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ONE YEAR since reaching goal weight!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Well, as amazing as it seems, it is exactly one year ago today that I stepped on my scale and the numbers read 150 pounds! I had lost the 56 pounds that I set out to lose!

At the time, I was fairly jumping up and down with excitement - I knew it was about to happen, but I was still in awe of the moment when it did...that was the "magic" number I had been waiting for - no, WORKING for.

Well, If you've read anything about me, you know that as of April 1, 2008 I had lost another 6 pounds, bringing me down to 144. Nonetheless, I consider March 5 to be my "anniversary" date.

I have maintained my weight loss all through this past year. I weigh myself daily (well, most days), and give myself a weight range to stay in. If I start to get too close to 150, I get VERY careful again about what I am eating, and within a few days the extra couple of pounds will come right back off.

On October 2, 2008 I was honored to get an email from Coach Jen informing me that my story would be featured in the new Walking Guide. I have had numerous people comment about it; although I do not visit Spark too regularly anymore, I HAVE made a point of checking the article for comments, and leaving a note on the Spark Page of everyone who has commented. To me it is an honor to be included there, similar to be nominated as a SparkPeople Motivator (I still have the email I received informing me that I had been chosen!)

Anyway, this morning, 1 year after reaching goal, I weighed in at 141.4 pounds, so I guess my total weight loss is actually about 65 pounds. I have been at that weight since Sunday. Perhaps a bit low for me, (DH thinks it is - remember I am 5'9" tall), but I'm trying to stay here at present. My measurements? 35-26-37. Upper arms (which are pretty toned) are 10 inches, neck is 12 inches. My 50th birthday is on the 18th of this month. I guess I'm doing OK.

To all of my amazing Spark Friends who are still interested enough to read about what I do - thank you! I love you all! You are quite amazing! Many things in life are difficult at present, but Spark is awesome!

{{{sweaty hugs}}} Judi

  
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DIANESKATZ 7/26/2014 1:35PM

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JULIEEG81 11/4/2012 10:17AM

    You are in inspiration to me! emoticon

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FITSMALLCLOTHES 12/3/2011 12:43PM

    Don't see a recent blog, hope you are still well. I loved reading about you. I have only been at it 3 weeks. Thanks
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NANA717 4/19/2011 12:25PM

    emoticon on a job well done!!!

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INDIRASALAS3 8/21/2009 1:10PM

   
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LADY_KATHY 8/21/2009 8:24AM

    congratulations on reaching your goal .... and then some. : )

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MSPUDGE 8/21/2009 3:14AM

  Spark People works, doesn't it?! All kudos or you for sticking to it, and kudos to the program, for making it possible. I applaud you! emoticon

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CATIATM 3/5/2009 11:29AM

    emoticonI am so proud of you and admire you so much. You ROCK! emoticon

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2STOPW8GAIN 3/5/2009 10:10AM

    As always Judi, thank you for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOWNPORT 3/5/2009 8:55AM

    Judi my {{{sweaty}}} friend! - I can hardly believe that it is a year since you reached your goal! Many congratulations on maintaining - even losing more - for the whole of the time since then. You really have this thing licked, and thoroughly deserve the award as motivator and the inclusion in the Walking Guide. WTG Judi, and again - emoticon

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WILSONSWESTY 3/5/2009 8:18AM

    Major congrats on the anniversary weigh-in results! Maintenance is suppose to be the trickiest part.

And to no less degree, congrats on being featured in the article. . . You definitely deserve it!

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I'm a Featured Article!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Wow! I got an email from Coach Jen this morning, with a link to an article...some weeks ago she had posted a request for people who had lost a lot of weight using walking as their primary means of exercise to email her. I sen two notes to her (because after I sent the first some additional thoughts came to mind) - and guess what? - as of this morning, they are an article! You can read it, see my "before and after" pics and even get points for reading about me! Wow!

Here's a link to the article...

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=1212


See? Proof! If I can do it, you can too! {{{sweaty hugs}}} Judi

  
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DIANESKATZ 7/26/2014 1:32PM

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Read that article!! Sooooo encouraging! I think I have that DVD too. I have done it once or twice now I will do it more. Thanks for sharing.

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CATIATM 1/18/2009 2:43PM

    That is so cool! (Sorry, I just noticed that I'd never seen this blog before.) Well, you worked super hard, and your success is really inspiring.

{{sweaty hugs right back}}

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V-BISHOP 1/17/2009 12:25PM

  Congratulations. You deserve it. You've done a terrific job. I've added you as a friend and I hope you'll add me as one of yours. I plan to keep up with your progress.
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NITAINMN 12/13/2008 9:52PM

    Congrats Juki:) Proud of ya! What a great contrasting picture. In real life, you look even more slender! Great job and job well done! emoticon emoticon

Edit:) Just finished reading your article. How very inspiring in spite of my knowing it all! Thanks Judi:) emoticon

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CINDILP 10/29/2008 5:16PM

    Great article Judi. I'm getting back to my Walk at Home DVDs.
Cindi

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154BYAUG 10/2/2008 6:01PM

  Great article, Judi!
I so agree with your Sansone walking routine. It's helped me too & so easy to do. Your before & after photos are amazing!
And I missed seeing your wedding photo below from your earlier blog...
I got married in 1980 & had a similar high-necked, long sleeved wedding gown. A far cry from my daughter's strapless gown when she got married last year!
hope you are enjoying your fall - Nancy

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CATHYG7 10/2/2008 3:56PM

    Way to go, JUDI!!

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2STOPW8GAIN 10/2/2008 12:46PM

    emoticon article Judi! You are amazing! emoticon

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BONNIEBELLE2 10/2/2008 10:10AM

    WTG Judi!

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OAKDALE3 10/2/2008 8:59AM

    Judi - this is wonderful!! What a great way to start the New Year!! Leslie Sansone has been my rock too. I have several of her DVD's and I rotate them too. I am walking right beside you!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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DOWNPORT 10/2/2008 8:47AM

    Judi - Oh My! I am so pleased and thrilled for you, and I am VERY proud to know you! This is so well deserved and you have proved to all of us that, with hard work and determination, it can be done! I got tears in my eyes when I read your article, and I will remember it when my Spark starts to dim! By the way, I missed the wonderful wedding pic from your last blog - you look amazing! Hugs, Carole

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One Year Spark-Anniversary

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Wow! Unbelievable! One year ago today, for some reason (don't know why!), I decided I had had enough of being fat. I stepped on the scale and it read 206 pounds - yuck! Too much for at 5'9" tall...

I remembered SparkPeople...something I had signed into back in January, but hadn't used...I decided that August 6th was going to be THE day - and it was!!!

I began to use Spark, and didn't look back! I tracked every morsel of food, stayed within my calorie limits every day, worked out 4 days a week, then 5, then 6 then 7 (using Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds with hand weights - 2 pounds, then 3, then sometimes 5...Yoga....Prevention Magazine workouts....and a few others)

I immersed myself in Spark for 7 months...joined teams, led one...spent hours with my Spark friends daily instead of eating - and it worked!

I didn't feel the need to go over my calorie limit, maybe because I knew I'd have to report in...and maybe because the scale started to move...sometimes slowly, sometimes backwards, sometimes not at all, but overall it kept moving, and so did the tape measure!

My first thought was that I would try to get to 160 pounds...it became clear that I would surpass that! Then I said 150 pounds - I reached that goal on March 5th - 7 months after starting on Spark!

I have since lost another 6 pounds, and generally weigh 144 pounds - what I weigh today! I keep thinking I should lose a few more, although my husband says absolutely not!

When I started I measured my neck, waist and hips - that's what Spark "asked" for...
so:
neck 14" now 12"
waist: 36" now 26.5"
hips: 48.5" now 37"

Total pounds lost = 62

Today I can fit into my wedding dress - I was married in 1981 and was very slender (I'll have to try to scan a wedding photo and post it!)

I no longer have to weigh and measure all my foods, although I sometimes do, just to be careful and to check myself....I went on vacation for a week, ate out 3 times a day, and came home having gained less than 1/2 pound, which was gone the next day (probably extra water from extra salt in restaurant meals!)...

I feel I have truly made a lifestyle change! Shopping for clothes (even bathing suits) is now fun, and I even love to pose for pictures! I used to wear XL or size 18's...now I wear 4's or 6's or 8's depending upon item, brand, etc...

Most importantly, I feel fantastic!

Another amazing change...I used to be terribly out of shape! Yesterday, I spent the day in the hospital for some outpatient surgery...my resting heart rate was 48! I kept setting off the alarm on the monitor because they expect the lowest to be 50! The nurse asked if I work out - she was amazed at how great my heart rate was! How cool!

To everyone I have met along the way, THANK YOU!

I have been fortunate to have met 3 Spark friends in person already...this weekend I will meet a 4th! YAY!

To everyone still Sparking - You CAN do it! You ARE worth it! One choice at a time! One meal at a time! One workout at a time! Being slimmer feels great!

{{{sweaty hugs}}} Judi

  
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CATT113 8/11/2008 2:16PM

  You look even slimmer in person than you do in all of your photos! Thanks for being an inspiration and a gracious hostess. It was so tempting to pick up junk last night after all the stress of the ride (and messy discoveries at home), but, aside from not wanting to get back in the car, I knew I could never disappoint you in that way. Now that we've spent the weekend together talking about our weight loss journeys, I feel even more accountability than before...thanks for that:)

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CATIATM 8/8/2008 12:22AM

    You know I worship you, Judi. _oO__ {-- me, kowtowing to you

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MRSSHELLY 8/7/2008 7:33PM

    When I think of some of the best Motivators at Spark People, You always are at the top of the list, Judi.
I am so proud to have known you during your first year on Spark and all the wisdom and encouragement you have offered to me personally, I look forward to continuing the journey knowing that my "Sister In Sweat", Judi, is still a vital part of the W/LS Team! Continued blessings to you in maintenance. You look FANTASTIC! ~~Hugs, Shelly
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JOYSNEWJOURNEY 8/7/2008 2:38PM

    Congratulations on your journey. Not only did you lose weight but you became a much healthier person in the process. Happy to say that you are one of my Spark Friends.

Joy

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DOCHAPPYCAMPER 8/7/2008 3:58AM

    Judi, you look fantastic! I wanted to say thank you to you too. You were one of the first folks that I "chatted" with when I joined SP back in January and found the WATP groups. Without all of your encouragement and that of the other team members, I would never have tried the longer WATP walks. I've had so much fun along the way and I look forward to the day when I can share my one year anniversary with Spark People with you too!

Thanks for being YOU!

Tammy

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154BYAUG 8/6/2008 9:09PM

  Thank you for this great blog. You are proof one CAN maintain weight loss & I have you as a SP role model. That heart rate is amazing!

I've have my husband walking now with me 5 mornings a week & he has lost some weight too. These behaviors have great 'ripple effects', don't they?!

Keep up the healthy lifestyle... you are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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RAWKNRUN 8/6/2008 7:49PM

  You are too much! I love your reminscing about old times, you look amazing and feel amazing and I am SO happy for you!

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NITAINMN 8/6/2008 7:32PM

    Congratulations Judi! You are a great inspiration to all the sparkers that we can do it too!! Thanks for the blog. emoticon

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DOWNPORT 8/6/2008 11:13AM

    Judi - This is brilliant - and what an inspiration for the rest of us! You have mastered the hard part - keeping the weight off when you have reached target! It is a pleasure and a privilege to have 'met' you - maybe, who knows, we might 'actually' meet one day! I would like to think so! emoticon Well done!
Carole

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Update 7/16/08

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Now only 3 weeks away from my one-year anniversary on Spark, I have decided to try to drop just a few more pounds! I am now UNDER 144, and will try to get down to 140, so I can "float" from 140 - 144! In the meantime, I continue to feel awesome about my new slim and trim shape! Thank you SparkPeople! Thank you SparkFriends!

  
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DOWNPORT 7/16/2008 9:49AM

    Congratulations on your (almost) 1 year anniversary! What amazing progress you have made! You are truly a Sparks success story! Thank you for all the support you continue to give me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I am Amazed, Awed and Grateful!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Imagine my surprise - I am no longer a regular Sparker, but today I was receiving Spark Goodies and comments from people I do not know...just a short time ago I discovered that I am today's FEATURED MOTIVATOR - WOW!

I bless SparkPeople and my Spark friends every day!

I have continued to maintain my weight loss, still hovering at right around 144 pounds, (typically 1-2 pounds above or below) and it feels fantastic! I eat right almost all the time and exercise 4 - 5 days a week. I am fortunate to be able to maintain my weight without needing to weigh and measure all my food these days. While I was working at my program on Spark (it too me about 8 months to lose 62 pounds) I weighed and measured EVERYTHING!!!!

I do now get on the scale daily, and will adjust my intake for the day accordingly! I have also stayed in touch with some of my Spark Friends very regularly, and I think that helps me stay accountable too!

I will post some new pictures by the time I reach August 6th (which would be one year since I started on Spark)...

My friends - you CAN do this! Keep at it! You ARE worth it! Feeling fit, slim and trim is fantastic!

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by my page and congratulate me - I congratulate all of you who are trying!

I send you all {{{sweaty hugs}}} (I work out mostly by walking with Leslie Sansone, who calls us all "Sisters in Sweat") - Judi

  
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CATT113 6/24/2008 12:18PM

  I'm so proud of you! You've been such an inspiration to me for months. You've helped me get through some rather dark and...fatty..times.
Thanks for being there for me and huge congratulations! emoticon

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LUV2SCRAP2 6/23/2008 12:09PM

    Wow Judi, I didn't realize you got this great honor! I haven't been sparking for about a month myself - need to get back into it now that my daughters graduation is over and I can concentrate on myself again.
Congrats to you - you so.....deserve it!

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MRSSHELLY 6/22/2008 10:42PM

    From another one of your "Sisters In Sweat"....

Judi - You are an amazing women. I am so glad you were chosen as the Featured Motivator! You truly have blessed so many lives with your life since joining SparkPeople! Thanks for sharing so much of your success with the rest of us. I'm glad to have met you on this journey!
You know where to find us at the W/LS CAFÉ! We'll always have a table ready for you to come in and *Chat*.
Blessings and Hugs,
Shelly
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BONNIEBELLE2 6/22/2008 12:05PM

    Judi, how nice to read your blog! Congratulations on being a featured spark motivator! A well-deserved honor! It is great to know that things are still going well for you. I think about you often and miss you on the team! Stop by and say hello when you get the chance.
Hugs,
Bonnie

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WINGSOAK 6/22/2008 11:45AM

    Judi - I was so happy to see this blog!! Just yesterday I was working on a challenge (one similar to a few from last fall) & I was thinking about you & wondering how you were doing. So wonderful to hear you are doing great! Congratulations on being Spark Motivator! Well deserved!! Continue to enjoy a fabulous life & let us hear from you now and then.
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DOWNPORT 6/22/2008 5:59AM

    Judi - I was so pleased to log in this morning and read your blog. Many congratulations on being featured on the motivator pages. This is so well deserved. I am delighted that you are continuing the awesome progress that you have made on Sparks - that is such an incentive to all of us! emoticon Carole

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NITAINMN 6/21/2008 9:36PM

    Hey Judi:) my sparked friend! I am glad you blogged and nice to see you come back once in a while and let us know how things are going your way. I have been pretty busy with my daughter's wedding preparations and we are off to Frisco on July 8th and then, after the wedding to Mayo clinic, MN. We will be planning our move there by April of next year, if not sooner. It will be nice to get together with you, after we return home! Just let me know when and where in August!!!

Congrats on being a motivator and of course, your achievement will stay with you forever just like a college degree, you will always inspire me my dear Judi. Way to go in maintaining your healthy lifestyle!!!!

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SVOONE 6/21/2008 9:26PM

    You deserve all the praise. Way to go spark motivator! emoticon emoticon

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GAIAVERMONT 6/21/2008 9:08PM

    I am very inspired by your page. I have been a member since May 2007 but it's been bumpy and I am back at it. I also am 5'9 and I started at 244lbs. I am now down about 16lbs but 200 seems like a long way down the road. In the past I have not been able to make it-I get stuck and lose motivation. I will come to your page for motivation!

You look and sound fantastic!

Caroline

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