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How Others See Us VS. How We See Ourselves...

Friday, September 26, 2014


I know many of us know that we are often harder on ourselves... most of us have been guilty of this at one point or another.

Example: You went over your calories for the day, by A LOT. So you beat yourself up, get down on yourself for ruining your day and tell yourself you're a failure.

Yet a Spark friend posts an update that they overate, and they are upset about having such an awful day... you don't tell them they failed, you tell them that it happens to everyone! You let them know that what's done is done, to learn from it, move forward and work harder tomorrow. You offer them kind support instead a kick in the rear.

I am all too familiar with that, and I have been working on being kinder to myself. But what happened the other day was so interesting to me, I had to share it with all of you.



There was a point on our Disneyland trip where my coworker and I were looking through the photos we had taken that day. Each time I saw a photo of her, I instantly noticed that she was smiling, looked pretty and how adorable her mouse ears were. At the same time I was saying "This is a great photo" she was groaning. I asked innocently "what's the problem?" Her response: "All I see is fat thighs, big arms and a giant belly!" I was shocked, none of those things had occurred to me while looking at those photos... and even AFTER her comment, I still didn't see those things. I laughed and told her she was ridiculous.

As we continued flipping through pictures, we came to one of me... this time the situation was reversed! She said it was cute and I groaned. Then I couldn't help but laugh... I said we were both guilty of the same thing, because when I looked at the picture of me, all I saw was a pregnant belly!

It wasn't one of those situations where we were trying to make the other person feel better by complimenting them... I really do believe we were both sincere in our sentiments... but it just goes to show that we are so much harder on ourselves. What we think are our biggest flaws may not even be noticeable to someone else. Even after her pointing out what she didn't like about her pictures, I still didn't agree. I didn't think things were "as bad" as she was saying, not even close!

This is a good thing for me to remember today, as I ate the entire world. Yep... ALL OF IT! emoticon I can wallow in it, kick myself while I'm down, feel like a failure or I can learn from it and try do better tomorrow... and that's sure what I'm going to do!


  
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GRACED777 9/30/2014 1:15AM

    Yes! emoticon Even around goal weight I pick at myself. It's hard for me to like the person I see in the mirror or picture, but it's worth coming to peace with her. She's made in God's image, after all, and He doesn't make junk or ugliness!

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BLUEANGEL2293 9/30/2014 12:59AM

    You are very smart.

FYI you and your friend look adorable in the photos you posted on your blog.

Thank you so much for reminding the rest of us to forgive ourselves.

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MALAMI518 9/29/2014 9:48PM

    Fantastic blog! I love the photos and don't see what either of you see in yourselves, but I know that I am guilty of the same thing in many different ways.

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GRLTAZ 9/29/2014 9:43PM

    Well said Steph ! I liked the war poster a lot. We should be our own best friend.

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Peace, Love and Blessings !

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    emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing!

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PMRUNNER 9/29/2014 5:56PM

    Great illustration of self perception versus how others see us! Being comfortable with and happy with oneself is an attractive quality! (Not vanity, but knowing yourself and confidence).

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DIANESKATZ 9/29/2014 4:12PM

    Very good blog! We all need more positive comments about us and our friends. Thanks for sharing.
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CHARITYAK 9/29/2014 3:41PM

    Love that final quote!

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ONTHEPATH2 9/29/2014 2:52PM

    Love the closing quote! War with one's self is such a waste of time and energy! Not to mention if you win, you lose! Yet, it seem so hard to be kind to myself. I wish I could see myself through another's eyes for just one day!!!

Thanks for the blog. I'm going to work harder on kindness!!!

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ANGELWINGS2580 9/29/2014 1:56PM

    emoticon we all need to be reminded of this from time to time. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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    emoticon Blog! I so agree with this!

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    You're right! emoticon

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LYNNEBB1 9/29/2014 11:08AM

    GREAT post. I look at my friends and don't think about their bodies--I think about all the reasons I like them and how much I am enjoying their company. WHERE did this "mean me" come from? I am so happy when I say "Yeah, ate too much today, but I forgive myself...and I won't quit my healthy lifestyle." emoticon

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GETTING_FIT44 9/29/2014 10:34AM

    This is why I often skip the scale for a few weeks. It keeps my mind off of the number and allows me to fix what I know needs it.

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TERRI518 9/29/2014 8:38AM

    I too do the same thing. I "judge" myself on how I look rather than looking at how far I've come.

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PENOWOK 9/29/2014 6:30AM

    How did you know I did exactly the same thing yesterday?! Yup...we all do that and we ALL need to be kinder to ourselves. Great advice!

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WENDYANNE61 9/29/2014 12:40AM

    I recently read that two of the most important things in a relationship were: kindness and giving each other enough space. Considering we are in a relationship with ourselves too, that would mean we should be kind to ourselves and give ourselves some space as well! Come on, letīs try it! You both look positive and beautiful, girls!

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 9/28/2014 10:41PM

    emoticon I completely agree! It is SO hard to fight that bully inside our heads emoticon But I'm glad I'm not alone! emoticon

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MRSFANCYLADY 9/28/2014 8:14PM

    I am working daily on myself and this attitude. I lost 1 pound in 2 weeks.... normally I'd be down, but I decided that I am looking better in my clothes and feeling better in some of them - so that is a huge accomplishment.

Thanks for the reminder.

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AJB121299 9/28/2014 7:33PM

    nice

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GRANDMABABA 9/28/2014 7:17PM

    So true. I used your awesome blog and my pep talk to me for the day. It is such a great reminder and awesome encouragement. Thanks so much!

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REBECKY441 9/28/2014 6:31PM

    So true!

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I do think we view ourselves differently than others do at times. The problem is when we start getting paranoid about how we look and always think others are talking about us. Yes, a lot of people do make comments about obese people, but not everyone.

Although it is sometimes hurtful, I believe that if we believe in ourselves the comments, sideways glances and everything else that goes along with being obese won't matter as much.

I usually try to pray that the person who is being rude never has to deal with this problem.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/28/2014 4:30PM

    You are so right. We are too hard on ourselves sometimes.
I know I need to work on this myself.

Thanks for the great blog.

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DAWNDMOORE40 9/28/2014 1:45PM

    emoticon I think females are especially hard on themselves. I think with all the hype out there about women being thin and fitting in bikinis and all that, we get down on ourselves if we don't look like the latest fashion model. I am thankful for Spark People because it has taught me so much about being myself and doing what works for me! About liking myself because that is so important to this journey!
emoticon for sharing this with us! It is easier said then done, but I am working on it every day! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITESTORMX2 9/28/2014 1:00PM

    A good reminder...thanks!

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AZMOMXTWO 9/28/2014 11:56AM

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    May your day be full of kindness to yourself and others. emoticon

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SPORT410 9/28/2014 10:39AM

    You are right, we are always most critical of ourselves and in that respect, we are our own worse enemy, it's a bad habit. Thanks for reminding us to be nice to ourselves emoticon

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SEDONACAT 9/28/2014 8:01AM

    You could have been describing me whenever I look at my picture. I only see faults. Need to change that but.... emoticon
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MOVING2LOSE 9/28/2014 7:26AM

    I love your insight! I was especially struck by the motivational quote you posted. Life is to short to be at war with yourself. How great is that!! I would have never thought of it this way. But you know what? It's so very true for a lot of us.

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BFLOGRL 9/28/2014 7:13AM

    great insights! Your blog used practical examples and comparisons. I hope I remember your comments when I'm tempted to say something about myself. emoticon emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 9/28/2014 7:01AM

    Cute photos! Great blog! I have been working very hard on being kind to myself and being my own best friend! We all should make that effort!
Hugs,
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1DRWOMAN 9/28/2014 6:21AM

    I learned a long time ago that when someone compliments you, you smile and say thank you...and that's all...not follow it with...but....

I also learned a saying "Stop talking badly about yourself, there's other people out there doing it and you don't need to add to it! " lol

It takes a lot of strength to "act" like you like how you look...but one day you won't be acting anymore!

Thank you for sharing. I love your photos!!!

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TENNISJIM 9/28/2014 6:17AM

    Agreed

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Take Joy In The Little Things! :D

Wednesday, September 24, 2014



As much fun as I've been having, going to places like the Zoo or Disneyland... or planning my upcoming adventures for Universal, Disneyland and eventually Florida... all days can't nearly be that exciting! There is a part of me that wishes they COULD all be that awesome, but I would probably end up pretty exhausted! emoticon Rest is good, and important! So I am doing my best to find joy in the little things!

Today, that cute elephant toy was on sale, then with my cartwheel ap from Target it was an extra 10% off, plus another 5% off with my Target card. Okay, so I could have totally afforded the dog toy at regular price, but who doesn't love getting a bargain?! emoticon Besides, we know my dog NEEDS an elephant toy. ;) But such a small action made him soooooooooooo happy, and it made me so happy that he was so happy! emoticon

Another bright spot in the day? Actually loaded photos to a website to have them PRINTED. I know you might be thinking, "what is so great about printing photos?" There really isn't anything special about it... but I am the girl that didn't want people taking photos of me in the past. I am now the girl that not only wants her pictures taken, but she wants to post and share them, and even print some and make a photo album and maybe just maybe put some in a frame. *GASPS* emoticon How did that happen? What a 180 I have done in my thinking and my life is truly so different from what it was.

The one thing I want to share is, I lost over 80 pounds before my confidence returned, and before I changed my way of thinking. I really wish I would've gotten a grip on that sooner. So what I want to share with all of you is, don't wait to be happy and enjoying your life! We all have things we don't like about ourselves or our lives... we all have struggles and obstacles to overcome, and of course things aren't always emoticon's and emoticon's... but we can find a little bit of good/joy in each and every day! If you have the opportunity to take a picture with a friend or at a special place, DO IT! Don't worry about how you might look or how this or that might be hanging or looking... years from now you and your loved ones will want those photos! I have missed out on so many opportunities to have lasting memories from some awesome photographs, and I refuse to let any more moments pass me by!

You don't have to be as obnoxious as me, posting all 900 photos for everyone to see! emoticon emoticon Even if you keep them for you and no one sees them, at least they are there! If you are starting your journey or you still have a lot of weight to lose, you will be happy you have that as a "before" photo when you get that weight off. Boy do I wish I had more "before" photos.

So enjoy the little things... I know it's cheesy, but it's true! emoticon

P.S. Anyone partaking in my "game", how's it going? I am about to complete day 4/4! I may not WIN, but I am sure going to give her a run for her money! :D



  
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JERICHO1991 9/29/2014 10:15PM

    There are lots of little things to be thankful for. Thanks for the reminder.

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    So true.....thanks!

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    emoticon about taking photos. I have lost over 120 pounds and I have no before photos because I wouldn't let anyone take a picture of me. If someone did and I saw it I ripped it up. Oh they got mad at me but they had no right taking it when they knew how I felt about having my pictures taken. Very few exist. I do have a Christmas picture taken on Christmas Eve with the family but only because my life was threatened if I didn't. Now I am sorry there are no before pictures. No one that didn't know me believes I was ever obese. You fat, yeah right.

I love your dog and yes, he definitely needed that toy elephant, You could see how happy he is. He is well loved.

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RITEEBEE 9/26/2014 12:52PM

    Love love love this blog!! I am with you, I would like to have more confidence, but I am definitely going to try and be happy in the moment, and stop hiding from the camera so much.

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MOMMY445 9/26/2014 11:46AM

    such a positive blog! thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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REBESANCON 9/26/2014 10:14AM

    "Don't wait to be happy and enjoying your life." I agree 100%. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its problems. It robs today of its joy.

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JSEATTLE 9/25/2014 10:47PM

  I'm with you about the little things. It ends up being what life is really made up of, lots of little things, small victories, tiny joys.

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MAYBER 9/25/2014 9:36PM

    You do deserve to be happy and everyday there is something to be grateful for one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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JUNEAU2010 9/25/2014 7:02PM

    Love the happy dog picture! I am so glad you are doing pictures of yourself. I know it will be a huge victory when I get to that point on my journey!
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GEMINIGEM6 9/25/2014 3:47PM

    Love this! And I love buying toys for my dog (aka furkid) also! She gets so excited! :)

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PENOWOK 9/25/2014 2:20PM

    What a wonderful, positive, upbeat and right on target blog!! Positively inspiring!! Thanks!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/25/2014 1:56PM

  I'm delighted your having so much fun and your attitude is good. I forgot what your game was ( 4/4 ). Oh well, you obviously did a streak of 4 days and I think it is 21-30 days becomes a habit.

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NONNAOF2 9/25/2014 1:22PM

  It's the positives that keep us going from day to day! I like to think that I am surrounded by many positive things in my life! :-)

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ALYEPSEN 9/25/2014 11:29AM

    I needed to read this today! Thank you for the much needed inspiration!! :)

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BAMAJAM2 9/25/2014 11:19AM

  Super message-- thank you!
"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will realize these are the big things." The phrase on the cover of my photo album. . .

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MCJOYFUL 9/25/2014 11:08AM

    So true! I am learning to live life now, in the moment, and not wait until I reach my goal weight. Every day has something to offer.

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SCRAPBECCA 9/25/2014 10:53AM

    Your blog posts always make me smile. Thanks for bringing a little bit of extra joy to my day! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 9/25/2014 10:43AM

    Very good!!

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SHERYLP461 9/25/2014 8:13AM

    Living in the right now will not only eliminate worry, but give you the opportunity to enjoy your life. Life is happening now, not tomorrow or yesterday.

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    emoticon emoticon We need to find the Joy in where we are at now!! Then the future will take care of itself!!

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TRYINGHARD54 9/25/2014 5:47AM

    I don't have many pictures of me.. I'm always the one taking the pictures, so I don't have to be in them. . good blog. emoticon

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CATNURSE1 9/25/2014 4:26AM

    When I got involved with my now husband, I got so comfortable in the relationship that I took a lot for granted. We had a routine and plans and schedules and everything was just peachy. But then his youngest son got seriously ill and it put a spin on our "perfect relationship". We weathered that storm, went on to get married, had a daughter, and retired and continue to live.

What I learned during the illness that has left our son permanently disabled is that life can change in the blink of any eye, be grateful for what you have, and be flexible. Before we moved up here, I'd look out the window and say "Oh, look, a Stellar Jay" and go back to the task at hand. Now I look out the window and say "Oh! Look! A grosbeak!" and run for the camera. Now I like not having a schedule when before I had one planned to the minute.

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SUBMOM2 9/25/2014 12:24AM

    What a great attitude. Thanks for posting this!

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ps - I LOVE the Mickey jack-o-lantern on your page!!!!!

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JAMER123 9/24/2014 10:18PM

    I only have accidental pictures of me when I was at my heaviest. And now I am glad as there is such a difference. Thanks for the reminder to all!
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1STBUCKETITEM 9/24/2014 9:06PM

  emoticon I have avoided pictures taken of me for so many years. I don't have any "before pictures" either, except some taken over 2-1/2 years ago at my Mom's Birthday. Of course, they were taken at my highest weight and I did manage to lose maybe 20 lbs. a just over a year ago. But now I'm the lightest I've been for over 25 years! I'm over half way to my goal, and I know I'll make it all the way this time! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/24/2014 5:22PM

    What a refreshing blog. No matter the day, there really IS something, if only one thing, that's good about it, eve if it's as simple as I'M ALIVE AND BREATHING!

Love Sparky w/his elephant. See, doesn't take mch to make him happy, right!?! Lesson learned.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 9/24/2014 3:04PM

    Always enjoy reading your blogs. :) Love your new background page.

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Dland Part 2: Revenge Of The Mouse + Game Has Begun!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Okay, so I totally went to Disneyland again, but this time with a friend/coworker! I had a blast with my uncle, but boys aren't as "picturey" as girls are! LOL. We like to take pics, and go do little silly stuff that maybe a guy wouldn't be interested in doing. We had a blast and are headed back the first week of October, the second week of October I'm headed back with my uncle... but this coming Saturday I'm headed to Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights! So excited! The thing with that is, I had always wanted to go, but I wasn't able to handle all the walking at 270 pounds. I went to Disneyland once at that weight and it almost killed me. Everything hurt, I had to take a lot of breaks, and I got a horrible blister which didn't help matters!

So it wasn't until 3 years ago that I started partaking in the Hollywood Horror Nights! This will be the 3rd year that I am going and I plan to go yearly (if I like the mazes LOL). They are still sticking with The Walking Dead which I can't get enough of and so I'm ready to go check it out. It is just so amazing how much my life has changed from losing this weight. I can only imagine how much easier things will be 30 pounds from now... physically at least! :) This journey has been tough and full of twists and turns, but it was definitely worth it!

P.S. I did show my rubber band (rainbow loom) Pluto to real Pluto. Yes I am a dork, but I'm not ashamed LOL!

P.S.S. Anyone who is in on my game (most good days out of 30), I didn't forget and it was the only thing that kept me from eating the world on Saturday LOL! I am 1/1 on good days and working to make it 2/2, we can do this! emoticon

The Tower Of Terror.. My first time, needless to say I was terrified!

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MRSRIGS1 9/29/2014 7:39PM

    Fun, fun, fun! Love the pictures and your Minnie ears!

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    Enjoy yourself! You deserve it! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 9/28/2014 8:58AM

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like my kind of fun.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 9/24/2014 4:42PM

    Glad you had a great time, you look wonderful!!! You go girl!

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SHERYLP461 9/23/2014 9:31PM

    Great photo's I know you had the best time!

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JSEATTLE 9/23/2014 4:47PM

  I love your pictures. You look so HAPPY!! I am so proud of you for embracing life and making plans to return to your favorite place!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/23/2014 4:44PM

  It is terrific you are reall emoticon y enjoying yourself more and MORE

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NONNAOF2 9/23/2014 3:20PM

  We all have a bit of our inner child with us, how wonderful that you are able to go visit so often and partake in the celebrations! Have a great time!! :-)

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LCRUMLEY81 9/23/2014 1:31PM

  This is truly what life is about

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HMEGHAN02 9/23/2014 12:57PM

    I was at Disneyland on Sunday! So much fun! And yeah, the walking is a lot, no matter what shape you're in. My legs and feet were killing me when I tried to go to sleep that night. My pedometer app read over 10 miles by the end of it (some of which might be from the rides, but mostly the walking)! It sounds like you're doing great. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 9/23/2014 10:53AM

  I emoticon how you live each day to its fullest and enjoy the moment.

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    It is ALWAYS ok to be a dork! I am so glad you are living YOUR life, by YOUR rules! Me, too! emoticon

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    emoticon Love the pics, looks like you had a GREAT time!

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PENOWOK 9/23/2014 6:37AM

    This trip totally rocks! I'm so glad you were able to go and have so much fun!!!

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    you look so happy. emoticon

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    I'm so happy for you. I can feel your joy from your pics not just see it!! emoticon with being 1/1. I hope you're 3/3 by now. emoticon emoticon

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    Looks like loads of fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Glad you're having lots of fun. Love the pictures. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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    Love the pictures of you having so much fun!! So happy for you!
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    THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PICTURES. YOU LOOK LIKE YOU ARE HAVING SO MUCH FUN.

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    I can tell you had a fun time! Love the Mickey pumpkins.

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Enjoy Universal Studios! I haven't been there for over 23 years and it is probably more awesome now with all of the tech stuff that can be done.
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1CRAZYDOG 9/22/2014 2:44PM

    You are definitely in your element @ Disneyland! Cute

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  I'm going back to Disneyland when I pass my clinical. Thanks for the memories!

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    Good for you! Thanks for letting us share in the fun! emoticon



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    Living the Disney Dream emoticon

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MCJOYFUL 9/22/2014 11:12AM

    That looks like so much fun! I am glad you had a good time!

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SUSIEMT 9/22/2014 10:32AM

    Stephanie, I wish I had been there! You both look so happy! I am so glad you lost that extra weight so you could really enjoy Disneyland/Universal Studios!
You ROCK girl!

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Who Wants To Play A Game?

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Okay, so not a scary game, but a fun game! Okay, maybe fun is over advertising a little bit! emoticon I was trying to come up for a way that my coworker and I could get back to business and kind of feeling like we are working on our weight loss together. As everyone knows, our Disneyland goal kind of went in the toilet, but we are going to Disneyland on Friday anyways. emoticon We are ready to have some fun and cut loose, but we still want to get back to business in terms of weight loss.

At first we talked about various plans, and she may go one route and I might go another. That is the thing, no one way works for everyone, and we have to do what we can stick to. If we settle for a plan that isn't what we want to do, or that is wrong for us, we are kind of setting ourselves up for failure right off the bat. So I tried to figure out a way that we could do this together but separate.

2,000 calories for us is about maintenance. As long as we do not go over 2,000 we are at the very least standing still. Obviously the bigger the deficit the bigger the step forward... but as long as we are aren't taking giant steps back, I consider that a win. So this is how I decided our game would work.

emoticon The game will last for 30 days. We plan to do more than one round, so that we have more than one chance to be the big winner. ;)

emoticon We must track all our food for the day, if we are under 2,000 calories then that counts as a good day!

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emoticon Whoever has the most good days in the 30 day period is the big winner!

emoticon The loser will either pay for parking our next trip to Disneyland (we split parking typically) OR buy the other lunch at Disneyland.

So as basic and simple/silly as this might be, it gives us a sense that we are doing it together. The "big prize" at the end is really only a matter of 8-10 dollars. So it is not like we are betting crazy amounts of money that we can't afford to lose, it'll just be a nice treat for the winner. I also think doing it for 30 days is great, and doing multiple rounds makes it better. That way we both have a chance to win.

I have been really slacking on tracking my food on days where I've eaten poorly. So that rule about forfeiting the day if I don't track is a big one. I want to put up a good fight and have as many good days as possible, which means tracking every bite!

They very obvious benefit of this game, are that regardless of who wins or loses, we will both have lots of good days under our belt, and that is going to lead to some weight loss! There really are no "losers" when it comes to this game! I don't like competing in terms of pounds or even percentage of weight loss... it just puts too much emphasis on the scale and sometimes that can be discouraging. But calories IN are very controllable and something that we can work hard at and get the rewards! :)

We are starting our game on Saturday, September 20th, and this round will end on October 19th. I invite any of you who want to play the game to join in. The beauty of this game is that you can customize it to your needs! Try to have as many good days out of 30 as you can. You can define what a "good day" is for YOU. Maybe you want to track exercise, steps, calories... maybe you want to only eat when you are hungry, maybe you want to cut out a certain food or drink for 30 days. The world is your oyster! Of course I can't buy all of you lunch, but I will post again half way through and at the end and you can let me know how many good days you have had... and there will be goodies for all participants! (I know I know, a goodie is kind of underwhelming, but it's all I got emoticon)



  
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AAHMED61 9/24/2014 3:25AM

    Hey, its a gr8 idea. i want to quit sugar for 30 thirty day. i'll start counting my days from today.
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JUNEAU2010 9/20/2014 12:23PM

    Count me in! I love the idea!

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ZELLAZM 9/20/2014 6:29AM

    Have fun! May the best woman win!
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I'll be doing the 5% challenge so that's enough games for me, but the team goals (go, Firecrackers) are similar, as are my monthly goals for September (and October and forever!).

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LINDAK25 9/19/2014 6:53PM

    I love it! What a great challenge! I'm bad about tracking on days when I've eaten poorly, too. I have to get back to tracking everything.

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ADF1981 9/19/2014 4:01PM

    Sounds like a great challenge!

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MALAMI518 9/19/2014 12:37PM

    Great game! I will play along; I just need to figure out what a "good" day is for me. I think it's a game where everyone will come out as a winner!

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SLIMLEAF 9/19/2014 11:55AM

    An excellent idea!

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SUSIEMT 9/19/2014 8:57AM

    Woo Hoo! Sounds like fun! Just remember to be consistent and you will always be the winner! emoticon

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JAMER123 9/19/2014 12:03AM

    I can join in too!! I do track daily my intake so I will choose something else to work on. Sounds fun!
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SLLYONS51 9/18/2014 11:44PM

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    emoticon I'm in and ready to kick some butt!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon plan. Have fun. emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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SPEDED2 9/18/2014 8:05PM

    Luck to you!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/18/2014 5:35PM

    It's a great plan! I hope that the motivation helps both of you to succeed!

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POLSKARENIA 9/18/2014 5:12PM

    Enjoy the game - you're sure to have lots of fun!

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BLUEJAY1969 9/18/2014 4:53PM

    Boy that first picture was creepy in the extreme! (I have an aversion to clowns!) Sounds like you have a great "game" worked out! I won't be joining as I'm already up to my ears in a couple of challenges but I thank you for the invite! Good luck!
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BEACHCALSIX 9/18/2014 2:25PM

    I'm totally IN. I need some motivation for these last pounds! I'll post how many good days I've had on the halfway mark and end mark! Sounds fun!!
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JOJOSLIVIN 9/18/2014 1:29PM

    What a great idea! I also do not like competing to see who losses the most weight or fat. This sounds like you are both winning. GREAT!!!!!

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SUBMOM2 9/18/2014 12:04PM

    That is a great idea! emoticon

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MARITIMER3 9/18/2014 10:57AM

    I like it. Challenges of any kind "up the ante" for me. I've only recently started tracking my food honestly on bad days, and it really helps... was that cookie really worth it? Usually not!

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MCJOYFUL 9/18/2014 10:49AM

    That sounds like I great idea! And I like that each round is relatively short term so it's easier to stay focused.

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NASFKAB 9/18/2014 8:44AM

  great way to stay focused on your goal

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BEANIES_MOM 9/18/2014 8:38AM

    I think that is a great game to play!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/18/2014 8:35AM

    Good job finding ways to keep yourself motivated -- it's the long term motivation and consistency that gets it done.

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GRANJERRY1 9/18/2014 7:57AM

    Good Luck with the game...hope all you children enjoy it....with my semi-soft and all vegetarian food I barely do more than 900 calories a day...but my docs are ok because I can't really exercise to burn those calories away....Ahhh some JOA

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ADARKARA 9/18/2014 7:53AM

    This game is awesome!!!

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/18/2014 7:52AM

    Go for it!

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LOVINSHERRY78 9/18/2014 7:48AM

    i'm in! :) great idea!!

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KANOE10 9/18/2014 7:44AM

    That is a fun creative way to stay on track. It is a great tool.

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ICECUB 9/18/2014 7:32AM

    I WANT TO PLAY!! I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT DOING WW AGAIN. SO I WILL COUNTING POINTS AND EXERCISE. I THINK THAT WILL WORK FOR ME.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/18/2014 7:27AM

    Great concept! Should be very motivating for both of you !
I don't have Disneyland near-by, just casinos. UH OH.
I love that your criteria is behaviors that you control. I definitely think that will work better for you than results criteria.

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BESSHAILE 9/18/2014 7:03AM

    Love your game. Love your reward. Really love that you are going to Disneyland!

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FELINEBETTER 9/18/2014 6:58AM

    Steph! Along with all the other wonderful things I love about you -- you are certainly creative! We are alike in that I am always looking for ways to have fun with whatever I am doing. This is a great idea - friendly sort of competition and in the end -- everybody wins anyway!

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KIM22211 9/18/2014 6:22AM

    I am sorry to say I would have to make the calories less in order to call it a good day! I wish I could just stand still at 2000!!! That would make me gain for sure! ugh!!! But I will get my "number" and go along with you! I expect you to have to mail me the lunch you are going to owe me though! lol!!!

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/18/2014 6:04AM

    You are quite the problem solver! You found something that you and your fried can do together with a common goal that will help you BOTH! I love it.

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REALITYCHECK86 9/18/2014 4:38AM

    Hey, I'm game!! I was wanting to do something anyway because I've gained a bit of weight back and I've really been slacking the last several weeks. I am going on vacation on October 20th so that will give me exactly 1 month to lose some weight before my trip. We will be traveling by plane with our 10 month old, so that should be interesting! It would be great to lose a little before we go. Good luck and may the best tracker win!
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So Here's The Problem... LOL!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This is totally one of this ridiculous "non problem problems"! emoticon I have been thinking a lot about everything. How I am still up 8ish pounds from my lowest weight... That I am still almost 30 pounds away from my goal weight and I was trying to really figure some things out. Before I think I was scared of the success... I think I'm to a point now where I'm not really scared and I'm definitely not self sabotaging as much, which is a huge step in the right direction! But there is obviously something keeping me around this weight for a year. I know part of it is lack of focus, I get really focused, drop 10 pounds. slack off, eat too much and gain it back. Sounds like a ridiculous cycle, and it pretty much is... but here is what I figured out about how I feel right now...



Okay, so that sounds awful, but it's how I feel! I am not at my goal, but I am a happy girl lately! I am getting out and having fun, I am enjoying places like Disneyland and the Zoo that I avoided for years because I weighed 90 pounds more than I do today and walking took such a physical toll on my body. I can do so much, and while I am still overweight, I can walk miles with ease, I can fit into all the rides at Disneyland and I feel confident in doing so! I even have my trip to Florida in November, and I've never traveled anywhere past Vegas. The idea of flying as an obese person sounded like so much work, and it held me back. Now I will have finally made it to the east coast and that is exciting! emoticon



In fact, I feel so confident that I bought tickets to Luke Bryan, well actually, I bought 1 ticket! I am going alone! I could have had someone go with me, but I would have had to buy nosebleed tickets for the same price as the good seat. So I got 1 ticket, and it's seat 1 which means it's an isle seat. A few months ago I was stressing about who was going to go with me to a concert, and now I have chosen to go alone. I also plan to head to Disneyland and the Zoo by myself. I was always so self conscious going places that I needed someone with me, but now I am confident enough to go by myself, and in some cases it might be even more fun. For example: Single rider lines at Disneyland are way shorter than the regular lines, BOOYAH! Better seat at a concert because it's 1 seat, SCORE! emoticon

With that said, I am not done with weight loss. When I told someone the other day I still had the last 30 pounds to go, they very sweetly said "You can do it! But even if you never lose another pound, you have accomplished SO much, and you should be proud! You look great and have come so far!" emoticon I graciously accepted such a wonderful compliment, but in my mind I thought to myself "I want to lose the last 30 pounds, I don't want to settle." So I know the desire is there, I want to accomplish my goals, which includes goal weight, maintenance, tummy tuck and life long maintenance. I am not going to short change myself after coming this far. But on the flip side of that, it's nice to feel like I have accomplished something great. It feels good to be proud and confident and to be out enjoying life instead of hiding at home because I'm ashamed of my weight.

So that is the problem... emoticon Trying to find the balance between being proud and enjoying things how they are now, but wanting to push myself that much farther to achieve the rest of my goals. I think when I was obese and truly miserable, there was this drive to lose the weight to become happier and to feel better physically... now that I've achieved that there is no desperation to get the rest of this weight off.

So as I said, it's a non problem problem and I am enjoying life and everything it has to offer! But I do have plans to go all the way and finish what I started. It is just clearly taking a lot longer than I hoped. emoticon

  
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SIOBANGMOM 9/24/2014 4:31PM

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WRITERWANNAB 9/22/2014 9:15PM

    Hearing where you are in your life right now brings great joy to my heart! You sound to me like your heart & mind are in a good place - a place of power. You're enjoying your journey & know you can & will do even better. What a woman! emoticon

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HYATTI1 9/22/2014 1:45PM

    Good for you....great job.

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    Good for you....great job.

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    I am SOOOOOOOooooooo PROUD of you and HAPPY for you!!!!!!!
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IHCSURVIVOR80 9/21/2014 8:18PM

    So true and so positive! Great!

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JANEWATKINS 9/21/2014 8:48AM

    Encouraging to me. Thanks.

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JERICHO1991 9/20/2014 1:14PM

    Good blog. Thanks for sharing.

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TIFFFIT 9/20/2014 11:50AM

    Great attitude, and congratulations on all the successes you've already realized. You can do this!

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KANOE10 9/20/2014 6:48AM

    Losing 90 pounds is great and no wonder you are happier and more energetic. You will get rid of those last pounds in your own time. I am glad you are doing things alone. I do also. It is fun to get out and enjoy life.



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ADF1981 9/19/2014 4:09PM

    Non-problem, love it LOL! Totally get it. I think part of my maintaining over the summer was because I was close to goal and sort of stuck at the same time so I accepted it for a while. It took me most of last month to get back to being in that zone of really being focused even though I really wasn't doing bad it was more of I could've been doing better. So happy for you and all of your accomplishments. Great job at getting out there and having some fun too! You've got this and it is great that you are still pushing forward towards your goals.

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MALAMI518 9/19/2014 12:39PM

    I think that's one of my problems, too. I'm pretty happy and comfortable where I am (until I'm not), so I've been playing with some little ups and downs. The longer it lasts, the muddier it becomes as far as to what I REALLY want. I need to pin that down and work for it! I have a similar blog started that I hope to finish up soon.

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WALNUTT1961 9/18/2014 9:23PM

    I have gotten too comfortable at my weight now and all of my clothes fit or are too large. I need to move forward.

You are doing great! You will have a great time at the concert!

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BABECAVE 9/18/2014 8:22PM

    Your Going Places!!!

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GRACED777 9/18/2014 6:28PM

    Good problem to have--don't want to settle, but also want to find out what weight is no more effort to maintain than you want to continue to put into it. You find out by trying.

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GRASSHOPPER65 9/18/2014 4:54PM

    emoticon You're doing great. I LOVE your attitude. I've always said that I would be truly happy if I could watch a sunset and not HAVE to have someone there with me enjoying it. Congratulations on your self-acceptance.

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AJB121299 9/18/2014 4:39PM

    keep moving forward

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/18/2014 4:13PM

    Life is very good for you, so enjoy it. Don't sweat those 30 pounds, but don't lose sight of that goal to lose it either. Maintaining your weight for a year is no small task, and you should be very proud that you have done that! Continue to enjoy yourself, while keeping your eye on that gold ring (goal weight)--it's there--waiting for you to grab it, and I have no doubt you will reach it one of these days!

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SIRENAOFTHESEA 9/18/2014 2:59PM

    I'm so happy for you and you should feel proud. You have worked hard to get here. Just do what you do and if you lose weight great just enjoy! emoticon

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ALEXZANDRIA999 9/18/2014 2:55PM

  Isn't that feeling more important than some random number? You ARE awesome.

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STILLMENEWBODY 9/18/2014 2:44PM

    You sound extremely HAPPY! I love your attitude and the fact that you want to finish what you started but are comfortable in your body right now! Who knows....you may decide the full 30 isn't what you want anymore because you are healthy, happy and fit. You have the power to decide. In the meantime....sounds like you have a lot of awesomeness coming up....ENJOY!

Congrats on your success to date!

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ALMISSE 9/18/2014 1:18PM

    Congrats on your weight loss so far, and all the rewarding experiences that have come of it. You'll lose the other thirty in time, but for now just focus on living healthy, and happy!

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REDGIRL54 9/18/2014 10:56AM

    You have done an amazing job! I admire your openness about your weight-loss journey. I am 19 pounds away from my goal and I have stayed the same weight for nearly two months. Part of my issue is the same as yours. I like the way I feel and I like the way I look and I like the way my clothing fits! I feel so much healthier than I did back in January 2014. I actually look forward to exercising! I enjoy going to the pool! I love the accountability that SparkPeople offers and all this is free!

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ERABEL 9/18/2014 10:52AM

    I like your way of thinking. emoticon

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    I like your way of thinking. emoticon

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PACKERMANN 9/18/2014 10:02AM

    "...there was this drive to lose the weight to become happier and to feel better physically...now that I've achieved that there is no desperation to get the rest of this weight off."

this makes so much sense to me as to why I've been stalled for a year.

thanks for sharing!

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C8TSON 9/18/2014 9:49AM

    LOVE your confidence! It's a real inspiration to me, because I have 0 self confidence. You have made amazing progress! Great job! And thank you for sharing this in your blogs. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/18/2014 9:31AM

    Getting off the last 30 pounds is definitely worth it! You can do it. Slowly is great, because you are learning maintenance skills as you go. You end up eating about the way you'll eat for the rest of your life.

Great blog! Congrats on a blog award. Well deserved!!

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ICECUB 9/18/2014 7:36AM

    HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE LUKE BRYAN CONCERT. T STILL HAVE A PROBLEM WITH GOING PLACES ALONE. I FEEL UN COMFORTABLE. BUT I AM WORKING ON IT. LOVE YOUR PICS ESPECIALLY THE PUP.

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