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    LINDA_ELLEN   41,969
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

In March of 2008, I was laid off from my job that I had for about nine years. Yes, like everyone else out there that got laid off, I was extremely depressed at first and did nothing but sit around and feel depressed.

About three months went by, and like a brick thrown at me, or a really hard slap in the face, I thought to myself: "What am I doing?" I am not going to sit here feeling sorry for myself. If I don't do something now for myself, no one else will either.

I then, picked myself up and began going to the gym everyday, spending a good eight hours at the gym everyday, and then I would go looking for work.

I told myself that if I am to compete with everyone else out there looking for work, I need to look my best, and with that, I started losing weight.

It is now seven months later and I still do not have a job. I have lost over 40 pounds. Became a certified fitness trainer and yes, I have even plateaued. I did not give up though and now I am officially losing weight again.

I take small steps to reach the goal weight that I want for myself. On SparkPeople, my goal weight is 140 pounds. When I reach that goal, I will change it again.

I started at the weight of 190 and now I am at 150. I am taking this journey one day at a time and I want for everyone else out there who reads this to do the same thing.

Just remember: You only have one life to live, so do it right and do it now, but take it easy!

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GUNNYSGT 1/2/2011 7:10PM

    good for you linda-ellen.

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LINDA_ELLEN 10/19/2009 10:31PM

    Definitely SHEILARIE1; we do need to go for a walk again.

This week I am determined to get my weight down below 160 once and for all. By Christmas, I plan on wearing a size 8 in pants.


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SHEILARIE1 10/19/2009 10:24PM

    Good for you Linda. Thank you for sharing. I totally can relate to the platau, but I am also determined. Crazy times for me right now, but we will have to find time to go walking together again. Keep up the good work. Be Blessed!


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LINDA_ELLEN 10/19/2009 9:56PM

    Thank you JudgeDeborah!

I do try to conquer all fears to the best of my knowledge. Losing weight does feel great too. However, it does get harder, once you have less to lose.

I am not giving up though! :0)

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JUDGEDEBORAH 10/19/2009 9:39PM

    Thanks for sharing, Linda Ellen. You sure have overcome great obstacles to obtain your goals. Very inspiring story! Your passion, dedication and persistence will serve you well. God is with you!

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