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Weight Loss in Spite of Sadness

Thursday, December 13, 2012

To say the last 17 months has been hard is an understatement. I have had to experience obstacles and sadness like I never thought I would.

July 2011: My great aunt passed away
1 year: Struggle to survive
May 2012 : Broke my ankle
June 2012: My mom had to have surgery
July 2012: My mom and I lost our house due to a fire
August 2012: Lived in hotels
September 2012: Moved to a new city
September 30, 2012: Shattered my knee, had to have 2 surgeries and not able to walk
October-present: Still can't walk for at least 2 more months.

Despite all these obstacles, I have lost 75 pounds! I started with the P.I.N.K method. It jump started my weight loss. I gradually weaned off and I have been on portion control since.

For me, I gain weight when I am depressed. I stuck to it and it paid off. I never gave up faith and hope. I know there are many struggles in life, and my heart goes out to all suffering through sadness and tragedy emoticon

Happy Holidays!

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MPETERSON2311 12/15/2012 9:51AM

    good for you!

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FITANDFIFTY2 12/14/2012 11:32AM

    You are truly an inspiration!! I hope you have a wonderful New Year that is filled with a lot of love and joy! Hugs to you! emoticon

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TRICIAE2 12/14/2012 9:40AM

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LIBRA73 12/14/2012 7:25AM

    Look at you! Surviving and losing !You are an inspiration!

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NUTRON3 12/14/2012 7:19AM

    What a rough year, I admire your attitude!

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WINDSONG~ 12/14/2012 3:38AM

    You blossom despite your obstacles and this is a blessing.

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2HAMSDIET 12/13/2012 10:31PM

    emoticon emoticon What a rough year. so glad that you have kept at being healtier throguh it all. what a great example you are. emoticon

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MADAMES 12/13/2012 7:30PM

    Sorry that your last year has been so stressful. I am very impressed that you were able to lose 75 pounds despite all of that! You are making remarkable progress!!
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SAMI199 12/13/2012 7:14PM

    You are an inspiration!


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MOM2ACAT 12/13/2012 4:11PM

    emoticon My heart goes out to you; that is lot to handle in one lifetime, let alone a year! My wish for you in 2013 is good health, happiness, and healing.

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/13/2012 4:03PM

    What a emoticon you have given yourself. Merry Christmas! emoticon

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 12/13/2012 4:00PM

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So proud of you, Sparkie! HUGS.

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JSTBECUZ99 12/13/2012 3:54PM

    Wow you have had quite an eventful year to say the least. I hope that things are looking up from here on out. Congrats on the weight loss even in when you didn't think it could be possible.

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SparkPeople is my Hope!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I hate the way I look. Through the years of mental and physical abuse I have gained 110 pounds because of emotional eating.! emoticon I avoid going out in public as often as possible because I feel so gross about my body. If I do go out I keep my head down and try not to make eye contact. Being this overweight is physically and mentally painful. I can't fit into certain seats, (I have even broken chairs) I have to walk sideways through a turnstiles, get tired and out of breath easy, just standing up talking to someone hurts my back, I leave an indentation in my bed (anyone looking at it would think it is one of those foam mattresses!), can't cross my legs, men look the other way, and worse thing of all, I love the rides at Disney but I am scared of trying to get on a rides and be told I am to fat.

I want to lose weight, not only for my health but for my self-confidence. But to lose weight I need to exercise, but exercise hurts. So I am stuck. emoticon

But there is hope! Sparkpeople! Through SparkPeople I have been blessed with so many kind friends offering tons of support! I started this journey last year. It has been filled with obstacles and setbacks. But I can not give up. I still have hope. SparkPeople is that hope! emoticon

I am getting my Spark back this week! emoticon emoticon

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ANNCHER 11/9/2011 10:02AM

    You need to focus positive & never give up. You can do it! Have a great day! emoticon

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DRB13_1 11/4/2011 12:39AM

    emoticon You don't have to become a runner to lose weight or get healthier. I agree - check out the chair exercise group until you can do more. Never give up - the time will pass either way, but you can make major changes by following a plan consistently. Go back and reread some of the success stories.
Wishing you all the best! emoticon

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DAPHNE_RUNS 11/3/2011 6:10PM

    Well you are in the right place for making a change. You are not alone here. Consistency is the key; consistently log on to Spark, consistently read articles/blogs on Spark, start out slowly (focus on 10 lbs at a time, slowly add new goals to your plan, start out with 10 minutes of exercise a day) and love the person in the mirror (everyday).

There are so many things you can do from the comfort of your home to start making changes. I have the Leslie Sansone "Walk at home...Walk 5 miles Fat Burning" dvd; she has a couple of ladies walking at different levels. You watch tv and walk in place the entire episode or just walk in place during commercials.

You can do this. Read the blogs and find a sparker that motivates you and follow that person. See how they are "making it happen". Do not try to do this alone; the more "cheerleaders" you have in your corner, the more motivated you will stay to reach your goal. It looks like you have a few cheerleaders already.

Good luck to you on this new lifestyle.


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CEKER9 11/3/2011 2:12AM

    You are definitely not stuck! If exercise hurts then start by walking and start slowly... walk around your living room until you can do that until the pain decreases. It may take days or weeks to do that. Then walk outside... start at your door and walk a few minutes out and back and increase it until you can walk further. You will surprise yourself as after a while that it will become easier and easier...

Don't try to do it all at once... try it a little bit at a time. Choose one or two things and do them for days or weeks until they become part of your life... like brushing your teeth, then move to the next one.

You can do it... and we're here to cheer you on!!!

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JESS0107 11/2/2011 1:53PM

    Don't give up!! That's the worst you can do. If exercising hurts, can you try exercising that doesn't involve the part of the body that hurts you the most. Start small and don't push yourself too hard. We don't want to see you hurt but this website is awesome, isn't it?

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MO-WALK 11/2/2011 11:35AM

    Glad to hear that you haven't given up. I find SparkPeople helps me stay focused.

Here are some teams that might helpy you with exercise.

Plus Size Exercise Spark Team

5 Minute Daily Challenge Spark Team

Chair Exercise Team

emoticon I will be rooting for you!

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SHERLYN-WILL 11/2/2011 8:47AM

    I hear you and I am rooting for you! Please keep moving forward... I lost 50 lbs and recently gained back alot when my mom got sick.... Yep.. emotional/stress eater here!

BUT BACK on track finally 2 days ago.... I have too... I don't want to feel the way you feel when you go out in public... for I too... become a hermit... and don't want to be social AT ALL!

We can do this...

PS I love your background... that spider looking flower.... I have every year at my house... they are wild and grow like crazy in our field up here by the house! Beautiful flower and weird looking... I have some pictures I took of them.... because they were wildly beautiful!

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CHRYS13 11/2/2011 8:35AM

    emoticon...one little step at a time!
We'll be here cheering you on!
Blessings to you! emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/2/2011 1:00AM

    There is always Hope,always remember that and never give up,You Can Do It,YES YOU Can,tell yourself that.SPARK ON ALWAYS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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VICIOUS421 11/2/2011 12:46AM

    emoticon It isn't always an easy journey but I know you can do it!!!!!!

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LOSINGLINNDY 11/1/2011 11:17PM

    Hi, you. I have found so many exercise links to things I can do on the Chair Exercise team. They have links for members at all levels of activity including those in wheelchairs. I do chair marching for my steps and use other chair exercises from their links for core and upper body work. And you can use the links without joining the team. You can reach them through my spark page team list. Good luck. emoticon

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SHELLYKOCH1 11/1/2011 8:26PM

    emoticon Its great you are still here keepin on keepin on! Start with small changes. As far as exercise, start with a pedometer and just walk as much as possible. Try for 10,000 steps/day. I have permanent injuries to both legs, so a lot of exercises are impossible. That's how I started, just tracking my steps and setting goals for each day. I have also found that I must get in 100-120 oz of water/ice tea every day.


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JENJI_RUNNER 11/1/2011 8:22PM

    You have a good attitude. Hang in there and be kind to yourself along the journey.

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Get Back into the Saddle of Life

Monday, September 05, 2011

I can not believe I have not written anything but my grocery list and to do list in almost two months. I have almost forgotten how. I have totally let myself go, emotionally and physically. I can not believe it has been a year since I started trying to lose weight. July 2010. Seems so long ago, so much has happened. Every time I would start to lose weight and get into a routine, BAM, something would happen to change my course. When something major happens in your life, such as my great-aunt passing away July 5, it is so hard to get back to normal. Whatever normal is. I guess the only way is to get back into the saddle and start moving. So that is what I am going to do. Starting with tracking my food, and blogging. One day and one step at a time. I can't give up. I need to be strong.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/5/2011 11:45PM

    When life passages occur, it is a good time for re-assessment. It sounds like you've done that and you have a plan. Nothing can stop you now.

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LOPEYP 9/5/2011 8:39PM

    Life happens. All we can do is pick up the pieces and move forward. You will do this!!

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FLORIDAGHOST 9/5/2011 8:35PM

    Life gets in our way, often times, a lot more than we want or realize, but you have the right attitude and plan, one day at a time, steady on your course ahead.

You can do this!

Ghost! emoticon You are emoticon!

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SHERRY257 9/5/2011 8:17PM

    I am glad you are back in the saddle and ready for a great ride! emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 9/5/2011 8:03PM

    Welcome back! You being here is emoticonOne step and take 1 day at a time and keep progressing slow and steady,you will get to your destination! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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    I felt this way after my Dad passed away in May - I was his "assistant" for 7-1/2 years after Mom passed away.

Yes, you just have to make yourself get back in the saddle again.


Because you are worth it.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

It feels wonderful to be back on track with spark people. I have set my weight loss goals, redone my sparkpage, and now updated and added to my spark team HOPEnFUN.


There are so many wonderful spark teams. Without these teams I probably would not have progressed as much as I have. I wanted to create a fun for everyone team. If anyone has anything they want added I will be happy to create the thread.

I had to take a break, and I apologize to all my team members. But I am back and ready to help others and myself on their journey.

1. General Team Discussion Forum
A. Chit Chat Topic
B. Word of the Day
C. Book Discussion
D. Movie Discussion
E. Photo Discussion

2. Introduce Yourself to Team Forum
A. Introduce yourself here please
B. Birthdays and SparkVersarys
C. Where is everyone from?

3. Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Assignments!
A. Daily Challenge
B. Fitness Challenge
C. Reward challenge

4. Inspirations and Tips!
A. Motivational Quote
B. Weight Loss Tips
C. Joy

5. Kick Back and Have Fun!
A. Goodie give away
B. Emoticon how you feel
C. Monthly story

6. Team Goals:
A. Nominate 1 Sparker for Spark Motivator 1 time per month
B. "Like" or "Comment" on 3 fellow sparkers' 3 Status' per day
C. Read 1 book per month
D. Earn 500 spark points per month
E. Give Goodie to Random Sparker 2 times per day

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/14/2011 10:43PM

    You are all set and ready to roll,great Team ideas,I am going to have a look at this team. You are so organized, emoticonThank you for sharing! emoticonDiana:)

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I am Back Blog

Monday, May 09, 2011

I have been lost in the forest of nothingness and overload. But, I finally found a machete and cut my way through the thick darkness, thorn bushes and found a clearing. Now I am back on the path to a better me. A better me allows me to take care of those who need my help.

I was horrified when I ran my BMI. Here are the results:

BMI is over 40 (Obese Class 3 : Morbid Obesity)
With a BMI of 40+ you have an extremely high risk of weight-related disease and premature death. Indeed, you may have already been suffering from a weight-related condition. For the sake of your health it is very important to see your doctor and get specialists help for your condition.


Ok, time to stop with the excuses, and as Nike would say “JUST DO IT.” No more Excuses!!!

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CJANSEN40 5/24/2011 2:30PM

    welcome back... just keep coming back, like just keep getting up. If I can come back so can you!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/13/2011 6:53PM

    My cholesterol number was my motivator to get up and get going. Sometimes, we all need a wake-up call. So glad you're back.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 5/12/2011 5:03PM

    Welcome back. You can do it.


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GMASANDIE 5/10/2011 11:47AM

    Glad you are back! emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/10/2011 10:43AM

    emoticonGlad you are back,best wishes emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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WINDSONG~ 5/10/2011 3:24AM

    Welcome back

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LUVDOGZ 5/9/2011 6:29PM

    I am so glad you are back!! I am just getting myself going again, we are in this together! I am seeing it really affecting my health, and that has got me motivated like never before! Just do it, is right!

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RIKKI572 5/9/2011 5:40PM

    "Just Do It" is the only way to go!! Have a wonderful day!

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2HAMSDIET 5/9/2011 5:36PM

    So glad you are back and we are all here helping each other through the jungle. emoticon

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 5/9/2011 11:54AM

    I'm so glad to see your back!! You can do it girl!!

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SAMI199 5/9/2011 11:38AM

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I am so happy to see you are back!Good luck-we are all doing this together...

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JESS0107 5/9/2011 9:35AM

    Great attitude!!! You can do it. Just never give up!

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