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This Attempt Could FINALLY Be Your LAST!

Friday, September 13, 2013



So a recurring theme I seem to hear on Spark that I was guilty of as well is thinking to yourself: "Every time I have lost weight in the past, I have gained it all back! What makes me think this time could be any different? Maybe I'll lose 10, 20 even 30 pounds, but I'm going to gain it back because I've always gained it back in the past, so what is the point?" Most of the time that isn't our first thought when we start a new weight loss program or journey. We all start off with that sparkle, that I can do this attitude. The first week is great, new changes, drinking your water, moving a little, losing 3-5 pounds the first week with just the simplest of changes. But as the days and weeks roll on, that awful voice starts sneaking up on you. Mine was a real stinker, she was famous for reminding me "You will ALWAYS be fat!" She would list all the times I had lost weight only to gain it back. I had lost 40 pounds 2 or 3 times in my life only to gain them back (plus more). That wasn't even including all the times I lost 10-30 pounds just to throw in the towel and go back to my old ways.

When I started March of 2012, there was a huge part of me that didn't truly believe I could do it. But then I would see these amazing people on Spark that had lost 100+ pounds and were keeping it off. In fact pretty much all of them had lost weight in the past only to gain it back... but this time was different for them. It didn't matter how many times they had "failed" at weight loss... they were succeeding now. That is when I realized you never know when this weight loss attempt could be your last one!

So when that voice starts creeping in, reminding you that you've ALWAYS gained it back, you need to shut that voice down and tell it that this time is different. You are stronger, wiser, and more prepared this time than you were in the past. You know this is a lifestyle, not a fad diet. You know that you need to watch your calories or food in take, that you need to do physical activity that is appropriate for you, and that this takes work. You now know the sneaky things that voice can say to you and you are ready to fight it tooth and nail to prove it wrong! So if you find yourself thinking this time won't be any different and that you will only gain it back, you be sure to shut that voice down!

I will tell you 18 months later and 80 pounds down that voice is still around, but it is so much quieter, I almost have to struggle to hear it. Because with each passing month that I don't give up, and each pound lost, that voice is starting to realize I am stronger than it thought I was! emoticon emoticon

This attempt could be your last, just don't give up and keep Sparking! emoticon emoticon

  
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TERRIJ7 2/17/2014 12:24PM

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today! Right ON!


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UWPALUM 10/8/2013 12:26PM

    I definitely have that voice, but it has gotten much quieter over the months!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/25/2013 7:07PM

    Great blog....a positive outlook for all us fellow Sparkers

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LEANMEAN2 9/21/2013 7:43AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing.

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ANNIE4108 9/18/2013 1:45PM

  Wow I felt like I was writing your blog! I have gained and lost the same 50lbs too many times to count. I too heard that little voice "not again" that tried to defeat my new journey and chance to be healthy and "Me" again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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LEEW0LF 9/17/2013 10:46AM

  that thought has been my downfall and my excuse and lack of commitment. thanks I needed to hear that my roller coaster could actually in fact end.

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SPARKBJOK 9/17/2013 9:26AM

    Great inspiration!

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WIZCAB 9/16/2013 9:17PM

    Thank you for the post--wise words--inspirational! I have that voice as well--this is a lifestyle change--it's a process not an event!

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BLINGQUEEN:O) 9/16/2013 8:33PM

    GREAT WORDS OF WISDOM! I too have had a long, yo-yo journey. I always have said, "I will never give up cuz you never know when forever starts! This can be my forever!" I restarted July 5th and so far so good! YOU are my inspiration today! emoticon

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JUNIORSSISTER 9/16/2013 7:53PM

    emoticon Wow and I thought that voice was only in 'MY HEAD", seems like that conversation was on speaker phone. Congratulations on your accomplishments. I am just getting back on spark train. Trying very hard to look ahead and not back. This was the perfect post for me to read today. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

Patty
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CANES173 9/16/2013 7:31PM

    Loved reading your blog!

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CAROL_31649731 9/16/2013 4:30PM

    Thank you for sharing today . . . I continue to try and shut down that voice, too. I love sparking & I won't give up either!!! You story is inspiring; congrats & continue on, my friend! emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 9/16/2013 4:20PM

    You go girl! Squash that inner voice and put her in her place!! You keep up the good work.

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SVJACKS23 9/16/2013 3:30PM

  I loved reading your blog today! It's inspiring and very relatable to me personally! Thank you for being open and honest. Congratulations on your success emoticon

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IMAGINE46 9/16/2013 3:22PM

  So true. Great post. Thanks! emoticon

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FARIS71 9/16/2013 2:37PM

    Oh that is so true. Everytime we don't get up, that pesky voice gets quieter. Thanks for the boost!

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KELLYD2112 9/16/2013 1:43PM

    Yep - I've been listening to that voice for a while now and gaining steadily. Time to shut'r up emoticon

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BUBBATYLER 9/16/2013 1:17PM

    Thanks for the post, I really needed to hear that today! I only lost one pound this week and my inner voice was being REALLY mean to me emoticon !

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SUZIPAM1 9/16/2013 12:30PM

    you doing so well

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  Thanks for the push! You are awesome. emoticon

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BLONDIE218145 9/16/2013 11:35AM

    Ty for your thoughts...

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  Good blog

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HLOCHRIDGE 9/16/2013 9:44AM

    Congratulations!!! Thanks for the post!

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  Well done you!

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QUAIL75 9/16/2013 8:14AM

    Great blog! Thanks for the motivation!

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KIRSTENCO 9/16/2013 6:05AM

    I really like the eone about the future being more important than the past :-)

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    Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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CATGETTINGFIT 9/15/2013 11:51PM

    This is just what I needed to hear today. Thank you! emoticon

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PDAN04 9/15/2013 9:18PM

    I see a career as a motivational speaker in your future! :)

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LULUBELLE65 9/15/2013 6:47PM

    Great post!

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SKABELS2 9/15/2013 6:18PM

  Oh that voice . . . it won for a week, but now she's gonna hush up cuz I'm ready to be back on track. Love the post - thank you!!!

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MOMMY445 9/15/2013 6:00PM

    i needed to hear this,too! have a wonderful day!

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BOPPY_ 9/15/2013 5:32PM

    What wins THIS race is consistency. To achieve consistency, several things are required. Most important among them are:

* Tracking: what you eat and how much, how much you weigh; how you exercise , and at what level, and for how long.
* Record all that you track.
* Plan what you eat and how much before you shop, cook and eat. Plan your goals. Make them small and achievable; achieve then; then, upgrade them.
* Have a model that allows you to achieve your goals. Visualize that model of you! The above is a good part of the model.
* Spend your time on the above with less time spent looking for inspiration.
* Share the success and shortcomings in your blog.

It always works. Always!

Lee

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You can just call me "OVERWEIGHT"! WOOHOO!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Okay, so my philosophy recently has been...


emoticon This journey is a long and hard one, especially when you want to lose 100+ pounds... so each victory no matter how small is a great way to get excited about this journey and keep us focused!

Today I am celebrating a big triumph on the BMI scale! With that said, I am not a big fan of the BMI scale. If you go by that chart, I mean no disrespect at all... but it definitely doesn't take into account muscles and the way our bodies are built and so it is not the end all be all for me. But on the flip side of that, when it says something in my favor, I think it's pretty darn awesome!! emoticon As of this morning I weighed 191 even, which means I am in the OVERWEIGHT category! emoticonAt my highest weight I believe it was Class 3/Morbid Obesity, so to get down into the overweight category is a dream! I am super excited for my physical on the 19th, because it'll be the first time my doctor can't say "You are still in the obese category but I'm glad you are working on it!" emoticon

My goal weight of 170 will be 102 pounds lost and that is where I'm headed and then I am going to reevaluate things. I am thinking something more like 160, all I know is that even when I am at my goal and maintaining, if the BMI wants to call me overweight even then, it won't bother me. emoticon So call me fat, call me chunky, call me chubby, call me overweight, just don't call me obese. emoticon



One more NSV for the day, I wore my size 16 (down from 24) shorts today... the FIRST time wearing shorts public in over 10 years. emoticon You know what was amazing? Nobody gave a tiny rats butt if I was wearing shorts! No one laughed or snickered, no one even really looked my way. It is sad to think I waited 10 years to wear shorts because I was afraid of what others might say or do. It is often 100+ degrees here and I would just sweat it out in my jeans... so if you can relate to this, and you aren't wearing or doing something because of what others might think, JUST DO IT! If you are comfortable wearing something that is all that matters, and everyone else doesn't care about what we do nearly as much as we think they do! I can't believe I wasted 10 years melting in the sun, but those days are over!

  
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INCH_BY_INCH 4/13/2014 1:17PM

  emoticon I enjoyed how you describe it. It has helped me in doing attitude change for my own journey. Thank you.

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    Thank you for sharing!
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    Congratulations!

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    That's great Stephanie! U look awesome! I am so impressed - u r my hero!
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SWAN47 9/22/2013 2:36PM

    You are emoticon ! Thanks for sharing your story and I wish you continued success in your journey. I know you will reach your goal! Blessings.... emoticon

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Sticking with the plan has certainly paid off!

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CAROL_31649731 9/18/2013 4:24PM

    Wonderful! You have obviously worked very hard and you should be very proud!!! Enjoy those shorts! Thank you for the inspiration today!
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GEORGE815 9/18/2013 4:09PM

    Here's to wearing shorts. You don't know what you have been missing for 10 years.

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LEEW0LF 9/17/2013 9:34AM

  way to go! awesome news

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LEANMEAN2 9/17/2013 7:33AM

    Congratulations!

I love your stars.

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MISSYMOOSE71 9/15/2013 8:42PM

    Congratulations on this momentus milestone!!! You should be very proud of your progress!!!! Wahoo!!

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    emoticon on your achievements. Way to go!!

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DIETINGGARGOYLE 9/15/2013 3:13PM

    Well done and a grat attitude :-) And Garfield - he rocks!

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MRSRIGS1 9/15/2013 12:58PM

    Good for you!!! If I could just say one thing......ONLY care about what YOU think about YOU! Don't waste your time thinking about what others are thinking about you. The people who LOVE you will ALWAYS love you for you!!! The others, can go jump in the lake! emoticon

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LOTUSBURGER 9/15/2013 10:20AM

    WooHoo!!

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    Congrats on wearing shorts, your doing emoticon

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  Congratulations! Way to go! Good luck on the 19th!


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    Fantastic!

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    Awesome!! Congratulations emoticon

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MAREANNIE 9/14/2013 1:04AM

    You go, Girl!!! Congrats!!! I remember how elated I was when I went from obese to overweight!! I feel your JOY!! emoticon emoticon

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KATESQUEST 9/14/2013 12:18AM

    That's wonderful! I am still squarely (well, ...umm.. roundly?) in the morbid obesity category and was just looking at how much I need to lose to get to the "overweight" category. It seemed pretty far away! Reading your blog gave me some hope! Congrats! and Thanks!

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    Congratulations on being OVERWEIGHT! emoticon I can't wait to get there emoticon

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    nice

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    Congratulations on your sucess emoticon

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    Wow! What an uplifting blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon to you!!

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    I'm so happy to hear this! Congratulations!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITTYCAT64 9/13/2013 2:39PM

    I knew you could do it. Way to go. I am so happy for you.

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    Awesome! Congrats to you!!

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SUZIPAM1 9/13/2013 12:42PM

    sooo happy for you

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JAVAGAL47 9/13/2013 12:21PM

    emoticon I am so happy for you!! I remember the first time I saw morbidly obese! That was such a downer. It is always inspiring to read blogs like yours, We all need to see that we too can reach that point if we keep on track.
"Live every day so that you will neither be afraid of tomorrow, nor ashamed of yesterday."

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NICKLESPICKLES 9/13/2013 12:10PM

    Yay...great job...and overweight is just fabulous emoticon You've come a long way.

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I smiled as I read this. What amazing accomplishments you have made on this journey - your weight, and your positive outlook!

Congratulations on this wonderful transformation!
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JACKIE15108 9/13/2013 8:41AM

    You're almost there!

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JADED_CHICK19 9/13/2013 8:34AM

    SO happy and proud of you! What an accomplishment..keep up the amazing work and attitude and you will be there soon!

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PENOWOK 9/13/2013 6:57AM

    Ah, but now you're looking up...don't think about wasted time, think about what today has brought to you!

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Stop Playing The Numbers Game...

Monday, September 09, 2013

This blog is for everyone, but it's especially for those on this journey with me that have a LOT of weight to lose. emoticon worrying about how long it might take to get this weight off, stop stressing over the numbers and how many pounds you have to lose each month to get there in a certain amount of time. When we have a loooooong way to go on this journey, it can get so overwhelming to know that it could take months or even years to get all of this weight off... but it'll be worth it in the end!



Every time I started a weight loss journey (and that is TONS of times over my 27 years), the first thing I'd do is crunch the numbers. Well I want to lose XXX amount of weight... so if I lose 2 pounds a week for XX amount of time, I will be to my goal by XX/XX/XX. But wait, what if I lose 3 pounds a week, and oh add in the fact I'll probably lose 5 the first week, so when can I get to my goal? emoticon How long it took was already overwhelming, but what was even worse is doing the math to figure out how to get a calorie deficit for 3 pounds a week. It usually resulted in "OMG, I'd have to eat 1200 calories AND burn over 1000 calories a day to get that deficit, I can't do that so I might as well give up!" emoticon *Cut to me, in the Jack In The Box Drive Thru, ordering enough food for 2-3 people.* emoticon

Now don't get me wrong, a huge part of goal setting is to put a time frame on it... and I understand why. Saying you will do it "someday" isn't good enough... but for me time specific goals didn't work. I wanted to be 199 by the end of 2012 and I didn't hit that milestone until July of this year. When I didn't get it by 12/31/12 I was devastated. I had to really rethink my journey and realize that weight loss isn't a simple lose 2 pounds every week kind of thing... we have to learn to adapt and change... and roll with the punches.



So be honest, when I tell you I've lost 80 pounds so far, what is your first thought? If it's not your first, it's at least your second, and that's "I wonder how long it took her!" Well I am here to tell you that it was not any steady consistent weight loss. There were plateaus and gains and all sorts of twists and turns along the way. I'm going to show you what my journey has looked like.

My highest weight was 272, I lost 10 pounds before starting my (3rd) journey on Spark People in March of 2012. I weighed weekly (more or less), but I will spare you and show it more as a monthly recap.

March 20, 2012: 262 (-10 from highest)
April 11, 2012: 256 (-6)
May 2, 2012: 252 (-4)
June 8, 2012: 246.8 (-5.2)
July 6, 2012: 239.4 (-7.4)
August 17, 2012: 230 (-9.4)
September 10, 2012: 227 (-3)
October 10, 2012: 218.8 (-8.2)
November 29, 2012: 214 (-4.8)
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December 6, 2012: 212 (-2)
December 26, 2012: 212.4(+.4)
January 8, 213: 216.8 (+4.4)
February 13, 2013: 211.4 (-5.4)
March 6, 2013: 210 (-1.4)
April 8, 2013: 215 (+5)
May 8, 2013: 215.4 (+.4)
June 15, 2013: 211.6 (-3.8)
July 8, 2013: 204.4 (-7.2)
August 8, 2013: 195.2 (-9.2)
September 4, 2013: 191.8 (-3.4)
emoticon What isn't shown in here is there was a time in April or May where I actually got back up to 222, and had to start losing that weight again.



So if you haven't learned anything from this blog emoticon, and you are still doing the math, that is 70 pounds lost in 18 months, which is just under 4 pounds a month on average. That is not outstanding by any means, but it's proof that if you are consistent it will all add up in the end! There are two ways to look at my journey... One way is to look at all the time I wasted! If I had done a better job I would have already been to my goal by now. But the new me looks at it like this: I have been on this journey for 18 months, have a total weight loss of 80 pounds, I have never given up. There are many times where I gained weight back, lost the same weight over again, or been super stuck for weeks at a time. There were weeks I didn't exercise, weeks I ate everything in sight... but I never once threw in the towel. In all my previous attempts I never lasted more than 6 months or 40 pounds lost, so I have definitely changed in so many ways! I learned so much from plateaus and regaining some of the weight back, and I am stronger because of it! emoticon So the next time you want to be upset you only lost 1 pound, or you think this is just taking too long, remember to keep your eye on the emoticon, stay consistent, pick yourself back up when you fall down, and remember it will all add up in the end! We will get there when we get there! emoticon Just stay focused and put in the work and you can get to wherever you want to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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GOIN4GR8 9/15/2013 11:13PM

    THANK YOU for the picture of how people think you lost weight and how you REALLY did it (the one that looks like spaghetti--mmmm, spaghetti!--whoops!) ;-) emoticon

Tonight is the first time I've overeaten in about 40 days. And reading this tells me to just get right up tomorrow a.m. and start again like nothing ever happened. And I WILL!!!



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ISAYWHIPIT 9/15/2013 7:13AM

    You got it down, girl! Thanks for the pep talk. My goal is to exercise today. I have stopped weighing because it is to much of an emotional rollercoaster. Doesn't matter how long it takes to get there but if I stay the course it will take less time than if I hadn't started to change. emoticon

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BIGFAMILY9 9/15/2013 2:54AM

    Some times I feel like I've failed when I haven't lost my weight like all the success stories seem to. Nice to know that neither did they! emoticon

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TRANSFORMWE 9/13/2013 1:58PM

    Very motivating. It really does help to hear from another who has been there. I lost 37 pounds on Sparkpeople 2+ years ago. Then I had multiple setbacks and gained it all back. I had a wakeup call a few weeks ago and I am back on track, following my plan and getting my fiteness minutes in most days. The scale is slowly starting to yield to my efforts. It will if I am consistent.
What I need to remember and re-learn every so often is that consistency does not require perfection. The more tolerant I can be of my human tendency to mess it up from time to time, the quicker I can get back on track when I do, and the less impact each slip up will have.
Great work! Thank you for sharing.

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KIN59VARA 9/13/2013 5:36AM

    Thanks so much I am having such a hard time lately and I have regained what I lost. YUCK

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HOPE-IN-MOTION 9/12/2013 4:13PM

    I am very grateful to read this today. Just starting to get going. Thank you for the reality check.
I have been as high as 234, made it to 171, and am now 213ish. It works if we work it, huh!



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MKATE99 9/12/2013 1:43PM

    This is SO helpful to me. I too play the numbers game and it doesn't help me one bit. Your message is a good reminder to just take it one day at a time, one step at a time and not focus on trying to lose 100 lbs. It'll only happen a pound at a time. Thanks!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/12/2013 1:04PM

    You inspire me so much! We started at the same time- with just a few pounds between us! I get sad thinking that I sacrificed one goal for another (not that I'd trade the babe for a skinnier tushie) but you are right! It's a journey and I'll get there eventually!

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FLMOMX2 9/12/2013 10:29AM

    emoticon Such an encouragement since I was a bit depressed that I was at only about .5 lbs per week

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NEWTINK 9/11/2013 4:19PM

    Very good progress. I never shoot more than a pound a week and it has brought me to 110 pounds gone. when you just remember to do what you can when you can then you get there maybe not fast but eventually you get there. emoticon

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OAKASHANDTHORN 9/11/2013 1:56PM

    Your advice is so timely!

I NEEDED to hear your message TODAY!

You inspire me.

Many thanks!

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LOPEYP 9/11/2013 8:57AM

    When I read your blog what came to mind first was - this girl must really want it because she hasn't given up. I think that sometimes we look so far into the future that we forget to look back to see how far we have come. You are doing awesome!!

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    I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. I HAVE BEEN ON THIS YO-YO RIDE FOR OVER 591 DAYS. I STARTED OUT AT 256 LBS. AND WENT DOWN TO 227 LBS. AND BACK UP TO 240+ LBS AND AM NOW 234.6 LBS. I AM LOOSING FOR ME TO BE HEALTHIER AND TO FIT INTO MY WEDDING DRESS TO GET MARRIED TO A MAN I WAITED 45 YEARS FOR TO BE IN MY LIFE. HE TOLD ME HE WOULD MARRY ME IN A POTATO SACK. I HAVE MY DRESS BUT PUT ON TOO MUCH FOR IT TO FIT BECAUSE I LET THE STRESS OF A CUSTODY BATTLE BETWEEN MY DAUGHTERS AND 2 OF MY GRANDCHILDREN GET TO ME. IT IS STILL HERE BUT I NEED TO STOP LETTING IT OVERPOWER ME. I NEED TO BE STRONGER THAN I AM RIGHT NOW. I AM GOING TO GET THERE AS I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I NEED TO LOVE ME MORE. OH YA!

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SUSIEMT 9/10/2013 5:31PM

    Steph this is one of the better blogs I have seen in a long time! I so believe in consistency and when you can't be consistent pick yourself up as soon as you can! Stick with it. We all stumble from time to time! If I was consistent I would have been at my goal weight and below it by now! That OKAY! I am on PLAN more than not and it will one day happen that I am below my goal! I know It! I weigh everyday and am never discouraged because of the fluxuation! Because it is only TEMPORARY! Unless you can handle the truth don't weigh! Once you get it that that weight is just a temporary thing and subject to fluctuation I think you (everyone) will become more comfortable with weighing once a day so they can learn to make adjustments as needed.
Steph keep up the great job you are doing and again a wonderful blog!

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MONTREAL12 9/10/2013 5:08PM

  You're so right! I've been guilty of exactly that; your ideas are timely and valuable for me; it seems like I've plateaued and can't seem to get going. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 9/10/2013 4:57PM

    It is a lifestyle change--not a diet. And you know that!! So it does take time!!

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JSEATTLE 9/10/2013 3:26PM

  I believe in slow weight loss, it works for me.

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MRSRIGS1 9/10/2013 2:44PM

    GREAT blog and very inspirational - THANK YOU!

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  You understand what happens on a journey, our roads always seem to have ups and downs on our way to the end! Loved your blog! :-)

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HEATHERFREE 9/10/2013 12:43PM

    love this blog! IT is so inspirational, I def do my best when I hide the scale, concentrate on WHAT I'm doing rather than how much I'm losing and how fast I'm losing it......

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JAIMESIZED 9/10/2013 11:51AM

    Thank you for your blog. It was nice to know that I'm not the ONLY one that goes through plateau's and gains (even though I know that everyone goes through it). It's always a nice reminder to know that it all adds up. Congratulations on your weight loss, the patience you have developed, and for keeping your eyes on the prize!

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The first part of your blog sounds so much like me. I have been doing the numbers game. It isn't working for me either. I needed this badly.

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  Wonderful blog

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    Thanks for this! I really needed to see this right now.
I've had a similar journey and am right now in the process of coming back strong!

Let's do this! TOGETHER!

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    Wonderful blog.

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    Great Blog !!!

What a good way to look at it.

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CERTHIA 9/10/2013 8:09AM

    Very motivating! I am so glad I read this today as I just found out I have gained, well, or rather that I am heavier than I realized.. Or, oh well, I might write a blog about it tomorrow. Right now I am still digesting the news and figuring things out. I will not give up, but consider this a detour! :)
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    Great blog....thank you!

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    Thanks for sharing your downs and ups...so many don't realize there will be ups. I am having one of these times right now. It is good to see how well you have overcome yours.

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PENOWOK 9/10/2013 6:38AM

    You are so right. Those bumps in the road mean little if you are getting back on track, as you have done!! We are all so proud of you!

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Someday I'll be able to explain to you just how much this blog means to me, but in the meantime...thank you.

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Getting Sparked By My Sparky!

Saturday, September 07, 2013



I adopted Sparky at the end of January of this year... and he has become like my child lol. I wish I could take credit for his awesome name, but it was already his name from his previous owners who could no longer keep him. If that wasn't a sign that he was meant to be my fur baby, I don't know what is. emoticon

Since then he has kept me accountable with our daily walks. On the days I work my brother or mom come over and make sure he gets his walk. So he knows, come 9-11 pm, someone will be there to take him for his walk. He also can sense when I might be getting lazy, because he will make sure to whimper if it's approaching 11pm and we haven't left yet. He gently reminds me that it's time to get off my tush! emoticon

Sparky eats in the afternoon when I wake up (since I work nights), and if I sleep in a little late he is patient to a point, and then if I push it too far, he let's me know that he's hungry. He gets excited to eat, he loves his food, he wags his tail and he gets to his bowl and he chows down. But his daily walk is the world to him. If he even begins to think I might be flaking, he will let me know, and get all crazy. One day he walked right over to his leash, sniffs it, as if he was saying "It's still here, so what's the problem?!"

So I am trying to take a page out of Sparky's book. I can like to eat, I can thoroughly enjoy it, I can eat yummy things and then move on with my day. But the real adventure is the ACTIVITY. It's more fun, it gets us moving, our hearts pumping, and we have a great sense of pride and accomplishment after we complete it!

For someone who was/is an emotional eater (and still battle it today), it was a huge thing to me to take a step back and realize that food doesn't need to be the highlight to my day. There is so much more to life than just the food, and the feeling I get after I take him for a walk or do my exercise can not compete with the momentary happiness from eating any food. Don't get me wrong, I still love food and I always will, but I've been embracing that and cooking some healthier options and really experimenting with what I want to eat. Yesterday I made a steak sandwich that was to die for. emoticon

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TERRIJ7 2/16/2014 12:03AM

    Good for you---and good for Sparky!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/19/2013 3:33PM

    Loved the story of Sparky. Sparky helps keep you accountable and that makes him a special spark friend

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    Loved this story! Good for you for realizing that food doesn't have to be the highlight of your day! So happy you and Sparky found each other! I really was meant to be!
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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/11/2013 10:22AM

    LOL how cute!! He seems like a sweet boy, and what a little motivator he is! :) I'm so glad you guys found each other.

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BEEANDHAM 9/9/2013 12:58PM

    Fur babies are the best! Wish I could take my cat out for a jog. :)

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SIMONEKP 9/9/2013 7:27AM

    Nice dog, I use to have a ton of pets but my allergies were out of control so they had to go.

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DALMOM2007 9/9/2013 6:02AM

    Your dog is adorable!

Yesterday, my dog was persistanct and got me out there to meet my dialy and weekly walking goals. What would we do without our lil' furry personal trainers? emoticon

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    Man have your dog and my dog been talking? Because he will totally cut me if he doesn't get his walk. emoticon But yes we can definitely learn a lot from our fur-babies! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 9/8/2013 9:48PM

    Good blog Steph!

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ROCKYCPA 9/8/2013 9:36PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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  thanks for sharing your pet with us!

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CHARTHESTAR 9/8/2013 8:57PM

    Dogs are wonderful!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/8/2013 8:05PM

  Don't anyone hit me, but dogs can take walks better than cats.I think they are more enthusiastic for this purpose, and it's great to have a buddy that helps you want to exercise. emoticon

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NJPRINCESS9091 9/8/2013 7:48PM

    Great post! I have two furry babies and they keep me from being lazy too. They add so much joy to my life, as Sparky does to yours.

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DIANNEMT 9/8/2013 4:25PM

    Great message!! Wish I could get hubby excited about "activity" instead of food.

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MARYJEANSL 9/8/2013 4:14PM

  There's nothing like having a dog to love! And mine always gets her walk too - if it weren't for her, I would get no exercise at all.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/8/2013 4:12PM

  There is nothing like a wonderful dog companion to keep you moving. I had two of them up to a week ago. Not only do they keep you moving, but they make the moving enjoyable for both of you. emoticon

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  Good blog

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DJSHIP46 9/8/2013 8:48AM

    I have three little dogs and one of them really doesn't need to or like to take a walk... but I need to take a page out of Sparky's book to and start making sure the other two get to walk each day... Thanks for the gentle nudge!!!

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SHERYLP461 9/8/2013 8:09AM

    Sounds like Sparky needs a big reward for all he has done to help!

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GLORYB2014 9/8/2013 7:51AM

    Our pets are our children and can also be our exercise buddy. Sparky is a beautiful dog and it's great that he loves his walks with you!

"Spark On", both of you!
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PENOWOK 9/8/2013 7:36AM

    He sure looks like a sweetheart! I love your lesson from him-you can enjoy your food AND you love to move!!

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SANDYCRANE 9/8/2013 7:31AM

    Great dog. You two were meant for each other.


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TRYINGHARD54 9/8/2013 7:25AM

    good for sparky... :-)

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BESSHAILE 9/8/2013 7:02AM

    Nothin like a dog to get us up and at 'em. In fact - I wish I could be as wonderful as my dog thinks I am.

I love the picture of him sitting in your lap.

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/8/2013 6:54AM

    Now that's terrific. You're helping a dog by giving him a home and he's helping you be leading you toward better health. What perfect synergy!

Thank you for sharing this blog.

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MIMIDOT 9/8/2013 6:33AM

    Sparky seems to have lived up to his mane by sparking you. Great blog!


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Celebrating 80lbs Down & Size 16 SHORTS!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

First off, I apologize for being this highly obnoxious happy person that is celebrating everything! emoticon It is probably getting old, so I do apologize for that. I celebrated Onederland last month, this month I've been celebrating having one chin, you know, the finer things in life! But when you are on a journey to lose more than 100 pounds, it is a long hard road. If you don't take pride in all the little accomplishments, and continue to find new ways to motivate yourself, it is really hard to keep going.

I have never been big on the reward system, not because I don't think it's a great system (it's awesome), but it just was never a big deal to me. I bought myself some spiffy stuff for 50 pounds down, because in my entire life history of losing weight I never passed 40 lost. But after that, celebrating with my Spark Friends kind of became the reward. Instead of going out to buy something, I could post and celebrate with my closest Spark Friends and that would be enough!

This morning I weighed in at 191.8 which gave me my 80 pounds lost trophy. On a whim I decided to try out these size 16 shorts I bought that couldn't even zip up. On July 30th I posted the pic on the bottom, and the pic on top is today!



Sorry for the creepy pose, I was trying to show they were actually buttoned! Can I also say that I have not worn shorts in public in over 10 years, because I felt I was "too fat" to wear them. It took me a long time to realize I should never be ashamed of my body, no matter what it looks like, and I can wear whatever I feel comfortable with. I live in Los Angeles where it's often over 100 degrees, and would always wear jeans because I was simply too embarrassed. I have gone from a size 24 to a size 16 and I am going to wear these shorts, pasty legs and all, with PRIDE! emoticon

I just want to let anyone out there know, that there is nothing special about me. No matter how much weight you want to lose, you CAN lose it! You just have to be consistent, to dust yourself off when you fall down and get back to work. I've hit numerous plateaus and weeks of regaining 10 pounds, but you just have to keep pushing and keep turning it around. Turn to your Spark Friends for help and support when you are down, and turn to them to celebrate when you hit a milestone! Celebrate loud and celebrate often! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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    Congrats to you!!

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  great news awesome

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    Awesome,,,,great blog

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  C emoticon Congratulation on your weight lost. I've only lost 15 pound this year and that feels major to me. I can't imagine the feeling I would have if I lost 80 pounds. I only have 44 pounds to go to reach goal. You are an inspiration to me.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 9/10/2013 3:05AM

    Way to go!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/9/2013 9:55AM

    Congratulations!!!!!! I was like you, I spent years never wearing shorts even through the most miserably hot and humid summers. It was so FREEING to feel comfortable wearing shorts again - and yours look great!! Also, I couldn't agree more about "celebrate loud and celebrate often" - we all deserve to! :) Fabulous blog, you keep celebrating!

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GEMINIGEM6 9/8/2013 7:52PM

    Congrats girl!

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    GREAT JOB, LOVE TO BE SURPRISED ABOUT HOW SMALLER CLOTHES FIT. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK emoticon emoticon

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 9/7/2013 7:01PM

    Congrats on the new size! I have been trying to talk myself into wearing shorts now too after 15 years of pants only.

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EMTCHICK109 9/7/2013 12:09AM

    That is awesome! Congratulations on loosing 80 lbs. What an accomplishment!



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DREAMING_THIN 9/6/2013 11:15PM

    So inspiring! Especially someone who is starting out where you began. Congrats!

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PKCTTS 9/6/2013 10:32PM

    emoticon I love your creative thinking, we could probably all find reasons to celebrate if we gave it a try. Thanks for the motivation!

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CRYSALLIS1 9/6/2013 9:41PM

    I like your idea of what to celebrate. We all understand those seemingly silly little milestones. Keep up the great work.

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TWIDDLYDE 9/6/2013 9:20PM

    Well said and celebration well deserved!!
Congratulations!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/6/2013 8:49PM

    No need to apologize for celebrating your accomplishments. You have every reason to do that!

Way to Go! Looking good!

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DONNELDA22 9/6/2013 8:14PM

    Can you hear the clapping and the cheering? Keep up the good work. emoticon

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CAITLYNHIE1 9/6/2013 7:18PM

    WAY TO GO !!!

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BOODIGGETY 9/6/2013 6:17PM

    Look at those skinny legs girl! You look great Steph! And I love the painting of the dog in the background too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5KGRANNY 9/6/2013 6:11PM

    I actually think you have incredibly nice looking legs!!!!! Congrats on your victory!!! I hope you have a many many more!!! BTW I look forward to hearing your victories. You make us all proud!!! emoticon

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BLINGQUEEN:O) 9/6/2013 5:31PM

    Wow! YOU are a SPECIAL PERSON! So inspiring! Congrats!

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    That's fantastic! Congratulations! emoticon

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SPARKLERS30 9/6/2013 12:19PM

    WOOT WOOOOO!!! Great job! emoticon

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SILVER_WOLF1221 9/6/2013 11:58AM

    emoticon That's awesome that you've not only lost weight and have kept it off through numerous different set backs, you kept pushing. You've also gained more confidence in yourself which is priceless! You go girl! You are a major inspiration!

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JESSYJAINES 9/6/2013 11:50AM

    Awesome! You deserve every kind word you get, every pound you lose. I bet those 16's feel great. emoticon

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LABEAUTEVRAIE 9/6/2013 11:48AM

    Get it girl, you look FABULOUS! :) BE PROUD, ALWAYS!

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PSIMSON 9/6/2013 10:36AM

    You are amazing! You've worked so hard for your accomplishment - show off those "pasty legs" with pride!

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AMAZINGAMY14 9/6/2013 10:06AM

    Whoop! whoop! you are amazing! Way to go!

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    way to go!!!!! Woop Woop! emoticon

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    you're awesome! keep going! emoticon

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  You go girl! And keep shouting about it. It's well deserved. emoticon emoticon

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TUPPERWARE1 9/6/2013 6:57AM

    Congrats.The shorts thing is a big deal.I also can't get past the 40lb mark.
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    You are awesome! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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  Good blog

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I have worn shorts even though I was probably not the one to look at!! I love them and right now need to find smaller ones but so far haven't. Still looking!!

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MONKEYSTAR28 9/5/2013 9:28PM

    I will keep the celebration up for you! You are rockin this! Keep up the amazing work and wear those shorts with PRIDE!! emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 9/5/2013 9:27PM

    NEVER apologize for victories, big or small, How awesome to fit in your shorts - and yes you should never feel embarrassed about your appearance. I'm so happy for you, wish you were here to hug in person! emoticon emoticon

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