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Another big accomplishment!!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Okay so I have lost 100lbs cool but I met another goal. My body fat percentage is now low enough that if I were still in the Army I would pass body fat percent. This has been a big big goal for me! I'm not getting back in I am just happy that I could if I wanted too!

  
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CARLANNIE 4/1/2013 8:00PM

    Congratulations!

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/29/2013 6:57PM

    Wow, that's awesome! GREAT job!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 3/29/2013 12:44PM

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LOVINGAFRICA 3/28/2013 3:26PM

    That is just awesome!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/28/2013 2:10PM

    that is great love i know how badly you wanted that goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INSPIRATIONAL3 3/28/2013 1:35PM

    Thank you for being so inspirational to me. Wld love to know how you did it since I am struggling continually...mostly from stressful eating....(was in large devastating fire to my home all issues for 3 yrs straight) not making excuses that this should justify but I keep on losing large amount 50 and sometimes 60 then gaining it back again. Any advice I wld appreciate.

Congrats on your wonderful success may it be yours to keep always.
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DLDROST 3/28/2013 1:30PM

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FIRECOM 3/28/2013 1:30PM

    This is really a great milestone for you or anyone else. Congratulations. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Face progression pics

Sunday, March 24, 2013


The one on the left is fairly close to my starting weight, the one on the right is about 50lbs lost

This is my face this morning before work.

  
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SOPHIEMAE2007 3/27/2013 9:24AM

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/26/2013 11:02AM

    You look fantastic! GREAT job!

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TCANNO 3/25/2013 9:56AM

    You are doing very well, keep going

Gave a good week
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SHINYZALATA 3/25/2013 4:41AM

    looking amazing :)

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DOLPHINSINGER72 3/24/2013 7:33PM

    That is AWESOME. I love it that we lose the weight in our faces. :) I am so going to need a new license when I am done with my transformation. The cops won't believe it is me. LOL :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 3/24/2013 6:04PM

    Love the difference!

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LESLEE33 3/24/2013 5:28PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your 50lbs lost!!!!

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EVASTANKIEWICZ 3/24/2013 5:24PM

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/24/2013 5:17PM

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MICHELLE2343 3/24/2013 5:11PM

    That's awesome! I was just looking at my driver's license the other day and noticed a big difference between then and now. Isn't it a great feeling?
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The Athlete Within

Saturday, March 23, 2013

When I was younger I played every sport there was out there. I was good at most of them while I was never the top athlete I was alway "athletic." Long story short I got fat, I got a fair amount smaller and started competing in half marathons, triathlons...okay I started doing them. I played different pick up sports and even "schooled" some of the guys I work with in basketball. I started playing racquetball with a friend and then the fiance. Even though I have been doing all of these athletic things I haven't felt like a athlete or athletic. There were moments where there would be a glimmer of the athlete but only a fleeting glimpse. I have finally shed weight to a point where I am not far off of my "athletic" version of me. I am also finally feeling the part of the athlete. I did my tactical range course at work and I felt fluid during it, I didn't feel awkward. Last night was probably my biggest breakthrough the fiance and I were playing racquetball and I was doing well, but then he let out a little secret that for the first time he was actually keeping tabs on the score. Big mistake. Competition mode set in for me and a game that was even up until then became me going all "athletic" and I was on fire not missing balls, balancing, jumping, racing to low shots all the way across the court. From the point he told me there was a score being kept until the end I pretty much dominated. On the drive home he told me he was very impressed he was playing his butt off and getting crushed. He said that I have really been improving athletically in the past couple weeks and the truth is I have been feeling glimmers of it, but last night I felt it full on.
I am excited to see how this athlete can do in triathlons this year (first tri of the year is Olympic distance on June 6), I can't wait to knock out a half marathon and keep improving. And I really want to do a marathon, an obstacle run, and I want to start playing competitive volleyball again. I have done all of these different races but it is like they were just training runs and the training wheels were on now I want nothing more than to push my boundaries of comfort and watch my times drop and actually become a competitor.

  
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KLAD_COCKERS 3/25/2013 11:02AM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!! You're doing awesome!

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KBRADFORD88 3/23/2013 8:41PM

    Go girl go! So excited for you... emoticon

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TCANNO 3/23/2013 7:25PM

    Well done, keep going and you will do it.

I had thought of running a half marathon but this bad weather has put me off. Maybe when it gets to summer I may have a change of mind. Don't let my negative thoughts put you off because you are way a head of me.


Have a good coming week

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COOP9002 3/23/2013 1:08PM

    Awesome to see that you have found your inner athlete. Sounds like you are gaining more and more confidence on this journey.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/23/2013 12:55PM

    way to go love.i remember the day when i used to be a athelete too but not too certain i eant to go back exactly to that too much disapline and sacrafice but i would love to be atheletic again and that i see myself getting nearer and nearer to.or i was anyway before i started getting rid of all theese viral infections i an´t seem to kick.remember though the only person you need to compete against is yourself and your own personal best and always trying to beat or better it.i know this you can and will do constantly.keep on keeping on.proud f you love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Miracle Diet???

Monday, March 18, 2013

I thought I would share something that worked for me. I actually added calories to my diet. After being told by a trainer and a doctor to only eat 1200 calories I had tried to keep my calories at that level only to find that it was not working. I now vary my calories, my main goal is 1500 calories I shoot for 2 days where I am right on the money with that and on days where I exercise hard I eat up to 1800 calories. I make sure that my food comes mainly in the form of fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, and dark chocolate. Yes that last one is true (one little square almost daily). I make sure not to eat back my exercise calories but I do allow my body to refuel itself.
The reality is there is no miracle diet but you don't have to starve to death or deprive yourself completely. I find that my dose of dark chocolate does wonders for me. I find that lots of fruits and veggies are the key for me and I eat significantly more than recommended servings of fruits and veggies. I also find ways to make things that are "indulgences" healthier and when dining out I use the app on my phone to research my best choices for food ( the calorie king book is also good for this if you don't have the phone app). Hope at least one person finds something useful in this blog. Happy Spark journey!!

  
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KBRADFORD88 3/19/2013 11:58AM

    Good post. I did Weight Watchers and there was this whole research on this very concept...changing it up and confusing your body. Most people are familiar with it in regards to exercise but forget it with eating. The one I saw encouraged going way over one day and a little under one day to confuse the body. Good luck. emoticon

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/19/2013 11:03AM

    Fantastic post! People are wanting to see a change so quickly that they drop their calories as low as they can. Unfortunately the body doesn't like that, and it can actually result in weight gain. Your flexibility with your calories is awesome, and you're obviously very aware of what goes in your mouth in relation to the calories you're burning. Awesome!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/19/2013 8:36AM

    emoticon emoticon thta is what this journey is all about to find what works best for you as an individual not what people ztell you.we all have to find our own way in this journey as we are the one who has to be able to live with it for life.i also have the occasional treat but work it into my calorie count.the only thing i have liturally banned is crisps as i know i can´t stop at one and here in germany they only sell the big packet.i also banned diet cola for several months till i knew i could then cope with the occassional one and know i wouldn´t get addicted now i will have it when out(very rarelythat i am out)and only if they have no fizzy water firstin the cafe.also will have it when ill like now when i am sweating so much and don´t feel like eating then i have it to help keep me hydated as sometimes when i am ill the water has a metallic taste.but after drinking nearly three litres a day ,every day i am pleased that now i can take it or leave it even after having one drink.one day i might feel that way about crisps but till i feel confident to do that i leave it out.haven´t had a crisp in 7 months now but still have a craving for it everytime i see a packet in a shop so know it is not safe to try it yet.so proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TCANNO 3/18/2013 7:35PM

    That one person is me. It has answered a question, I have been living on 2130 and working out hard. I have been going over a few times and still lost weight. In fact last November I went 1500 cals over on a night out and still lost a kilo.

I do mainly keep to my cals but there are time when it is hard.
The chocolate does help to fuel as long as you don't go mad.

I have now reached my goal and I am trying to hold my weight, so far so good.

Good luck to you as it seems to be working.

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100 lbs gone, a long, long journey!!! (now with pics)

Friday, March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013 has been one of the greatest days of my life besides so far the greatest day when my fiancé proposed. I have finally lost 100 pounds!!!! My weight loss journey began September 25, 2009 I stepped on the ole dial scale and watched it spin around and stop on 10, woo hoo I weigh 10 lbs….or 310 lbs…ominous music plays. That night watching late night infomercial feeling sorry for myself and not sure what to do I finally decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and take action. What made me decide this? Well other than weighing 310 lbs a little infomercial came on, you might have seen it before…thigh master…just kidding P90X. I watched the moves they were doing on the tube and decided I could do that it was good solid fitness, push-ups, weights, jumping. I knew I couldn’t wait a week to get started or it was just not going to happen at the time I was in a very unhealthy relationship that was about to end thankfully. I went to work and asked a co-worker to borrow his copy since he was not using it at the time. I started the videos on September 27th and it was a moment where it became a reality check as to how out of shape I was. I had been fooling myself for a long, long time that I was just bigger, big boned, muscular whatever I was huge and I was unhealthy. I would sweat and hurt going up the 15 steps to my bedroom, I was struggling to breathe at night, I was having heart palpitations, and I was scared I was going to have a heart attack at 29 (pause here because I was crying this might actually be the first time I have admitted this). I had just watched my mom have a heart transplant in May and as much as I love her I didn’t want to be her. My measurements were disturbing: Hips 52 inches, waist 46.5 inches, thigh 33 inches (might I point out that now my waist is 33 inches my thigh was as big as some people’s waist!). I modified and modified and managed to get through the 90 days. I lost 38 lbs, 6.5 inches off my waist, 4.5 inches off my hips and 2.75 inches off my thigh I was feeling pretty good. I kept going with P90X and started Insanity as well. My sister had started losing weight and was going to run a half marathon so I decided not only would I run a half marathon I would sign up for the Chicago Marathon in October that was 3 days after my 30th birthday. I thought surely by then I would be down to 190 lbs and super fit (my runner friends can laugh at this because we know how running really is for weight loss). I ran my first half marathon with my sister in May 2010, the Indy Mini. I continued to train for Chicago all summer, running my second half marathon in July. One thing I will say is don’t give up no matter how people hate, I once was jogging and someone made cow noises at me, I had someone who saw me running and said I was really slow (well yeah I weigh 250 and I’m in the middle of 8 miles), I had some guy make fun of me at a race, and I just kept going. In October 2010 I completed the Chicago Marathon at 243lbs I think (trying to decipher a couple years of training logs, I keep a training log and a food log) I did it in 7:09:18 in almost 90 degree heat and in a race where many quit and some went to the hospital. I may have been slow but I made it! Then post big race blues kicked in and while I kept working out I slowly gained 20lbs over the winter, but it was also around this time I met the greatest person I know, my fiancé Mike who not only encourages me but you can’t live life with him being out of shape. With Mike I go swimming, fishing, canoeing, bike riding, rollerblading, kayaking, (this part is for my sister to laugh about) and any sort of sweating possible!!! In short 2011 is a blur and I mostly just maintain weight losing a little but nothing major I just enjoyed life and activity I ran the Indy Mini again and in September I completed my first sprint triathlon at around 245 lbs. In 2012 I did much of the same mostly maintaining I spent most of the year around 230-235 and at one point I got down to 225 this is my first little taste of getting closer to onederland. I completed an Olympic distance triathlon in August due to an ankle injury training did not go well and I decided to drop down from the half iron distance that I wanted to try. While I did well in my Olympic triathlon I was very unhappy, I had never not completed something I said I was going to. This led me to some laziness and some bad eating habits. I knew once again I had to stop feeling sorry for myself, stop making excuses, and do the work! In January 2013 I started the Ultimate Reset. The first thing I had to get back into control was my eating. On January 2nd I weighed in at 244.6 lbs I followed the program to the letter and I lost 22 lbs. This was just what I needed I did feel truly reset I had the energy for my workouts. I started my running again and I was faster! I kept up the good eating habits and the weight kept going down the measurements kept going down. Here I am now 100 lbs lighter 13.5 inches off my waist, 10 inches off my hips, and 5.5 inches off my thigh. I am happy that it has taken time and not always been easy because it means that it is a lasting change, truly a lifestyle change. Now time to get back to work and on my way to onederland!!!
My before is as close to the 310 as I can find I avoided the camera at all costs when I was heavy so there aren't probably any true before photos in existence.

  
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KLAD_COCKERS 3/16/2013 9:15PM

    You look fabulous and your story is SUCH an inspiration. You have done what we are all here to do, and even though you hit some bumps in the road, you kept on going. Thank you SO much for sharing your story!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/16/2013 11:05AM

    wow i nearly missed this blog love.awesome,so so proud of you knew you could do it just like i know you will soon be in one-der-land.wished i knew someone by me that had the P90X that i could borrow as i would love to try it but it is way out of my price bracket.any way i have started doing group exercise classes reacently and now do 4 hours group exercise on top of my normal workout .now that was really stepping out of my comfort zone as there is also men in the class.i just think you are ábsolutely amazing love .keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon what reward did you get yourself for the 100lbs lost? emoticon

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ADARKARA 3/16/2013 8:08AM

    You look FANTASTIC! Way to go!!!! I'm at about 78 lbs lost with 37 to go, and I'm really looking forward to the 100 lbs lost mark. =)

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TCANNO 3/16/2013 8:02AM

    emoticon after all this it must be motivated to just keep going.

I think you will make it as you do have the mind over matter to keep going.

Have a good weekend and week
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RUSSELL1960 3/16/2013 6:38AM

    You are an inspiration! Thanks!

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JULESJET 3/15/2013 10:34PM

    WooHoo! That is awesome!
And thank you for posting this up!
Your determination is a definite inspiration!

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VHALKYRIE 3/15/2013 2:37PM

    100lbs is an outstanding milestone! Congratulations on all your hard work! You put in the time and sweat, and got the results!

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CAROLJEAN64 3/15/2013 12:22PM

    I am soooooo impressed. You are an inspiration to everyone. Thanks for sharing your story.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/15/2013 12:01PM

    Thank you for sharing your encouraging story!

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OTTAWABOUND 3/15/2013 11:45AM

    Inspiring post. I'm one quarter of the way into dropping 100 pounds (my current "big" goal). Thanks for sharing the ups and downs.

And--CONGRATULATIONS.

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MIZZKINS 3/15/2013 11:42AM

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