsibilities.

I hope you blessings are many when you sit down in that chair to rock and view the wonderful landscape you call life.

Very well, written you've got a gift. emoticon

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CITRUSPINE 9/25/2010 3:18PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing it with us and also on losing 30 lbs. Keep up the good work.

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RICHERYL 9/25/2010 2:14PM

  thanks soo much for writing what many of us feel or have felt. You are soooo right about the 'ostrich' way of thinking of ourselves, or lack of thinking is more like it. I am sooo glad you have turned the corner and I am praying that Our Lord will continue to give you what you need to make this journey a big success for you, your health and your loved ones.
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GAARAMA 9/25/2010 12:34PM

    Congrats on your 30#'s and sharing your journey.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/25/2010 8:49AM

    Good blog, and love the picture emoticon

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DHSPARK 9/25/2010 8:03AM

    Congrats on the 30 pound loss in 4 months...that's awesome!

Nice that you are taking care of you...way to go!

When winter comes and asks what I've done...I hope to be able to say that I've 'fall'en into better fitness and eating regimens.

Great blog!
Deb :)

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11TT1EDEBB1E 9/24/2010 10:47PM

  Great blog and so true. Here I am, about to turn 66 and desperately need to lose 150 pounds. Really struggling to lose it. Congratulations on your pounds lost. emoticon

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    Congratulations on your loss. Love your positive attitude and reading your blog. Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing.

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TUBLADY 9/24/2010 10:15PM

    You are so right. Women too often take care of everyone but themselves. Glad to see the head is out of the sand.
And crngratulations on the weight lost. That's really an accomplishment. I'm so happy for you.

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RUTHXG 9/24/2010 10:10PM

    Congrats on your losses thus far -- & thank you for sharing the wisdom you have GAINED!


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HISHANDMAID1 9/24/2010 8:24PM

    Congratulations! Thank you for the post! emoticon

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EMMABE1 9/24/2010 8:12PM

    Congratulations on losing 30lb!!
I know from experience the difference it makes - to ones health, flexibility, movement and motivation.
Keep on looking after yourself - for many years yet!!

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KARENE10 9/24/2010 7:54PM

    Great Blog! And I just love that pic! 30 pounds less-Woohoo!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINGER1OF16 9/24/2010 7:33PM

    You go, girl. It's a very eventful journey. Congratulations!!! emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 9/24/2010 7:24PM

    Very interesting and motivational blog. And, boy, (or rather, girl) could I relate!

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BEANZFRD 9/24/2010 6:43PM

    Women, taking care of themselves. Hmmm... what a concept! I'm glad you saw it before it was too late. Great blog!

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SUSIEPH1 9/24/2010 6:10PM

    Hi Darling!! Congratulations ... I am so happy for you.. Loved your Blog you are absolutely right...We do have to look after ourselves so we can look after others.
Way to go !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Love Susie and Bobby

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CAROLYN0107 9/24/2010 5:32PM

    Great Blog! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

Congratulations on losing 30 pounds! emoticon

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MARSHASTAR 9/24/2010 3:12PM

    Very inspiring blog. Thank you.
Everything you've written is so true, and you've said it very well.

30 pounds in less than 4 months. That is truly motivational.

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KATRIONAH 9/24/2010 3:01PM

    Wow! 30 pounds, I know it was lots of work...and it took determination.....BUT, it sure paid off. I bet you are happy dancing over that. I m sooooooo proud of you. YOU are one extraordinary lady.

This was such an awesome blog. Lots of really profound thought provoking statements. YOU said it all so well.

The seasons are changing and, next time the question is asked....I WILL have the right answer too. Thank you so very much for this one. God Bless you. Have a joy filled weekend and share your smile today......Karen emoticon

ps. Where ever did YOU find that picture? What a hoot! Sure did put a big ole smile on my face.

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POLK-A-DOTS 9/24/2010 2:58PM

    Great Blog! It is so important to take some me time isn't it? I am slowly learning this...although guilt still creeps in once in a while....Life is good, and I too want to live it healthy and happy! I try to remind myself that I need to be healthy so I can help my loved ones the way God intended me too....

Have a great Friday! And thanks for sharing your incredible blog!

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LILIVW 9/24/2010 2:52PM

    I have had similar feelings of rediscovering myself and enjoyed reading your thoughts. Love the peaceful swan swimming with the vibrant colors for your background.

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BUT it tasted sooooo good!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I’ve seen the bumper sticker and read the blogs and never quite “got it” until today. You’ve seen it…..


It’s always sounded a little like the rally cry of anorexics’ everywhere to me especially since Kate Moss caught such flack for publicizing it a couple years back. This picture is a perfect example of the image that would come to mind every time I’d hear it.

Not pretty... needless to say I was put off.

Then yesterday AYSO soccer season started and the whole family showed up to watch our granddaughter play at 10am and then our grandson at 3pm. emoticon we had a really wonderful day and I’m looking forward to the next couple months cheering them on. emoticon

On the other hand THESE showed up too…

Then THIS from Subway….

And they tasted soooooooooooo good!!!

Until this morning when I got on the scale and saw this….

Uh oh, that lemon filled donut and 6 inch meatball sub did NOT taste as good as that pound up feels today.

And I thought… “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels” I get it now. I really do! And next Saturday when the donuts get passed around and we make plans for lunch I’ll remember to “love myself more than food” and by the end of soccer season this year there WILL be less of me to love.

And as they say in soccer.... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOal emoticon

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STIPER23 9/21/2010 12:07PM

    Great! Do the families take turns bringing the snacks? Maybe you can introduce everyone to fun and healthy snacks.

Yikes. That model is scary. And, yeah, it took me awhile to "get" that saying, too. But it is sooo true! The satisfaction from the doughnut or candy bar only lasts a few minutes, but you will see and feel the benefits for much longer if you just skip them altogether.

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HALLORAN84 9/21/2010 11:47AM

    OH MY! That picture of the model is SCARY!
I finally 'got' that saying a couple of months ago and it's helped me conquer quite a few cravings.
I actually woke up this morning, got dressed, looked in the mirror, saw my new body taking shape and thought to myself "it's true." This feels way better than any candy bar ever tasted emoticon
My advice: Print out that saying, color it up, laminate it, and post it somewhere that you will see it everyday! It's a little reminder to yourself that you ARE worth the effort that it takes to be healthy!
Much love.

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PENGUINROSS 9/21/2010 1:05AM

    The visuals were great! Sounds like planning ahead.

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GRANPATTIE 9/20/2010 4:08PM

    Well, this certainly shows the importance of good graphics! I'm not sure I ever want to eat "good" stuff again! This was a great blog.

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SURFKITTY 9/20/2010 3:59AM

    Subway sandwiches are really high in salt, I used to eat them thinking they were "healthy" haha, they're only healthy if you skip the bread, meat, sauces, cheese, pickles, olives and peppers. And if that's all you're gonna eat, might as well just stay home and make a nice healthy salad.

The good news is that most of your weight probably is just water weight like the other poster said, and once that salt flushes from your system I'll bet you won't be up that much if any. But it's good you're going to skip the donuts and junk next week. Carrots are a great snack, just enough carbs to keep you kickin' but no fat and low in calories. Have you seen the new ad campaign for baby carrots, "Eat 'Em Like Junk Food"? It's kind of silly, but makes a point.

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LINOVER 9/19/2010 10:04PM

    I loved the blog and especially the visuals! We never think about the results when we break down and eat that donut!
I also think you might want to consider taking your own snack next week. emoticon

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DEBINS 9/19/2010 7:15PM

    emoticon blog. I bet that pound will be gone in the morning!

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KESTRIE 9/19/2010 6:54PM

    I definitely prefer "Love myself more than food" over the other quote. I'll be munchin' my carrots while I watch a movie today. Already exercised :)

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BHSUZYCUE 9/19/2010 6:37PM

    Great blog! emoticon

Frightening pictures!! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/19/2010 6:27PM

    You are priceless!! Such fun!!
I doubt very much it was what you ate yesterday showing on the Scales to day it was more likely to be water retention!
just get back on track today and all will be well.. love Susie
PS those pics were very graphic and they turned my stomach!! we need to post pics like that more often !! emoticon

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GODSBABYGAL 9/19/2010 5:57PM

    emoticon and you might even want to take your own healthy snack. emoticon
I too loved the visuals.

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KATRIONAH 9/19/2010 5:54PM

    My dear friend. I LOVED THIS BLOG!!! The pictures told quite a story...and you conclusion at the end was perfect! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! You are amazing.....Karen emoticon

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Shoulda’… Coulda’… Woulda’…

Monday, September 13, 2010

And a life time of "If only"

Thoughts like these lead to regrets.

Wikipedia defines regret as a negative conscious and emotional reaction to personal past acts and behaviors. Regret is often felt when someone feels sadness, shame, embarrassment, depression, annoyance or guilt after committing an action or actions that the person later wishes that he or she had not done.

I've been questioning myself......

Should we entertain feelings of regret that sometimes envelop us at our most vulnerable of times?

Could we benefit from wallowing in the shame and remorse that comes from regret?

Would gaining insight into why we do the things we do release us from those negative thoughts?

I once read that “Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.”

If you were to look up the definition of that quote in Wikipedia you’d see a picture of me.

Since joining SparkPeople I’m learning to leave the past in the past and let any regrets go. I no longer fear the future because it is bright and full of promise.

I believe because we are human we are imperfect. And our purpose on this physical plane is to learn from our mistakes and then forgive ourselves and move forward. We must evolve or die.

I was on fire the last 11 weeks and then I hit a wall. I've reflected long enough and have decided I'm not going to waste any more precious time feeling sorry for myself. I will not sabotage all the hard earned goals I’ve reached. I’ve “should” on myself for the last time and I’m no longer going to drown my sorrows or silence the pouty child inside me with food or excuses’.

I’m an adult who chooses to be more disciplined in my exercising and less focused on my regrets.

Like Jim Rohn so eloquently stated….

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while the regret weighs tons.”

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JOANEMALM37 9/18/2010 9:26AM

    Oh my goodness. This is so true. I have been living in the past and am so full of regret, as you can see on my blog.
Thank you so much.


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HALLORAN84 9/17/2010 2:41PM

    Great blog! We need to remember our past faults only long enough to learn from them :)
Have a great weekend!

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KATRIONAH 9/15/2010 5:59AM

    Good morning, and this is a great blog! It sure has given me lots to think about today. I think I am like the poster child for the "woulda, shoulda, coulda" team. Something I am working at fixing.

Take exercise, for example. I SHOULD do it, Would do it, and COULD have done it had I not talked me out of it because I worried I might NOT be able to do it. I have wasted far too many of life's precious moments do to this syndrome.

SO, today, when I go as I tackle my little workout program...I am going to use discipline, and I am going to replace negativity with being more positive.

Have a GREAT and joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 9/14/2010 12:39PM

    Sweetie, it is amazing how close to home you hit with your blog emoticon

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BETHV10 9/14/2010 9:19AM

    Thank you so much for your blog. It hit the spot!

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    Thank you! This is exacrly what I needed!!! emoticon

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KSHAGGY 9/14/2010 12:17AM

    Insightful blog and you are absolutely correct. So we need to focus on the now!

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DIANE7786 9/14/2010 12:00AM

    Those are familiar words that I'm also working on correcting. The trick seems to be to keep moving forward regardless of what we did or didn't do.

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SUSIEPH1 9/13/2010 11:59PM

    I think you have really explained how we all start out feeling.
We all have regrets some more than most but I have learned that we would not be the strong vibrant people we are today with out having to go through all the promblems and regrets in life.
It has given us the strength and the determination ..also the understanding and empathy for other's ..
Great Blog !!
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ANDYLIN90 9/13/2010 11:39PM

    WOW, you're blog really touched me as I am full of the woulda's, shoulda's, coulda's too. It amazes me how the wsc's lead me into negative thinking, regrets and the difficult black hole that can be really hard to leave. I've spent a lifetime flogging myself for what I did or didn't do. Since joining Spark I've been working on this and your blog today has helped. Thank-you!

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I never could have imagined what an impact the last five days has had on my life. In the midst of the final week of our “11 Week Family Fitness Challenge” I actually reached the goal I’d set to be below 300 pounds. Needless to say I was giddy and pumped to tackle the next goal. So I blogged about it… who wouldn’t!! And when my post started getting hits and my email notifications soared into the hundreds I was totally confused. I was actually afraid to go look. I was sure there’d been a computer glitch of some kind… SP can get wonky from time to time and posts get doubled or tripled occasionally… surely that’s what had happen.

I didn’t recognize any of the SparkPeople who were commenting and didn’t think we belong to any of the same teams. But there they all were…. dozens and dozens of well wishers with tons of emoticonand. emoticon Who were these people? How did they find me?? What’s going on??? emoticon

As I read through the comments I was stunned… so many people who had crossed the same finish line and were on to the next. Others who had struggled for years and finally found their way home… some who had just started and wanted to continue the journey along side me as SparkFriends. I was so moved by their appreciation of my honesty and willingness to share my experiences that I cried tears of joy right along with them. I stopped and thought about how I wasn’t going to go public with my journal or ever tell anyone how much I weighed!

What a mistake THAT would have been!!

Then the Goodies started arriving and I actually began to giggle. OMG… this is really happening. All the virtual hugs and heartfelt emoticonbegan to sink in and the importance of setting goals and reaching them, then celebrating by rewarding ones self really began to make sense to me.

And I realized… I AM worthy emoticon

I immediately envisioned the domino effect… and saw myself at both the beginning and the end. A long lovely line of “SparkPeople”, each gaining strength from the other as we continue to touch the next through our shared struggles and triumphs’… our tears and laughter.

I am so blessed to have joined SP and have the opportunity to succeed along with hundreds of thousands of others who just need a little pat on the back to keep us moving forward towards our sweetest of dreams.

Thank you SP Coach Denise for featuring my blog and to all who came and read it and took the time to comment. All of your well wishes have Sparked me to continue my journey and because of YOU I will never be the same again!!! emoticon


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SUSIEPH1 9/13/2010 11:54PM

    Of Course you are worthy .. You have done so well in reaching your goal ... You are a inspiration and an encouragement to so many poeple still on this journey ...
We just love to see you do so very well ...Cheers and Congratulations Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2010 4:46PM

    Oh yes, YOU ARE SO WORTHY .... "enjoy every single blessing" coming your way.

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CHRISTYD921 9/13/2010 1:28PM

    congrats girl I am SO happy for you!! on to the next goal!!

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SANDYZEE 9/11/2010 11:31PM

    This is a beautiful blog. Made my day!
I think Sparkpeople are just a little bit nicer than regular folk. LOL
Thanks for your encouragement.
You are very good writer. Can't wait to read and hear more of your adventure.
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STIPER23 9/10/2010 1:18PM

    How awesome! And congrats on reaching your goal!

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KESTRIE 9/10/2010 1:11PM

    You're an amazing, lovely person, and you've helped me so much by leaving kind comments on my blogs. Now all of Spark gets to see how awesome you are :)

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HALLORAN84 9/10/2010 1:04PM

    Ok, cry number two from your blogs :)
I can't wait to reach our goals! I have not felt motivated this week because I've been so busy but you just got me back on track! Thank you.

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    And you will never be alone on this journey either!

You can do anything you set out to do - One day at a time!

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SUNSHINE1234 9/9/2010 4:44PM

    i like the way you express yourself--i guess in a way that SP is a big family--no pun intended. Keep up the great work!!!

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TUBLADY 9/7/2010 7:56PM

    Great blog. It's so true we are all in this together.

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    Awesome, ain't it!?! SP is really what it is cracked up to be, and so few things really ARE in this world. We are very lucky and blessed to have found it!

I am very lucky and blessed to have read your blog! Thanks!

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SUSIEPH1 9/7/2010 6:27PM

    Way to go Linda, I loved this blog too! We all take inspiration from each other .. There are so many of us doing this Wonderful journey to Health and Fitness
We take heart from all the success blogs out there .. Sparks is a never ending circle of friends .
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Cheers Susie

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MARSHASTAR 9/7/2010 5:00PM

    FANTASTIC blog. I feel so great now, Your great joy has come right through the computer and has uplifted me. THANK YOU.

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    Linda ~

You are so SO worthy! You lit a spark with your blog, which is what this community is all about. It's such an inspiration to see other people taking care of themselves and having success and reaching goals. You spread that feeling that the rest of us can do the same thing. The excitement and positive vibe here is definitely contagious. Thank you and continued success in reaching your next goal!

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MRSSTUP 9/7/2010 4:26PM

    How wonderful Linda! What a terrific surprise. You are deserving of all the SP praises. It's great having you to share this journey. emoticon

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RENE54 9/7/2010 3:46PM

    Wow, that is fantastic. I am glad you shared with us. I am not surprised by the great responses. You met your goal, you are more than worthy of all of the well wishes and congrats and WooHoo and Way to Go's. Never underestimate the power of a blog. Especially a really good one with a great accomplishment. We do all draw on each other. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 9/7/2010 3:16PM

    emoticon blog! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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I’ve left 300ville!!!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September 1, 2010, and I’ve left 300ville emoticonAnd I promise me that I will never go back emoticon

I honestly do not remember the last time I was below 300 pounds. Most milestones stay burned in our memories but crossing over from 299 to 300+ is a blur of humiliation and disappointment… it’s no wonder I put it out of my mind. What I do remember is hovering at 303 for decades (big number I know but when you’re in your 60s you start counting by decades instead of years) Then I’d inch up a few pounds… I remember being 312 for a long time. I never told any one how much I weighed. I was so ashamed. Then 316, back to 312, up to 316… you know the drill. I stopped weighing myself. Slowly I began to have less mobility and felt like crap. My knees were shot and I was using a cane. One day I realized I could actually describe myself as disabled emoticon

I was convinced there was nothing I could do. I can’t exercise so how can I possibly lose weight? I was absolutely hopeless about ever being fit and feeling good again. It was the first time in my life I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel… even if I squinted reeeeeeeeally hard.

So what did I do?

I got on the scale emoticonand I wept.

On June 1st of this year I weighed 326 pounds. I knew that if I didn’t do something NOW the next time I got on it would be more, and then more and then even more. That was my “tipping point”…. how little things can make a difference. I decided to use the same theory and start tipping in the other direction. Yeah, I can’t run… I can’t even walk around the block (I still can’t... yet) but I can eat less and make plans to start a water aerobics program when the pool warmed up. I can stop telling me “I can’t” and started answering back “YES YOU CAN” Three weeks into my new attitude my daughter told me about SparkPeople and our family started an 11 week challenge to get fit. Coincidently, the start date was the day before my 63rd birthday. So on June 21, 2010, I joined SP. I weighed 322. My first and foremost goal was to feel better, with an open ended timeline. My 1st short term goal was to lose 10 pounds. My mid term goal was to get below 300 pounds by the end of our 11 week family challenge on Labor Day 9/6/10.

Today, 9/01/10, I have met and surpassed all those goals. I felt 100% better in less than 2 weeks. I lost 10 pounds by the end of week 5 and today, 10 weeks into our 11 week family challenge, I weighed 299 pounds. That’s below 300 baby!!!! emoticon

My weight ticker was originally set for a 23 pound loss and since I’ve met that and still have five days to reach the end of our 11 week family challenge I’ll give my little swimmer a few more yards to swim, as needed, before I reset my tracker for my next goal.

I’ve experienced several “Ah ha’s” emoticona number of emoticon and one huge emoticonin three short months. All these milestones will stay burned in my memory so I never visit 300ville again…. so help me SparkPeople emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 3/7/2013 6:56AM


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DEEJAYOK 9/17/2010 5:01PM

    Wow, what an amazing story! Great job, and keep up the good work!!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 9/17/2010 11:20AM

    Well said and thanks for sharing. As you continue to feel better I am guessing you will begin to move more all the time. I admire your go slow attitude and the fact you appreciate your accomplishments. I look forward to joining you in the below 300 group!

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TAMMYJSIMPSON 9/14/2010 1:02PM

    I remember getting under 300 and the feeling was indescribable, then when I first weighed in at 197 I almost fainted from the thought that the last time I was under 200 I was 16 yrs old. Now I am at 167 just a few lbs from my goal of 155 and this time I am staying there. My hubby is working his way down from 350 and is doing so wonderfully that it won't be long until I see that shining moment when he steps on the scale and leaves 300ville forever. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2010 4:38PM

    Thanks for sharing your "milestone" of achievement with all of us. We are cheering you on!


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ANGELLEE72 9/10/2010 6:09PM

    One Day and One Step at a time will put you in the right direction!! Keep on Keepin On! You can do it!!

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IMREITE 9/9/2010 11:33PM

    Congrats. My husband is working to leave 300ville so i know what a great accomplishment it can be.

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JANE1216 9/9/2010 11:03PM

    Wonderful! Your blog is so inspiring --- I'm so glad I stopped by --- many blessings to you in your continued journey!

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JEWITCH 9/9/2010 4:48PM

    Wow, what a great achievement. You should feel so proud of yourself. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE1234 9/9/2010 4:41PM

    Wow! i am so proud of you even tho i don't know you---you are awesome!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 9/9/2010 3:05PM

    You blog affected me deeply. You have seen the possibilities and you CAN have a life, a good one...walking, swimming, challenging yourself to grow younger next year. Amazing.


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MARTINI_199 9/9/2010 12:12PM


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JODYF123 9/9/2010 11:05AM

    emoticon Way to go. I know how it feels to get out of the 300's Keep up the good work.

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LATVIAN_SANDY 9/9/2010 10:07AM

    emoticonFantastic! emoticon

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SUESSY 9/9/2010 12:50AM

  emoticon God bless and keep you on your wonderful journey

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SDKENT79 9/8/2010 2:46PM

    You are awesome! Keep up the good work!!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/8/2010 12:16PM

    Congratulations !! That's absolutely fabulous !!!

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EDWARDS1411 9/8/2010 10:18AM

    emoticon on passing this important milestone - say goodbye to it forever - you will never see it again!! Keep up the good work because YOU ARE DOING IT!!!

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VIVIMADE 9/8/2010 3:53AM

    keep up the good work u have done so well

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WEIGHTDIP 9/8/2010 2:19AM

    Keep up the good work! Congratulations.

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KOOGSWIFE 9/8/2010 1:28AM

    I stepped on the scale and when I saw 298 I too cried. It's been awhile but I still remember the feeling. I let myself go and was creaping back up to the big 300. I got motivated and decided I had come to far to go back. Keep up the great work and I promise this milestone will be imprinted in your memory forever. Congratulations. emoticon

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DEB_NC 9/7/2010 10:34PM

    woohoo congratulations

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CAROLYNINJOY1 9/7/2010 10:07PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are an inspiration!

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TUBLADY 9/7/2010 8:01PM

    Congratulations. That is a wonderful feeling to read a number that doesn't start with a 3. Now you can look forward to the 90's. 80's, so on and so forth.
That's what I do now. I just reached 239 now my goal is to be in the 220's and so on and so forth. I started at 333, at age 68. So it's never to late to get fit and healthy.
Don't you just love Spark????

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ELLEBE725 9/7/2010 7:22PM

    Good for you!! You are doing great things for yourself and for your body!! Be healthy!!! emoticon

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ROJASTARR 9/7/2010 2:26PM

    emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration to those of us who are trying to get moving down the scales.

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KELI-RHODES 9/7/2010 9:59AM

    Congratulations! You can do it!

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LUVMYSELF1ST 9/7/2010 7:38AM

    Congrats!!! You should be very proud of your accomplishment!!

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  I'm seriously crying tears of joys for you. Keep it up. You can do it!

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LINTPICKER 9/6/2010 10:44PM

    wonderful! just like many others who are in SP, I began my journey at 311. I have lost almost 30 pounds since the middle of June. What a blessing spark has been! I encourage you to keep up the great healthy attitude. You are proving that it is never too late to change our direction! emoticon

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JENAANN3 9/6/2010 10:41PM

    Wow! What an accomplishment you've made. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to me.

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JULIENURSE 9/6/2010 6:23PM

    WAY TO GO!!!! You have made such positive changes in your life. Keep it up!

I hope to read a future blog you write when you hit your next goal.

I'm so happy for you!

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PAULAR03 9/6/2010 6:13PM

    I am so happy for you! emoticon

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CATLADY_56 9/6/2010 5:15PM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work and the good attitude. emoticon

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    YAAAAAY! Ohmygosh I am so inspired right now! You are absolutely amazing! Keep up the fantastic work; I can't wait to share in your future successes!

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FRENCHMARKET 9/6/2010 3:48PM

    Awesome accomplishment!!! Keep up the good work!!!! You are an inspiration!!!

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THEHAMMELS 9/6/2010 3:03PM

    I am happy for you too :)!!

Way to go... I know exactly how you felt. I started my diet on January 18th 2010 and was at a whopping 339lbs at the age of 29. I have 4 kids that I can't keep up with. I was lean for such a long time and in the last 9 years I completely let me self go. I too didn't weigh and made excuses for why I was so fat. As of today I have lost 58lbs and I feel the difference. I can wash a complete sink of dishes without feeling like my back is going to break and I can go shopping without stopping for 50 million times. I plan to get to 200lbs by May 2011. I still have a long way to go, but I thank you for this blog because your story is inspiring me to continue to keep on. Thank you and the best of luck to you :)

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SARAH5321 9/6/2010 2:50PM

    It's a lovely feeling isn't it, I was about the same as you when I started, now 7 Months later I am heading for 200, I have a way to go yet, and have hit a few bumps along the way, but I never doubt I will get there, Sparks is the best thing that has happened to me in a long long time. Good luck on your journey, keep well.

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SHORTCAKE48 9/6/2010 2:46PM

  What a fantastic accomplishment. I am so very glad for you. Thanks for the blog--it is very inspiring to me.

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VIRGOLGAL 9/6/2010 1:27PM

    Way to go! That's a huge accomplishment. I bet you feel fantastic emoticon

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AGIATA1A 9/6/2010 12:44PM

    How exciting!! Keep reaching for superior health. I am eager to know how you shifted your thinking. I invite you to join us at the Changing Mindset Team. Your story is so inspiring and can help so many people trapped with old tapes running through their mind. All of us who struggle with excess weight want to set ourselves free and shift to thinking healthy thoughts. I commend you for sticking to it!!

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LUBAML 9/6/2010 12:36PM

    Great Job Girl! I'm happy for you! I am so proud of you! I send my best regards and emoticonLuba

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